While Painting Cocktails I Am Still Painting Lake Tahoe Boulders.
Over the past few months I have been working on two different Lake Tahoe inspired paintings composed of huge boulders that sit in the crystal clear water of Lake Tahoe.
These boulders are a granite that is light gray, medium to coarse-grained rock and along with other igneous rocks and metamorphic slate can be found throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Granite is composed of two light-colored minerals, quartz and feldspar. Some granite appears to be salt and pepper in appearance due to the presence of darker colored minerals such as iron and magnesium. That said, I am using a palette that does not contain black or derivation of black, so the granite does not appear grey in my painting. Artist license, and to me much more visually interesting.
I thought I had completed 'Big Split', but not so. After working on another boulder painting I decided to re-visit Big Split and the reflections on the water. I am much happier with this painting. This is just what it looked like this morning as I rowed past these rocks.
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The reflection of the rocks and sky on the smooth water reached out towards my boat in ethereal, mystical, silent fingers. It was a meditative start to the day. It was also conducive to the re-work of the painting.
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