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Monday, August 31, 2015

Lake Tahoe Boulder Painting.

Delivering A Painting.

Big Split
Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 36

Yesterday this painting, Big Split, joined two other Pamela Hunt Lee paintings at Big Water Grille in Incline Village, Nevada.  

Pamela with 'A View Across The Lake' in the bar at Big Water Grille

After installing the painting, we sat down for a sip of wine and ordered a delicious dinner that was prepared and served with creative intelligence.  I felt like I was eating a painting!  

Several years ago the owner commissioned me to paint what is used as the background for their business card. It's a watercolor inspired by the light patterns that play across the bottom of the lake.  They ended up using it as a label as well when they introduced a selection of signature mustards.

Big Water Grille, which is a popular Lake Tahoe establishment, has a picturesque location, great food, and energized vibe.  If you have not been there, or have not been there for a while, stop in. While there make sure you look for my paintings.  The newest one, Big Split, can be seen on the far wall in the dining room.  The other two are in the bar.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lake Tahoe Boulders and Summer Equipment

Tools Of The Trade...

I am asked all the time about the inspiration for my paintings and if I paint and sketch on location. During the summer months I spend a lot of time out on Lake Tahoe looking, seeing, observing the environment, and it shows in my paintings. What doesn't show is some of my equipment, the boats and boards I use to get out on to the lake.  

Alden Quest Rowing Shell

This is my fabulous rowing shell.  It's quite a boat, and it's quite a bit of exercise both physically and mentally. This Alden Quest allows me to glide across the water with a camera and sketch book in the boat, stopping to snap photos or make quick drawings.

Betty Board from Lakeshore Paddleboard Co.

Joining the SUP (stand up paddleboard) craze last year has provided a completely different perspective on the lake. Because you are standing, you look down into the water and since this lake is clear to about 70' there is a lot to see and inspire. My Blue Betty, from Lakeshore Paddle Board Co. is stable, comfortable, and quick enough for me.  I take my camera in a water proof case but use my eyes and memory for sketches made later in the day.

Last, but certainly not least, my kayak.  This simple purple boat can carry almost anything I might want to cart along. Sometimes I take paints as well as the camera a sketchbook. It's a quieter, calmer way to navigate the lake allowing entry into small rock lined bays and the ability to sit still on the water for stretches of time.

It's easy to see why I spend so much time out on the lake during the summer months.  It's not only the vistas but the great boats and board that enable me to gather up all this inspiration.  

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Boulder Bay II

Just Another Day On The Lake,

 and more unexpected delights!

Returning home at the end of my morning row I noticed someone was building rock cairns on what I call "Dali's Rocks". This is the third group of rock stacking I have seen recently, and it remains visual magic for me. 

When I returned to the studio and stood in front of the canvas on my easel, a canvas that was already planned to represent a specific boulders off the Crystal Bay Point, in this beautiful bay of boulders, I realized a cairn should be added to the composition.

The painting progresses with a very limited palette (Prussian Blue, Titanium White, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber), and the cairn is becoming obvious.

When the pigment starts to go onto the cairn shapes new colors will be added.  Due to the size, 48x60" canvas, it will take some time to complete.  I am sharing photos of the progress on Facebook and here on the blog, so check back to watch this painting take shape. 

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