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Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Influence of Lake Tahoe

Painted Again and Again.

Original acrylic painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Unaffected Balance
48 x 36

How and where we get our inspiration can be a mystery, but there is no doubt there are places that influence an artist's work.  Spending hours on Lake Tahoe in the summer paddling and rowing past and through massive boulders that decorate the shore and shallow water areas is inspirational. One of my favorite areas is directly off the Crystal Bay Point on the north end of the lake where there are stacks, groupings, and piles of huge granite boulders that have been portrayed in my compositions over and over again.  

Other artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe painted the same subjects again and again. In her case, a view of the Pedernal, from her home in Abiquiu, NM inspired her to paint and repaint this mountain. There must be over 100 paintings created by O'Keeffe of this subject.  She is quoted as saying, "It's my private mountain", and I understand her feeling.  I have a similar connection to Crystal Bay and the boulders there.  

Image result for georgia o'keeffe paintings the pedernal 
Pedernal with Red Hills (Red Hills with the Pedernal), 1936. Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887 - 1986) oil on linen, 19 3/4 x 29 3/4 in. (50.2 x 75.6 cm)

Last week when it was time to begin a new painting I found myself drawn to painting, what I call, Balanced Rock. Though it won't be for the hundredth time, it will be the seventh or eighth composition influenced by this formation.  

Photo of Balanced Rock with high water levels.

Acrylic Study for Balanced Rock with high water levels
Pamela Hunt Lee

original painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Balancing Rock III
48 x 30

Photo of Balanced Rock 2013
Notice the water levels are lower than in the photo above.

original art by Pamela Hunt Lee
Balance Maintained
48 x 48

Photo of Balanced Rock with low water levels 2015
Notice all the exposed rocks that were under water in the photos above.

Not only the influence of the rock formation itself but the changing environment with the lowering water levels inspired the desire to paint this composition again.

Original acrylic painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Unaffected Balance
48 x 36

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