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Thursday, December 28, 2017

It's A Wrap.

Year End

and it's a wrap, well almost.  Just a few more days and we will begin a new year, new beginnings, new hopes, new dreams, new plans, new projects. 

My list for 2018 is beginning to grow, but has a couple left overs from this current year.  One of those 'still to complete' projects is a Tahoe Rocks painting with red in the palette.  

This was requested by a fellow painter, and though I was able to get some pencil and simple watercolor sketches completed, the actual painting has not been started.

With today as my first day back in the studio after a lengthy absence, the painting will move forward. First I wanted to share the two small watercolor sketches you see here.  Not sure all of these colors will appear in the final work, as this is the beginning.

Check back to see photos of progress on the painting. Though it is the end of the year, it's a new beginning in the studio.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Color of the Year

Pantone's Color of the Year

Understandably you may not have been on the edge of your seat waiting for Pantone to announce it's Color of the Year for 2018. But announce they did this last week.  It's Ultra Violet, and this is some of what Pantone has to say about it:

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

Mark and Katie's Orchid

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Two Beets

Nuanced and full of emotion,  Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.


You will begin to see this color pervade our lives in clothing, furnishings, everywhere in anything you can imagine.


I always think of this hue as one bearing a Royal nature, lush and rich, deep and mysterious. Though it is not frequently in my palette when painting here are a few images where Ultra Violet was the center of attention or added some degree of interest.

The Yin and Yang of Spring

Six Figs


Guadalupe Arenas Snake Weaver

Madame Butterfly

As you live each day, take a look around and watch for Ultra Violet.  Let it inspire your ingenuity and creativity.  Turns out I put on an Ultra Violet top today and I am noticing this color everywhere even though the announcement has just been made.  It will be added to my palette as I approach my next painting.  What will you do with it?

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Friday, October 6, 2017

See Where You Are

See Where You Are

Do you know I have a book titled, See Where You Are.  It's my mantra, my belief that you should engage with your surroundings, living in the moment, observe and take it in.

Today I received an email from an artist who also blogs and she is talking about how to practice the art of seeing. Her points are on target and I couldn't say it better, so here is a link to her blog.  Check it out by clicking here  Enjoy!  And See Where You Are.

If you would like to order a copy of my book, contact me by clicking here and I will give you the details and ship one out to you. Or click on this to be taken to an order page.

See Where You Are 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Looking At and Loving Art.

A Month of Appreciating Art

Not just one month, all the time we should look, see, and enjoy the work created by others, however I have designated the MONTH of September as a time to pay special attention to the art of others.  It started with a trip out into the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to see the creative endeavors of many different people who install static, kinetic and drive-able art at Burning Man.

Reggae Breathing Copper Dragon Art Car.

A few static displays: 

The costumes worn by some of the participants lead to looking at a variety of clothing designers and one that particularly grabbed my attention was Manish Arora.  Click on his name and take a look at wildly inventive clothing.  An Indian fashion designer, based in New Delhi, he also has a flagship store in Paris. Great creative flair, rich with design and embellishment, his clothing is art.

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This past weekend it was brought to my attention that one of my house guests is a great great granddaughter of Pierre August Renoir.  So into the past to re-acquaint myself with the work of a painter who was one of the leaders of the development of impressionist style, who believed in beauty, color, light and shadow.  Click on his name to read more about him and if you are interested there is a lovely film called Renoir that came out in 2012.

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Self Portrait

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The Umbrellas.  Owned by The National Gallery in London.

Not sure where to look next but watch my Facebook page ( Pamela Hunt Lee) to follow along.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

End of Summer, New Beginnings.

And Completed Painting

Keyhole, 36x36, Pamela Hunt Lee
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36

Titled:  Keyhole, this painting came off the easel last week and is currently being shown at Village Interiors in Incline Village, Nevada.  Inspired by the high water level at Lake Tahoe this summer and an unusually spectacular boulder group off the Crystal Bay Point, North Tahoe, it's a dramatic composition which makes a powerful statement about the water level and the massive boulders that decorate the shore of this magnificent lake.

And yes, it is the end of summer and as the seasons change it is time for new beginnings and changing routines.  It will be interesting so see how this affects my studio work.  

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Monday, August 21, 2017


The Eclipse is Over

What better place to view the eclipse than from the shimmering surface of Lake Tahoe, hovering over the deepest part of the lake?  Kayaking among the rocks while the moon's shadow ate at the sun was a unique experience. The day became a bit dimmer and a bit cooler as the shadow grew, and as it receded the warmth and light returned to normal.  It was a celebratory paddle among the majestic Tahoe boulders.  

And then it was back into the studio.  Last week, while live painting at Spirit Gallery in Truckee I started a new canvas. 

Beginning of new painting.

Massive Boulders take shape on the canvas.

Painting at Spirit Gallery

The painting is now back in my studio where it will be completed.   This is a composition that shows above and below the surface of the crystal clear Tahoe water.  After today's eclipse viewing (it was inspiring) I am back in the studio working with the pigments to bring the under water area to life.

Current status of new painting

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Summer Is FLYING By...

It's August, but you already know that. And it isn't even the first week anymore. This is the second week of August!!!  How can that be?  Seems like the summer is flapping it's wings furiously and flying at record speed.

Legal Limit
Legal Limit
30 x 48 "
Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

I am happy to report that I believe I am ready to sign this painting (image above) and remove it from the easel, after two months of work. That means I will start another and be posting images of inspiration and progress.  And yes, I do know the subject matter of the next painting.  I am quite intrigued with one particular section of the painting shown above and will create a smaller work focusing on the one area, but it will have a different twist.

I am also preparing for a 'Meet The Artist' painting demonstration at Spirit Gallery in Truckee, CA on Thursday, August 17.  If you are close by, I hope you will stop in to chat, watch and see a variety of my work not usually shown at the gallery.

original painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Legal Limit

Enjoy the remaining weeks of Summer.  They promise to flash by and be filled with creative juice.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kings Beach Art Banners

Art Banners on Kings Beach Streetlights.

North Tahoe Business Association celebrates the completion of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project with 15 original art banners on streetlights throughout downtown Kings Beach, and two of those banners are images of two of my paintings.  They were installed yesterday and will remain for the summer.

Crystal Bay Boulders
located in front of Lakeshore Sports
8499 North Lake Boulevard

This image was taken from Crystal Bay Boulders, an original acrylic painting inspired by massive rock formations found off the Crystal Bay Point, North Lake Tahoe.  Crystal Bay Boulders sold earlier this summer.

Fall Leaves
Located on the South Side of the intersection of Hwy 267
8692 North Lake Blvd.

This image was taken from Fall Leaves, an original watercolor painting inspired by the intense colors found in Aspen leaves that scatter over the ground and shimmer on the trees during fall time at Lake Tahoe.  This painting has sold but giclee prints are available.  

I am honored to have my work selected for display during this celebratory time in my home town of Kings Beach.  Thank you North Tahoe Business Association.

Crystal Bay Boulders, Banner Art

Fall Leaves, Banner Art

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Kaio Martin, Artist

Located in front of Kings Beach Mini Golf at 8693 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach,

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer II

More of That Summer Inspiration

I spend hours on Lake Tahoe in my kayak and rowing shell. Frequently I pass by this particular stack of boulders which always looks different depending on lake level, time of day and weather conditions.  The day this photo was taken was perfect!  Sunny, clear, calm, and a very full lake.  What could be better?

So now, into the studio to sketch, refine, and begin a new painting inspired by this location.

The boulders begin to take form on the canvas.

It's always fascinating to watch the boulders begin to appear and take shape on a blank canvas.  The painting begins to take on a life of it's own as my brush moves.   Never wanting to create a photographic likeness I strive toward a stylized impression of the inspiration presented in a bold composition.  These photos show how this painting is progressing and how it looks today.  

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Jumping Into Summer

Tahoe Time of Year

original painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
View From the Board
14 x 11
Acrylic on Canvas

It's Summer!  That means gathering inspiration from paddling and rowing on Lake Tahoe then taking it into the studio to develop those ideas and visions into paintings.

View From the Board
Acrylic on Canvas

This painting, View From the Board, was inspired by what I see when I look down through the crystal clear water of Tahoe to the massive, submerged boulders.  It's going to be a great summer filled with loads of inspiration.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Beginning

Tahoe Rocks

Original painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Crystal Bay Boulders
48 x 48
Acrylic on Canvas

It's the time of year when the call of massive boulders and crystal clear Tahoe water take over the studio. 

Original acrylic painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
Perfect Lake Day
48 x 48
Acrylic on Canvas

Sketching and painting...

Preliminary Sketches

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