Hey there! These are a few paintings that I did over this summer in Lake Tahoe, Nevada for a summer workshop course at Sierra Nevada College. Long days in the mountain sun, and fun times with students I had never met. The teacher was the contemporary, Gregory Kondos, though he's now in his ninety's and still sticking it with his young students.
Fantastic class, being that I learned the true importance of going out, and painting, rather than sitting inside and thinking about doing it "later". The style was a combination of my own with Mr. Kondos's and I feel that I did improve throughout the three consecutive days of beach painting.
The first day was at sand harbor. I managed to find a roofed lunch area to avoid too much sun. Kids and families everywhere, people stopping by with comments and smiles. This image was hard for me, considering I create pictures of people, never nature. I followed Kondos requests of creating a compositionally pleasing scene. This was my reference:
My next painting was in Tahoe City, at a shore-front restaurant area. I once again, secluded myself in some shade of the pine trees with a few other students, and good thing, because it was wicked windy that day! I used a smaller canvas this time, and chose to present my view vertically with the trees and distance of the lake shore. I don't have any reference images for this one, it was ghastly weather that day; we all packed up early.
I am inspired by impressionism, and enjoyed the brush-work and color emphasis of the lake.
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