Sunday, December 9, 2007

Snowy Tahoe

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This little oil study is part of the view from our cabin in Tahoe. We had a huge dump of snow a couple of days ago and it has transformed the view dramatically. It was like Christmas waking up to the sparkly white vista - the trees limbs weighed down under the heavy snow and the mountains across the lake suddenly delineated by contrasting ridges and gullies. Visibility was really bad yesterday, so we couldn't really see so much of the view - but today the sun came out and the landscape just opened right up again. I've stationed my easel in the window now for the next few days, so I can try to capture the vista at different times of day. We get some of the most incredible sunrises and sunsets here, which as a subject for painting I often steer clear of for fear of the dreaded 'cheese', but I'm going to tackle it in earnest if I can.

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