Afterglow

Afterglow Lake Tahoe Afterglow, Lake Tahoe, pastel, 12×18
 

Last month I posted about my planning for a sunset painting of Lake Tahoe which I have titled, “Afterglow, Lake Tahoe”. As I look at the image on my computer, I think the subtle colors don’t always translate from what I see in the actual painting. The challenge for me was depicting the lake with its gentle waves as they approached the shore. Also, the nuances of color needed to interpret the scene were another issue.

With a critical eye, I think that the painting interprets the feeling and glow that attracted me to the scene. I do think that there might be more visual interest in the foreground. My resident art critic husband always questions the lack of wildlife in my work. But, I often think that the meditative or Zen quality doesn’t require this addition. If I had to critique the composition, I might have preferred to paint in a more elongated landscape ratio, rather than the standard 12×18 that I used.

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  1. Beautiful Linda. You really captured the mood.

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  2. Thank you, Wayne!

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  3. I like these kind of subjects too, Linda but I have found them lacking because of detail. Sure, you can throw a couple of ducks in but then you lose the whole balance to the painting.
    I am now working more detail into the foreground. In this case the surface of the water with its subtle planes and shifts of tone, spend more time there and it might grab attention and lead the viewer in to the rest of the image

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  4. Thank you Graham. A shift of color reflected from the sky may add some interest.

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