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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Drawing and Art.

What is Drawing?

Two drawings in my sketch book which I carry with me at all times.  Ink and pencil.

a picture or diagram made with a pencil, pen, or crayon rather than paint, especially one drawn in monochrome.
synonyms:  sketch, picture, illustration, representation, portrayal, delineation, depiction, rendering, composition, study

Drawing created for my Detours exhibition installation.  Ink and colored pencil.

The other day an artist friend of mine challenged me to create a drawing every day in October.  Challenge accepted.  And based on the definition above, the paints and brushes should be put away, however rules are made so they can be broken.  Just guessing, but most likely my drawings will consist of a variety of materials.  I will post them on my blog as well as my Artist's Facebook page so you can follow along.  So here we go....let's explore drawing, and see if we can make up our own definition as we go along.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Creative Thinking.

Tapping Into Your Creativity.

Big Blank Canvas

Whether or not this is true, I read several years ago that looking at or drawing circles will help you tap into your imagination and creativity.

Page from sketch book

So when I am faced with a blank canvas I take out my sketch book and begin to draw circles.  Those circles become sketches.  A painting is born.

Beginning of a Tahoe Rock Painting

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Friday, September 12, 2014


Creativity Is Everywhere!

It's a phenomenon.  It's when something new is created. New ideas and concepts are conceived and then manifest themselves in something we can see, hear, smell, touch or taste.  Like painting, or music, or poetry, or a new business product.  

Caught and Released
Original Acrylic Painting by Pamela Hunt Lee
33 x 20"

In this blog I deal primarily with those concepts you can see...visual art, because I am a visual artist. But today I want to share something different.  Today I want to introduce you to something you can taste.  Yes, taste!

Last week while traveling I ventured into a restaurant that featured locally sourced ingredients served with a creatively unique presentation.  One of the items on the menu was an heirloom tomato salad paired with powdered olive oil.  Now this was a must have.  Powdered olive oil?  

That's it, above.  The white powdery stuff is the olive oil, and let me tell you, it melts in your mouth with delicate softness and exquisite flavor.  

After a bit of research I have discovered how to create this gastronomic treat. You will need to purchase tapioca maltodextrin and olive oil.  I advocate using the very best oil you can afford.

Tapioca maltodextrin is a slightly sweet modified starch that will thicken and stabilize liquids high in fat. Since it can absorb more than its weight in liquid, it can transform fat into a powdery substance that melts on the tongue. 
You can buy maltodextrin (also called malto and N-Zorbit M) at L' Epicerie


100 grams extra virgin olive oil (.228 oz)
31 grams tapioca maltodextrin (31% weight of oil) (.07 oz)
Small pinch fine salt


Combine ingredients in medium bowl and whisk together until powder is fully integrated into oil and clumps form into something like lumpy biscuit dough. Transfer powder to fine mesh strainer. Push mixture through strainer using whisk in circular pattern; this will create a fine powder. Store in a dry container or use immediately.

Click HERE to watch a video, which helps you understand the process.  Keep adding the powder until you get that lumpy biscuit dough consistency.  Then rub it through a sieve.  

It's easy and fun and a creative experience. Just think of how wild you can get with ideas of how to serve this food item. Creativity can be everywhere and this is creativity in the kitchen.  

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Public Art V.

Take A Walk

Detours Kings Beach is a site specific exhibition that runs until the end of September.  If you are in the area, get out, take a walk, and take a look at the art.  It's great!  It's a visual treat! It's a start! It's Public Art at Tahoe.

I just returned from a trip across the U.S. stopping in several cities that have embraced Public Art.  First stop:  Waco, TX. This is what Waco says about it's art: 
The exhibitions encourage Waco’s citizens and visitors to walk through the downtown area and enlivens our city center. Public art is a sign that a city is investing in itself– creating spaces and places that spark the imagination. A strong public art program contributes to a city’s quality of life—making it a more attractive place to live, work, play, learn, and visit.

Next stop: Orlando, FL.
Orlando already has more public art than can be seen in a single afternoon, and the city has plans to add nine enormous art installations near City Hall.

Public art enriches cities by adding layers of culture, history and beauty to benefit residents and visitors. In Orlando, public art is everywhere; it's integrated into architecture, city parks, public buildings and streetscapes. You can't visit Orlando without encountering sculptures, murals, fountains or a piece of street furniture.
The Creative Tree at the Orlando Convention Center

There were other stops, but these two cities sum it up. Public Art brings a sense of place to a community, enlivens the community, is a benefit to the entire community.  It's happening in our community of Tahoe.  Print out the map here or pick one up at the North Tahoe Event Center and take a walk, a walk that will bring a smile to your face, make you proud of your community, enrich your day.

P.S.  make sure you stop outside the North Tahoe Event Center to see the painting wrapped tree on the lake side patio, the Beat Drum and the Dragon Fly at Jason's Sand Bar.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Public Art V.


Yes, today was the day scheduled for installation of my Public Art piece for Detours Kings Beach 2014   Wouldn't you know, though I was hoping for a calm day, we woke to 15 mph winds blowing off the lake, white caps, cooler temps. This is problematic because the cool temps keep the canvas stiff and the wind blows everything all over the place making the installation effort just a bit more challenging.

I hired Duncan of D's Windowns ,a competent, ladder experienced man who does a fabulous job washing windows, to assist with attaching the painting to the tree.  He arrived with ladders, a big smile, and can do attitude.  That's Duncan.  Any anxiety I might have had about getting this painting up vanished in his presence.  

The view from the top of my ladder.

Once at the site, we realized it was going to take both of us climbing ladders to get the painting wrapped around the tree's trunk.  It's a good thing I am not too bothered by heights and teetery ladders, well, not too bothered.  There were just a couple little panic moments.

Adjusting the level of the painting, and yes, I climbed that ladder, almost to the top.

There was a bit of climbing up and down to get a visual so we could adjust the painting, where it would be placed on the tree and whether or not it was level.  The wind blew down one of the strips which started to whip in the breeze, crashing into my legs.  Ouch.

Looking up at the painting as I climbed up the ladder.

While I held the painting in place, Duncan adjusted, looped, and prepared the ratchet strap.  I also stared to remove the tape from the individual strips so they could cascade down along the trunk of the tree.  More whipping, crashing and ouch-ing.

Duncan completed the attachment by taping up the loose end of the ratchet strap, we removed the ladders, stepped back to take a look.  All in all a fairly simple installation.

Because the wind is blowing you cannot see all of the painting, some of the strips are flapping, that celebratory ribbon effect I was after.  I will go back on a calm day to take a few more photos to share.  Better yet, if you are in the area, stop by to take a look.  And while you're at it, look for the rest of the Detours Kings Beach Public Art. It will be exhibited through Sept 30.  Maps are scattered throughout Kings Beach.

Big thanks to Duncan of D's Windows     I could not have done this without you.  

Duncan Lee
D's Windows

D & Me

Just another view of the installed painting

Additional thanks to Village Interiors for their support and sponsorship of my installation and Public Art.

Detours Kings Beach 2014, a site specific, Public Art Exhibition.  August 23-September 30.  Maps can be seen by clicking HERE  DETOURS includes artists from the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, and two coming from Southern California. The site-specific art pieces will celebrate Lake Tahoe, with each piece telling a story that interprets the site on which it is located. Visitors will leave their cars to embark upon the free, family-friendly “art treasure hunt” with the help of free walking maps.Maps will also be available at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors’ Centers in Tahoe City and Kings Beach and near individual art installations.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Public Art IV

More Work On Detours-Kings Beach
Public Art Project

Lake of the Sky
108" x 52"

Detours-Kings Beach-2014.  A site specific public art exhibition taking place August 22-Oct 1.  Twelve artists were invited to participate and if you follow this blog you already know I am one of them.  My site is a towering Jeffrey Pine Tree adjacent to the North Tahoe Event Center patio, just off the beach in Kings Beach.  The tree will be wrapped by one of my paintings which has been cut into strips.  The completed painting, seen above, was inspired by the location.  

Painted in a stylized, expressionistic manner, with loads of intense color and freedom of movement it is ready to be cut into the strips that will hang down around the trunk of the pine tree where it will be installed. 

 Detail of the bottom part of the painting.

 Detail of the top left corner of the painting.

One more step before the cutting, apply the foam piece to the back of the painting.  This was a requirement from CA State Parks to protect the bark of the tree.  In the photo above you see the foam strip after it was glued to the canvas.

This painting has a great deal of weight and body due to the layers of gesso and pigment applied to the canvas. Knowing it would be easier to cut it into strips if it was warm, I decided to lay the painting out in the sun where it was sizzling.  

The strips were cut with scissors after marking a path. The warmth of the sun made the slicing almost effortless.

This is a picture of the painting after the strips were cut.  I decided to leave the top together for ease of handling and hanging.  

When working on a painting of this size, a good sized brush is used and pigment applied quite liberally.  I spend quite a bit of time looking at the work from a distance, not really paying too much attention to detail, so it was interesting to be sitting on the painting, with scissors, cutting through, looking at the detail.

Once the painting is hung on the tree the strips will fall down along the trunk and as long as it is a calm day the strips will hang vertically.  But should the wind come up, the strips will ribbon.  Perhaps they will look something like the image below.

Final preparation of the painting prior to installation found me creating rolls of the strips which were taped in place. This makes moving and handling the work much easier than if the strips were loose.

 The next step in this process will be installation of the painting on the tree.  

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Public Art, Part III.

It's Not Easy to Work Outside When It Is Raining

Or when you are called for jury duty.  Squeezing in time to take a huge canvas outside to sketch in the composition and then apply the paint when there are continuous, almost daily thunder storms and showers has been a challenge, but do-able.  

Here's the palette for the painting

You recall this is a long, unstretched canvas that will be painted, cut into strips, and then hung around an old, towering pine tree. It's a public art installation for Detours Kings Beach-2014, a site specific, public art installation that will run from August 22-September 30.

The Process

The painting is almost complete.  Cutting it into strips will be the next step, but it would be nice to have sunshine to warm the canvas making it easier to slice.   Maybe tomorrow.

Top corner of the painting

That is if I don't have to report for jury duty tomorrow.  That will be revealed later today when the court makes it's selection.  

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