Lake Tahoe Plein Air

I was fortunate enough to get to visit the Grebitus Tahoe house again this year for an artist painting retreat. A handful of artists and their families came together on the shores of Homewood Tahoe to paint, hang, and enjoy God's beautiful creation.

I love the view from the shores. It was fun to see the snow on the mountains this year too!

I love the view from the shores. It was fun to see the snow on the mountains this year too!

We all go out to the dock for sunset, or what we like to call "Pink Time." Its the perfect time to catch all the changing colors over the water.

We all go out to the dock for sunset, or what we like to call "Pink Time." Its the perfect time to catch all the changing colors over the water.

Now that I've been painting in Tahoe for a few years I have a few favorite spots. One of the best locations (in my opinion) is Sand Harbor, NV. Its a gorgeous beach with water like emeralds and boulders that dwarf humans. We had to get there early because it's such a popular spot in the summer.

I had to face a little pain to capture this location. When I set up and started I didn't realize I was standing on an ant hill. About an hour into the painting I was stomping around and doing a dance because I had ants in my pants! I put up with it a bit longer so I could finish my painting. I was sure to check my next location really well before starting so I could avoid the repeat ant dance.

I had to face a little pain to capture this location. When I set up and started I didn't realize I was standing on an ant hill. About an hour into the painting I was stomping around and doing a dance because I had ants in my pants! I put up with it a bit longer so I could finish my painting. I was sure to check my next location really well before starting so I could avoid the repeat ant dance.

You can see the size of the boulders from this location. It also shows the amazing color in the water.

You can see the size of the boulders from this location. It also shows the amazing color in the water.

One day artist, Patris, and I went to the Impressionist Show at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. It was an amazing collection of impressionist paintings from numerous painting colonies throughout the US. It was so inspiring to view the work and use all that visual inflow as we worked on our own paintings later that day. We also had fun exploring the vibrant food and art scene of Reno.

Harbor, Harry Aiken Vincent, circa 1920s, This artist was part of an art colony in Massachusetts. This is a common subject matter for Vincent who would paint numerous scenes along the New England Coastline. I was drawn to this painting because of the vivid colors and movement in the water. The sense of light and shadow in this painting is so strong. I feel as though I can hear the seagulls squawking, smell fish in the air,  and hear waves lapping up against the wooden planks of the dock.

Harbor, Harry Aiken Vincent, circa 1920s,

This artist was part of an art colony in Massachusetts. This is a common subject matter for Vincent who would paint numerous scenes along the New England Coastline. I was drawn to this painting because of the vivid colors and movement in the water. The sense of light and shadow in this painting is so strong. I feel as though I can hear the seagulls squawking, smell fish in the air,  and hear waves lapping up against the wooden planks of the dock.

It was a great week of painting, art talking, eating family style dinners with the other folks and most importantly - enjoying the gorgeous lake! Thanks again Kate Grebitus for letting a bunch of artists invade your house and for facilitating an amazing artist reprieve.

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