Study - Whitefish Lake

Study - Whitefish Lake

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Michael Ome Untiedt

11" x 14"

Oil on Linen

Last year I participated in a paint-out up in Montana. One morning found us scattered around Whitefish Lake trying to paint. Rain squalls kept passing over the lake and we spent most of our time under picnic pavilions to stay dry. Towards late afternoon almost all other artists had given up and left. I was considering doing this when the sun broke thru the storm clouds and spread golden diamond light over the lake. I quickly rushed down to the lakeside where I set up and started observing a few brave swimmers venturing back out into the frigid water. I was struck by the quality of light and the glorious deep turquoise color of the water. In addition, as people wandered out into the depths, they left these striking light blue wakes. I hurriedly sketched one of these swimmers and then proceeded to paint the lake around them. I painted very fast and seemed to capture the moment as I experienced it. I never retouched or worked anymore on this piece. I like it just the way it is, and brings to me joyful memories of the miracle of living on this gorgeous Earth, and the blessing of such moments as this. I consider any painting I complete without putting cowboys or horses in it as a major accomplishment on my part!