Artist takes the long view |

Artist takes the long view

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Provided to the Tribune. Artist Dale Laitinen will present a watercolor-painting demonstration at the July 11 Tahoe Art League meeting.

The July 11 Tahoe Art League meeting will feature speaker and demonstrator Dale Laitinen. He will present a watercolor-painting demonstration for the group beginning at 7 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Laitinen has been painting for more than 40 years. During 35 of those years, he has specialized in watercolor. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and Watercolor West. He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and San Jose State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in art, with a concentration in painting. Laitinen is a past juror of many national and regional exhibitions including Watercolor West, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Utah Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Red River Watermedia Show, Magnum Opus and many others.

A native of northern Minnesota, Laitinen lives in Mountain Ranch, Calaveras County, Calif. He has lived, moved, and traveled across the American West and this figures prominently in his work.

One of the signatures of a Laitinen landscape painting is the long view with the natural forms of the topography being foremost. His works extend to the interaction between structures such as roads, dams, canals, powerhouses, and the natural landscape. In one of these paintings one might find a concrete dam that spans a river canyon, or a highway that cuts through desert sandstone, or a shadow of a bridge that crawls slowly across a red rock wall. The hallmark of a Laitinen painting is the unique imprint of blended representation and abstraction that is a singularly recognizable interpretation of the landscape.

After college, Laitinen spent eight years as an independent trucker hauling freight across the country. In 1985 he turned to painting full-time. TAL will also be treated to his sense of humor. His Web site spotlights his humor with such features as Faux Art News, Wingnut and Art Psychic.

The Tahoe Art League meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd. One of the goals of TAL is to help the public enjoy and appreciate the visual arts. The meetings are open to the public. For more information on TAL view the Web site at or call (775) 588-8899 or (775) 588-3579.

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