Aspen ‘portrait’ wins art league contest
Nina Major won first place in the Tahoe Art League August art contest with her watercolor painting “Summer Aspen.”
This presentation of one of nature’s most graceful trees is part of Major’s “Nature Portrait Series.” She says of this series, on which she is currently working, “Rather than painting a typical landscape scene, I create ‘portraits’ of natural subjects (flowers, trees, rocks, etc.) emphasizing realistic structure and details and dramatic contrasts between light and shadow.”
She certainly achieved a strong representation of her principle subject and a delightful composition. This work is an excellent example of why she enjoys working in watercolors.
She believes that the watercolor technique of glazing allows her to capture the intense colors and contrasts of light and shadow that she finds so intriguing.
Major grew up in Tahoe and has always enjoyed forays into the wilderness. Even as a child she delighted in exploring the great variations of nature. Working as a professional floral designer for the past 18 years, she engaged her artistic talents in a very practical way. In 2000, she decided it was time to pursue her dream to become a two-dimensional artist. She started taking art classes at Lake Tahoe Community College, initially working in graphite, charcoal and conte.
These mediums gave her the challenge of taking an intricate and colorful image and recreating it in positive and negative space, intensifying the contrasts between light and dark. Her current mediums of choice are pastels and watercolors.
Joanne Wood was awarded second place for her colorful and ethereal painting of fall leaves and berries. Wood has whimsically named this lovely watercolor “Blueberry Soup.”
Cindy Tedeski placed third this month. Her winning watercolor painting “Sierra Waterfall” exhibits a definite talent for capturing the movement and power of the cascading water.
To learn more about the programs and activities of the Tahoe Art League contact http://www.talart.org.