A Strong Inclination




Artwork Notes:

This is the first painting I did in Tahoe. It was a real puzzle for me trying to sort out the values in the painting with that blinding white snow on the surrounding ridges. I kept feeling like everything should be lighter because of the distance, then I’d lose the contrast that would make that flat white snow appear so bright. I never really did figure it out, but had a ton of fun staring at that water all the same.

The town on the distant shore beneath the snowy peaks is called Incline Village, though that has less to do with the title than the allure of that ice cold water on a hot day, giving one a strong inclination to jump in, no matter how much the shock to one’s system the cold would bring.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "A Strong Inclination"
Original Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2017

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 06/15/2017
Region: The California Coast > California's East Coast
Road Trip: East Coast Tour 2017

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Using Hands, Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs, Awkward Footing on Uneven Terrain
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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