Summer Wind Patterns

As we all start getting ready to step outside our studios and paint outdoors or create studio landscape painting based on our experiences in nature, I wanted to explain the design elements that I put together for this particular painting, Summer Wind Patterns.

Summer Wind Patterns by Robert Reynolds, transparent watercolor painting on rag paper.
Summer Wind Patterns by Robert Reynolds, transparent watercolor painting on rag paper.

The location for the painting is the California High Sierra and the lake is known as Silver Lake. Over the years, I conducted many, many outdoor watercolor workshops in this location and also at Bear Valley and Kirkwood. These locations may not be familiar to you, but the High Sierra has so many beautiful locations! Kirkwood is not far from the popular resort city of Lake Tahoe.

For the painting, I selected a long horizontal format to suggest a mood of tranquility and strength. I also wanted to dramatize the long, horizontal patterns of the wind-stirred water on the surface of the lake. In this composition, the long design elements cross behind and above the yellow catamaran. They also cross  behind the boat’s mast and the rocks. The boat, like a dancer in a Degas composition, (I love Degas’ compositions) faces the right side of the painting looking outward. This, however, is balanced by strong horizontal elements (water and mountains, the tilt of the boat, and the “weight” of the remainder of the images that extend to the left of the boat).


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About Robert Reynolds

The paintings of San Luis Obispo native, Robert Reynolds, are in art collections throughout the United States and abroad. Images of his paintings have graced the pages and covers of national art magazines and his work is featured in over 20 books, the majority being art books. His painting, "Vineyard Radiance" was on the cover of The Best of Watercolor SPLASH 9.

Reynolds has assembled an impressive body of work and list of honors. He is a past winner of the Gold (1994) and Bronze (1993) honors in the California Discovery Awards, and the Bronze Award winner (1996) and Finalist (1999, 2000, 2004) n the Landscape category for the Artist's Magazine's National Art Competition. His work has been in numerous solo art exhibitions.


In a past commission, the United States Postal Service chose Reynolds to do the artwork for a stamp commemorating the famed Hearst Castle located in San Simeon. Selected as a Central Coast Wine Classic Commemorative Artist (1998, 2002 and 2009), Reynolds' painting entitled "Vineyard Light" (1999) is held in the collection of Meridian Winery. Reynolds was also a winner of the Purchase Prize Award in Ironstone Vineyard's national art competition (2000). Posters were published using his painting image to celebrate the annual event.


National publications regularly highlight Robert Reynolds' work. Features and occasional cover stories include: The American Artist", "The Artist Magazine", "Watercolor Magic", "American Artist Watercolor", "North Light magazine", and a number of other magazines. In addition to his own two books, "The Art of Robert Reynolds; Quiet Journey"; published Cal Poly University and "Painting Peaceful Places" by Robert Reynolds and Patrick Seslar; published by North Light Books. His paintings have appeared in a number of local magazines. Reynolds' watercolors have been in six of the prestigious watercolor books, "Splash" published by North Light Books and edited by Rachel Wolf. Also, his work has been highlighted in two of the French art magazine, "Pratique Des Arts". Also, his work has been included in a number of British art books.


Reynolds served as a Professor of Art at Cal Poly University for a good number of years and enjoyed working with the art students who were beginning their own journeys. This past year he had a solo art exhibition at the S.L.O. Museum of Art.


In 2005, Reynolds participated in the invitational Biennale International Dell' Arte

Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. He is listed in the Marquis journals: "Who's Who in   

American Art"; "Who's Who in America"; and "Who's Who in the World".        







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