Bradley Lake Shallows

Pastel on Archival Panel
16" x 20"
© 2016 Gary Huber
It's a steep hike up and over a ridge to Bradley Lake at the foot of the Grand Teton. I could be in worse condition but I could certainly be better as well. I decided on taking my heavy camera and some sketching supplies and leaving behind my paint box and its 20# load of pastels. The weather was warm and I was glad for the decision even though the lake was even more beautiful than I had imagined, ringed as it is by 13,000' peaks that still held snow in mid-July. Of all the possibilities for a painting, this is the one that grabbed me the hardest - a shallow bay where untold ages of toppled timber have come to rest. There's a narrow gap leading to the main lake giving some distance perspective. My photos and sketches were enough to bring back all the memories I needed to create this rendition of Bradley Lake Shallows.

Andrew & Marbo Barnard Award, Pastels USA 2017, Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sept-Oct 2017, Fresno, CA.
Top 15 (August, 2018), Pastel Society of Colorado Calendar Competition.
29th IAPS Juried Exhibition, International Association of Pastel Societies, Online, December, 2016.
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