So who is The Lady of the Lake? In King Arthurian legends she is a sorceress who appears in many stories involving Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and more.
But the Lady of the Lake is not confined to a medieval time of legend and lore – the woman in the artwork, Lady of the Lake, is very much a woman of contemporary times, and the lake outside of which she stands is a high alpine one, surrounded by mountains that guard it as sentinels.
As with the lady of the lake of legend, the woman in the painting has a sense of mystery and intrigue about her, and the viewer naturally asks: “Who is this woman? Why is she standing, dressed decidedly not for hiking, in a remote place that is probably difficult to get there, unless one hiked?”
As with all representational paintings of thought and skill, Lady of the Lake tells a story, and because it is a story begun by the artist and finished by the viewer, it is a story that will be different for every person who views the painting. Not only is the viewer invited to embellish, add to, and finish the story (which can change each time the viewer sees the work), he or she is also invited to step into the painting itself, and stand by the lady of the lake, or be the lady of the lake.
Upon doing this, the viewer enters a place of quiet, peace, tranquility, and thought. One feels the warm sun on one’s back, and is aware that, because this is a high place, the temperature will plummet when that sun sets, or goes behind a cloud. The water itself is icy cold – all of these elements reminding the viewer that, in this world, we humans are a part of the planet, but we do not control everything. Part of the magic, the mystery, the intrigue is that we join in the world of nature with a sense of respect and awe.
The setting for Lady of the Lake is high in the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon.
Featured on 29 Fine Art America groups.
March 30th, 2017
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