According to Wikipedia, “Owens Lake is a mostly dry lake in the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, California. It is about 5 miles south of Lone Pine, California. Unlike most dry lakes in the Basin and Range Province that have been dry for thousands of years, Owens held significant water until 1913, when much of the Owens River was diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct, causing Owens Lake to desiccate by 1926 …”
Owens Lake, the painting, begins on-location on an extremely bone chilling, cold, windy early morning. On shore, at the edge of the lake, I am a able to complete several sketches, two of which produce this watercolor and another painting, “Dry Lake.” Now, in the name of transparency, I’ll admit both paintings are created several days later in the warmth of my studio.