This piece depicts a 57 Caravanner set in the “pony ring” along with other classic restored Airstreams at Lakeside amusement park in Denver for the Alumafandango Airstream Life rally. In the background, you may notice the “Wee Wind” of Fred Colwell, a forties vintage tiny Airstream still in its original condition. And on the left […]
Don Lake, Painter
Don is a watercolorist who enjoys the slow process of drawing and coaxing real and imagined forms into being. As a painter, he builds up thin layers of transparent watercolor over a neutral “map” or underpainting, gradually rendering depth and atmosphere into the flat initial shapes. His work is strongly representational and dedicated to the visual facts of a place.
Don’s travels inspire him to paint his experiences in the remarkable places of the western U.S., national parks, and abroad. In recent years, Don began making paintings of his Airstream travel trailer in interesting places. His Airstream art has an authentic playfulness to it and always an interesting story behind it. Airstream Life magazine has featured Don's pieces on the cover of several issues.
Because Don primarily paints landscapes and industrial imagery, his Airstream paintings and prints are created in very small editions, making them quite cherished by their owners.
This painting was inspired during a western loop trip we did in our 19’ Flying Cloud, through South Dakota to Yellowstone, then on to California to courtesy park in a friend’s driveway before heading off to the Yosemite. Leaving Yosemite through a forest service “controlled burn” along the eastern outlet highway 120, we found a […]
This piece was on the cover of Airstream Life magazine. Among the highlights of our Airstream travels have been Airstream Life rallies at Alumapalooza in Jackson Center and Alumafandango at Lakeside Park in Denver. At those rallies, I’ve had the opportunity to see some eye-popping restored classic trailers. This painting depicts three of those ‘icons’ […]