|Storm Over Escalante Canyon - 12x16", plein air|
pastel on gray Artagain paper
It was started Wed early evening, less than an hour before sunset. The location is along the road to the Escalante State Park/Campground, where we spent the first two nights in Escalante. It is about 2 miles west of town, so this view is to the east. The late afternoon light lit up the beautiful sandstone cliffs and canyon walls, and I knew I had to paint it as we drove back from picking up my Quick Draw entry.
I jumped right back in the car when we got back to our campsite, drove to this location by a cattle ranch, and quickly established the main composition and the basic colors of the rock and foreground while the light was still good. I had to stop when the sun went down behind the distal plateau behind me, and the light had completely disappeared.
I returned around 4PM the next afternoon, and was in luck that the stormy skies that had provided the contrast for the original view were staging an encore, albeit a bit different. So, I worked quickly to capture the ever-changing clouds.
One thing I love about painting skies such as these, are the edges. Hard, soft, lost and found - these clouds had them all.
|Buttes Near Harris Wash - 9x12", plein air|
pastel on toned UArt #600
An "unofficial" piece done (not stamped) on Friday, along the trail leading to the Zebra slot canyon. We loved this hike when we did it back in May, and I wanted to do a painting somewhere along the trail, or in the washes. These stunning striped buttes, of Jurassic period Navajo sandstone, are a stand-out feature along the hike, and these are about 2 miles into the hike. When I found a large juniper to provide shade right near the trail with this view, it was a no-brainer. I spent about an hour or so working on this while Wayne explored Harris Wash downstream.
I even had him take a picture of me at the scene after he got back:
Two more pictures from that hike:
|Forming cumulonimbus anvil looking north from where I painted|
|Clouds against sandstone - Halfway Hollow wash on the hike back|