A couple years ago, I did a painting of my friend on his mule in Escalante Canyon, Colorado. The mule was drinking out of Escalante Creek. At the time I was going to paint over the painting but my friend saw it and purchased it, he wouldn’t let me say no. Finally I got it back and got rid of it. We were riding the other week and I snapped a new and improved photo of he and his mule. I then did a much better painting of them and will varnish and frame it and give it to him soon. Persistence paid off!
Allen & I went to Zion National Park. It is stunning and amazing. Really, words can not describe its grandeur. I did some Plein Air paintings while Allen rode his bike through the park. Back home in the studio, I got out a big canvas and did the following painting, “Zion Sentinels”. It was a great trip and we hope to go back there soon.
I took a Plein Air workshop in St. George, Utah from Plein Air painter, Brad Holt. He was a great instructor, giving us lots of tips and advice. He also took us to a neat overlook to paint one day.
This painting, “Tall Juniper” was done during the workshop when we were inside on one of the afternoons.
I have been in the studio painting since the cloudy and cold weather has moved in during fall and winter. But before that I joined the Plein Air Artists of Colorado and went to Escalante Canyon for a paint out. The painting in this article is a result of that trip.
Here is a painting I did called “Walker Cabin Watchtower”. The study was done in Escalante Canyon between Delta and Grand Junction, Colorado. The landform was adjacent to an area where there were several small cabins cut into and out of the stones around 100 years ago. The hardy people who lived there had a great setting.