Sunday, November 29, 2009

Taylor Creek #2

I’ve been thinking about ways to “punch” up values so, I thought I'd start a little series of higher contrast paintings just to see how far I can push things.

This was also done with a more limited palette than I've been using. Just the split primaries plus white.

I did this one from another of my images from Taylor Creek in the Kolob Canyon section of Zion NP.

9 x 12 oil on linen panel

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Early Morning on the Trail

Yep, I'm still wading through my Red Rock photos. This was actually started on location but I just got around to working on it again.

It's an odd size (square) for me but I really think I like the format. I'm definitely going to try some more!

10 x 10 oil on linen panel

Original sketch

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Watchman #2

I’m continuing with my series of studies of Zion NP. In fact,  I probably have enough material to go for a while!

On my last day I took a hike down the Watchman trail, near the visitors center. Every direction produced a heart-stopping view!

So little time…


12 x 16 oil on linen panel

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Taylor Creek Trail

Here’s another small study from my recent trip to Zion NP. This is actually from the Kolob Canyons section of the park. A trail runs 3 miles along a delightful creek, ending in a spectacular red rock grotto. But that’s the subject of some future paintings!

Because of the dense foliage, I decided to start with an under-painting of hard pastels washed with mineral spirits.

8 x 10 pastel on Pastelbord