Saturday, March 13, 2010

More Grand Canyon

Now that I've had a chance to take a more leisurely look at the sketches I made at the Grand Canyon, I'd thought I'd post a few more that I like. I think these effectively capture the moment.

"Snow in the Morning" (9x12, oil) shows one of the many points that jut out from the South Rim. These cliffs are typically in shadow most of the morning, and any snow that falls on the ledges tends to stay there.

"Departure" (5x7, oil) shows another little point. This one is quite narrow, and I doubt any but the hardiest painter would venture out onto it, especially given the snow and ice that would make for tricky footing.

"Canyon Squalls" (5x7, oil) shows a broad view of the Canyon. We could see a band of snow lying on the distant North Rim. Snow squalls were heading our way, and peek-a-boo sunspots darted here and there on the buttes and temples.

I enjoyed the trip to the Grand Canyon so much that I'm planning on a Grand Canyon Week as part of next year's Paint Sedona workshops. Most likely, this will be in April. If you're interested, please contact me.


Bill Cramer said...

Man, wish I coulda gone up there with you! Looks like you got in some quality paint time there! Nice work.

Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

It was a pretty intense few days, Bill - very enjoyable!