Friday, August 8, 2008

Pinion Pine and Couple of HooDoos

20 x 24 oil alkyd primed canvas.

On our way back from the Paint the Parks exhibit in St. George, my wife and I spent a couple of days in Bryce Canyon National Park. One evening prior to turning in I went for a short hike along the rim trail to watch the sun go down. I was quite literally stunned to watch the display unfold. There were some great old trees along the trail that gave evidence that this canyon is continuing to evolve. The ground would erode away and leave these old pines with the feeling that they had been constructed on stilts. This tree in particular caught my attention, but the setting and the background left plenty to be desired. I also wanted to include a couple of hoodoos to give it a more honest sense of place. That ended up being a challenging element to fit in because of the strong graphic nature of those rock formations. This painting is put together from about four difference reference photos with a good bit of it made up. I am still deciding if I am done picking at it.


Helen Read said...

Wow! I really like how you've shown the light! Beautiful!

LDahl said...

I just found your blog yesterday,I loved your work so much I went back and looked at every one of your paintings. You have gained so much in a year. You went from really good to terrific in such a short time. Man I can smell the paint, awesome!

Paul Coventry-Brown said...

Wonderful light here, very mystical and atmospheric, great painting.