Tag Archives: Utah

Shapes and Colors of Canyonlands

I spent the day thinking about different color and paintbrush combinations for my Canyonlands plein air backpack. After eight very small sketches, I settled in on using mostly flat brushes and purples, reds, and oranges for most of the rock … Continue reading

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Canyonlands Sky

We arrived in Canyonlands National Park just as it got dark today. The night sky has no moon so far and the stars and Milky Way are spectacular, especially against the dark red buttes. I tried to capture the night … Continue reading

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Colorado River

  The Colorado River is magnificent as it flows through Utah. It is stunning and I worked to capture its beauty in this sketch. Most people know that the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon and is an indispensable source … Continue reading

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Early Morning on a Ranch

Last week we spent a night on a friend’s ranch in Utah. In the morning, I heard footsteps and looked out the window to see our host going out to start his day. It was really early. The sun was … Continue reading

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Morning Shines on the Mesa

The sandstone rocks of Southwest Utah are stunning. I did not have time to paint there so I compensated by taking as many photos as I could. Today I began to look at them, especially the ones with strong lighting. … Continue reading

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Action Sketching along I- 80 in Nevada, Utah and Wyoming

Although learning to accurately sketch is a long standing goal, composing pictures from what I see is an important goal too. Action sketching requires a kind of imaginative planning that I find difficult. Drawing real people who move about in … Continue reading

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