Friday, December 21, 2007

Canyonlands WIP 1

I took this photo several years ago while in Canyonlands Nat'l Park near Moab, UT. I put it through the color filters in Photoshop Elements and really liked the orange-red version so decided to paint the scene in those colors. I have a terrible time painting canyons, I get so lost down in the depths. So, I am trying this one with a grayscale underpainting to at least try to keep me on track. The mass on the left is very typical of Canyonlands, where there are great slabs of rock with layers visible in a diagonal patters as opposed to individual boulders. I am hoping it doesn't come out as a huge blob of rock when finished, that is one challenge. I will enter different phases of this as I get time to work on it, we are taking a holiday motorhome trip so this blog will become more of a travelogue blog (or would that be "traveblog"?) once again and I will finish this painting after we return. It, being a half-sheet painting, is too large to take with us and work on it while gone so I will take along smaller things. Since we are going back to Death Valley I know the emphasis will be on photography as opposed to painting! We will be exploring more of the surrounding areas this time, should be interesting.


RHCarpenter said...

Susan, I like the way this one has started - and have a wonderful and safe trip - return soon!

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

Thanks Rhonda! I wish there wasn't so much to do before Christmas so I could just sit and paint this canyon, but the last-minute cleaning and stuff like that awaits, along with packing the MH for the trip, so I'll try to leave the painting alone.