Sunday, September 28, 2014
8" x 6" oil on canvas panel
I (think) the reference photo for this painting was taken somewhere along US Highway 12 between Capital Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. It has been a few years since my wife and I toured all of the national parks in Colorado and Utah and some of the images run together. All I know is that it was beautiful and highway 12 through Utah is one of the most spectacular drives I have ever taken. I love this painting; the photo turned out ok, but I promise it looks better in person. The highlights on the branches of the birch trees and the the warm shadows on the trunks are some of my best work. I think I've made some breakthroughs lately. When you focus on value and color, the details work themselves out.