Lost in the hoodoosPosted: August 15, 2014
Each of Utah’s five National Parks have vastly different rock formations and that’s what makes them so interesting and yet so difficult to capture in paint. Capitol Reef was big red canyon walls and layers of the Waterpocket Fold. Arches was monoliths. Canyonlands, which I visited yesterday but had no time to write about was, as the name suggests, vast vistas seen from above. Today’s park is Bryce Canyon. Again this is geography that you look down into from the rim. It’s a more hospitable landscape for the shade-seeking sketcher because of the pines along the edge, but it’s geology that is so foreign to my eyes that it took a while to comprehend.
Looking into the canyons of orange limestone pillars, it took some time to think about how to paint these, and I decided that it might be best to start by sketching them. The spires are vertical but the layers of colour are horizontal and mostly deepen in intensity as they move downward. It’s not necessary to paint every hoodoo, although that is what you might think upon first impression. I tried to use something I learned from Tom Hoffman. How can you say it in the least amount of paint strokes? Tomorrow I will be in Zion National Park and I suppose that will bring a whole new menu of geological formations that I will have to comprehend.