Table Cliff PlateauPosted: September 14, 2014
I’m quoting from one of those informational panels in Utah’s National Parks when I say that the clearest air in America is on the Colorado Plateau. The average summer visual range is 145 miles! That’s a bit more distance than what I’m used to sketching in the city.
There were many reasons why painting in Utah was a challenge, but I would say that trying to capture those great distances and vast vistas in front of me was something that took a bit of time to understand. There are so many variables that have to be dealt with: colour temperature, value, edge quality. I am still working on the Utah paintings (there are ten in all), but when I am done I hope to post them and talk about the challenges of painting each one. Table Cliff Plateau in Bryce Canyon was one of the easier places to paint because of the shade from the pines on the rim where I sat. I haven’t started the paintings from Bryce yet but when I do I hope to include this view, especially the giant cloud shadow that floated across it.