Sunday, December 6, 2009

Canyonlands II

6" x 6" oil on panel
$75.00 + $10. s/h
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This is another view of Canyonlands National Park and more snow. This snow went a little more toward violet, which is was. The shady side of the trails was pretty snowy, but with practically no one else hiking, there was plenty of room to stay on the sunny side.

Canyonlands is a showcase of geology. Until recently, which means 15 million years ago in geologic times, this area was near sea level. Uplifts and volcanic activity created folds and mountains, but then movement in the earh's crust caused the whole area to rise. Today, the average elevation is over 5,000 feet above sea level.

In this painting you're looking at a ridge, a plateau, a canyon top, and a mesa.


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I love it. And I love that when you post you give us more than just a beautiful painting, you always tell a little about the history, or the geography - something I didn't know.... Thanks!~

Karen said...

Pam these look fantastic! I love the looseness, and the paint application, as always. Wow that sounds like an amazing trip. Look forward to seeing more paintings from it.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Just beautiful, as always! I love the fact that the separaate brushstrokes are visible on the snow, and rock area. Also, was wondering, what color, or colors, do you use to tone your canvas for your landscapes? I enlarged your image to see if I could see any of the canvas peeking through, but, alas, I could not.

Pam Holnback said...

Kelley, It's amazing what we learn on art blogs!

Thanks Karen, It was an amazing trip!

Nancy, Usually I tone my canvases w/ cad yellow deep, cad orange, or yellow ochre. Sometimes just one, often a mixture of two.