16x12 Oil on Canvas
Bryce Canyon is located approximately 90 miles northeast of Springdale, and is well worth traveling the extra miles, if you’re already in the area. On the way there last summer, wildfires were all around. Smoke resembled thick fog in some sections along the highway, where you could hardly see the vehicle in front of you. We were prepared for the possibility of the park being closed, but as luck would have it, the park was open, and I had the opportunity to experience one of the most majestic views in America that I’ve ever seen. Even better, the number of tourists was less than usual.
We arrived before noon and as the hours passed by, the smoke started to settle. And although close in proximity to Zion, it was a very different experience and almost surreal looking down upon the needle-like formations they call hoodoos. While the main tourist areas of Zion ascend from the canyon floor, the lookout points of Bryce are positioned on the edges of cliffs.
My goal with this painting was to capture the atmospheric feeling of the canyon. Oddly enough, it reminded me of the ocean, where the sky plays a significant role in the overall mood of the scene. Depending upon the cloud density, angle of sunlight, and time of day, the orange tones of the rocks appeared more or less vivid.