A Dream of Canyonlands- Finished (Finally, dear gods)

Truth be told, i’ve had this finished for almost a month now…i’ve been just been procrastinating on actually posting about it. Why? That lovely thing that is artistic conceit that gets you thinking that if you just keep tweaking at it and adding just-one-more-thing, it’ll be perfect.

Thankfully work, life in general and planning for my upcoming trip to Europe (more on that soon) has kept me from turning the finished piece into a messy jumble trying to achieve unknowable perfection. I’m actually…pleased, with the way this turned out. When I first started it, i’d never done a landscape drawing that wasn’t just mountains, mountains and more mountains but I was so enamored by the landscape of Canyonlands NP that I knew I just had to try my hand at it.  It started with the rough sketch of graphite, then entered the inking stage I love so much and thats where I paused because I didn’t know if I dared to dip into color, and if I did dare, what route should I take? Bold reds and oranges, what you would expect of this Utah landscape? Muted browns and greens for a more traditional feel? Those all sounded like good ideas but they weren’t me, and after I had done color sketch after color sketch, I finally found myself at the completely other end of the spectrum I had started on, holding purples, blues and pinks in additional to the predictable browns.

I’ve already started sketching out some ideas for the next project, either an Arches NP one or a Joshua Tree one (i‘ll post those a little later) but for now, i’m happy with the way this one turned out and I like that every time I look over at it i’m reminded of the way I felt when I first saw this park- like I was on another planet, a whole otherworldly experience of pure wonder.

~m

3 comments

  1. This is really something! Well done. It has an energy and an edginess to it. And I love the geometric sensibility you’ve captured in the rock. The fact that some are coloured and some not… well, it pulls the eye in, making it flow through the piece in the coloured parts, but maybe it’s more than that? To me, rock is always growing, eroding, changing… to leave parts “unfinished” suggests a nod to that geological process. That, and it’s a beautiful piece of art!

    • (It’s beautiful in its finished state too!!)

    • FablesandCoffee · August 27

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment! It truly nice to read something like this after all the time I put into this piece and that feeling like someone gets what I was trying to put to paper. Thank you!!

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