grand canyon art

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Close to two years ago, my two friends and I hopped in the Jeep and headed west. Shooting for California, breaking down in Utah, and eventually settling in Colorado. Living out of the Jeep for a month- all I had was some clothes, my sketchbook, and my camera. I took these pictures somewhere along the way and showed them to nobody until now. So, here’s only a few of my favorite pictures I took while traveling west from Michigan. (no filter)

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Revealed Landscapes

One of my projects this winter includes a new, 20-page sketchbook that includes paintings of nine places that are part of the National Park Service.  Like many painters, I often notice smaller paintings within a larger work.  Sometimes I even trim a painting on paper to “save” the part that works and discard the bits I am not pleased with.  With this sketchbook, each 10”x10” paintings is preceded by a page where a 4”x4” square has been cut out.  The square frames a “smaller” and often abstract painting.  Only when the page is turned, is the larger painting revealed.  

After another few weeks away we are back with a vengeance and with some  Maxfield Parrish. Born in Philadelphia in 1870 Maxfield Parrish entered into the arts early, learning techniques from his artist father, Stephen Parrish. A bulk of Maxfield’s career was spent illustrating fairy-tales, nursery rhymes, magazines and advertisements. By the 1920′s he abandoned commercial art and began painting for himself. In his own words: 
“I’m done with girls on rocks! I’ve painted them for thirteen years and I could paint them and sell them for thirteen more. That’s the peril of the commercial art game. It tempts a man to repeat himself. it’s an awful thing to get to be a rubber stamp. I’m quitting my rut now while I’m still able.”

Here is his piece, Grand Canyon (ca. 1902).