Sunday, November 18, 2012

Angels' Landing

Angels' Landing in Zion National Park

Capturing the glow of the colorful monoliths found in Zion National Park is a difficult challenge.
The light in the canyon changes moment to moment, so that sometimes even a camera
can not record the mood and color as we see and experience it.

This is not a very good photo, but I have made a rough sketch and done a wet in wet
wash of pale yellow and cadmium orange over most of the paper.

Excuse the shadows, here I have added another wash with more cad orange on
the rocks and more yellows and some oranges in the mid ground, where the trees are.

Oops, several steps have gone by because I forget to record them.
More details everywhere,  keeping the mountains in the background faded since they are in the distance,
and gradually adding more detail as we move forward, with darker areas around the edges
of the trees to make them more defined and to indicated that they are in front of the mountains.

Here I have added some detail to the focal point which is Angels' Landing, and the trees in the mid ground.

Next the foreground grasses and bushes were added.
There is still work to be done on the focal point, Angels' Landing, as well as deciding what I want to do with the sky. 


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I love how you take photos of the many steps. It gives me hope that I too may one day be able to watercolor like this. -Susan

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Mark Johnson said...

Truly one of your best starts on the difficult task of capturing Zion's Majesty. I love the mountains to the left... fading from the focal point as they should, but still grabbing my curiosity and pulling my eyes over for a "look see." And the "path" is a wonderful lead in...
Good Job.

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

I've always wished I could do watercolors. You're so talented and lucky to have that talent. :)

Sunny said...

Veyr interesting to see all the layers of color you do with your watercolor! Nice!