Tuesday, January 28, 2014

One Grand Wonder

© A.K.SIMON -  One Grand Wonder 8"x8" oil on linen - SOLD

Day 28 in 30 paintings in 30 days - http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/

Based on the Quote:  “It is the one great wonder. . . every American should see." 
Theodore Roosevelt

I had heard this quote by Teddy Roosevelt my whole life and never really understood it until I went there. I felt a little guilty that I got to see it and there are so many Americans who haven't or may never get to see the Grand Canyon. I truly understood the quote at that moment. This is a wonder that the whole human race needs to share. 

There are no words to describe the canyon and there are so many artists who have painted it that I was pretty "cocky" in even trying. Every once in a while when I really want to challenge myself, I try. I did one at the head of the Kaibab trail and "yuck" but there is one good tree in it. This one is a little closer to the feel I got there when I fist saw it but not quite there for me. There are so many angles and then there's the linear perspective and atmospheric perspectives to deal with not to mention the color issues and sun angle. I would like to spend some time there just studying and painting but you need a permit to do that now. I was told that because the tourists rally around painters in the canyon it creates traffic issues. I believe they do hold an event once a year where they invite certain artists to come and paint then they show the work in the Kolb Studio.  

Once again, I feel the painting is better than the picture I got but isn't that always the case?

Here's a link on some facts about the Grand Canyon that you might find interesting. Just hit next to scroll through the 7 facts: http://www.livescience.com/31903-amazing-grand-canyon-facts.html


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