Arizona

thoughts on the 4th of July


 
With the red, white and blue in my painting of Glen Canyon, Arizona, I send best wishes for a Happy 4th of July to my family, friends and followers in the States, although I feel sure like me your thoughts today as you celebrate are for those over two thousand babies and children separated from their mothers and fathers and for whom there is little to celebrate.

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Glen Canyon Study #3  Watercolor, Pen and Ink 16.3.17

Glen Canyon Study #4  Pen and Ink 16.3.17

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Glen Canyon Study #1 watercolour, pen and ink 13.03.17

Glen Canyon Study #2  Pen and Ink 13.3.17

WPC: The Road Taken: Part 2

With the popularity of The Road Taken, my submission to this week’s Photo Challenge from Krista, here are a few more images of the breathtaking Arizona Landscape that is Glen Canyon taken on a memorable late afternoon in April 2015.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow

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Just for a few minutes each day a narrow shaft of sunlight illuminates the glorious natural beauty of Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona. It will take your breath away.
It certainly took mine.

“Be your own painter…”

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Arizona remembered I  2.7.16

The title of today’s post is taken from Tony Smibert’s quote in Exercise 3 of Landscapes of the Imagination, which I am working through this month, “Be your own painter and adapt what you want to your own work”. This exercise is all about graduated washes and includes maneuvering the board upside-down as the secondary washes are applied.

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The quote was all the inspiration I needed to apply the exercise to memories of our memorable trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, where we stopped before continuing on to that never-to-be-forgotten visit to Antelope Canyon.

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That night we walked on the McDowell Sonoran Reserve after sunset where the Saguaro cacti were dramatically silhouetted against the evening sky. It was thanks to Laura Macky that we included this in our visit and her wonderful post Painted Saguaro is one that I recommend you all visit. Thanks once again Laura 🙂

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Arizona remembered II 2.7.16

 Worldwatercolormonth Day 2

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The sensational sinuous curves of Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This photo from Lower Antelope Canyon will be familiar to those of you who follow thechangingpalette. Our visit there just over a year ago was simply spectacular and I was greatly honoured when Cheri featured the mesh gallery I created from the trip in The Daily Post’s Photos We Loved last September.

More curves to follow.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

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The abstract beauty of the slot canyons of Antelope Canyon, Arizona