Painted Canyons

 

 

 

Painted Canyons appears in the  online exhibit at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego through December. It will also appear in person at the 50th Anniversary Show of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado, December 2014 through January 2015.  As a life time member, a former President as well as former weaver, I was privileged to be an invited artist in this exhibit.

 

Painted Canyons was inspired by and used a photo I took at Capitol Reef National Park which is one of my favorite places. Colorful are the rusty red  Entrada and the Wingate sandstones, the chocolate Moenkopi mudstones, the yellows, lavenders, and greens of the Chinle Formation, the brilliant cream color of the Navajo domes.  All the names and vistas reflect the poetry of color, line, and form.  Wind and water have painted, textured, and sculpted this artists’ wonderland.

 Waterpocket Fold, Cassidy Arch, Cohab Canyon: also names that reflect the rich history of human occupation, add another layer of remembrance and mystery.  Did Butch Cassidy really hide out here? Did the Mormon settlers hide their ‘extra’ wives and children in these maze like canyons?

 

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I performed several transformations on the photo including using the dry brush filter, stretching the photo horizontally, and layering a rainbow gradation over it.

 

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I printed this altered image, slightly lighter than shown above, in five separate horizontal strips on silk charmeuse, then cut apart the rock formations, and appliqued them over background colored strips to emphasize the canyon furrows, ridges, and water paths. Stitching also added emphasis to the geometry of the rock shapes as the detail shots below show.

 

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