April 22, 2013

Vacation in Canyon Country

I don't know why I didn't post these last summer, but I still feel like I should share them.  Last August my now-wife Linda and I drove from Denver, Colorado to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, stopping in Utah on the way.  I had a few chances to get some sketching in, including a watercolor!

On the way there, we stopped in Grand Junction for Nepalese food and I did this sketch, with our little Honda between the two bigger cars.
grand junction colorado

At Arches National Park near Moab, Utah we hiked to Delicate Arch.  Linda was happy to sit and rest while I did this sketch.
delicate arch

I did this sketch of the lobby of Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon.  We didn't stay here because it was booked solid--we just used the lobby for free wi-fi.
bright angel lodge lobby

In the morning we went to a Ranger talk on fossils that was very cool.  We walked through an area where marine fossils are literally falling out of the ground.  We then went for a little hike, and I proposed to Linda.  (She said yes.)  After that, I did this quick sketch while we sat on a bench watching for California Condors, which have been successfully reintroduced to the area.
view of grand canyon village from fossil beds

Later that afternoon, I sketched from Yavapai Point.
from yavapai point

The following morning, I got up very early and left our lodge to do a few more sketches near Yavapai Point and the Geology Museum before we left to go home.  I felt that if I left having only drawn the Grand Canyon in black and white it would be a travesty, so I pulled out my watercolors.  Fortunately I only needed two colors for this sketch, so I couldn't screw it up too badly.
yavapai point watercolor
Even remembered to document it while I was there:
grand canyon watercolor

One last sketch before we drove home.
near geology museum

by Paul Heaston


Vicky said...

Fantastic drawings and wonderful story. So great that you'll have these pictures to remember a terrific trip and the moment of your engagement. (I guess you also demonstrated to your future wife what it was going to be like married to a sketcher:) Congratulations!

VHein said...

Beautiful sketches and lovely glowing watercolor that really catches that morning light--and I agree, a great way to remember such an important event.

kumi matsukawa said...

So lovely! It is interesting to see and compare how you capture/ explain with lines vs colors. Especially I see more vertical line strokes in pen drawings while there are more horizontal strokes in watercolor. and both have such GRAND feel.

Gordons said...

I truly enjoyed your drawings. Thank you for sharing.


Mari Carmen Polo said...

Fantastic!!! Love all of them!

CharlieAmra said...

What a wonderful collection of drawings. I am amazed how you much information you can convey about each scene with such ease.

Carol said...

Wait, what? You proposed?! Congratulations!
(Fantastic drawings, too, to remember the day :)

Pedro said...

Thanks for sharing and congrats.
These magnificient landscapes are very difficult to draw... a grandiose view to a small pice of paper... but you done it perfectly!

Murray Dewhurst said...
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Murray Dewhurst said...

Really impressive sketches!

matthew_c said...

Wow, such power in the B&W's for me.!

Paul Heaston said...

Thanks all! Yes, we got engaged at the Grand Canyon, and got married in Texas last month. I have some sketches from our wedding trip I'll share soon. @Vicky- we've been together for 7 years, so she already knows what it's like to live with a crazy sketcher!

Jimu said...

Most impressive.... I've been in a few of these areas... Beautifully captured.... Top marks from me!

catalina rigo said...

This is just amazing! WOW!