One of the side benefits to having a gallery in Park City is the 8 hour road trip from Denver out there stopping by Arches N.P. and getting to see some of Mother Nature's most impressive sandstone sculptures. This time around, Jason and I found an arch we hadn't seen before; the spectacular Double Arch was worth the 105 degree hike to rest in that amazing shadow and look up at that brilliant blue sky contrasting against a red vermillion stone.
This landscape is all about erosion from water creating cracks and holes, the wind cutting waves in the sandstone to the excessive temperature swings causing calving and collapse. Sandstone is soft and contains iron giving it the red color. Red iron oxide is one of the oldest artist's pigments created and still used today. I used it to glaze transparent washes to simulate the stripey desert varnish on this new painting - "Arches' 48x48"
Here's a good summer road trip read written by an ex-park ranger at Arches N.P. and wilderness advocate...
“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire