- Steller’s Jay Color Study
To anyone who has ever been camping or picnicing (generally being outside with food) anywhere in the western US, you’ve met a Steller’s Jay. They sit up in trees and squawk very loudly, then suddenly they are swooping down majestically to steal food. Once while camping in King’s Canyon, they stole our bacon out of the hot frying pan while it was still cooking.
Despite their annoying behavior, they are beautiful, with black, high crested heads and bright blue bodies and wings. Being members of the Corvidae family, they are in the family as rooks, magpies, crows and ravens, and are very smart.
In my color study, I wanted to capture the high contrast of the bright blue against their shiny black feathers
- Pictograph Stop in Temple Wash, southern Utah
Just outside Goblin Valley is a canyon called Temple Wash that has pictographs; the site is significant because it contains pictographs of 2 different styles, Fremont and Barrier Canyon style. This also means people were painting the panels at 2 different times. Fremont style is estimated to be 800 – 1,400 years ago, and Barrier Canyon is estimated to be 1,500 – 8,000 years ago. It is thought that the creators from different cultures could have existed at the same time. Also the figures in the panel are quite tall, and it’s guessed they were meant to be seen from a distance.
Here you can see the dark red pictographs at the bottom of the cliff face. Even though I was quite far away (there is a wooden fence to keep people away) I could still see the images were quite detailed. We also brought a pair of binoculars, so we could see the images more clearly.
You can see on the left is a human figure with horns. To the right is a dog figure, a “medicine man” figure holding snakes, and several other human figures. There is a lot of damage due to the rock shearing off the cliff face. There was also severe vandalism around 2000, but it looks like the state cleaned that off.
Across from the panel is part of the San Rafael Swell. In this area the earth has been pushed up and is pretty rough, and you can see the geological layers distinctly.
Selfie with the pictograph panel behind me!
- Jackrabbit Print Detail
Today I’ve posted a detail of my Jackrabbit print. I use soft pastels, because I love the way the medium can be pushed around and mixed, but I also can cover and layer the colors. The Jackrabbit print is available in 8 x 10 or 16 x 20 sizes. (The watermark doesn’t appear on the print!) The Jackrabbit Print is available framed also.
- Work in Progress
I’m really excited about some new pieces I’ve been working on. Here is another closeup of a work in progress! The new pieces will be available at the end of the summer.