I could tell the sky was blue through the clerestory windows, but I never was out in it. I arrived before light and left long after dark.
I made lots of progress on Vermillion Pass Burn. Here is yesterday’s state. Next photo is today’s. On location I was really struck by the vastness of the fire, which jumped the road at Marble Canyon. I want to convey not only the immensity of the landscape in the Rockies, but the pincushion carpet of standing dead trees. I should point out that the piece is 30 x 41, but it seems entirely manageable compared to my other project.
After the first death, there is no other is a close-up view of the fire-scar on a tree I saw on the Stanley Glacier trail off 97A. If you look at the implied basin in the top middle portion of Vermillion Pass Burn, that’s where it is. I spent portions of the last two days gessoing both sides of this 51 x 76 sheet, and I had to get help to hang it on the wall. I can’t quite reach the top and have to climb onto a step to work on it. Luckily I know from previous experience that the first layer usually looks ugly, or I’ve had given up.
I haven’t given up on drawing with a soldering iron, either. So far the only paper that works is some very old and fragile rice paper. After several tries I realized if I adhered it to a backing I first I wouldn’t be trying to carefully lift it off to impossibly transfer it to a backing. So I got out the giant roll of watercolor paper and glued the rice paper to a 51 x 13.5 inch strip. Heat-drawing this way will be tomorrow’s experiment.
Dinner calls, but if today is like yesterday, I’ll be back in the studio for another few hours.