If I really work at it I can make a scene fit my sheet – really I can. The board in my little plein air kit (gator foam covered with adhesive plastic) fits a quarter-size watercolor sheet (11 x 15). As a consequence that’s the size I generally do outdoors, even when I all I do is a drawing on the sheet, and paint it later. But here in Zion Canyon, the views are so expansive I can rarely contain the scene on a sheet of that proportion – it demands to be wider or taller than “normal”. Over and over I end up continuing the drawing onto a second and even third sheet.
Two days ago while hiking up Observation Point I started thinking about shaped sheets. One of the beauties of work on paper is that one is surely not bound to a rectangle. This is looking down on the canyon floor, Mt. Moroni, one of the Patriarchs, and the top of Angel’s Landing,
Shaped-sheet painting “Observing Zion” ~30″ x 11″, watercolor on paper
Further update: similar viewpoint to Maynard Dixon’s painting of Angel’s Landing and the Great White Throne (a double-quarter-sheet diptych, 15 x 22).
My version of the Great White Throne and Angels Landing, similar to Maynard Dixon’s
The newest rock texture, from my day of painted desert hiking on the southwest side of the park.
Gypsum and shale in Scroggins Wash, watercolor on paper, 11″ x 11″
And another update: a better tarantula photo (second sighting).
About two-thirds the size of my hand.