Trip Preparation.When I choose a location for travel I search for inspiration on the web. It's not hard to find. For the second year in a row, I'm visiting the Grand Canyon for the Invitational, Plein Air Festival. And I love to surf the websites of the participating artists. While at the Grand, I too will be painting and making photographs, although not part of the Invitational, but I aspire to be invited someday soon. I'll be hanging out at the Ten-X campground south of Tuscayan near the South Rim.
And the Art of the National Parks book is a terrific, inspiring informative read. Last year, at Zion National Park's Invitational plein air festival, the authors spoke and showed a terrific slide show of some of the work in the book, as many of the artists featured were present.
I will be at the Grand for 5 days and then I'm participating in the Escalante Canyons Arts Festival in Utah. My camera is my traveling art studio for the week, and right now I'm building some drying racks for my oil paintings. The organizers have reserved some group camp sites at the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Photography, painting and travel go together for me.
Here are some artists who inspire me, and trigger my need to "Get Out and STAY out"
Erin Hansen's Website
Matthew Higginbotham, painter
I will be "on the road" for about three weeks, Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante Canyons, and then Capitol Reef National Park. I love all three of these locations for early fall photography and this year I will practice oil painting too. Join with me as I share the adventure and new imagery on my blogs. And since I have a new hip, I will do some hiking in all three locations.
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Grand Canyon Photography, 2014
Here are a few photos from my 2014 trip to the Grand Canyon
OOH la laaa, the clouds
|By hanging around the canyon for a few days, I enjoy the changing light,|
the shadows, and the warm/cool colors.
|This view of O'Neill Butte and the South Kaibab trail seduced me as|
it was lit be the sunrise.
|I was thrilled by the clouds, which allowed me to include quite a bit|
of the sky in the image. Cloud shadows are my favorite subjects.
|The sunlit O'Neill Butte really stood out|
against the shadows of the inner gorge from Yaki Point.
This year I hope to hike the South Kaibab trail, visible
to the left of the saddle.
Capitol Reef Fall Photography, 2013
|Autumn in the Orchard, Capitol Reef|
|Looking towards the Henry Mountains, from Strike Valley Overlook|