Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hike To Kolob

This is an oil painting that I did fairly quickly one day when I was experimenting with landscape painting. I just squoze the color right out of the tube onto the canvass and then worked it together as I feathered it across. I wanted to paint a bold desert painting of our local Kolob mountains and so I went as bold and direct as I could to reflect the dramatic shadows and vivid colors of the canyon. It came together so quickly that I was surprised and pleased. It's my first real landscape so I know I have a lot of room for improvement but when I feel inspired I might try it again. it's not quirky enough for my taste but I knew my daughter in law would like it enough so I gave it to her in some odd attempt at a peace offering. I have no idea if it worked or not.

When my son (her husband) was a teenager we moved to New Harmony, Utah, just across this broad sloping valley from the Kolob side of Zion National Park. The ward there sung "If I could Hie To Kolob" in church so my son thought they were saying, "If I could Hike to Kolob", an activity we did often and enjoyed very much since it was so close.

There's a story to the whole Kolobian interplanetary travel idea but I won't go into it on an art blog. If you're interested let me know. It's funny as hell and very bizarre.


  1. I love this painting, Insanad. I like the clean uncluttered style and the boldness of the colors in the cliffs. It's the next best thing to being there.

  2. Well it was my first attempt at a landscape and I will happily make another BETTER one and give it to you. I'll try to just do half a painting so that it's not too busy, just the way you like it.

    One more year and we'll be almost THERE every day. I can hardly wait.