Black Canyon of the Gunnison

I enjoy painting some of the parks that are less frequently the subject of artwork. Among these parks is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Despite the canyon being lesser known among the American national parks, it is deep, dramatic, and unique.

I had been to the Black Canyon twice in the 90s before bringing the family there in 2017. We were on a road trip through southwestern Colorado on Memorial Day weekend. We stopped at several of the overlooks on the south rim, including the Painted Wall. Because of the steepness of the canyon there are no trails that lead directly into the canyon (at least that I know of) but I did take the Warner Point trail at the west end of the park.

Now while I did have a picture of my two sons standing on the rim and gazing at the canyon, the specific pose wasn’t quite what I wanted. I had another picture from a year before of my sons standing on the rim of a canyon in Utah that seemed a better fit for what I wanted in the painting.

And with a slight modification of that pictured pose of my sons, I had what I needed to paint the Black Canyon of the Gunnison from the Painted Wall overlook.

Travel and the Creative Arts

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