I came back home to this painting, that I thought was finished two weeks ago but still wasn't satisfying me.
I had been studying it trying to figure out why it didn't have the sense of immenseness I felt when I hiked the trail that spectacular day. Somehow the canyon seemed miniaturized. Also, the glowing red rocks which were the inspiration for the painting, had lost their significance.
I thought a cropping might be in order. Look what happens when the sky is cropped out.
Now the walls rise around the viewer as they did in reality and the red rocks and path have prominence again. Here is another cropped option.
|On Kaibab Trail - oil on canvas - 16x20|
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