Mystic Canyon

The native artist, Morgan, acknowledged that its beautiful tints were beyond the reach of human art; whilst Folsom was the first to confess that language was utterly inadequate to convey a just conception of the grandeur and sublimity of this masterpiece of Nature’s handiwork.
— The Journal of the Manchester Geographical Society
The sublime scenes of our natural woodland surpass all my expectations. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is, of course, the climax. As I beheld it today, its long kaleidoscope of varied colours, its castles and cathedrals, spires sculpted by the Deity, and heard the voice of its magnificent cataracts, I felt is was a place where the finite prays, the infinite hears, and immensity looks on.
— John L. Stoddard

Nature’s palette is incredible; unlike anything an artist can produce even when we use natural pigments. This is my second tribute to our country’s beloved treasure - our National Parks.

‘Mystic Canyon’ is inspired by the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is about 24 miles long, ranging from 800 to 1200 feet deep and is up to 4000 feet at its widest point. Mineral stains color the areas of the hot springs and steam vents across the walls of the canyon. For thousands of years the bubbling, steaming fluids have chemically played with the rocks, painting them red, pink, yellow and white; the rocks are in a sense ‘rusting’ from the chemical alterations in iron compounds.

Using Powertex and DecoArt Media, I have tried to imitate some of the painted, rusted and textured beauty that nature created in Yellowstone Park.


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