Sketching in the Grand Canyon

Last month I had friends visit from Norway and I took them to the Grand Canyon to hike in. 

We chose various south rim trails: Kaibab, Grandview and Hermit. I took my sketchpad and recorded impressions along the way. I expect my sketches and memories will feed new paintings in the months ahead

My first trip in the Grand Canyon was in 1972. It was a hike from one rim to other and back. Before that trip I read what was then the hiker’s bible,The Man Who Walked Through Time, by Colin Fletcher. I think of that book’s title every time I’m there, for it eroded formations are a kind of time machine for the imagination: alluring, humbling, revealing.


Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

Sketch of twisted pine on the kaibab trail

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