I recently returned from a backpacking trip to Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Describing my trip as “inspiring” does not do it justice, but its the best I could come up with! The Grand Canyon is an incredible place that almost seems entirely untouched by humanity. For seven days and six nights, I hiked through the most desolate, remote and impossibly beautiful places. If you’d like to see another planet, but can’t afford the ticket aboard a space shuttle, I suggest going to the Grand Canyon instead. It was bizarre, enchanting and dangerous all at the same time.
I had originally planned to bring along my full plein air painting kit to make some on location work, but in the end the strenuous nature of the trip and weight restrictions forced me to leave it at home. I sketched instead, and took lots of photos to make some work back in the studio from.
Here are a few of the highlights and my favorite sketches.