16" x 24"
Oil on Panel
Moran Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is popular viewpoint. It's named for an artist - named 'Moran' amazingly enough, except there seems to be a disagreement about whether this is referring to Thomas or Peter. Whatever....
There is also a scenic Moran Point in Yosemite NP. And a more famous Moran Point in Yellowstone NP - this time definitely associated with Thomas. He made the place famous and it repaid the kindness by making him famous and successful. His paintings were also a factor in leading to the the national park designation for that unique area.
I became interested in this Arizona site while looking for reference material associated with Capitol Reef.
This has wonderful contrasts
I designed this with a late afternoon treatment. When painting I often establish the most dark and the light areas and then work from distance to foreground in landscapes. This painting was done by doing a more complete gray scale under-painting and then adding the color.
Perhaps it improved the unity
This painting is also in a 2:3 size ratio rather than more conventional 3:4 [18" x 24"], I think that this puts emphasis on the linear nature of the area but not as much as the 1:2 ratio used for 'Capitol Reef'
The downside is that the panel and any frame must be custom made.