My inspiration came from sunny Utah this week.  I watched ‘127 Hours’  again.  It’s  a film about a guy called Aron Ralston who went canyoneering without telling anyone where he was going or when he would be back.  He was really experienced in the outdoors but got caught out  when a large boulder shifted and trapped his arm leaving him completely stuck.

Official poster of Danny Boyle’s film ‘127 Hours’

After watching the film I was struck by the beauty of the canyonlands.  The nearest we have to this kind of thing is the Cheddar Gorge in England and because of the rain the land is very green and lush, quite unlike Utah’s harsh orange beauty.  So I looked through a lot of photos of the canyons and the mesas and decided to make a picture of them.



Watercolour under-painting…


Nearly finished – just working on the final touches…


Final colour with Winsor Newton Gouache…


I used a similar style to last time (England in the Summer) where I avoided blending and just used shapes to convey the surface of the landscape.  I like the clarity and solidity of each field of colour and because I really like that, it really helps me avoid painting every detail and instead look for the general shapes which is something I find really hard.


16 thoughts on “Canyonlands

  1. Sorry to hear that pal, mans (and womans :P) best friend huh 😦 well i shall be sure to share the post on my fb when it comes out.


  2. 4th July 2017

    Dear JoFox,

    I really wish i could make pictures like you, or indeed the people whose paintings I am listing on UniquePaintingsofWales. Time to sit down to try would be good. The right frame of mind would be a further step forwards. Then, the ability to make narks which would satisfy me would be great. If my paintings appealed to other people, that would be even better.

    Thank you so much for taking an interest in my pictures. Listing them is something of a marathon task. There are some hundreds to go.

    Keep safe and well,

    Best wishes,


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  3. I’ll have to look the cartoon up – you’re the second person who’s mentioned it. I haven’t seen it since I was about 7. Thanks!


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