I started this piece as a low-stakes challenge to myself to find the right Bryce color palette. I'd struck out twice before this, on larger surfaces with more grandiose plans. This time I told myself "just play with the watercolor palette and be patient with it." So, I took the three-layer approach as I did with my Yellowstone pieces, and had some fun.
Do you see the small vertical white lines all over the first photo? Those are hoodoos. They are these hoodoos, making up a crazy amphitheater. I used this composition of hoodoos to set the tone, in an oil pastel resist.
This is the middle ground of the painting. Here is where I got to know my earth tones, and exactly how much primary color I could put in them before sending the whole thing out of whack. I love these guys in the foreground. I like to imagine what they are standing around talking about.
Finally, I added this texture from the sandstone in Snow Canyon in the greyest blue mulberry paper I could find in my stash. Did you know that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed here? It's an impressive place that I'm looking forward to exploring more with future pieces.