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16.000 x 20.000 inches
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Painting - Acrylic On Canvas
Fat Manís Misery, a slot canyon in Utah was the inspiration behind the painting, grotto. Itís a gentle canyon that closes and opens again and again, dipping you into deep wet cavernous spaces then plopping you back out into the sunshine again to dry. It cycles in a loop of rinse and repeat, until sadly, it is over. The first time I came here I knew I wanted to paint it. It was the grotto that appealed to me the most. Being a dark space, I didnít get any good photos of it. This time I caught one, and I love it. Itís the one that my painting is inspired by. The first time I saw the grotto it was full of water. I had to swim from one end to the other. I couldnít wait to jump in. I glided slowly through the crystal clear water, noticing how the reflections leaked in sparingly from the ends of the cavern. A large arch rose overhead, and a small sandy beach lay at the other end dappled in reflective light. At the other end, I was sad it was over. The second time, there wasnít nearly half the water there had been before. This time I could stroll through the passage, taking in the sights, studying the magnificent arches. Now I could make a painting.
July 30th, 2009
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