Journal of Michael Baum / Travels of an Artist

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In the Canyons


Our neighbor in the campground suggested we pitch our tents close to a tree, tie ropes around our ankles and tie the other end to the tree to keep from blowing away. He was only half joking.

After a windy night of flapping tents and clouds of dust blasting into our faces as we tried to sleep, we launch out of our gritty bags before dawn, pile into the Jeep, and race to Dead Horse Point, about a mile away. We find our places along the rim, ready to take our photos. As the sun rises, my jaw drops. I almost forget to take the pictures. Sunrise lasts about three minutes until the sun disappears into the clouds. It is worth all the suffering.

Standing on the high slickrock rim, gazing into the wonderland of rock stretching into the hazy distance, I feel like a beginning painter facing his first model. I am completely overwhelmed. "There's no way I can do justice to this." Of course, that's what makes it worth doing.



"Artist in Wonderland"
(photo by Patrice Rhoades-Baum)







Dead Horse Point at Dawn"  (photo)









"From the Canyon Rim Study"    
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel    









 "Rain in Canyonlands Study"
 5" x 10" oil on canvas panel









"Sunset in Canyonlands Study"
6" x 12" oil on canvas panel










"Indian Creek Canyon Study"
6" x 8" oil on canvas panel


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