|Tapeats Amphitheater, Grand Canyon|
Here is the link to the available art: Stacy Egan Artwork FAA.
One of the pieces available for printing is this one I just completed of Tapeats Amphitheater in the Grand Canyon. We were camped at a remote location along the north rim, Locust Point, and I only had to walk a few feet to the overlook to get this view. I set up my camp chair and relaxed as I drew the lines and curves of the cliffs, plateaus and horizon before me. It is truly a vast and magical place. It took me maybe 45 minutes to an hour to complete the ink sketch in my Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook:
|Locust Point view, Grand Canyon|
When I got home, I decided to trace the lines onto watercolor paper. I first took a piece of tracing paper and placed it over the open pages of my sketchbook and traced the lines in ink. I then used a light table to place the traced drawing under an 8x10" piece of watercolor paper and traced the lines lightly in pencil. I then tape the painting onto a plexiglass board with blue painters tape. Ready to start painting!
First was to paint the underpainting. I learned this technique from studying Jonathan Frank's work (he describes his process here), and I have since been doing this awhile because I really like the gold and rosy glow that shows through after I paint on the local color. Here is the stage of the painting after applying the underpainting of New Gamboge and Quinacridone Rose using a wet-into-wet technique:
|Main shadows blocked in, night sky with nebula added|
|Stars added, local color and trees painted in, shadows accentuated|
As I worked on this painting I realized that it would be a perfect one to send to my friend Tom Martin in Flagstaff. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable about all things Grand Canyon, and he gave my husband so many hours of help as he planned his through-hike of the Grand Canyon along the river this year. I wanted to give him a tangible "thank you" for all he's done for my husband and the Grand Canyon itself. So I sent it to him in a black mat!
I hope you find this little step-by-step tutorial helpful for your own artistic endeavors!