49. Utah Juniper

In the autumn of 2019, my partner Michele and I traveled through the western U.S. Our trip’s highlight was the week we spent in early October, tent camping near Cannonville, Utah. Although Bryce Canyon National Park was nearby, we enjoyed our hikes in some lesser known places. We spent a glorious morning hiking on the trails that wound through the hoodoos of Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest. The trails were lined with juniper trees in various stages of life – seedlings, mature trees, and some ancient wonders with gnarled black bark. This piece I worked from a photo I’d taken on the eastern side of the canyon.


In this piece, I’m attempting to texture the backgrounds with something akin to cross-hatching. I use a short, stiff paint brush that I load with an “ink” which I prepare from Sennelier oil pastels dissolved in mineral spirits. The background cross-hatching uses several light grays & sepia. But for the tree trunk, I wanted to create more texture and depth. For this, I inked painters gray and Mars black. For the textures between the fissure lines of the tree trunk, I used paper stumps to blend & texture.


This piece belongs to my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds are donated to a suitable nonprofit. For this piece, I will donate funds to DiscNW‘s Youth Development Fund, which provides scholarships and program support for youth ultimate in the Greater Seattle area.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Arches Oil Paper, 300gm
  • Dimensions 8″ x 10″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$150
  • Status Sold

I have received a prepaid commission for a 16″ x 20″ version of this theme, funds donated to the DiscNW Youth Development Fund.

~ by Delfino on 2020/01/13.

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