52. Grand Teton

In September 2019, I traveled to Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The mountains are amazing. They appear to leap directly out of the earth, without foothills – prairie turns to river valley, to sky-reaching stone, to snow covered peaks.


In this piece, I’m experimenting with new techniques with which I abstract the various parts of the scene. In the foreground, I decompose spaces into diamond shapes, outlining them with contrasting light & dark lines. These become rock outcroppings, pines, snow masses, etc. Some lines I draw with pen: others with a fine paint brush that I dip into an “ink” of oil pastels dissolved in mineral spirits. I use a palette knife to create textures within each shape.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Arches Oil Paper, 140lb.
  • Dimensions 8″ x 10″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown), 11″ x 14″, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Status In Personal Collection

~ by Delfino on 2020/01/28.

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