I found myself thinking about artist Thomas Moran. I knew who he was and was familiar with his work but I knew little about his process or even what years he painted. I presumed it was in the mid 1800s since that is when the lead tube was invented. In my mind, the single most contributing factor to the Impressionist and Plein Air movement was the lead tube. This helped make artists portable.
Now driving through the Grand Canyon National Park, I see a sign that says Moran Point. ...hmmm? How long was he here? Did he have a horse and pack mule? How many point of views did he consider before choosing this one? Wow! Just the logistics of it all.
I'm driving my Toyoto Sienna pulling my T@B teardrop trailer and I see a sign that says "Moran Point". You might as well say: "Paint here on the red X, dumbo." ....okay, okay, it's 6pm and the sun sets at 8pm. We've got time for a quick study of the GRAND CANYON... :-0
The result was we got to paint right next to Thomas Moran, Edgar Payne, and many others who stood right in this spot. It was exhilarating!
Now, enough red rock. Off to Yosemite!
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