Sometimes I see things two ways. So I try to record both impressions, like I did at Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park’s most iconic geyser.
At first all I see is a vista crowded with people, all watching a geyser in the distance. So I draw it that way: crowds in the foreground and the geyser behind them.
Then I walk around the path, away from the crowds, and watch the next geyser eruption. And this time, the geyser, the steam and the hot runoff water take centerstage.
And again, at the lookout point called Artists’ Point: This time I draw the view first.
And then a very quick sketch of how it looks to me as I stand there sketching. People arrive, take a quick look at the view, then turn their back to it, smile broadly and posing for pictures.
Grand Prismatic Spring is spectacularly colored by rings of different bacteria and microbes that give it it’s vivid color. Drawn from ground level, the red and ochre rays dominate the pool.
Scramble up a nearby hill and you get a great view of the different colored rings.
Only one quick sketch of the triumphal-style Roosevelt Arch. Because just as I finished this quick piece, the rains came in…
The arch was a lovely end to our stay at Yellowstone. Its a great way to remember Teddy Roosevelt and all he did for all our National Parks.
I have far too many sketches from this trip to blog here. But if you’d like to look at them all, they’re here on flickr.
Next up: Grand Teton and Jackson Hole.