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The Canyon

Piero macgowan grand canyon4

This piece started as a color study after a trip I took to the Grand Canyon and Sedona's amazing red rocks. I had read up on the history of the Canyon and how rangers would patrol the early roads ahead of caravans to make sure they were safe, Since Pumas (or Mountain Lions, as they are also called) naturally live in this habitat, I thought it would be interesting to create a moment of tension between the rangers and the puma.
I kept away from using any photos or textures, opting for just painting it directly, which I'm trying to do more now. It was time-consuming, but I enjoyed the process.