Misty Morning Zion

Watercolor Painting of The Watchman in Zion National Park.

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If you are fortunate enough to be in Zion National Park when the weather is bad, you will be rewarded with some spectacular sites. During the rainy season, clouds can build up quickly, and the resulting downpour results in a myriad of waterfalls which cascade down the cliff face. During the Zion Plein Air event, we encountered such a day, with rains that quickly developed into snow. As the painters soldiered on, in spite of the weather, we encountered some of the most beautiful views we had yet seen. On this morning, I set up my easel below the Watchman, as the morning mist began to rise from the canyon floor, and clouds still swirled among the towering cliffs. When the sun rose high enough to cut through the clouds, it lighted up the cap on the watchman creating the scene you see here. This painting was done after the event, back in the studio, and was the subject of a watercolor instructional video by Roland Lee. The painting won Juror’s Choice award at the 2016 Utah Watercolor Society Exhibit. It was purchased by Clark Benson at the 2016 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational Studio show.



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Clark Benson

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