"This is the 3rd and last
painting of a series of Sedona area panoramas including;
"Road to Sedona" and
"Sedona Burbs". It came about from a trip to
Sedona, Arizona in Oct of 2005. I was on the road to
Sedona driving from the south having come from Scottsdale. It was a
gorgeous morning with big puffy clouds rolling in from the west.
I stopped the car several times and hiked off the road and
shot dozens of pictures–The air was clean, brisk and
fragrant with desert smells. The ground still sparkled with
When I got back to Salt Lake City, I loaded my Sedona trip pictures onto my computer where they sat unloved for a year and a half. When I finally started painting "Sedona Morning" in September of 2008 it took me two months to finish — many brush-in-hand hours later. (I also painted "Red Dawn" during the same period). I added a some wildlife (6 animals) to bring some drama into the piece. Some of the wildlife is hard to find. The fun is in the looking. . .
The panoramic layout of the painting, a 6"x 22" panel, was selected so I could create various "Sedona Morning" giclée limited edition print versions in larger sizes. I painted in my usual hyper-detailed style so the final image could be significantly enlarged from original painting to make this work. Each incremental increase of size exposes more and more of my technique. When you hit 40 inches in height (the original painting is 6"), the image has becomes quite impressionistic looking, but the image still holds together nicely. This long skinny panorama format makes it easy to produce some extremely large giclée prints e.g., 5' x 20'. If you were to hang one of these giant reproductions in a hallway or other a large room–like a foyer in an office building, for example, it would create the impression that you were looking out of a large set of windows. If you opted for a diptych or triptych rendition, you could even wrap the image around a corner. Lots of fun ways to display this piece and it's cousins, "Road to Sedona" and "Sedona Burbs."
R. Geoffrey Blackburn