Monday, April 2, 2012

Temples Of Time

"Temples of Time" Oil on canvas 20" x 20"  Copyright Jake Gaedtke, 2012

The universal reaction for most people when they experience the Grand Canyon is one of humility and of an overwhelming contrast of something so huge next to our smaller selves. The age of the canyon and the spectacular work of nature that never ceases to amaze us, captures our imagination and  the realization of how little control we really have in this world and this life. To capture those emotions in paint and canvas is very challenging, and yet freeing. Atmosphere, aging rock, color, light, exquisite shapes, and depth all come together for me to respond to this wonder I see before me.
This painting will be on exhibit and available for sale at the 2012 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Plein Air on the Rim Event. I was very fortunate to be selected along with 24 other very fine artists to participate in this year's plein air event this September. I am so much looking forward to it. Each participant was asked to create a studio painting of the Grand Canyon for the show that will hang with our spontaneous plein air paintings we will do in a weeks time. I can hardly wait!