One of my biggest inspirations in my work is the amazing colours found in nature. Sometimes they seem surreal because it’s hard to believe anything could actually look so beautiful. I certainly found that was the case in two of the places I visited over the holidays this year – Red Rock Canyon and the Grand Canyon.
Red Rock Canyon is in Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. It’s hard to understand why people would choose to sit in a gloomy, stuffy casino instead of seeing this marvel of nature. The drive there is through desert scrub, which is beautiful in it’s own way with Joshua Trees, yucca plants and cacti. The mountains look stunning even from a distance but as I got closer I could see the most amazing colours in them! White, black, brown, oranges and reds! Each was unique and amazing and every time the light changed they looked entirely different. And the closer I got the more beautiful they got as I could see the curve of the hills, the roughness of the rock and even more variation in the colours. This particularly colourful area is called the Calico Hills. A very apt description. It was wonderful to be able to get out and walk on the hills for a bit and admire the textures and up close minutiae of pattern and colour. It was hard to leave and I would love to return and be able to explore the area further.
My other destination this season was the Grand Canyon. And grand it is! It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The weather was very cold and the trails were snow and ice covered so I could only see it from the top observation areas, which gave a stunning panorama of the South Rim. It’s otherworldly, like being on some unknown planet. There are so many layers of reds and oranges and browns, and the rock formations themselves are fascinating. I could have stared at it for hours and everywhere I looked I saw something new. Unfortunately I was only there for a short time. For anyone planning to visit I would recommend going when it’s warm enough to hike and staying for a few days. It is truly, truly breathtaking!
Needless to say, both of these journeys will be inspiring some new work, both in my jewellery and in my enamel art panels. Stay tuned to see the results!
Here’s a couple of pictures to give you a taste of what I saw.
Red Rock Canyon, The Calico Hills
The Grand Canyon