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SALLY MALTBY

USA Rock Paintings

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Paintings from the USA

Arizona and Utah.

In October 2015 I had booked on a trip to the Grand Canyon and decided to take a week or so before to discover other parts of the area. I started at Bryce Canyon and walked down - and up very slowly, the altitude you know....Red Rock Canyon followed on the way to Kanab - the extraordinary eroding Hoodoos, first as castles when they have lost their cap of dolomite and at the base - just sand........

As I drove to Kanab along route 89 I thought the red rock couldn’t be bettered but various trips out of Kanab corrected me. Kanab Canyon, White Pocket and other wonders every day. The fact that I lost my telephone
which contained over 800 images just didn’t matter - I’d uploaded everything on to DropBox to await my arrival home!

And then to the Grand Canyon and Blue Mesa and the Fossil Forest etc. all just amazing. I was lucky enough to see the Grand Canyon around mid-day - without all those structure-hiding black shadows - I felt myself getting rather cross as the sun moved on and blue darkness covered the mesas and my favourite blue green of the bright angel shale was lost!

All in all a glorious trip and a source of huge inspiration along with the Jurassic Coast.


Grand Canyon Series

The site of a mix of structures going down through geological time.

Paintings 70cms x 48cms
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Castles in the Sky

Red Rock Canyon Utah. Hoodoos eroding.......as in Bryce, I’m quite happy with the shadows here and have an enormous painting of Bryce in mind....

Painting 76cms x 59cms
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Chinle Formation near Kanab

Arizona and Utah.

The Chinle, a mixture of clays laid down in a non-marine environment, is gradually bering exposed by the erosian of the surrounding Red sandstone. The astounding colours are due to:
“The colours, not just the blue, come from a mixture (or balance if you prefer) of how much oxygen was present and what minerals predominated in the ash. Lots of oxygen - lighter colour. Anoxic - darker colour. Purple and Blue can be produced by manganese dioxide. This is a secondary material formed when water leaches manganese from igneous material. Blues and greens are produced by copper oxides - same process. The other colours by other minerals.” (with thanks to Colin Morley - geologist)

Chinle 01

I enjoy painting large scale but must admit it takes time........

Painting 160cms x 94cms
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Chinle 02

Painting 76cms x 50cms
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White Pocket

Arizona and Utah.

The most extraordinary rock formation on the Utah/Arizona border – difficult to reach and an explicit view of what happened when the rocks seem to have melted and flowed together – ‘It has twists, multi-colour striations of white, yellow, red, orange, and pink, pock marks and pools that sometimes fill with water, mushroom like protrusions, strange bulges that look like brains, polygonal fracturing, and wave-like features. The processes that have given yield to these bizarre rock formations stump even expert geologists. Some think that the area was liquefied in an ancient earthquake which distorted the sandstone layers while they were still soft, before they were buried under the oceans for 100 million years and turned to stone under the enormous heat and pressure.’

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I have always been fascinated by rocks, their formations in particular, as I have learned more about Geology. I am continually looking for other information as well as the obvious pictorial. It's the rocks, and their shapes, that interests me, together with the colours and the history, expressing the seemingly permanant coupled with erosion. I’m hugely interested in the natural world but realise the strength of photography in some cases; I hope to be explaining other factors, probably by exclusion and simplification, but there is also the image making factor in all this, the painting and if it works....

My move to the World Heritage Site, The Jurassic Coast, was a revelation to me. Now I add another revelation in the rocks South Western USA. I hope you enjoy the images and please contact me if you have any enquiries regarding my work.