Please enjoy these paintings and photographs of scenes from national and state parks in Utah. I just returned from spending three days, much of it on a bicycle, in some of the most beautiful places, near where the paintings were created.
Capitol Reef Butte, Watercolor, 20.5 x 28.5, Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy Van Wagoner Family Trust**
The first day I rode solo from Newspaper Rock to the entrance of Canyonlands National Park and back.
Newspaper Rock (apparently bowdlerized).
The second day two friends and I rode from Moab to the paved end of Potash Road and back, the Colorado on one side and red-rock walls on the other.
The third day we rode from Moab to Dead Horse Point and back.
The endorphins enhance the majesty and mystique.
Untitled, Watercolor, 21.5 x 29, Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy Van Wagoner Family Trust**
I spend a lot of my riding-time thinking through and solving problems. Some interpersonal. Some work-related. Some political/geopolitical.
I have finally worked through something I plan to discuss in next week's post concerning patriotism in the current climate. Please stay tuned.
Untitled, Watercolor, 22 x 29, Richard J Van Wagoner, Courtesy Van Wagoner Family Trust**
*My brother the very talented fiction writer and novelist, Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, deserves considerable credit for offering both substantive and technical suggestions to https://medium.com/@richardvanwagoner and https://lastamendment.com
**My daughter Angela Moore, a professional photographer, photographed more than 500 pieces of my father's work. On behalf of the Van Wagoner Family Trust, she is in the process of compiling a collection of his art work. The photographs of my father's art reproduced in lastamendment.com are hers.