Saturday, March 21, 2020

Fremont River Reflections


Thinking about the virus-free days in Capitol Reef by the Fremont River. Wish I was there now. 

The Fremont River flows from west to east across the Waterpocket Fold into Capitol Reef National Park. On its way, the river cuts a narrow deep gorge through red rock canyons under a brilliant blue sky then slows down through fruit orchards in the Fruita historic district. The river reflects this rainbow of color, refracting and shifting the hues into a dazzling kaleidoscope. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park. #artistinresidence #capitolreefnationalpark #knitting


Monday, March 9, 2020

Capitol Reef Colors



Hiking through Capitol Reef National Park I was surrounded by the beautiful colors unique to the Waterpocket Fold. The lush green Fruita valley is dwarfed by the soaring red rock reef which then gives way to an intense blue of the dry desert sky. This piece lets me surround myself with these colors during the blahs of March. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park. #artistinresidence #capitolreefnationalpark #knitting

Friday, February 21, 2020

Strike Valley


Strike Valley can be seen from a spectacular overlook in Capitol Reef National Park. It is named for the geological feature where a valley runs parallel to the strike of underlying rocks. From the overlook, you can easily see the 100-mile meandering valley of roads, streams, and strikes. With the Waterpocket Fold to the west and the rugged cliffs of the badlands to the east the valley makes for a dramatic furrow in the earth. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park. #artistinresidence #capitolreefnationalpark #knitting

Friday, February 14, 2020

Old Mail Tree


The gnarled Fremont cottonwood tree in the heart of the Fruita Historic District in Capitol Reef National Park has had a long life. Planted in the late 1800s, it has lived longer than expected. Starting in 1918, it was the place where mail was transferred from a carrier in Torrey to another carrier continuing downriver. Later, mailboxes were attached to the tree giving the settlers a place for contact with the outside world. I spent a happy day in September designing and knitting this quick knit while sitting under the old tree. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Wingate Sandstone


Wingate sandstone is found all over the Colorado Plateau and is one of the stars of Capitol Reef National Park. Forming sheer cliffs and spectacular bluffs it ranges in color from light yellow to dark orange to rusty red depending on its age of oxidation. Wingate was the first thing that caught my attention during my stay at Capitol Reef. I love the deep rugged texture of the cliff faces. I tried to capture that texture in something that would hug you like the landscape does. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Fruita


The historic town of Fruita, within Capitol Reef National Park, is no longer inhabited by pioneers. But visitors can still pick ripe fruit from the lush orchards under the looming orange cliffs of the Waterpocket Fold. I was lucky enough to live there for the month of September and couldn’t get enough of this colorway -- green against the orange cliffs. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Rabbitbrush


Rabbitbrush was in spectacular bloom last September in Capitol Reef when I was staying there. The yellow flowers are so beautiful next to the red rock. I knit this piece from a skein of hand spun and hand dyed alpaca that I bought at a shop in Torrey. It is locally grown at Circle Cliff Ranch from an alpaca named Probee and hand spun by Diena. I designed Rabbitbrush specifically for this local yarn. 

From the pattern:
Rabbitbrush is a member of the Aster family with yellow flower heads arranged in dense, rounded or flat-topped clusters at the ends of the branches. Rabbitbrush flowers bloom from August to October as other plants are fading, providing vivid fall color against the red rock canyon walls in Capitol Reef. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.