Dawn at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands, Utah
Painting - Dawn at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands, Utah

Dawn at Mesa Arch, Canyonlands, Utah

by Richard Harpum MA

About this Painting

Size of original: 12" x 32" (30cm x 81cm)

Acrylic on Canvas

Painting Reference Number: 129

Type and Sizes

Copyright © Richard Harpum

My wife and I are frequent visitors to her sister in Phoenix Arizona.  In 2008 we all drove up to Utah, visiting several national parks.  Having already seen dozens of beautiful arches, I did not expect to be as impressed as I was by Mesa Arch in Canyonlands, which my wife suggested I should paint. 

The arch is balanced on the edge of a high cliff and is actually much larger than it first looks.  However, the most unusual thing about it is the way the light reflects from the cliff face below onto the underside of the arch.  This is most pronounced at dawn and this scene depicts the sun rising over the La Sal Mountains creating a dramatic red glow under the arch.

The most challenging aspect of this painting was getting the perspective right in the initial drawing.  Because I do not have a wide angle lens, I had to refer to several photographs and video footage to create the overall view and to obtain the detail in the various sections of rock.  I wanted to position the rising sun over the buttes in the middle distance so as to show the effect of the rays shining through the tiny Washerwoman Arch and around the neighbouring buttes.  I then positioned the sun using a golden ratio (Phi - 1:1.618) across the picture, and adjusted the shadows and highlights accordingly.  Despite the challenges, I am pleased with the final result, which I hope coveys the drama of this spectacular location.

Price of the Original:

  • £3,070 (framed)
  • £2,970, US$4,160*, €3,560* (unframed)

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  • Studio Proof** canvas print (full size); Edition size 25: £260; US$429; €325 + shipping
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  • Giclée print on 300 gsm paper in 12x16" (30 x 41cm) double mount; Edition size 200:
  • £37; US$61; €46 + shipping

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