River Drawings

All of these drawings were made with India Inks and coffee washes, on location, during a 21 day Colorado River trip through the Grand Canyon. When one stares long enough at the moving water it comes to life with rhythmic movements, shapes and lines. The Beauty is in the lines.


The view upstream from Tuckup Camp in the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River has pool drop characteristics that are visible from up high. Medium: India Ink with a coffee wash. 

Detail of Mile 200 Camp Waves. The large "Wave Trains" on the Colorado River offer up a fun ride in a kayak or a raft and can easily flip a boat upside down. Medium: India Ink with a coffee wash.

Mile 200 Camp. The Colorado River has a "Pool Drop" feel and this drawing shows many of it's characteristics with slow pools that flow into the rapids followed by large eddies at the bottom.

Detail of Big Kahuna Wave. Lava Rapid is one of the largest and most respected rapids on the Colorado River and in its mess of whitewater sits the Big Kahuna wave, a raft flipping monster. Medium: India Ink with a coffee wash. 

Randy's Rock. The Colorado River tumbles along the river rock bank creating swirls and micro eddies. Medium: India Ink with a coffee wash. 

Detail from Randy's Rock. The Colorado River tumbles along the river rock bank creating swirls and micro eddys. Medium: India Ink with a coffee wash.