When was the last time you got together with a group of artists and adventurers to paint in watercolor? This fluid, lyrical art form is the perfect medium of expression for a workshop while floating through Lodore Canyon. Treat yourself to 4 days of humbling canyon walls, playful rapids, delicate grottoes, and decidedly decent dining, all while digesting the canyon’s magic through art. We have enlisted the best when it comes to our artist in “river-dence-” Michal Onyon, who has married her stunning artwork with Holiday River Expeditions trips for over three decades.
This watercolor workshop on the Green River takes you to Colorado’s northwestern and Utah’s northeastern corner, a wonderland of dramatic geology. A full four-day trip through the Gates of Lodore is the easiest and best way to see remote sections of Dinosaur National Monument. Starting at Browns Park, we quickly pass through the Gates of Lodore and are greeted with majestic red quartzite walls towering 800 feet above. Throw in crystal clear water, and green coniferous trees, and you’ll have all the inspiration needed to start painting! Each campsite brings sandy white beaches to lounge on and paint the scenery in front of you. Or, if you’re looking for more movement, take a hike up a side canyon from camp. Who knows what sort of magical wonderland awaits you! Regardless, the leisurely pace will give you ample daylight at camp to paint to your heart’s content. Don’t worry though – this trip isn’t just leisure! Exciting Class II to IV rapids each day of this trip ensure the perfect balance of relaxation and adrenaline.
To learn more about this majestic river check out our Insider’s Guide to Lodore Canyon!
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Michal Onyon’s en pleine aire watercolors of nature have been in gallery shows and were instrumental in awarding her an art residency in Zion National Park. These small, easy paintings are a creative visual of a moment of time observing land and light. To her, they are like zen postcards, where even sounds and the feeling of the air can be remembered. We rarely stay in one spot very long and for her, painting heightens looking closer and longer. In this journey, painting ability does not matter. We can all learn with each other. Come as you are and create in a beautiful place with us.