“I’ve seen so many paintings of just the view of Timpanogos,” artist Liz Lindsay said. “That’s what everybody does, that’s what everybody has hanging in their homes, but I’m like, ‘That’s not what is so powerful to me about Timpanogos.’ I grew up hiking in there. I grew up going to Stewart Falls, I grew up going to Bridal Veil Falls, riding my bike up Provo Canyon on the trail, going to Cascade Springs, going to Timpanogos Cave with my cousins. It’s a destination place, and it was a huge monumental thing for me when I was 12 that I hiked all the way to the top of Timp, because as somebody that grows up in Utah, it’s a big accomplishment.”
Aside from showing a different side of Timpanogos, Lindsay’s show presents the mountain through a different color palette. Colors pop — at one point in the discussion, Lindsay felt the need to stipulate that she doesn’t use neon, for example.
Lindsay describes her technique, which combines watercolor techniques with acrylic and oil, as, in part, an attempt to preserve the vibrant colors of watercolor paints while they are still wet. She layers various chemicals and paints on top of her drawings, which sometimes peek through the final product.
And she doesn’t ever use white paint.
“All the white comes from the white of the canvas,” she said. “I don’t like to use white because it’s duller. ... If you use white paint it’s not as bright.” (Provo Daily Herald)