oil on canvas paper
Interestingly, this sloped mesa, or hogback, is rising in the opposite direction to the rest of the Organ rock monocline. I'm not sure what the deal is, but I loved its strong profile. The foreground hill is covered with pinyon and juniper, and one of my goals here was to treat them as a broken-up mass, vs. lots of individual trees. You can see I didn't care to spend that much time making them into perfect shapes. The cloud? It was actually in the photo; I rather liked it, so I moved its position to a better location.
On Navajo Nation land, just about everything is rangeland. So, corrals for gathering cattle can be seen in random places. I don't know if this one is still in use, but I felt it adds an interesting element to the land.
As we head west, the monocline recedes to a well-worn gentle slope of slickrock, eventually disappearing for good. A windmill and water tank are a reminder that water is a scarce and precious commodity.