The Glen Canyon group [Wingate, Kayenta and Navajo sandstones] make up the portion of the monocline above the painted desert rock, from bottom to top. To the left of the highway, the earth rises to the west, obscuring for the time being the narrow section of the Grand Canyon known as Marble Canyon, or Colorado River Gorge.
9x12 - oil on canvas
It ended up taking more time to finish than I thought it would, and was deceptively more challenging to paint than I originally thought. The main reason for this, I think, was trying to resolve the debris slopes vs. cliffs on the upper part; they are identical in value and so-so close in hue, with very subtle shadows separating them. Even looking at the photo, I see that the aerial perspective of the distal edge of the monocline isn't quite right.
I also finished #25 this evening, but am not altogether happy with it. It presented even more issues, namely a very complex cliff face, so it took some thought to figure out how much detail to include to make it look convincing without being over-worked. I may end up adding an additional layer to it.
Today's sky - a storm from the Pacific has dropped the temperature and produced lots of rain over the past few days, and has the look of a winter storm:
And, it has added some snow to the highest peaks of the La Platas, as seen yesterday morning: