I also detailed this out a bit more than the other paintings, both because the canvas is bigger, and because some detail, specifically in the small rock piles and caps, helps draw the eye around and unifies it a bit [at least this was my thought when painting it].
Painted Desert #2
9x12 - oil on canvas
Feeling ambitious, I did underpaintings for the next two in the series. The first is loosely color-based; the second was a simple monochromatic using all the paint mixed to a earthy gray. I can see modification (more sky) that needs to be made for the final painting, which is an easy fix.
And, finally, here are some photos taken on a walk I took down the Animas River Trail this morning, which is a fantastic multi-use trail that is probably close to 10 miles in length. The Animas runs through town, adding to the reasons Durango is such a wonderful town to live in.
Cottonwood color close-up
Quartet of lady mallards
Not the best photo, but who can resist ducks - they always seem so happy!
Fall colors on the Animas