It was also a bit of a relief to return to a simpler composition - one of the Echo cliffs silhouetted from the side. From a distance and without direct light, they take on a completely different look. To me, they look great from all angles. And off in the far distance, unassuming, is our eventual destination: the Kaibab plateau and its erosional masterpiece. At this point in the day, a row of thin cumulus clouds began to develop towards the west, their edges brightly lit by the sun. So, they remained.
In Profile - #29
9x12 oil on gessoed panel
I found the surface of this panel to be too slick for my liking; the paint seems to "slide" around, which made painting the clouds particularly challenging. This did force me to use more paint, which I've been trying to do. But, I think I'd like a bit more tooth, which another coat of gesso would probably take care of.
I'm off to work on #30 and the re-gessoed canvas and see how that works...
And here is a different take on "fall colors": desert wildflowers in fall bloom. These were taken during our trip to Canyonlands on the long day hike along the Confluence Trail:
A type of sunflower - always cheery
Pretty in Purple
These also are found around Durango
A type of primrose?
This was the only plant of its kind I saw on the trail.
Beauty and the Beast
Delicate purple flowers surrounded by an invasive non-native weed: Russian thistle, aka "tumbleweed"