|Towards Hidden Valley|
9x12 inches - pastel on Artagain
© 2011, S.Johnson
Hidden Valley is aptly named; it's not at all visible from HWY 191 that leads into Moab, but it's almost adjacent to the town to the south. This view is where we turned around and headed back - the Colorado River is behind you here, though not visible from this point. I suspect that salt tectonics produced this valley, or graben, as the erosion pattern is vastly different on both sides of the valley, and the rock itself appears different. I always notice this sort of thing when hiking through southern Utah, and find it fascinating (as only a geology geek will).
This was a timed painting - 100 minutes total. I then showed it to Wayne, who pointed out some minor things that bugged him, so I fixed those in about a minute.
Weather is still really crummy here and predicted to be so for a couple more days, so more Utah paintings to come!
I may have posted these last year, but it's been so long that even those that saw them won't remember, but here are a few photos from the Hidden Valley hike:
|Trail through Hidden Valley - the town of Moab is to the right (north)|
|Approaching the end of Hidden Valley - the Colorado River is off in the distance|
|Desert Varnish on the large sandstone fin (Wingate or Navajo?) seen in the painting (middle of the trio)|
|Tilted sandstone, I'm guessing Entrada formation (underlying white is probably Navajo sandstone)|
on the opposite side
|La Sal Mountains as seen to the east through Hidden Valley on the way back to the trailhead|