|Overlooking Sand Canyon - plein air|
9x12 inches, pastel on black cardstock
But, the hike was! I decided to bring along my lightest plein air set-up along, just in case I found something worth painting. That consists of my pastel box, a piece of foamboard with a 9x12 paper taped to it, and a stadium chair, which I can strap to my daypack.
We hiked a bit over 5 miles, and this view was at about 1.5 miles. I saw it and knew I had to paint it on the way back. After hiking another mile and dropping about 600' in elevation to the wide bench, we hung out for a bit and then came back up to this area. Wayne read a book in the shade while I painted.
The snow-covered mountain there? That's Sleeping Ute, as seen from the north and much bigger than the painting I did of it last month.
Anyway, aside from some really treacherous areas of mud (I keep forgetting that it is mud season here for a bit longer), the hike was great. Spring is definitely on the way - here are some photos:
|A species of phlox, I believe|
|Southwestern Orangetip - one of the earliest butterflies of spring|
|Another sign temps are warming up: the lizards come out to sun themselves|
And, an interesting shot across the canyon along the bench - an exposed section of sandstone, showing an interesting gridded erosion pattern: