12x9 inches, pastel on black cardstock
© 2012, S.Johnson
I love the twisted and irregular shapes of the trunks and branches of these large Fremont cottonwoods that are found throughout the southwest in desert washes and canyons, which explains why they always end up in my trip photos and as subjects for paintings. Can't be helped.
I originally wanted this to be a really loose piece, maybe bordering on abstract, but it went in a different direction. Trees are always a challenge for the landscape painter on different levels, and this one was no exception.
A few more photos from Moab: