|Sandstone Still Life - plein air, 12x12 inches|
pastel on brown cardstock
© 2012, S.Johnson
This was about 20' away from the RV, so I was able to sit in the shade to do this painting. With mid-afternoon sun directly on the facade of the rock, the color nuances from variegations within the sedimentary layers, mineralized desert varnish and organic contributions from lichen were readily appreciated.
I had plans and visions of painting more grand, sweeping views of the landscape, but I've come to realize that I really dislike standing in full sun to paint. So, an umbrella for my easel is next on my equipment purchase, and next time, I'll paint the view up Arch Canyon one sees from atop this sandstone outcropping...