plein air, 9" x 12", oil, 'Escalante River Canyon'
This is the Escalante River. From the high mountain of the Aquarius Plateau, tiny springs and creeks gather to create this river as it flows 90 miles to Lake Powell. Draining a vast watershed, a maze of hundreds of miles of deep, stunning canyons formed as the Escalante carved through slickrock and sandstone over eons of time.
I painted this view from the 'Kiva Koffee House' just before the clouds blew over and the rain and hail pounded the area. What a beautiful Saturday to enjoy the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument making new friends and seeing old acquaintances.