The Desert Floor




Part of a series I am working on; Landscapes From High Sierra. Based on a watercolor I did from the back of my car. It was hot and dry on the desert floor. The road up to the cabin is horrifyingly steep, cut into the edge of the mountain. Clinging on to the tumbling rock and sand like the splayed hoofs of a mountain goat. At the top; in the foreground, there is a layer of clean, cold, white snow blanketing a lonely sage bush. I love the composition. The cold vs the hot and dry, it is so characteristic of the desert mountains. Cut into three parts, with the third the distant valley, yellow and blue, gray but never green.
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High Sierra, Desert Floor, Bernays