With house guests, and getting paintings ready to ship, and painting I have not been blogging. But after a couple of days off I have completed some work and started some new work. This piece is one I was working on. It is from a small sketch and reference photos of the high desert east of Bend. We have such beautiful columnar basalt cliffs...formed by ancient volcanoes...and it is a treat to try to capture their beauty. However, there is not always a convenient shade tree, hence the small painting that never made it into my collection. This larger work was done in the studio, where despite the 40 degrees outside it was warm and wonderful inside. The scene also brought back memories of warmer days.