Friday, August 24, 2007

On the edge of Navaho Land

Today, I was up before the sun and on the road to Navaho Land. On previous visits to Wupatki National Monument, I had seen a dirt road that cut across the desert to the Little Colorado River and that was my destination. By 8:30 a.m. I reached the river. It is shallow, almost nothing more than a mudflat with a few inches of water, but it reflected the blue of the sky and contrasted beautifully with the red rocks and tan silty mud.

For this first watercolor, I perched my stool on a hardened silt bar that jutted into the river and painting the view looking north or down the river.

This is the view across the river into Navaho Land. It has a stark and wild beauty.

After enjoying most of the morning at the river, I then headed back into Wupatki and perched in what little shade a scraggly juniper provided for this sketch. I would have liked to put more detail into it, but it was simply too hot!

A visit to Sedona

The Chapel at Tulaquepaque and stone cross.

Looking into Tulaquepaque to the courtyard.

Views of the red rocks around Sedona near sunset.

Images from Flagstaff

These signs are on every major road leading into Flagstaff.

Flagstaff & Coconino Country Public Library

Views of the San Francisco Peaks.

View from my study window.