Salt River and Cliffs
Type: Oil on linen panel
This is from the Salt Cliffs area in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. The cliffs are in shadow until early afternoon, when they’re fully lit. I like the early light best, when the morning sun skims one side. I don’t consider this painting finished, and as of now, I think it’s one of my failures. I framed it badly, including too much of the rocky foreground and lopping off the top of the cliffs. I thought I could make that work, but…. It’s on the list of projects to do over. I’m putting on my site because there are some things I like about it, especially the work on the cliffs. The foreground rocks have been abandoned, more or less because they’re ridiculously complicated. Once I knew I had to re-paint this, there was no point in finishing them.