The following images were painted on a four-day float trip through the Deschutes River canyon in central Oregon. All are approximately 6x9" watercolors on Arches cold press journal paper, and each was done in a 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hour plein air sitting.
The first image is from Smith Rocks State Park, a world famous rock climbing area along the Crooked River, which is a Deschutes River tributary.
The next one is a study of some typical rocky sagebrush slopes with a few small trees.
The following image is typical of the Deschutes River canyon. This was done in early morning where the canyon walls to the right of the picture still had much of one side of the river in heavy shadow.
The final painting is of one of the few cabins along the river, accessed by a private road. There are almost no public roads through the canyon on the stretch we fish. This was in late afternoon light, and the river takes a sharp turn to the left (west) in front of the cabin. So, the sunlight was illuminating only the cabin area and the closest cliff on the right of the picture, while everything else was already in shadow.