In the first week of August this year, I went on my 25th annual float trip down the Deschutes River in Central Oregon with two buddies from a company we all worked at together. Before the actual float trip started, I took a day and did two plein air pastels. Both are 9x12" approximately and were done in about two hours each. The first one is of a typical scene from the Metolius River, a gorgeous spring-sourced river west of Sisters, Oregon. The river has a number of half-submerged logs, and because it is spring-fed, the river level is quite stable and doesn't tend to disturb these features. Consequently many of them have grasses and other plants growing on them, as in this painting.
The next painting is looking south toward two of the three 'Sisters' after which the town of Sisters is named. The mountains are North, Middle and South Sisters and North and Middle are the two shown in this painting. This was done from a meadow preserve near Sisters.