Orange County California has within it a number of beautiful parks to visit and hike. One visit brought me to the canyon country at base of Santiago Peak. Along a creek bed I saw this view and decided on it as a subject to paint. Standing on the rocks and sand of the wash, I laid this in on a nine by twelve panel using a limited palette, as I often do.
In some ways I could imagine what a rustic and remote environment this must have been to the early settlers of the area. I wondered how they made their way into the canyons, carving out little villages and stage routes.
Being at this vantage point was good place to connect with the area and observe the mountain face and it’s facets in way I haven’t been able to before.