This work was painted on site in Big Santa Anita Canyon, from an area just north of First Water and looking north up the canyon. Bright fall light illuminates the shrubs in the foreground and an exotic Eucalyptus, growing wild in the canyon, draws our eye up and back.
This painting records an area now drastically changed by the Bobcat Fire, which burned through the canyon in September 2020 and reduced much of the vegetation in this view to ash.
12×9 oil on gessoed wood panel, January 2017
The wood panel is 1/8″ plywood salvaged from a cabin in the canyon, cut to size and treated with three coats gesso.