state of the union

ONE OF THE MORE MAGNETIC ZONES in the desert is near the confluence (or union) of two drainages. Classic Colorado Plateau confluences include: Green/Colorado rivers in Canyonlands National Park, Yampa/Green rivers in Dinosaur National Monument, and the Little Colorado/Colorado rivers in Grand Canyon National Park. Although it’s not obvious, this piece features the confluence of North Fork Mill Creek and Mill Creek, otherwise known as Left Hand/Right Hand Mill Creek. There is a small petroglyph panel near this viewpoint; one of the pecked images looks an awful lot like a confluence to me. While I was getting source material for this piece, ravens were coasting near the slickrock fins, chased by raven shadows.

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Pastel and found campfire charcoal on watercolor paper. Artwork dimensions: 60" wide x 30” high. This piece has sold.

 Petroglyph panel near the confluence view

Petroglyph panel near the confluence view

 This raven gang was cruising around the whole time I was out there

This raven gang was cruising around the whole time I was out there

 Source material for  State of the Union

Source material for State of the Union

 Working on  State of the Union

Working on State of the Union