This pastel painting came from memory and a photo I took last Spring when visiting the Sedona area for the first time. What a landscape. This particular view was early morning when the light is soft but brilliant with lots of shadows. I like to start with an underpainting that focuses on the overall values and local color. Then playing all around the painting with selected colors to bring out light and shadow. I’m never sure how the painting will emerge as I do not want it to be a copy of the photo but to allow feeling and wonder to come about. Loved the cast shadows and pinky peach rocks in this scene.