This is a recent plein-air done along the river near Dayton, Nevada just a few days ago. I and a good friend who also loves plein-air painting, Carole, went out one morning to see what we could capture. It was a wonderful morning, warm, bright, and very interesting light. We walked only a short distance and came to the bank of the West Carson River, with was flowing lazily along since it is now September. We had a lot of good water this year, a first in many years and boy do we appreciate that! All I saw was so interesting a beautiful, the shadows on the very big sandy dessert-y mountains were wonderful, and the huge cottonwood trees along the river were so big, cool, and had very interesting shapes. I began my first painting just to get a feel of the place, and get my mind to settle and look! That is so hard when you are in a new place, everything just yells at you for attention! I finally in the late a. m., early afternoon, painted this one. I was looking across the river to the opposite banks to these trees and the distant mt. The colors were gentle but beautiful, with some shadow left. I used a surface I made myself on watercolor paper. And I did a sketch, then a value drawing right on my surface and used water soluble pencil, washed with water for the values. Then watercolor, then pastel-----sounds like it was very laborious, but it was not and went rather fast. I wanted to catch the color of the light of the day---- It was fun, and can't wait to go again.