This painting brings back memories of last winter's Arizona trip. During this time I painted a total of eight plein air paintings. I am fairly new to outdoor painting so this trip gave me some great practice. For this scene I set up my easel under a picnic shelter with an amazing view of the Superstition Mountain range not far from Phoenix. The weather was spectacular, the temperature in the mid 70's, and the setting was perfect! Painting rocks has never been my strong point so this was particularly challenging for me. On this painting trip I fell in love with the on location painting experience and want to continue this new venture in my home state of Virginia.