I recently spent a week plein air painting around the Phoenix area with my friend Larisa Aukon. She is a resident of Phoenix and knows some amazing place. This sketch was done from a site en route to the Tonto National Forest, which we visited on two occasions. This was a small slice of a huge vista, and the shadows on the snow changed almost by the second as the sky was bright blue, with just a small group of clouds over the peaks. This was recently posted to Facebook as number one in a challenge to post five paintings in five days.