A variation on the same idea used for "Mountain Meadow", this painting includes the additional element of a young mule deer buck as the main focal point. The placement of the deer in the upper portion of the composition and the vertical format add a feeling of height. I've found that sagebrush is easily manipulated to enhance composition and relatively easy to paint. The subtle blue-green color makes the small splashes of accent color really pop. I almost wish I'd have painted this piece a bit larger.