Downtown Tucson on a summer Sunday. There used to be glass globes on the lightposts. Looks loose and a little splashy, but I spent a lot of time drawing and then chasing the light again. Still want to do some touch ups. 8″x10″ on Arches 130# paper.
Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild hangs an “experimental show” each year and I submitted a piece that endeavored to integrate traditional watercolor with water-soluble graphite. The graphite enchanted me with the ability to look like litho crayon, then turn into a sort of faux sumi ink when painted over with water. I love the dark gritty quality. Hard to finesse, though! No smearing, no erasing. Best for large works. This piece is pretty big, the size of a full sheet of watercolor paper, framed at 26 x 30, on Arches 140 pound cold pressed. I framed it so the deckle (untrimmed) edges of the paper show. The beauty of the paper needs to be honored.
Titled “Ick-Ack-Ock”, it’s another name for “Rochambeau” or “rock, paper scissors.” The three birds and the obscure trio of hand signs that result in a game or decision congealed as I was working on this. Who knows why this stuff sticks together? I liked the name because of its truly bird-like sound.
Celebrated the new year with friends, food and a walk. Blue sky, snow-dusted mountains, cool temperatures; had to scrape frost from the car windows today. You can’t tell there’s snow on those mountains in the sketch, but there is!
Painted northwest of Tucson with the Tucson Plein Air Painters. The million-dollar views are off to the left of this vista, but I guess I was pretty intimidated by them. Great demo by Jane Barton that morning.
Tucson Plein Air Painters paint-out took us to Bisbee, an old mining town southeast of Tucson. Lots of history to paint. This old brick building had laundry drying on the porch, making it a prime subject. Didn’t quite capture the laundry well. It is a very cool building in the process of restoration.