Winter Works

Winter abruptly rouses Tucson with cold air and windy reversal to the climate. Nothing is subtle in this unyielding desert. 

Paintings of years past draw my attention. Studying them brings the place, the feeling and the circumstances of the day they were brought to the canvas. 

Infused with memory and fresh light, I propose to bring them to fruition. 

December ignites a resolve to revisit the past with fresh mind and brushwork. 

“Storm Approaching, Kitt Peak” introduces my reworks of winter 2020.    

Autumn in Baja Arizona November 2020

The cottonwoods along the Santa Cruz River in southern Arizona beckon with radiant colors. Perfect for a plein air painting! The weather has cooled and the air is brisk during the early morning. It is a perfect scenario to set up the easel to splurge on the vibrant colors that characterize the change of season. 

Empire Ranch / October 2020

Morning at the Empire Ranch on a perfect October morning and a window to the mountains through an old barn is the scene of a new painting. After a very hot summer and the added confinement of the pandemic, breathing the fresh, fragrant air of the cottonwoods and mesquite are a delight. Meredith picks a cool kitchen still life scene while I paint and chat with tourists outdoors. We walk the now dry creek bed area where massive old cottonwoods, dry and stoic, have a multicolor luster revealing their many years gracing the creek before their thirsty demise. They are their own legend. 

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