Art Outing: Sabino Canyon

We meet at 9 a.m. to take the tram up Sabino. We pick a spot with good views, lots of color and boulders.

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It takes some time for the sun to come down the canyon wall.

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In the meantime I choose a rock face which is picking up reflected light off the opposite wall to study. This is tricky because of the lack of value contrast.

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Measured sketch on white Ampersand pastel board.

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Utilizing a secondary triad, pushing temperature and saturation to distinguish rock forms.

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Now that the sun is down to the canyon floor the light totally changes. Begin a second study, this time choosing a simple harmony with cast shadow as a jumping off point. This cast shadow is blue violet. My focus is still on rocks.

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Simple harmony; blue-violet with yellow-orange complement and analogous yellow and yellow-green.

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Thanks to Durango artist and Tucson plein air painter Judy Morgan  for the invite to Sabino Canyon. This is a beautiful venue with super easy access. $5 entry fee, $7 tram fee.  Fall color is still evident in Sycamore, Cottonwood and Walnut.

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Beautiful gneissic boulders.

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Make it a half-day event and get your blood pumping: pack-in your supplies, opt to walk…at nature’s pace. Enjoy!

 

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