Morning on the Mountain

Tucson Summer Plan: Get up early and…paint!

We want to keep up our plein airing despite the Tucson summer slug-factor. We hit the road at 5:30 a.m. and climb up into the Catalinas. Painting commences around 6:30 and wraps up around 9 when highlights shift from warm to cool.

Our attitude is exploratory. We may or may not have a painting by 9 but at least we’re looking…which is pretty crucial, actually.

Here we go!

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Hello 5:30.

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Hello 6:30. Whoa, a 22  degree cirrostratus halo. Hey! Don’t stare.

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Valerie sets up way over there…to look out at this view.

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I’ve got my eye on this rather-too-complicated snag.

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Remember, the three “S’s” of plein air painting: See it, Simplify it, State it.

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Times up! We head back down with memories more vivid than reality…nature really is pretty dull.

Galleria

Valerie Milner, Windy Point, oil on panel, 2013

Valerie Milner, Windy Point, oil on panel, 2013

Meredith Milstead, Hello Sunshine, oil on canvas, 9x12, 2013

Meredith Milstead, Hello Sunshine, oil on canvas, 9×12, 2013

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