Tumamoc Staghorn


Here we are at the halfway mark up the Hill,  a flat little shelf on an otherwise vertical cline. Which one of these desert flora to draw? Can’t do them all!  (maybe with a really big canvas, hmm?)

“Crazy” chollas are wonderfully balanced. This is Staghorn because it looks like antlers…no jumping,  teddy bears or chains up here.


The model, so still.

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On the rocks. This red pastel ground works on Tumamoc. The substrate here is hot-and-dark-lava-rock.


The light is starting to cool so I must stop. Will attempt to maintain the spontaneity of plein air while resolving it in the studio. Can’t wait too long or the mood will dissipate .

It’s all about balance.




M. Milstead, Lava Cholla, 20×16, pastel on board, 2013

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