Catalina Sate Park Plein Air: She’s “Got The Bug”.

Valerie’s “got the bug” to paint so we’re off. Now is the perfect time for plein air in Tucson. Cool morning temps. and tolerable afternoons. Don’t wait! Paint now!

Landscape designer Amy Maddock first introduced me to this spot in the park. It’s an easy hike in up to a little plateau with a faboo view. The plateau has Hohokam ruins and first settler ruins. It’s been a destination for thousands of years.

Entrance fee is $7 so we stretch our bucks and do a morning shot and afternoon shot. There are about four good opportunities in a day for plein air. Early morning, mid-morning, early afternoon and late afternoon..and don’t forget a moonlight nocturne…omg the full moon is here now, how about it?

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That does it for the morning.

We painted from 7 to 9 AM, took a break, and returned to the same spot in the afternoon, about 2 PM.

There is nothing more luxurious (and beneficial) than spending days in the same locale painting. You can really grow “exponentially” as a painter/observer this way. Make your next week-off a painting/pasteling/drawing adventure. Just you and your paintbrush and an art friend or two.

We debate doing this monster saguaro…just a bit too extraordinary for a little ‘ol painting…but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it anyway.


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Little shade?


Happy Painting.

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