Tucson Pastel Society Paint Out: Ironwood Picnic Area

This morning we meet at the Ironwood Picnic area off of Kinney road in Tucson Mountain Park.

At the end of the road stands an ancient Ironwood tree.

Here we go…

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I see a lot of blue in this one: blue-green Ironwood, blue shadows, blue-violet mountains. I choose a simple harmony of the complements blue-violet and yellow-orange plus two analogous cool colors attached to blue violet; blue and blue-green.  I could tone the paper with a warm yellow-orange but I decide to emphasize the Winter season and coolness of the tree instead.  The sky is a warm blue, almost turquoise.

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Many thanks to the Tucson Pastel Society for their monthly paint outs. It really helps for motivation to get up, get out, and paint!

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2 thoughts on “Tucson Pastel Society Paint Out: Ironwood Picnic Area

  1. Meredith,
    I have been following all your blogs with interest. The ironwood tree is a favorite of those I have seen. Your on site painting is very inspirational and I am eager for the New Year to begin so I can renew my efforts. Edy

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