Spanish Catholic Ruins in Tumacacori, AZ. A favorite haunt of plein airists across the palette.
Immediately drawn to the Bell-Tower.
But, after some consideration and the fact that I need more practice panning out for the big picture, more pastel stick control and more subtle high key color practice, I choose the greater challenge: the original ruin.
I change my pallet a few times, deciding to key it to red-orange instead of yellow-orange.
Still a work in progress, I’ll complete this in the studio. Or, better yet, return to the site.
At least I’ve got the composition down.
Working this large is a challenge with a lot more editing.
Exceeding limits (challenge) leads to innovation and the unexpected. Plein air is a good venue for exceeding limits.
Reflecting on a warm winter’s morning in Southern Arizona. Doesn’t get any better than this!