Plein Air: Kitt Peak

This Spring we begin scouting for Summer Plein Air locations. A close hour drive west of Tuscon on the way to Ajo is the Baboquivari Range where Kitt Peak, an international observatory, is located. The road up provides easy access.

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The visitors center is ripe with cosmological and astro physical information, some quite useful to the painter concerned with light.

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The painter in infrared.

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Back outside, we find a picnic area surrounded by telescopes. This radio telescope is remotely operated from, perhaps, New Mexico…I think it would make a cool painting, but would take some time to get right. (plus it’s moving all the time, scanning, wow, fun!)

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I go for a colorful oak instead of the technical telescope today.

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Limited palette with split complement: Yellow-Orange (keyed from the oaks leaves), Violet and Blue.

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Access is limited to daytime but there are pull outs and picnic areas near the top and vistas on the way up. This is a formidable mountain/sky island, with sheer granite, steep  inclines, varied flora and spectacular vast views in all directions, windy and inclement, an adventurous landscape-like we like.

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Our next trip up is less moody weather wise, but still windy. We start at the top picnic area again and work our way down the mountain.

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I enjoy exploring at the same subject over and over again.

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At 4 P.M. the guard comes to usher us out, and down, the mountain.

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We manage to pull out at a hairpin turn, sheltered from the wind, to complete one more study.

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Valerie goes for large format.

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I’m looking forward to more studies and extended projects up here this Summer. Let’s go!

 

One thought on “Plein Air: Kitt Peak

  1. I’d love to join some time. But we’ll be gone until middle of July. I”ll keep my eye open for dates.

    Elena

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