Plein Air: San Xavier del Bac at Agua Caliente Park


Summer is a great time to paint in this area but, early. We head south out of town on the I-17 to San Xavier del Bac, “The Dove of the Desert”.

The church glows in the morning sun. We arrive before the tourists and vendors, and work in the shade of the vendors’ ramadas-typical Tucson style.

It is quiet with a few locals coming to early morning services.


The shade is a bit spotty, not the best for painting, but the sun is hot enough already to plant us there. We both begin with toned canvas.


I see yellow undertones with cooler shadows and warmer highlights.



San Xavier Morning, oil on canvas board, 10×10, M.Milstead


Gay pans out and really gets the essence of the”dove”, strong and bright in its desert environment.  It stands out. A unique feature of Tucson’s rich cultural heritage.

Gays painting of “The Dove of The Desert” is on display for sale at the Ranch House Art Gallery at Agua Caliente Park until July 30.

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The Dove of The Desert, oil on canvas, Gay Scheibl, $300 framed.

Take a morning off to visit the Art Gallery. Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am-2:00 pm.


In this spectacular setting at 12325 E Roger Road, Tucson, 85749. (bring your paints!)


Don’t miss this special show of Tucson’s Treasures!  Exhibiting Artists, in addition to Gay include; Lee Ackermann, Laurie Williams and Joyce Nelson. All work affordably priced, for sale.  TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY ARE THE FINAL DAYS.




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