Opening! Agua Caliente Show: Tucson Plein Air Painters (TPAPS)

RHG 2014 email invitation copy

Read on for a step-by-step of my contribution:

(Now is the time to get out and paint! The weather is nearly perfect, don’t miss it…prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.)

This September we (Valerie and I) spent a few mornings in the Tucson Mountains. My latest approach is one hour per painting over a 3 to 4 hour duration. This forces focus…pretty important. After I’ve studied the area with one hour shots I can begin to compose larger, more involved pieces.


 Today we are on the west side of Gates Pass, in a gathering of “teddy bear” Cholla, my most favorite plant to paint!! (and draw) no leaves, ha!

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As the sun peaks over the ridge,

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Hallelujah, this saguaro cactus become spectra-tacular!

You have to be right on site, en plein air, for these omg events. No photo will replicate this.


Now, winding down, I look upon this humble grama, glowing in the sunlight. Everything changes so quickly during these transitional times of day. It’s all very entertaining.

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Please do stop in at the Historic Ranch House Gallery in Agua Caliente Park to see these three characters and much more from TPAPS members October 11-November 5. Better yet, come to paint the park and catch the show at the same time.

Tucson Mountain Morning Gallery


Dawn Cholla, oil, 10×10, 2014, M.Milstead


Spectral Saguaro, oil, 10×10, 2014, M.Milstead


Sideoats Sunrise, oil, 10×10, 2014, M.Milstead


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