Tumamoc Twofer

Had a free day (or two) recently so made plans to go up the Hill to draw. Well, it rained both times! The rain view from Tumamoc is always spectacular, you can see the entire Tucson Basin and watch the storms move all around. Up top the blustery wind howls through the Saguaros. Stimulating.

I started early looking west and then moved to the east to complete an earlier in the week (rained out) drawing.

West view around 10:00 AM.


Clouds are starting to build up…

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I track one texture off another to keep the scale right, but I often lose my way, or start making things too big, or my mind starts to wander, so it’s an exercise in starting over and over and over….returning to the same landmarks and tracking off of them.


…orange vest view…

Rain comes just as I complete the session (90 min). Lucky me.

Now for a lunch break and move to other spot.


Good sign! More luck.

I like to draw intensely like this, au plein aire, as respite from painting, because it is so relaxing and different. This way, I can maintain a creative and visual mindset and not get burnt out. Change it up, but stay in the flow.

My new spot in the shade of  palo verde and fave saguaro. Afternoon.

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I “grow” one linear aspect off of the next. Looking for the difference between things. Zig-zag thinking.


This one is a little looser, as it happens, due to fatigue, previous practice and…so much fabulous texture. I think I’ll do another one here, to get it “right”, more accurate, but not mechanical.



Tumamoc Tapestry, 20×20, pen and ink, M.Milstead


Two Storms Worth, 20×20, pen and ink, M.Milstead

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