Pastel Preparations Before and After

The Tucson Pastel Society is geared up for Show Season here in Tucson. Come find us at: Tohono Chul, Murphey Gallery and Mesch, Clark and Rothschild law firm.

I paint pieces for Murphey Gallery at two locations this Fall, read on.

Empire Ranch

We arrive at Empire Ranch during a cattle drive and, after navigating through many cows, spend the day (windy) amidst buildings. We might paint the cows but they are really moving! (like the wind)

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Many Cowmen!

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Our inspiration for the day:

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I make two studies with different limited palette color schemes.

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Okay for studies, but they need more attention.

It’s easy to lose the vitality of a plein air sketch when it is reworked in the studio but, it’s either that or file them into the towering “study pile”.

Studio enhanced work sees a shift to more saturated color and emphasis on form. They are less about the effects of light as they were outside on location.

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Empire Red Barn, 9×12, pastel on board, Meredith Milstead

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Empire in Violet, 9×12, pastel on board, Meredith Milstead

Green Valley

Our next outing takes us to Green Valley and Tubac Artist Roy Purcell’s studio. He is a gracious host. We paint his environs.

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Roy has a nice view of the Santa Rita Mountains.

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And after, courtesy of the studio:

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Morning Agave, 9×12, pastel on board, Meredith Milstead

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Valley View East, 9×12, pastel on board, Meredith Milstead

A selection from this selection will appear in The Pastel Society’s Charity Show December 5-January 7 at the Murphey Gallery at St. Phillips Church on River Road. A portion of sales from this show will benefit Tucson Arts Brigade.

More to come!

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