Winter Mondays on Tumamoc. Afternoons in the Chromatosphere.
(By the way, Chromatosphere, while not entirely made up, is, in this case, to reflect a sphere-place of colored light, call it poetic, artistic license.)
This post covers work over about a month around the Winter solstice. Paul and I took pics to document.
Tumamoc Hill is an outdoor studio where I actively observe the changing seasonal light as it reflects off of plants, rocks and buildings. Tumamoc as muse to the outdoor painter, color-gatherer. Tumamuse.
As the sun lowers towards solstice, the color cast goes to orange, then red. As I see it.
March will bring back the blue (and yellow). Up and down the rainbow we go.
Pre Solstice Saguaro. Hooked by yellow-green.
Then, post Solstice, orange.
And on into cool red shadows.
After all this hunting and gathering, I spend some time in the home studio remembering and exaggerating light effects observed on the Hill. I naturally surprise myself…perhaps you, too.
You can view “Red Winter” at Tohono Chul Gardens this March-May 2016 in the Tucson Plein Air Painter’s (TPAPS) Group Show in their Entry Gallery.