Month: March 2012

Pena Blanca Lake

Spending the day at this remote location near the Mexican border offered the opportunity to record morning and afternoon light in an oil sketch and a pastel drawing.


View of Pena Blanca Lake, a lake stocked with fish and popular with local picnickers.
Beginning of oil sketch.
Finished oil sketch.

In the afternoon there were some lovely high vistas which made for a dramatic view of boulders and water.


High view of Pena Blanca Lake.
Resulting pastel drawing on clayboard, 12 x 10".

Another beautiful day in southern Arizona!


Desert Plein Aire Painting at Saguaro Monument East, Tucson


Long vistas and prickly saguaro friends are very appealing on one of my recent excursions to the far east side of Tucson, Arizona. The winter weather has been cooperating well – gorgeous sunny days, not too warm or cold. Makes for a great excuse to get out there and enjoy the desert and work from life.


The light on the saguaros becomes an integral part of the composition in my 14 x 11″ study in oil below:


and will become information for a larger studio piece coming up.