Tag: Arts

Sweetwater Trail, Saguaro Nat’l Park

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Park lands in the western states are being threatened on a daily basis. The natural beauty and stark intensity of desert lands just aren’t important to some people in power. The land is seen as valuable only in terms of what it can give up for money: mining, uranium, rooftops.

Close to my home are the Tucson Mountains, and the Sweetwater Trail, which still has National Park status, but lots of new rooftops dotting the pristine hills. I had a free day and went to walk the washes and animal trails just off the main human trail. Found a spot to set up and do an oil sketch.

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It was so peaceful, yes warm because it has been the warmest recorded temps for this time of year, regardless of what some might say. But no snakes! Just coyotes howling a little in the distance and some birds rustling about.

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Winter Events 2018

The winter fine arts season is upon us. Join me at the following events in Tucson, Arizona. I will be showing original oil paintings of southern Arizona landmarks.

Full Moon Open Studios at the Metal Arts Village:

Wednesday, January 31, 5-8pm; Friday, March 2, 5-8pm; Saturday, March 31, 5-8pm.

Art Safari at the Contreras Gallery:        Saturday, February 3, 6-9pm.

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“Davidson Canyon”; oil/panel; 5 x 7″; 2017

 

To see more work, visit Betina Fink Arts at the Metal Arts Village. Open daily by chance or appointment.

Showing This Summer

Join me this month where my work will be in two local shows in the Downtown Tucson Gallery District (located on 6th Avenue at 6th Street).

“Summer Art Cruise”: Reception for these and other downtown art venues: Saturday, June 3, 6-9pm.

“Small Things Considered” 25th Anniversary Small Works Invitational; Davis Domingues Gallery; and “Women Artists of Tucson”; Contreras Gallery.

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“Inner Canyon”; plein air; oil/wood; 8 x 10″.

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“Hopi Point”; plein air; pen/paper; 6 x 4″.

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“Sedona”; plein air; oil/wood; 10 x 8″.

Ramsey Canyon Preserve, and the Nature Conservancy.

Located within the upper basin of the San Pedro River basin, Ramsey Canyon is a paradise for birding, nature watching, and plein air sketching and painting. It’s nice to compare the seasons as they unfold.

Fall colors along the San Pedro river, at Ramsey Canyon Preserve in the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona.
Fall colors along the San Pedro river, at Ramsey Canyon Preserve in the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona.

Last November as the leaves were in full color, we took advantage of a great opportunity to take the easel and paints out to the Ramsey Canyon nature preserve. The sketch was really about the brilliance of the color, and the forest environment.

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A couple of months later, we returned to the preserve, and set up easels next to the beautifully running creek.

January at the canyon.
January at the canyon.

The light is gorgeous, the water running at a steady clip. Being mid-day, the sun was going to steadily move down, but we figured we had 2 1/2 good hours to paint..

Beginning sketch.
Beginning sketch in ochres to set up values.

The goal was to catch the light on the running water, the movement and transparency of the water flowing over the rocks.

Finished 8 x 10" oil sketch.
Finished 8 x 10″ oil sketch.

Cochise Stronghold, Arizona

One of the most beautiful, tender and fragile locations of southern Arizona, Cochise Stronghold marks where the final Apache Chief Cochise defended his land.

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Visiting means paying homage to as well as honoring the sad history and memory of the Apache tribe. Recently with monsoon rains, it was necessary to pay a visit to the magical waters in the creek nestled within the canyon. The creek was running steadily.

Speckled light and delicate trickling of water. We also spotted bobcat prints and smelled au de bobcat scent.
Speckled light and delicate trickling of water. We also spotted bobcat prints and smelled au de bobcat scent.

The breeze was cool coming off the waters. Being a weekday, there were no other visitors to the campsite, making the quiet of the forest powerful. We stuck our feet in the cold water and made a little sketch.

Small pencil drawing in the creek.
Small pencil drawing in the creek.