Tag: Southwest

Stormy Vortex in Sedona

The storm over Cathedral Rock comes closer in at 1:00 pm. The sky darkens.

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Before too long it’s time to skate along the side of the meadow to Oak Creek at the base.

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The water roils and churns, inspiring, the slabs of red rock lay flat.

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We dodge under some gentle oaks and watch the rain on the creek.

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After some time we walk slowly back to the meadows as the sun comes back out again.

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And start another sketch, this time in oil. The spirit of the ancestors has wound its way around.

Aravaipa Canyon, Spring

The majestic and awesome Aravaipa Canyon, in central Arizona.

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Can one even try to capture the raw beauty?

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(oil sketch, 6 x 12 inches).

A little further down the trail,

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with a view of the Cottonwood grove in the canyon.

A little pastel sketch begun,

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a little more…

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And then it’s time for a late afternoon Sycamore sketch in oil.

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The oil palette, very tidy.

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Aravaipa is so lovely in the late spring.

City of Rocks, New Mexico

Pre-historic volcanic rock formations create this unusual gathering of other worldly beings: boulder spirits.

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The boulders speak to you with their facial expressions, and demand a quiet presence.

 Camping among the rocks …

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Looking for a suitable place to paint after waking.

Found a collection of green

nestled in the rock.

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In the other direction, broad vistas of the gorgeous New Mexico sky and junipers dotting the land

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Time for some refreshment after a hard day’s work…chile and

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tamales, vino…