Painting done with my student in Saguaro Nat’l Park (west).
Currently on display with the TPAPS artists members show at the Northern Trust Bank in Tucson AZ.
Although I love painting portraits in the studio, I get a sense of freedom and communing with nature when I am out of doors painting. To me the elements of nature play an important part in the development of the painting and the freshness and spontaneity that the work takes on. I love the sounds of birds and other animals, the wind rustling through trees, the movement of light and shadows as the clouds pass by or on a cloudless day just the changing shadows and color as the sun moves across the sky. Sometimes there is a lighting effect, ie..shadow, highlight etc. that appears that wasn’t there earlier and I feel it adds to the composition or interest of the painting.
Our group TPAPS, Tucson Plein Air Painters Society had a quick draw and members exhibition at the Desert Museum. Everyone had the morning to paint then at 1 pm, the wet paintings were put in frames and hung in the gallery for an opening reception. I did two paintings that morning and have three other paintings in the show.
This painting was done when my nephew Dan Perkins and I went out painting together during his visit at Christmas. We managed to get two paintings done during his visit. Here we were driving to go into the Saguaro National Park and before we got to the entrance we saw this magnificent view and parked the car on the side of the road and began to paint.