Bisbee Plein Air Festival 2015

clawson dawn small
Clawson Dawn

Enjoyed a fun Bisbee After 5 Plein Air Festival. Earned second prize AND sold the art! I forgot to photograph it before framing. Glass makes photos impossible. Here’s a salvaged version. A moody view down Clawson Ave. at sunrise with street lights on. See the little skeleton in lower left? It’s the stamp to confirm the art was completed during the festival. Usually it’s on the back of a canvas, but I thought it would be fun on front!


eleven o'clock, bisbee small
Eleven o’Clock, Bisbee

This one is an abandoned shack above our accommodations. Someone had definitely started renovations. A favorite thing about this shack is the satellite dish on the other side of the building!


If you are interested in purchasing this or other pieces, please contact me at

Painting near Oracle, AZ

sunrise rlv rocks edited small 8x10Granite boulders offer many gorgeous sculptural subjects in this area north of Tucson near Rancho Linda Vista. Thanks to Pastelfish for getting me out to paint!

On this day, sunrise came quicker than I hoped (since I was late arriving).  Funny how paying attention to shape, value, color makes things work. Often accidentally.

I returned to Oracle to paint more, but didn’t get any good results! It’s too hot right now to paint any later in the day than maybe 7 a.m. That might have something to do with my concentration. The spectacular views and light conditions there are difficult to capture at the instant of observation, as well.

Tucson Plein Air Painters’ Society Show Award

“Grill, Charred” 8″ x 10″ watercolor, plein air

“Grill, Charred” was recognized for second place in the Artist category of the TPAPS Spring 2014 Show.

See the entire show of plein air creations at Plaza Palomino at Swan and Ft. Lowell here in Tucson until April 27, 2014.  Gallery is open 10 to 5 daily.