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Creating While Traveling – Part 2

Tucson, Arizona Art Exploration

Tucson Botanical Gardens Sculpture

Next stop was Tucson, Arizona for two weeks.  The area is full of history and color.  The weather was still a bit on the cool side, so the opportunity to paint inside was my creative practice of choice.  I have several online lessons backed up – so many that I’ve made a vow to not purchase any more until I finish those in the backlog.  I make this commitment and break it frequently!

One of my favorite figurative artists is Emma Petitt. She does wonderful abstract faces and figures in a loose style that I only wish I could emulate.  You can find her art and workshops at the following link:

I don’t think I did her justice in this painting yet it was a fun experiment with unusual colors. 

Acrylic on Canson Mixed Media Portrait in the style of Emma Petitt.

Tubac, Arizona

Historic Buildings

Tubac is located south of Tucson off the only highway in the United States that uses the metric system – Interstate 19.  As an added plus, Tubac won the USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Small Town Art Scene,” beating out towns like Gatlinburg, Tennesee and Taos, New Mexico   

Tubac is an area full of history, first being recorded by the Spaniards in 1726.  The Presidio, established in 1752, has been recreated as a State Park and Museum.  Several renowned artists moved to the area in early to mid-1900s and an art school was established. 

Fine Arts Studio with Javalina

A multitude of galleries and shops beckon visitors to explore and discover a variety of artists with unique styles. 

Unfortunately, my dear husband was still under the weather, so we weren’t able to do all we planned.  I did take the opportunity to do a little sketching of one of the historic buildings.  I may use it as a reference for a later, larger painting. 

Quick Plein Air Sketch

Tucson, Arizona

Back in Tucson, I took the opportunity to paint a watercolor portrait from a session from Paint Your Heart and Soul 2021.  The artist calls herself Sillier than Sally.  This portrait appealed to me as it captures the Spanish influence of Southern Arizona.  Do you agree?


Next stop is Scottsdale, Arizona. I will be posting Part 3 of the Creating While Traveling Series soon. See Part 1 of this series at the link below:

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