Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tubac, Arizona, Workshop Report

I spent the last week in historic Tubac, Arizona, teaching an oil-only advanced plein air painting workshop.  We had fantastic weather - crisp mornings, warm afternoons - and equally fantastic scenery.  One of the things I like most about Tubac, besides the consistent January weather, is the architecture.  Thanks to a few hundred years of history, starting with the Spanish in 1752, the town has many fascinating structures.  Although I hadn't intended for the workshop to focus on buildings, we painted adobe houses in Old Tubac, parts of the Spanish Presidio and the monumental structures at the Tumacacori Mission.  It wasn't until the last day that we relaxed a bit and painted views of the less-challenging Santa Rita mountains.

I'll be offering a Tubac workshop again next year, January 15-18, 2013, through Katherine Reyes Workshops.  Put it on your schedule now, and stay tuned for details.  In the meantime, here are a few paintings and photos from this week.

Demo - Tumacacori Mission, 5x7 oil

Demo - The Tortilla Lady, 9x12, oil

Demo - Adobe Home, 9x12, oil

Demo - Otero Hall at the Presidio, 5x7, oil

Demo - Santa Rita Mountains, 9x12, oil (knife)

Demo - Tubac, the Ninth Hole, 9x12, oil

Tumacacori Mission - Detail

Tumacacori Mission - Detail

Tumacacori Mission

Tumacacori Mission 

Tumacacori Mission

Dos Silos Ranch


Drusilla said...

I recognize every place you painted! We live an hour and 40 minutes east of there, sorry I missed you this time M! Tim and I went camping in the Gulario Mountains. Did not leave till last Sunday when it rained cats and dogs! Looks like you had a great time in Tubac, the paintings are really nice.

B&V in BV said...

I've been wanting to visit Tubac... it's on the Top 100 Art Towns in the US - but I'm sure you knew that! Your paintings are lovely.

Mick Carney said...

Lovely collection of images. Plein air at its best.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, everyone!