Friday, March 14, 2014

The Catalinas

catalinas by Roberta Warshaw
Ventana Canyon
catalinas, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
The mountains surrounding Tucson are truly spectacular. There are the Santa Catalinas to the north, where we were staying. To the west are the Tucson Mountains, in the east are the Rincons and to the south are the Santa Ritas.

Each mountain range is very unique looking. On this trip I could actually tell the difference between the Catalinas and the Rincons!

As I have mentioned, I did a lot of hiking in the mountains as well as the desert this time. So I had a good chance to really get a sense of place. This makes all the difference to me in painting something. I need to surround myself with it and feel it deeply.

I hope I am able to keep the inspiration going for a while. In this piece, which is not quite finished yet, I tried something new. I am not sure if you remember my fiasco with encaustics a few years ago. I had purchased all the necessary supplies and then couldn't work with them due to allergies. Well, here I am using something called high solid gel in the acrylic family. By adding a light touch of yellow to it, you can get a faux encaustic look. I have added many layers and even inscribed my lines and back filled them with more darkly colored high solid gel.

Of course it will never be encaustic but then again, you can leave it in the trunk of a car and it won't melt! LOL!

On my wish list when I am in Tucson for longer than two weeks I would like very much to visit Tumamoc Hill and join the plein air sketching group found here.

Hoping for some warmer weather soon.


Connie Rose said...

Really beautiful! Love the way that heavy gel looks. Who cares if it isn't encaustic??

Robbie said...

LOVE, LOVE this piece!!!!! So glad you got the inspiration to make this!!! Just wonderful!

Olga Norris said...

I love this piece - I can imagine being there.

Cathy Farrell said...

Wow, this s stunning!

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thank you everyone!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This piece is beautiful. I am sure your memories of the visit will inspire you for a long time. Love your art and promise to comment more about it.
xx, Carol

Cathy Savage said...

This is really beautiful!

Karen Isaacson said...

really really beautiful.
I love encaustic, but don't have the space or the ventilation to do it at home. I think I need to try this technique.

Threadpainter said...

I know nothing about encaustic or gels ... but good for you for forging onward.
I do, tho', love your use of paper for the mountains ... fabulous !! ... and the depth created with your gels works so well !

Celeste said...

Fabulous piece Roberta, this is the view from my back yard :)