“Be your own painter…”

Scotsdale i

Arizona remembered I  2.7.16

The title of today’s post is taken from Tony Smibert’s quote in Exercise 3 of Landscapes of the Imagination, which I am working through this month, “Be your own painter and adapt what you want to your own work”. This exercise is all about graduated washes and includes maneuvering the board upside-down as the secondary washes are applied.

loti 2i   loti2ii

loti2iii   loti2iv

The quote was all the inspiration I needed to apply the exercise to memories of our memorable trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, where we stopped before continuing on to that never-to-be-forgotten visit to Antelope Canyon.


That night we walked on the McDowell Sonoran Reserve after sunset where the Saguaro cacti were dramatically silhouetted against the evening sky. It was thanks to Laura Macky that we included this in our visit and her wonderful post Painted Saguaro is one that I recommend you all visit. Thanks once again Laura 🙂

Scotsdale iii

Arizona remembered II 2.7.16

 Worldwatercolormonth Day 2


  1. these are so lovely; the mountains have wonderful shadowing effects! I like the lightness the little watermark created on the cactus painting. It adds to the painting, rather than detracting. imo. very nicely Left Alone Andrew! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Debi and thanks for highlighting the month on your blog. Looking forward to what’s ahead in the book. Glad I left the watermark alone although I have to confess I was tempted 🙂

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  2. I love the desert landscape. The warm colors of earth against the cooler color of the sky. Thanks for sharing. The silhouette cacti against the azure sky is very pleasing. I love it👍


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