I have been in Arizona nearly two weeks now. Returning first to Red Rocks country in Sedona. (more about that later) before spending a little time with friends in Tucson. The sketch above is on the road from Phoenix to Tucson. Below is my friend's dog, Lola.
I had a lovely first day on Tumaroc Hill which is part of the Sonoran Desert. Filled with majestic Saguaros with views over Tuscon basin. The top of the hill is a research station. I loved the mix of industrial and reserve.
I also went for a walk around the neighbourhood where I have been staying. The majestic Palo Verde are in bloom. They provide wonderful shelter in the washes (arroro) which take the run offs of rain water during the rainy season (usually August)
Although very hot for my more sensitive English skin, I arrived during a relative school spell. I was able to take in exhibitions at the Tucson Museum of Art. I loved Ellen Wagener's Big Skies/Hidden Stories. Beautiful majestic landscapes in pastel.
And this painting of three girls by Mary Wyant.
There was also a Textile exhibit, String Theory:Contemporary Ary and the Fiber Legacy which I would urge anyone in the vicinity to see. On until June 19.
Sedona always remains a special place for me . I was delighted to return and spend time with friends. I was also delighted to work with the Sedona Arts Center over the Easter weekend.