A scene from a recent visit to Boyce Thompson Arboretum at Superior, Arizona, about an hour drive from Mesa. If you are in the Phoenix area and looking for a way to spend the day, this is a must see to capture all the feeling and beauty of desert landscapes in one place! It also shows botanicals from other desert locations. Beautiful trails including cliffs, waterways, manmade viewing structures. If you are staying a while in Arizona, I would get a pass and come multiple times!
Two more weeks in Arizona, so much opportunity for painting, so little time!
You often hear about artists painting winter cools, the soft blues and whites capturing the snow and crispness of the cool air. But what if your winters are in Arizona? Unlike the cool colour scenes often depicted in winter scenes, Arizona deserts come to life with flowers that begin to bloom and warm sands around the plants. The cool mountain peaks of Superstition Mountains frame the amazing textures and colour. This painting’s inspiration was from a picture I took during a sunrise in Apache Junction, near Mesa, Arizona. A snippet of Superstition Mountain is in the background. The beautiful shapes of the cactus are always a focal point!