House With Palm Tree

The first round of the Landscape Lottery was carried out during a three-week visit to Tucson in November 2014. In March 2015, I returned for a week or so and picked up the project more or less where I'd left off.

It took a while to get back in the right frame of mind, and I needed a push. My chief GPS point man, Lars, had a friend visiting at the time. I got the friend to pick my first GPS point for round two. As he was only in town for a few more days, and I wanted him to see the result, that successfully got me moving. I'm not sure the result interested him all that much - and for that I'd like to blame the location but probably shouldn't.

Atmospheric notes: There were many more cloudy days for the second round of the Landscape Lottery, and that had a big effect on my work. In the first round I had mostly avoided the mellow, rich, warm light of late afternoon, since that can make anything look gorgeous. I wanted to address place rather than light effects. But I'd settled on the more stark mid-day light of blue-sky days and had grown used to that aesthetic. Clouds and dim, diffuse light are what I'm used to in western NY, but for painting in Tucson they threw me for a loop.