I created Tucson Periwinkle, which is in the architectural style of Transformed Sonoran. Situated in the Presidio District of Historic downtown Tucson In the Tucson Valley between the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountain ranges, Tucson Periwinkle’s wall art is an actual doorway to a private residence in the heart of Tucson. Painting the cactus was fun, and using the color PINK for the door was even more fun! This area was first settled in 1775 as a walled presidio. Visiting these artisans’ shops, I witnessed many landscape canvas prints, paper, and metal prints of the history of the southwest. If you visit here, don’t miss out on eating at La Cocina.
Vivid and Dimensional Color
Do people often ask how I can get such bright colors out of watercolor? The answer is that I created this wall art with many, many layers. The first thing to do is to mask anything that isn’t the building. Masking Fluids prevent the paper from absorbing the color. A mask was applied before I used a wash to protect areas that I wanted to remain white. When the paint dried, I used a rubber cement pickup to remove the mask.
Technic for Tucson Periwinkle
I came about this technic from doing a watercolor workshop with Skip Lawrence 13 years ago. Skip is passionate about teaching art as an artist, and he loves making it, sharing it, talking about it, looking at it, and explaining it. Skip has been at it since he was twelve. (Me, I started when I was 59.) There was never any doubt in Skip’s mind that he would spend his life in art. He says he is very fortunate to be able to say that.
This landscape painting looks eye-popping as a metal print, and it will take your breath away, so have fun and purchase some of my art today.
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