The old homestead

I’m back. Back at my desk. Back at my scanner. And thinking back on the wonderful experience of teaching in the desert near Tucson, Arizona. I’m also recovering from Covid which is making the return to sketching and writing a little slower than expected.

I have tons of sketches to scan but I’ll start slowly. Here’s one I did when I first arrived at Tanque Verde Ranch, in preparation for my workshop with MISA. It’s the old homestead, built in the 1930s, and situated on a hilltop with a view of the ranch below and a panorama of mountains in all directions. It’s a spectacular setting at any time of day, but I really loved sketching there in the morning when the sun-bleached stone of the building was at its brightest against the sharp blue of the Arizona sky. The embers of the campfire from the pancake breakfast were still smoking, but I had the place to myself except for the occasional raven or desert songbird. Sketched in my Hahnemuhle 100% cotton sketchbook, A4 size.

29 Comments on “The old homestead”

  1. Laurie says:



  2. AshleyWolff says:

    We finished just time time! This week has been cold, windy, rainy and snowy! 😉
    Thanks for a great experience.


  3. kenneturner says:

    I have hiked and photographed the area often. I enjoy your art even more because I have my own personal identity.

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  4. kenneturner says:

    Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:
    Shari Blaukopf is a Montreal artist who recently taught a class at the Tanque Verdi Ranch near Tucson. I have followed her blog for several years now and enjoy her work.

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  5. IRENE Reinhold says:

    Beautiful. Get better soon.


  6. Lori says:

    Love your old homestead! And the colors!
    So sorry you got Covid😭
    Hope you feel better soon👍


  7. I love this! I sketched the Old Homestead in October with javelinas walking by. Tanque Verde is a special place!


  8. Mary says:

    I hope you feel better soon. Mary


  9. Britt says:

    I lived in Tucson when I was young – and have LOVED seeing your sketches from Tanque Verde. I sketch the desert often and your paintings are truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your work. Hope you continue to feel better!


  10. Cindy says:

    Get well soon!


  11. I am really enjoying these. The landscapes there are just so different from what you usually paint. They are really great!! Sorry to hear you had Covid, but I’m glad to hear that you are recovering. Take care of yourself.


  12. I love the color of the sand. May I ask what color it is, brand, and if you mixed it, HOW! Sally , a faithful follower in California



  13. Lynn Bowen says:

    Beautiful, as always!
    Hope your covid recovery is swift! I am recovering as well. Planning to use the time sketching.


  14. Nice painting of the old desert homestead!!


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