The wash at dusk

It’s grey, rainy and damp here in Montreal — and not even good weather for sketching from my car — so I’m going back through my recent photo archives to places that are warmer and sunnier. The wash at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson was quite splendid at dusk. The hills turned from a dull ochre to a flaming orange at sunset. I was on my way to a campfire cookout so I couldn’t paint at that time, but the memory of that riverbed scene stayed with me. I like to imagine that this is the view that Paul and Linda McCartney also had every evening when they lived nearby.

27 Comments on “The wash at dusk”

  1. De says:

    Wow! The colors are striking! So glad you captured that sunset!


  2. AshleyWolff says:

    OH! Sudden sharp pang of longing for the desert dusk!

    Here it is raining on top of a foot of snow.

    I vividly recall standing in this wash with you, watching you paint while I closely monitored the flitting Vermillion Flycatcher nearby.

    Happy day.


    • Ashley, we are having exactly the same weather as you.
      Alice and I just came in from a very drippy walk.
      Glad I brought you back there along with me. It was one of my favourite moments of that week in Tucson. And the the Vermilion Flycatcher really was the cherry on the cake.

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  3. Rita Cleary says:

    Lovely…and a lovely thought.


  4. Gorgeous painting – those reflections are stunning!


  5. friedakam says:

    I love the blue of the water. Is it cerulean of WN?


  6. Barbara Post says:

    Oh, those reflections are magical! Perhaps someday you’ll have the time to create an online course on reflections, I could use some instruction.


  7. Chris Rusk says:

    Magical. The view must have been glorious 🙂


  8. come back in 2024! What a beautiful painting Shari. I just got my own original back from the framer and it looks beautiful


  9. Sandra L Lewin says:

    Love this painting! Thank you for sharing!


  10. Ralph Bailey says:

    I love your wash at dusk


  11. Lori Zajic says:

    So wonderful!!!


  12. Beautiful. It’s good to have warm memories at this time of year.




  13. Nice painting of an Arizona Wash. I bet it turns into a raging river after heavy rains. I really like how you captured your scrubby and wild looking trees and bushes, the sun shining off the hills and the rocks in the dried up river. Does Arizona get Monsoons? I think I heard they do, something to do with the Rocky Mountains to the west and weather patterns in the winter. You never think of North America for Monsoons, but Arizona is kind of a unique place.


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