Painting for the first time on my trip to the Maynard Dixon residency, Tucson provided a nice break from driving. I was pleased enough just to get the kinks out of my gear…every screw was loose on my umbrella, tripod, and pochade box. Is it the worsening roads in the US or my old Explorer rattling along? The dry air at 3% humidity petrifies paint in the palette; the timing with washes and brush strokes have to adapt as well. Usually a trip’s first painting is a throw away. I’ll post a few things from my trip over the next few weeks.