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Tucson has a varied desert landscape. Two of the views here are from the still-rustic Tucson Mountains, west of the city. To the north are the Catalina mountains, which offer snow about 1 hour's drive from the heart of town. Drives in other directions offer many experiences among Sonoran Desert landscapes.


Hiking the Sweetwater Trail in the Tucson Mts. Dawn light over City from rincon Mtns

448 -- Hiking the Sweetwater Trail. Tucson Mountain Park occupies much of the Tucson Mountains on the west side of Tucson, and has many hiking trails. This view was painted during a memorial hike for recently deceased friend, Bill Waller, who lived in the Tucson Mountains. Acrylic with from Tucson Mountains (and from Paris, France, in honor of Bill’s work for the International Herald Trubune Paris office, on 11x19 acid free board.  (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

515 --  Dawn Liight Over City As Seen From The Rincon Mountains.  This view looks across Tucson toward the west, with the full moon setting and the first bits of sunlight striking the tops of the distant Tucson Mountains.  (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

My Neighbor's Wall Backlit Cacit at ASDM

516 -- My Neighbor’s Wall.   A little scene painted in the alley behind my house.  (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

577 -- Backlit Cacti At The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.   Painted during 1.5 hour ‘quick draw’ event during an art exhibition at the museum, this view shows how different kinds of cacti show different colors in light transmitted through their needles when the needles are backlit by the sun.  (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

At Old Fort Lowell Spring Morning at the Presidio

616 -- At Old Fort Lowell.  This U.S. Army was active from 1873 to 1891, to protect Tucson during unrest with the Apaches. The fort was located about 6 miles from the town center to reduce trouble between soldiers and townspeople. At Fort Lowell Park, remains of a number of adobe buildings and a museum can be seen.  (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

720 -- Spring Morning At The Presidio.  In what is now downtown Tucson, the Spanish, in 1775 (the year before American independence back on the east coast!) established the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, one of a chain of Spanish forts to protect Spanish missions and settlements on the Mexican northern frontier. The northeast corner watchtower was reconstructed (at the corner Church and Washington Streets) and is now open with exhibits a prehistoric Hohokam pit house, the Spanish Garrison, and life in the territorial era. The painting shows three generations of Tucson architecture: the reconstructed Spanish Presidio adobe wall, a Mexican style adobe building across the street, and a modern office building in the distance. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

480 - Afternoon View of Tucson from the Tucson Mts. At the desert Lab on Tumamoc Hill

490 -- Afternoon View of Tucson from the Tucson Mts. This is another view, some months later, at a much larger scale, from a location close to the previous site. The Tucson Mts. are a semirural residential area west of Tucson. Many of us have been engaged in trying to preserve it from urban sprawl. Painted from nature. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

774 -- Winter Morning At The Desert Lab On Tumamoc Hill. The Carnegie Desert Laboratory was established in 1903, to study Sonoran Desert botany. The buildings, of local basalt, date mostly from the next decade. This building was originally a chemistry lab, but after a fire had to be rebuilt around 1916. The hill offers beautiful views of Tucson. Acrylic with local soil.  (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

140.5 - Afternoon Light on Baboquivari 421 - December, Bear Wallow, Catalina Mts, Arizona
140.5 -- Afternoon Light on Baboquivari, sacred peak of the Tohono O'odham. Baboquivari is a prominent peak near Kitt Peak National Observatory, west of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. It figures in O'odham myth and history. This was painted from life during a hike to the summit. (Well, the others reached the summit; I stayed in the saddle and painted.) (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 421 -- December, Bear Wallow, Catalina Mts, Arizona. The Catalinas include a national forest recreation area north of Tucson, about an hour from the city. It may not look like the conventional view of the Tucson area, but it offers a refuge from the summer heat and unfamiliar ski conditions during part of the winter. This was painted from nature (by a very cold painter) after a snowstorm in the area. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

380 - Moonlight View Across Tucson Basin from the West 388 - Morning at Sanctuary Cove, West of Tucson
380 -- Moonlight View Across Tucson Basin from the West. I was struck by the contrast on the cloud surfaces between the copper-red color of the city glow on the bottom side, to the more silver-blue tone of the moonlight on the illuminated edges. (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 388 -- Morning at Sanctuary Cove, West of Tucson. This is a small park with a chapel for meditation. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

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