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Here is a collection of paintings from travels outside southern Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Northern Arizona has the canyons and grasslands of the Colorado Plateau. Many people's image of the Southwest come from the painters who settled around Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, in the 1920s. That country has a very different landscape and sky, with higher altitudes, fewer cacti, and many puffy cumulus clouds which we lack in the Sonoran Desert. Everywhere is open space and grand vistas!

494 Arizona I'itoi's domain 595 Arizona Empire ranch house
494 -- Arizona: I’itoi’s Domain. The painting was made on New Year’s Day at a camp site on O’odham tribal lands near the foot of Baboquivari peak, the tall peak in the background. The mountain is a sacred landmark peak for the O’odham people, and a nearby cave is said to be one of the homes of their “elder brother” god-figure, I’itoi. (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 595 -- Arizona: The 1870 Ranch House At Empire Ranch. The ranch house and buildings are now part of a national conservation area, open to the public, and a favorite haunt of artists. This was painted during an outing of the Tucson Plain Air Painters Society. Acrylic on 9 x 12 inch acid free board. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

649 -- New Mexico: Dawn View Of The Church At Taos. 636.8 -- Arizona Highway.
649 -- New Mexico: Dawn View Of The Church At Taos. The San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, built ca. 1772-1816, was made famous in images by painter Georgia O’Keefe and photographer Ansel Adams. So I decided I had to take a crack at it. They worked with the rectangular forms on the back, but I was intrigued by the beehive-like curved forms abutting the flat surfaces on the sides. I worked in an alley like street along the side. Painted on site, on 9 x 12 inch acid-free board. (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 636.8 -- Arizona Highway.  A typical dirt road in the Sonoran Desert west of Tucson, in this case crossing the Sand Tank Wash on the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. Painted during a camping trip. Acrylic and local soil on 14 x 17 inch board. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

445.5 - Meadowlands in lower Galiuro Mts., Arizona Springtime in the Pinacate Mountains
445.5 -- Meadowlands in lower Galiuro Mts., Arizona. This is an foothill area of high grasslands in southeast Arizona. The southeastern Arizona grasslands and ranchlands are little known to travelers and even to Arizona residents. Painted from nature during a camping trip. (Copyright William K. Hartmann). 359 -- Sonora: Springtime In The Pinacate Volcanic Region. The view looks southwest from the rim of Cerro Colorado crater, toward the distinctive twin cinder cones on the Pinacate Mountain summit. A playa lies in the foreground and in a year with good winter rains, the playa fills with spring flowers. The whole volcanic complex, subject of my 1989 book “Desert Heart,” is now a Mexican National Park. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).


In Arches National Monument

436 -- In Arches National Monument. The undersides of clouds reflect the red soil of the region. Painted from nature. (Copyright William K. Hartmann).

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