Drawn, scribbled, snapped, or just noticed on Tumamoc Hill, Tucson's sacred mountain.
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Linda Feltner, artist, naturalist, and teacher, came up to join Tumamoc sketchers on the Hill with some of her students for an all day outdoor drawing session. Linda was guest teacher for the day and she used it to give out some assignments. The focus of the day was “Extreme Cropping.” To show what she meant, Linda handed out old cardboard slide mounts that had been taped off to show a long narrow opening.
This Piece of Earth is a 48 page booklet, published by Tumamoc: People and Habitats, showcases some of the poets and artists working on Tumamoc over the past two years or so.
HUMANS NATURALLY sympathize with the saguaro cactus. We even feel affection for them. Maybe it’s because they look sort of like us.
Anyone who has stayed in Tucson for the best season of the year probably has seen this image on news stands around Tucson this summer.
I’m tired of posting my own work. It get’s lonely up here sometimes. That’s why I’m glad other artists come up here, doing place-focused work of their own. A case in point is Meredith Milstead. She came up on several mornings at dawn to do these pastel paintings. Please check out Meredith’s blog site for …
This baby gila monster baby was seen by a hiker crossing the road near the Desert Lab.
Poet Eric Magrane and artist Paul Mirocha worked together to create an art installation in the windows of the University of Arizona Downtown building. The piece combines photography and natural elements taken from Tumamoc Hill, as well as poetry invoking a strong monsoon season.
I’m posting just Eric Magrane’s Poem “Dreaming Down the Rain” and my seven photographic tapestries, without any more commentary.
I never knew poetry would be such hard work. Among other things, we wheel-barrowed in one and a half tons of gravel to serve as a metaphor for desert pavement.
The month of May is a good time to ponder these things – everything except the saguaros, which are extravagantly blooming – is either dead, looks dead, or is going to die soon if the monsoons don’t come early in June.
These winter annuals are by far the most comonand successful plants on Tumamoc, yet they are the least appreciated.
There had been some claimed sightings before, but this was the first Gila Monster captured for science on Tumamoc.
One of the sessions, Curating the Cosmos, features a small online gallery of several invited artists, including Tumamoc Sketchbook.
On the invitation of the UA Institute for the Environment, we held some public plant sketching sessions at their booth at the Book Fair.
Meredith went to draw at Spalding Plot number 8. I was still recovering from a flu so I sat in a chair on the Desert Lab entrance and worked on a drawing I had started earlier in my sketchbook.