Journal of Michael Baum / Travels of an Artist
Arizona: March, 2007
at R and L's at 8:00 AM and drive to Cochise's Stronghold east of
Another half mile up the trail
at an open overlook the scene
expands into a
|Eventually, we make our way down the
2 1/2 miles back to the trail head and
caravan over to Dennis and Nancy's ranch in Benson for a cookout.
The ranch is a comfortable, easy-going, place all hand-built
by Dennis and Nancy. It's a genuine sort
of place that reflects the character of our hosts. We feel at ease
instantly. They show us around the house
and grounds introducing us to the horses
and mule. We help with feeding. In the warm evening sun, we sit
down to dinner on the deck, grilled chicken, beans, salad, wine,
and beer. We are having a blast. Animated conversation punctuated
by laughter unravel into the night. A toast: Old friends. New
At the canyon, we hike in the warm sun through open desert. After a
we come to Sabino Creek, rushing cool water from
the recent rain. following
the creek upstream, we soon find a dam. It's about 10 feet high, made
of stone. Water pours over its entire width, maybe 50 feet.
We skirt around to the top of
Over the next couple of hours, I paint several small watercolors.
Awkward. I haven't
done this since last summer, and it shows. It takes a couple of
abortive efforts before
I start to get the hang of it. The last couple of paintings are okay.
I paint them without
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