About splashingpaint

Watercolor and mixed media artist conducting workshops in Australia, Europe and the USA

LOWELL and BISBEE

Bisbee is a copper mining town that has, some how,  flourished since the mine closed. The steep landscape and opulent architecture, from the boom days, make the town uniquely attractive. Lots of interesting pubs, bars and restaurants, and an atmosphere of 1960’s counter culture, have given Bisbee a whole new life.

Just outside of Bisbee is, what’s left of, the town of Lowell. In the 1950’s the mine pit was expanded to extract more copper and most of the town was consumed in the expansion. What is left (Eire Street) appears to have been frozen in time. Crumbling buildings, closed businesses, old cars, weeds and debris. A fantastic and confusing place.

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Reflections in a junk shop window

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Bisbee graffiti wall

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Chainsaw on a roof

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Rustys Snacks

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Main Street Bisbee

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Captivating display of ancient dentistry.

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Bisbee mine  head

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Mine Site

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Shell servo, Lowell

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Cadillac from space

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Outside Lowell Gym.

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Welcome

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ON TO TOMBSTONE

After the workshop at Tanque Verde Ranch, we picked up a hire car in Tucson and headed over to Tombstone. The old town is still pretty well intact, but relies heavily on tourism, so has a bit of a theme park air about it. Lots of cowboys, bar girls and guns, but the old historic locations are all well preserved and very interesting.

From Tombstone we drove out to a few old ghost towns and abandoned mining towns in the region. We discovered some great old buildings in various stages of decay.

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Rain across the prairies between Tucson and Tombstone

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Main street Tombstone

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Cowboys on the boardwalk

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Stage coach into town

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Stage coach out of town.

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Some local beer and wine in the Crystal Palace, followed by a mighty meal and a band that didn’t play cowboy songs – well not many anyway!

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Beautiful old Hotel on mainstreet.

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Well preserved backstreet cottage.

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Not so well preserved facade from more recent times.

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Slowly crumbling cottage in the old mining town of Gleeson.

© John Lovett 2018One of the last surviving cottages in Gleeson.

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Once a thriving business – now part of Gleeson’s collection of decaying buildings.

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Remains of the old Gleeson Jail – no wardens, no prisoners but plenty of patriotic flags.

© John Lovett 2018Well preserved store in the old town of Pearce

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More – of I don’t know what?

TANQUE VERDE RANCH

Just outside Tucson, Arizona, is the Sonoran Desert. Tanque Verde Ranch is situated in the desert and joins the Sonoran Desert National Monument. The ranch was our venue for an enjoyable 5 day painting workshop organised by MISA.

Tanque Verde Ranch was a large cattle property in the early days, but now runs around 200 horses for visitors to explore the many desert riding trails.


Old, now abandoned, homestead.


Original Homestead


One of the ranches horse wranglers


Desert riders – heading for the blueberry pancake breakfast overlooking the mountains


Desert Bunny


Wagon from the wild wild west


Cowboy singer at a dinner under the cottonwoods – only sang cowboy songs.

Javelinas.


Wrangler with his horse


Outside the wranglers Quarters.


Horse yards


I love these American cowboy saddles.


Used horseshoes


Black and White, Red and Brown

Big old French Percheron


Wranglers Ropes


Tired and dusty


Desert Bathtub


Across the desert to the mountains

Saguaro Cactus

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Sticks from the dead Saguaro cactus used for building.

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Cactus Flower

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Humming Bird

© John Lovett 2018Desert House Finch

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Gambel’s Quail

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Happy Horses

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Tanque Verde Ranch accomodation

TRAVELING WITH WATERCOLOR

NEW ARTICLE

One of the great pleasures of traveling is documenting the things we encounter. Not only do we accumulate a collection of paintings and sketches that become lasting memories of where we have been and what we have seen, but we also tend to observe much more by stopping and painting.

Check out the Article – 10 Tips I have found useful when traveling and painting.

If you have any helpful travel tips for painting, add them below in the comments.

https://www.johnlovett.com/traveling-with-watercolor

Traveling Watercolor equipment

ABSTRACT WATERCOLOR

Corella Remnants © John Lovett 2018

NEW ARTICLE

https://www.johnlovett.com/abstract-watercolor

Varying degrees of abstraction can add greatly to the impact of a painting by encouraging the viewer to observe and interpret suggested details. When our paintings are based on a specific subject there is often a tendency to rely too heavily on what we see. Sometimes it is good to step back and ask ourselves just how much reliance on what we are seeing is really needed to express what we are feeling.