The Desert is in Bloom and we’re jazzed about painting outdoors and in.

It is plein air month in Tubac! Can you picture a more beautiful scene that the Sonoran Desert in spring after the abundance of rain we’ve received this winter.

The month started with Bill Inman teaching

In the Spirit of a Russian Impressionist

Painting both in plein air and in studio, Bill guided students in the plein air bravura approach he learned from artist Arlo Coles, a student of Sergei Bongart.

I emphasized that before we place color on our canvases we need to make sure we have fixed in our minds the value, color, size and direction we want the stroke to be. Then, when we place the stroke on the canvas we do it without fear. – Bill Inman

The first morning plein air painting demo by Bill Inman – about an hour and a half

I am so honored and thrilled after reading Bill’s synopsis of the weekend at Tubac School of Fine Art and our wonderfully idyllic village. You really should go read it yourself!

Never fear…He’ll be back again next season!

Two Plein Air Workshops in both Oil & Pastel

Christine Debrosky: Get the Desert Dazzle in your Studio Work


Lorenzo Chavez: Fundamentals of Landscape Painting


There are a few seats left, but you better register by midnight March 7, 2019 !

Christine Debrosky

Get the Desert Dazzle in your Studio Work


Want to Get the glow of sunlight in your studio work? This 3 day workshop will help you to do just that. Working in pastel or oil, learn how to simplify, tune in to light and shadow patterns, and identify the right color key of light .

$375.00/3 day Workshop

La Puerta de Luz- Lorenzo Chavez

Still room for couple more, but you better register by midnight March 27, 2019 !

Lorenzo Chavez

Fundamentals of Landscape Painting


In this Fundamentals of Landscape Painting workshop, attention will be given to the use of materials (oil and pastel), the differences between a sketch and a study and how this plein air information might be used for work in the studio.

This workshop is for the intermediate to advanced painter.

$500.00/4 day workshop

Also, Here is a unique opportunity for 1 student.

Not sure you’re up to 4 days of painting or there price is just out of your art budget?

1 student can participate March 29 & 30 at $250. You must email me directly tubacschooloffineartllc@gmail.com to receive the only coupon code.

Of course Bill Cramer will be teaching en plein air in March but there is a waitlist for that one!


After all that inspiration here in Tubac I’ll be headed to the Plein Air Convention in San Francisco PACE19

If you’re on the fence about attending, take my word for it, It IS AMAZING! This will be my fourth year attending, if you have questions or recommendations, email me.

Are you attending?

Let me know!

I’ll want to connect!


April Happenings

David Simonspainting

David Simons


Portraiture A Different Approach

Painting from the live model, David will guide students toward expressive portraiture paintings

in his gentle and wise teaching style, students have come to love.

$325 /2-day workshop plus model fee


David is a wonderful teacher – his style of painting is informative for both the beginner and the experienced painter. He is also a very nurturing instructor – he cares about the art and the student, guiding you to see images and space and shapes. He improves my painting every time I take his class. He is such an asset to the school and the art community.

His Positive, personal approach was refreshing.


April 5, 6 & 7, 2019

A new workshop with me is in the works more details to come


  • 6-12 piece series
  • Oil and cold wax
  • Mark making
  • Loose and free

Does this intrigue you?

There may be one more hint at this upcoming show !

Hope we’ll see you there!