Tumacacori is a place that excites artists imagination and fills their hearts with a desire to paint echos of times past. This old priest's housing quarters caught my eye with it's rounded corners and beautiful textures outlined against the brilliant AZ sky. A friend exclaimed, "You can see the softness of the ages in this." Her insightful comment echoed what I felt while creating this painting. For the surface, I chose Richardson's Gator Board in a gold color and used pan pastels for this heavily toothed surface to depict the marvelous textures, highlights and shadows in the ruin, as well as the desert earth surrounding it. For the sky, I employed almost every kind of pastel I had and blended many layers to achieve the brilliance of the blues inerent in the sky. This was a painting that just seemed to flow. I enjoyed the process immensely.