I took the Sunflower that I had drawn and hand printed as well to send out for another occasion years back. The washes went down nicely and the color looked pretty good. I embedded the Adobe RGB Color profile and it looked real nice. It looked real good on my Facebook upload and parked in it’s entirety on FineArtAmerica.com for sale. Very pleased and ready to proceed with the next piece. Have at very least another five images to roll out.
I spent this weekend – actually continued my week – drawing my “Marana, Arizona Farmer’s Co-Op Market Hen” to a close. I also wanted to have it done as well without any type in particular – so… I finished up both versions and posted them on FineArtAmerica.com. I like it alright but the weekend reminded me of how much this place is like the ISS. In orbit with not much nearby. Biggest difference is that there are more people to chat with up there. I really enjoyed looking at all the possible combos of things with the Marana Hen. I’ll put some of those up here to look at.
It got me. It really got me. Plastic was the villain… a caution “coffee may be hot” sort of double whammy…
Have you ever wrestled around without your glasses on – in the bathroom and been looking for the perforation in the clear safety seal tape on a cap? And then you find it – in all of it’s heat-shrunk glory. A little stronger than you’d expect and then – WHAT WAS THAT? The tape was gripping a brand new totally FULL bottle of anti-tartar mouthwash. As soon as that seal gave way the flimsy bottle discharged like a balloon. I laughed and went and got some face towels to mop it up with. Almost nailed the house phone, the cell phone and an electric trimmer. I’m so glad that it didn’t look like india ink and was only less than windex color blue. All down my front and I was really lucky that I did it before my shower. I can hear the stuff on the spin cycle in the wash right now. The next thing that I’m grateful for is that they didn’t sweeten or flavor it with anything that had a surface viscosity. No stickiness and not slippery. The plastic bottles that wrap around the earth in the Brita Commercials – some are substantial. Some are almost like a membrane. I remember the evolution of the Two Litre Coca-Cola bottle. Tried to get those feet to work and then those black butt caps and… I don’t think we’re done yet. I have in the past actually seen warnings about putting the bottle down on the counter to open it… but that was the very last thing on my mind today… But the first thing all over me. I’m sure that they get letters and it’s perhaps even funny to them. There must be some real stories…
09/16/2015 12:00:32 PM
Found a good handful of KohINoor Rapidographs that were dating all the way back to perhaps Parsons or Colonial Homes era. I had a couple that were free moving and the rest all had dried ink in the pen barrels. People used to have things that lasted more than one use and you had to cleanup or you ended up with what I found here. I’ve been soaking them in Windex for about 2 months. FW Ink in Black is a wonderful ink. Nice dense black dries to a waterproof line and is easily reproduced from or painted over with watercolors. I used to airbrush with the stuff – and without a mask. Intro to pneumonia part One. So these inks are pretty permanent – labeled as Acrylic it still is breaking up bit by bit. I drew on one of my Strathmore Drawing Journal pages and the flow isn’t just perfect yet and the paper is perhaps a little soft considering my favorite substrate is Strathmore 3 ply plate finish illustration board. Good stuff. But this triple 000 pen seemed to be cutting into the paper a bit. I just drew whatever was there in the living room and this is a Native American of one sort or another. So the pens work fine and are retailing for about $40 a piece now with good savings for buying a kit of perhaps 8 pens. When you only draw with a couple sizes the kits of multiples will have sizes that you just will never end up using. But these… YES they will be added back to the art supply militia. More to come for sure. They are alive.
Tote Bags are now available from FineArtAmerica.com-Art released of a Steer out on Park Link Drive north and east of Red Rock
As of the past couple weeks our print supplier has expanded their product line and added some nice Tote Bags for sale. Perfect for beach gear, a picnic in the woods, or heading out with your Plein Air Landscape painting equipment to add another fine piece of art. As with all of the their merchandise, each FineArtAmerica product comes with a money back guarantee. We released the Park Link Steer and the bag looks quite nice. Adding a picture of it and a couple more as well. The Tote Bags start at 13 x 13 inches, there is a 16 x 16 inch bag and the largest is a roomy 18 x 18 inches. This is a very reasonable price for this offering and while we hardly see any profit with this product, I’m glad that anyone who is interested in a piece of this art can acquire it. I’ve seen the Greeting Cards and they look great. Customizable with whatever verse or comment that you see fit, they are available individually or in packs of 10 cards and packs of 25 cards. I’d like to repeat that all of these products come with a money back guarantee. I think that’s pretty responsible.
Worth a visit any day. The spectacular, one and only…
Nice chunk of rock. Some decent looking caves cut into the rock walls across from Interstate 10. It is a good rock. I did some modified contour drawing from the car in my Strathmore Drawing Journal in pencil. I worked right across the spiral bound gutter. It didn’t matter. It was fun. We were parked next to the Shell Station in front of the Dairy Queen. Nice vantage point to see the caves and various cactus growing on the rocks. You can see the Saguaro all the way up. That’s something. I do look forward to getting a pass that will let us go in anytime for a year. This place (Arizona) is really flipping my Art switch. I would sure like to get around to the back side of the mountain. I see fissures that are apparently seismically active on the maps. Right around the base of the peak. Much to investigate. Even our battlefield is there in Picacho Pass. The most westerly skirmish or “battle” of the Civil War took place there along the base of the mountain. It took place on April 15th of 1862 and lasted for an hour.
I’m very pleased and flattered to say that my recent drawing of the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac, just south of Tucson on the Tohono O’odham Nation, was included in the SAAG (Southern Arizona Arts Guild) Accounting Allies, LLC Show #4. In addition, last night the work won the Accounting Allies, LLC Popular Choice vote and received a gift card from Michaels Arts & Crafts. The most popular question at the Artist’s Reception was “How long did that take?” I can tell you that it took almost all of my art time for the better part of a month. I’m real happy with the way it turned out and sure it could be better but I learned from the drawing. During discussion with the other artists at the event I speculated that it might be interesting to do the “terra cotta” portion of the Mission perhaps to the size of a headstone. I saw a number of things at the Mission that I do indeed want to continue drawing and working with graphically.
I also take pleasure in announcing that this original is no longer available as it was acquired by a most discriminating private collector last evening. The event was beautifully showcased and hosted by Accounting Allies who will continue displaying this show until September 9, 2015 during regular office hours. For information call (520) 742-4475.
05/15/2015 7:50:46 PM MST
We went out Saturday afternoon and got some supplies for yard enjoyment
Driving along Park Link Drive out in the middle of nowhere – I finally saw it clearly. A full grown, little bit scruffy, grayish tan, Coyote. We hadn’t seen another vehicle while heading toward Oro Valley for maybe 15 minutes. There he or she was. In all of it’s National Geographic splendor… Calmly walking along the small embankment between the road and the open desert. We had seen some of the open range Longhorn cattle among the Cholla and creosote plants. Only a couple as compared to other times that we’d seen 30 or 40 in total. The big Saguaro Cactii are flowering in crowns of white sitting atop each individual trunk.
I hear Coyotes on many occasions as they greet each other and celebrate pack kills just out beyond our neighborhood. That neighborhood ends about 500 feet from here so it isn’t surprising to hear them. They may own the night but you hardly ever see them during the day. We heard a very rowdy pack over in the Picture Rocks portion of Saguaro National Park. While driving out of there that afternoon we saw the posterior of a larger Coyote going away from us. More the size of a German Shepherd. More robust – healthier weight. The Coyote that I saw yesterday was smaller. Genetics. Food supply. Who knows?
I listen to a scanner regularly to keep tabs on the status of things. We had a major thunderstorm last week and I was listening to Commercial aviation chatting with Air Traffic Control to avoid “buildups” (thunderstorm cells)… I’m also hearing a good number of unwanted reptilian guests needing removal. The Rattlesnakes are active and moving around again. As long as I can see it it before it sees me, I look forward to seeing a nice looking diamondback. There aren’t too many rocky areas nearby. More red dusty sand. The snakes like their rocks. I study the satellite images and see many indications of farming attempts in the areas history. Rhythmic indication of plowed rows or even orchards. Slowly being buried under a blanket of time and sand. Since very little changes in the desert, this may be what was done up until the Dust Bowl. It could be much older than that. Avra Valley is an area of ancient farming and canal building to irrigate crops. You couldn’t go buy a shovel at the Ace Hardware Store back then. It was done by hand. So interesting around here. And those satellite or aerial photos of the desert… trails from a couple weeks ago or the same trail that was used hundreds of years ago? Looking for old roads is fun. Wish I had a metal detector. If anyone wants to trade for Art or Advertising design – speak up.
The Art is flowing. I have a piece hanging at Southern Arizona Artists Guild (SAAG’s) Accounting Allies Show in Casa Adobes and will be there into September. I have several pieces hanging at the University of Arizona, Tucson hosted “On Our Own Time” show that is part of the National Arts Program in the Union Gallery – 3rd Floor. Lots more art coming shortly. Probably 10 or more pieces cooking.
Ready for an Aerial Rapidograph refueling… After Dad took us all out for a Mother’s Day meal for Sue and Bev we went around the corner to Arizona Art Supply and got a nice fresh bottle of FW Ink. I used to snort FW and Dr. Martins from my Airbrushes. Hung a shower curtain across the sun porch doorway and remember looking through a literal fog of ink. Every color you can imagine. Just like when I’d blow my nose later. Really ugly stuff. Those were advertising comprehensives back then. I get about a thousand miles to the bottle of Ink. The one that I’m using now drew for Colonial Homes Magazine in the late 70s – early 80s, Jim Novotny MNR – Johnson & Johnson, Rolls Royce, etc. I love doing these drawings. Anybody else use Pinterest? I do now and I was looking at some inspiration and hit Alphonse Mucha – the master of Art Nouveau. Great drawings. Inspiring. All women are beautiful but my gosh, his ladies and their attitudes… Magnificent.
Been working on new pieces to put up for sale. It would be wonderful to get a commission to keep me busy for a while. We could surely utilize that cash flow. We went to Arizona Art Supply the other day and bought some different rice papers. They will be used as a background for images of Sue’s Jewelry. That will be a nice piece. Need to get back to work now.
I found a nice stash of Rapidograph pens. I have a few going at any point in time. Got the clogged nibs taken apart and soaking in a glass full of Windex. Once the ink dries it is generally quite waterproof. The soak in the Windex breaks it down a bit. Lots of carbon. I’ve done some pieces lately that have heavy detail in them. Need to make sure that ink is flowing well. Have a couple of tractors that I’m working on. An old Ford and an old International Harvester. Got a Hen underway based on visiting the Marana Farmers Co-Op with Sue last weekend. Got a Prickly Pear Cactus and some grass around it.
Took a break from a big piece with Starfish in it. Need to move forward with the Starfish so that decorators can plan a new wall at their beach house. Might look real nice in Ocean City, NJ. Lots to do.
somebody out there is maybe caring for a bird that needed help?
I’ve been looking for one all over the place and would like to sketch one from life and take a series of photos for my reference in creating some images of the iridescence that comes out of the black feathers reflecting light. It really is beautiful stuff. I also am quite fond of the bit of extra beak and beard that these nice birds have beyond the standard Crow. Interesting creatures that carry great secrets with them as they as they prospect in the desert and along cliffs… Corvids are just great birds.
Not trying to annoy the animal – just observe it. At a Raptor Center or similar would be wonderful. Animal friendly all the way around. Even if you hear something down the road… I’d love to have a heads up. I know that they are extremely smart and even use tools.
Not interested in any road kill or a shot bird. Just to see a visitor.
Thanks and keep me in mind
I was at the Red Rock pool with my wife and stepdaughter. Wow. That is some strong sun. I was careful to explain to Caroline that we are much further south than what we were used to along the northeast coast. I joke about it as my brother Ted used to… We could get a sunburn just looking at a National Geographic image. (only a printed picture). Sue did great and used good judgement in not getting too much burn. Caroline also tans pretty well and had sunscreen on. She timed herself and flipped on schedule – but before we even left the pool she was a little pinky. We had warned her that we could be burned but you remember… Parental advice is blah, blah, blah, buh, blah, blah blah.
Knowing how I burn, I decided to use my sketchbook instead of swimming and I stayed on a chaise under cover with no sun on me. Last time that I sat there I saw a nice Mesquite tree that was interesting enough to draw. On this day though we sat closer to the front end of the lap pool. The metal fence was disruptive to my vision and nothing really looked very interesting from where we were. I then thought about some of my work with on the spot – reportorial drawing. I said to myself that it is how I do it more than what I do. So I looked around and chose the Slide Tower and drew it. Can you believe that sitting in open shade, I got a sunburn? Not horrible but enough to feel it. The drawing felt really good and my hand was doing what I wanted rather than wiggling about.
Nothing surprises me anymore as all Earth elements tend to be extreme. We had that Thunderstorm a few weeks back with torrential rain and pea sized hail. Winds in excess of 40 mph… The snow in the East and Northeast has set new records. This summer ought to be interesting. Got lots of work to do of a visual nature. Need to work on my watercolors and to just calm down with the detail a little. Got a lot of research done and will move forward. Specifically got to get into a bunch of Cacti and their blooms. Have plans to work on some abstract rock and gravel textures that will likely end up fairly realistic.
04/05/2015 5:00:24 PM Easter Sunday Afternooon Phantom smell of Lamb roasting Paranormal
Red Rock, AZ Artist William Beauchamp has released a new Pen and Ink drawing. “Mission San Xavier del Bac” is now available through FineArtAmerica.com. “I posted the piece in time for it to be available this past Thursday evening – Arizona time – on the west coast of the United States”. The Mission piece has all of the detail that one might have come to expect from my work. An interesting drawing of a historic architectural site, Mission San Xavier has an incredible handling of line work while retaining a strong, graphically pleasing, overall appearance so as to look great with magnification or even from 100 feet away. Part of a new Southwest series, the artwork is thought to be one of my best yet. The Mission will be the figurehead piece for a number of Mission related and inspired pieces of work. The art is currently available through Fine Art America in various formats from a Greeting Card up to a full homeware piece as a King size Duvet Cover. As part of a new initiative, all Beauchamp prices have been significantly lowered – while the quality has simultaneously been raised. I would like to remind any and all interested parties that I am indeed available to handle commission or commercial projects as well as typographical design. We reside in Red Rock, Arizona and may be contacted through FineArtAmerica.com, via my ionosphere.com blog or by contacting me directly at my Bill’s Mail. Please feel free to make inquiries as you likely will be able to afford just about anything you might conceive. I’m flexible. Let’s discuss.
04/05/2015 2:58:53 AM Easter Sunday
All wished and most hoped and had their fingers crossed… this week – you had to be flexible because…
It was that hot air buildup element that affects the final weather outcome. No snow or no big deal… My big brother, Ted, used to say to me “do you hope it keeps up?” to which I’d reply “You bet” and then he’d tell me “If it keeps up… It won’t come down.” and he was right. So all the eggs were in one basket and our shovel is located out front in the red gravel front yard. Still has the red bow on it as we decorated and celebrated the holidays and basic departure from snow and the falling frozen water materials. Just as a reminder though… It snowed right here on New Years Eve and the cactii all had snow caps that lasted roughly till lunchtime. Next day we were up in Phoenix and in some very protected areas we could still see little piles of snow. Sometimes it will. Sometimes it won’t. US computer model. European computer model. Based on chaos… Just might do something similar to your prediction. Or not. Best rule of thumb is not to plan on it.
Northeastern US weather tomorrow – 1/26/15 Blizzard Warnings…
Today was an awesome day here in Southern AZ. Sue and I had lunch with my brother-in-law and then we went for a ride. We went into the Santa Catalina Mountains that edge Tucson and drove up Mount Lemmon. The signs were still there from the last snow when it got slippery and white up there. The feeling was amazing as we kept climbing and passing 5,250 feet with it getting dark and a good distance to go yet we turned around and went back down. Will absolutely be going back as the feeling was just incredible and no doubt about it God was right there. I was in awe. No visual recording devices except my eyes, brain and hands. Never been that far up a mountain with a view very similar to looking out an aircraft window. It was interesting to watch the environment change with the altitude.
Just when I thought it was safe to continue computing… I lost a day and a half of a line drawing of our local Picacho Peak. My Cintiq Companion is having real problems charging again. ( It had actually been replaced by Wacom last Summer ). Unfortunately, this unit seems to have the same problems charging and working while plugged in that the unit I had previously had suffered with. Got to be on the phone to them tomorrow. Hopefully I will get the problem worked out as I love that computer. It will be resolved – I need that tool on a daily basis however I need to get back into a paper dependency again so that machine trouble doesn’t affect my efforts.
I hope that everyone on the east coast gets through the Blizzard intact. Snow was supposed to start after 2:00 AM with perhaps a half inch by morning and that will be followed by the storm with as much as 10 inches will falling by late Monday into Monday night. Tuesday is projected to drop another 10 to 16 inches. Mostly eastern NJ and Long Island, NY will see big snow with the average I-95 corridor west seeing a little less than along the coast. I love the feeling of Mother Nature taking charge and folks having to go back to 1888 for a half day or so. Sleeping in front of a fireplace with the power out is a great feeling. We moved.
12:20:17 AM MST 01/26/2015
The new version of WP Edit Pro is working well and brings some nice features to the otherwise quite basic WordPress authoring environment that is offered. Then again… WordPress is for blogging and isn’t meant to be a Microsoft Word – like word processor or editing tool. Josh Lobe has put some serious thought into making the regular input and formatting of data a far more pleasant experience.
Putting a blog together and maintaining a cohesive look is simplified with WP Edit Pro. Creating your blog shouldn’t be some sort of mysterious process and WP Edit Pro lets you see that you can put a post an article that you are proud of on the internet – even if you aren’t some sort of Information Technology dweeb.
The font above is Lora Norm 400 from Google Fonts and was easily specified from within the settings of WP Edit Pro to be 10 pts tall and utilize warm grey and black type with a hyperlink to the Josh Lobe / WP Edit website.