Got to say… I really like the Western United States and hope that we perhaps might start moving in that direction someday…
Been drawing quite a bit since we’ve been back East and thinking about changing all kinds of things. Time will tell I suppose. I updated my image in my profile on FineArtAmerica and have been working to get some pieces together for upload. These are some of my favorite images of late and very soon I will have some high resolution Sunflowers and some Black-Eyed Susans — as shown below in a print on demand situation. All archival inks on 100% rag watercolor paper for instance. I look forward to having these available. I never really thought of myself as a floral artist but I do enjoy the more graphic of the various flower species. Last time I had some Black-Eyed Susans up… I got an email from a tattoo artist asking if she could copy my piece onto someone’s arm — or whatever. Was going to see what it looked like afterward — but she never wrote back.
Sue and I were in Colorado for her nephew Jonathan’s Wedding. We went to a place called the Shupe Homestead for the ceremony and reception. As Mikhaila and Jonathan said their vows the sun settled down onto the Rockies. It was nothing shy of spectacular. A very nice affair and as we left the sky was filled with the Milky Way and many recognizable constellations. I saw Seagate as we drove by and noticed that they were on Disc Drive. Punny. We saw snow while out in Colorado… flurries and meanwhile South Dakota got hammered with many cattle lost in four feet of snow.
Sue took a shot of me on the deck a couple of weeks ago and we chose that as my new Facebook image and as a general portrait for now. That follows immediately followed by the flower image that is ©2013 William Cauffiel Beauchamp. October 16, 2013 12:52:38 AM
With the modifications in WordPress version and writeups of plugins that had reviews from back in August — I was compelled to grab the modules of wp super edit and try that again. False hope. Nothing that I did would get the text to display. That’s a shame. So this text is being written in Ultimate TinyMCE Editor plugin. Same as that last post underneath this. I like this plugin but pending version and the ability to embed Opentype — once that is worked out I will likely move to the Pro version of this Editor.
Pleased to say that I spent 6 or 7 hours painting this afternoon and evening. That sure feels a lot better. Steamy as can be outside and the rest of the week and weekend are looking comfortable now that the storms are through. That is wonderful. Progress.
September 13, 2013 2:59:27 AM
Having a few internal server errors… Error 500
September 10, 2013 5:02:48 PM
I have come around to the point where my Creative Self and my slightly Techie Self are about to part ways. Started a website and eventually this Blog to have a location to show what I can do with my hands. My NextGen Gallery plugin and slideshow plugin changed hands (Photocrati acquired) and now my new WordPress plugins aren’t playing nicely together. I’m kind of fed up with this crap. Set the timing so that it coincides with my host also changing mySQL database location all at the same time and it becomes a series of variables. Not the sort of variable that I should really be bothering with. I’m going to limit what I discuss here in the future as well. I’ve seen plenty of boring crap on Facebook and these Plugin incompatibilities are things that people who can’t do otherwise should be involved with. I am not leaving… just going to make some pictures and go for walks in the woods — hunting up some landscapes.
Warm today… but the Summer heat is tempering back a bit. Makes it more comfortable to work outdoors. Imagine if you will, some nice shirt-sleeve temperatures and some drying leaves just starting to get crispy under foot and the smell of an old unattended apple tree where an orchard used to be with that smell of fallen fermenting apples mixing with the smell of leaves. Crow somewhere nearby making noise and the occasional flyby of Yellow Jackets trying to find those fermenting apples. Leaves are already falling and I have a lot of work to do.
So — How does that compare to running another backup of all the WordPress files and shutting down all of my plugins and initiating each of them separately to see how the Gallery and the individual plugins — do or don’t work together? Until something else is released next week and throws the whole thing off again.
“Classic case of left versus
right brain hemisphere…”
Got to let you know… I finally disabled both of the NextGen Gallery plugins (Free and Pro) and this crippled connection took off like a rocket. That’s just unfortunate — if anyone else is aware of a specific fix… please send me some feedback. All was fine until the recent update of NGG when it disabled the Monoslideshow plugin by Molokai. Should’ve left the darn thing alone. No more Ken Burns transitions for me. I said earlier — I’m an Artist and this isn’t what I should be doing…
That was fast. Hope that we have some of the NC Wyeth dramatic “Indian Summer” skies as we ease into fall… rather than that end of the world drama like last year with the hurricane.
After the front came through here on Labor Day weekend the rain cleared out in the afternoon and we got a mixed sky with some nice clouds. Today the clouds were at a much higher altitude and you could see downdrafts heading toward the ground. When I was shooting the other day I was surprised that most of my orange-gold clouds were balancing out to a neutral gray. I wanted to keep that classic coloration so I quit the auto white balance and went to daylight — 5500 Kelvin. (daylight). This will also enhance the sunsets and sunrises.
Despite the line of storms that were passing through…
We went from I-95 into the Route One corridor and went to Harold’s New York Deli in Edison, NJ for a sandwich. Now that’s a sandwich. Corned Beef. Pastrami. Melted cheese. Rye Bread. Pickles This place serves giant sandwiches and you even have a picture of Adam… what’s his name from “Man versus Food” on the wall — saying that they’d always be his Deli Llama. A tremendous piece of some the best Cheesecake in recent memory was split four ways and man oh man… What a lunch.
I am really glad to see Jon and Liza and we are looking forward to a Wedding next Spring. Jon came and helped us with a big Yellow Jacket problem (He’s an Exterminator) and was the only one we could talk to when we had a swarm come into Caroline’s room and then onto the rest of the house. Jon got them taken care of pretty quickly. For reference — Our Property Management Association were going to let an untrained contractor from up the street use one of the Supermarket Raid Wasp and Hornet aerosol cans. Could have caused a very serious problem for the Contractor that would have left us with an enormous angry swarm around the door and maybe into the house.
September 03, 2013 5:36:13 PM
The work of Watercolor Artist Soon Warren is quite nice…
Enjoyed watching both the interview with Artist Soon Warren as well as the technique demo “Preview” at ArtistsNetwork. I think that anyone who has ever used watercolor will certainly take notice of the work presented here. Strawberries? How about the Peony floating in the cut glass bowl. Sweet. Hope you enjoy these links to their Videos. The interview has a few of the artists pieces interspersed and even a sequential build of the water painting that was done as a demo.
While our team was indeed defeated by St. Louis… Jim and I had a great time catching up with each other. I had not seen Jim since Sue and I were married.
It was great seeing Jim and talking about our amusements of the past years in Advertising. Anyone who ever saw my illustration of George Washington with a surgical mask on saw a piece that was commissioned by Jim Novotny. A good Art Director with diverse interests. I wish Jim was out here in Pennsylvania too. He did get some watercolors and was going to give them a shot. He can draw very well when he wants to.I’m seeing that I’d initially written this around April 28th…