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 Road 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.