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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
There has a been a lot of hostility displayed in our country for a number of months. It isn’t doing anyone any good at all and the stress levels in the United States are rising. I hope that you are with your family and that you are taking care of each other. I’d ask you to look back in history to the Civil War and with your insight and wisdom – I’d like to ask you to look at Gettysburg and let me know who won? Who really won? Nobody did. Many died or were injured based on the principles of their leaders. I wish that everyone could take a solid look at the battlefield photos. Peer versus peer. Brother versus brother. A waste of life and limb. Blood running on the field.
Please get a hold of yourself and your emotions and let Christmas be a time of peace. Love your family and let them love you back. Relax. Separate yourself and think of your future. Your child’s future. Your wife’s future. Stop hurting. Stop hurting others. Allow yourself to refresh your core beliefs. Let the goodness that you can see with your own eyes enter your life. Peace on earth. Good will to all beings. 12/21/2014 9:01:02 PM MST
Our Sun Conure, Baboo Birdie, took advantage of Rudy the Westies bad behavior in running out the front door to produce sufficient lift to gather momentum and depart the earth’s gravitational bonds. She flew out the door. AND… not just a little. This bird was up and gone. Nowhere to be found. We looked for her for hours and as night fell so did our hopes of locating this little parrot. About the size of a Jay with slightly longer tail feathers and finger feathers on her wings.
We had never had any problems with the bird before. No escape attempts. No flights into a closed glass patio or deck door. Just a hop back and forth between my shoulder or Sue’s from the top of her cage or play stand. But despite all the lack of indication of trouble… she was gone.
Sue went onto the local pages at Facebook and the good people of Red Rock responded. We thank each and every one of them. Specifically the sighting that gave us any hope that the bird was still alive. The night prior was cold and wet and I was pretty sure that she’d have been gone from exposure to the elements. Worse than the cold was the potential of being consumed by one of the Sonoran Desert’s sizable Raptor population. I saw an Owl the other day and seem to continually see a flow of Red Tails and Coopers Hawks. This little orange and yellow puff ball would only be an appetizer to one of the larger birds.
Been seeing plenty of Ravens of late. Only one or two at a time flying over with their distinctive “gronk”. These are only the aerial threats. I saw a black cat in the edge of the retention basin that night. Beady little yellow eyes. They would able to smell the bird as well as see it. We were driving from mailbox to mailbox putting some flyers up about the missing bird. Seeing that cat didn’t make me feel any better that night. We went back after all the pieces that we’d posted and trashed them after our bird was safely back at home. We had a couple nights of fog and incredible condensation that pretty much reduced the inkjet prints into watercolors.
Speaking of watercolors, we met the nice people at the Southern Arizona Art Guild that Sue and I have just become members of (referred to as SAAG) in Tucson this past Saturday morning. It seems that they have lots of interesting things going on. I look forward to seeing them again next time. It was a good program and presentation.
As with the above I have lots of stuff happening with the art and will be posting excerpts or drawings as I go. Somewhat traumatized as usual by the Holiday Season and Christmas is quite close and far, far, away at the same time. That might seem cryptic but it really shouldn’t. We all have memories. Call them ghosts if you like. A remembering of my grandparents, parents, brother and those family times. The Christmas cookies, fruitcakes, and dinners. The stories. On the other hand I had several Christmas timeframes while living in Puerto Rico. We had black snow from the cane fields… Three Kings Day… The memories may lose some of their sharp focus but they don’t fade.
Got to get outside into the environment
What a great day it is today. Comfortable temperatures and a reduced population of mosquitoes. I was out on Sasco Road and looking over a good portion of the Red Rock community. I’ve never drawn or painted sagebrush, tumbleweeds, or the Palo Verde trees. The varying colors of sand and rocks make for an interesting change that I’ve never dealt with before. The foliage ground cover has a lot of varigation. Yellow green, Dark Olive green, then a red brown transition that then changes to gray. Some of the old growth has broken off and bleached out under the plant. These offer whitish bone-like contrast that is different and interesting in itself. Look for more sketches and photos that I’ll acquire as I find my way around the area.
Lots to do. I see that a storm is settling into the northern Midwest. It is very comfortable here. Lots to do. Need to fix my drawing board’s flat file draw so that it doesn’t pucker open because of the papers weight. If I can find my longer staples I’ll put down a bead of glue and staple the bottom to hold it tightly. That paper needs to be stored just right so that we avoid any deterioration or discoloration. I need to see some more sights and join some art/graphic organizations and get to know other people around here that do the same thing and have some of the same interests that I do.
There is a house that has a very different feel along the way in here across from the bar and just across from that vintage AERMOTOR windmill. That house seems like someone grabbed it from back East and just plopped it right down in the farm where it lives. Add Picacho Peak in the background and you feel that it is a view of a very different place. Then… You add a couple of Palm Trees and you wonder what the story is and it seems like it is a TV or Movie set. Now add a bare sand and gravel field and it starts to look like Mars. Toss in some dead trees for props and…
Halloween was a little bit disappointing with the only doorbell ring being one neighbor and her kids. I felt kind of foolish as I kept encouraging Sue to get more candy because this is a big community and I was sure that we’d run out. We carved our pumpkin and took one of our fairly bright LED flashlights and put it inside. Looked good. Always fun to do. Looking forward to it yearly. This time the doorbell was very quiet.
Friday, 11/01/2014 3:25:25 AM MST
The Jetstream is moving around above us now. Temps, even here, are going to drop to the 70s… 40s at night. If you know what you’re seeing – the battle is on. Warm wins.
All images above and throughout this blog – © William C Beauchamp 2014 & © Susan B Beauchamp 2014
What a beautiful day it was here. A nice mix of warm and cold weather clouds. Went to Oro Valley with Sue and she found the store that she was hoping to do a little shopping in. Got some coffee cups and a couple of trays. Brought my camera today and I was glad that I did. The high clouds were stark in appearance from late morning right on til dusk. The red sky was a dramatic end to a great day. And now here it is Halloween. Wishing all a happy day and fine evening.
10/31/2014 3:01:01 AM PST