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Beauchamp Art Tote Bags are available right now…

Tote Bags are now available from FineArtAmerica.com-Art released of a Steer out on Park Link Road north and east of Red Rock.

Park Link Steer ©2015 William BeauchampAs 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.

 

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Looked at Picacho Peak over the Memorial Day weekend

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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. 

San Xavier Mission captures Accounting Allies “Popular Vote”

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©2015 SBeauchampI’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

 

Saw my first full view of a Coyote Saturday afternoon

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. cow-drawing

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.

Mammatus Clouds Edge of Anvilhead ©2015 WBeauchamp

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. ©2015 Sue Beauchamp

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.

 

 

 

Drawing and not stopping anytime soon…

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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.

 

Petroglyphs

©2015 WBeauchamp

04/05/2015                          6:41:29 PM

Need to meet a Raven… I have asked around and still hope…

somebody out there is maybe caring for a bird that needed help?

Poe

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 

Sun is getting stronger – I burned in the shade at the pool

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. 

©2015 WC Beauchamp

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

Beauchamp’s drawing : “Mission San Xavier del Bac” is now on sale

©2015 William Beauchamp

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.

Thank you

 

04/05/2015   2:58:53 AM   Easter Sunday 

Morning and painting before 8:00 AM


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Well – That’s interesting. again and again and again. It is so funny to run ip address lookups. Greeting to the Pretzel Capital of the World. I have last years stats too. OCD?

Drawing and making marks

Energy flow is picking up. New friends, associations and enthusiasm. ©2015 WBeauchamp Red Rock AZ

silent night…

©2015 William C Beauchamp

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

A very lucky little bird… dangerous business

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©2015 Beauchamp

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.  

©2014 William C Beauchamp - Finally... this is what I was talking about.

Plein Air today

Got to get outside into the environment

Temp is down and it is quite bearable to be outdoors. Done a lot of travel to find good inspiration. Got to say that I have done so.
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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.
©2014 Billl Beauchamp Sketchbook

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.
©2014 Bill Beauchamp Sketchbook

Halloween 2014 in Arizona…

©2014 WC Beauchamp - Red Rock, AZ
© 2014 William Cauffiel Beauchamp & ©2014 Susan Beth Beauchamp

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

Sky Gradation Palette… great color…

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 10/21/2014     7:35:51 PM  MST           All images ©2014 – 2015 William Cauffiel Beauchamp

I have sure enjoyed the Desert ventures into this area. The freight traffic on Union Pacific is phenomenal. We had a Dust Storm on Sunday that sure brought the feeling of the Old West alive. I’ve seen Russell and Remington’s paintings and the studies of NC Wyeth and his eventual use of the environment here in his pieces of historic quality – for instance the series for Cream of Wheat Advertising and his depictions of the halo around the sun in Winter – death. Saw it myself a couple weeks ago while in Picacho Peak State Park. To my surprise after living in the Wyeth country back in Pennsylvania, I am pleased to see the Turkey Vulture alive and well in the Arizona territory as well. The Ravens are great looking birds with a little bit of beard on the neck in addition to the crow look. Generally the Ravens are a larger more solid bird than the Eastern Crow. Much more to come and my drawing boards are really going to get a workout here. Every single day has had a distinctly separate feel from the morning the day before and the night will start to give clue as to where sunset is heading dramatically. New cues for me. 

Looking forward to making friends here and having some folks to work with while maintaining on a higher level of consciousness. 

Seven very quick years…

Happy Seventh Wedding Anniversary to you my Sue –

Lots of positive things going on here.  Looking forward to all the wonderful new places that await our exploration. The compass is spinning a little. Sure have enjoyed the past few weeks. Great to get out and draw. Your company was awesome. It always is. I sure like the new Strathmore Visual Journals that we picked up. Making marks. Thanks for being my wife. I love you more with every day that passes. About time to file a flight plan… Red Rock perhaps.

©2014 WBeauchamp

Sue ©2014 WBeauchamp

Mill ©2014 WBeauchamp

Warming up out there… Been drawing trees…

Springtime in Bucks County. Been taking shots of Caroline and her boyfriend as they were headed off to the Prom. Couple of product shot scenarios, doing drawings and still have some Doctor appointments to catch up with. My ulcer on my right leg healed completely – as much as it can at least – and I can get out and walk/hike now and look forward to it. I had really wanted to get back down to the shore before it got all crowded but Memorial Day is so close that the possibility seems pretty remote.

The borderline between the the higher stratus and the lower summertime cumulus has been going back and forth. We are looking at some potential flooding in the area later today with thunderstorms possible. Heavy rain will wash a lot of that pollen out of the air and make allergies easier to deal with for a few hours until the mold spores kick up in response to the wet weather. Baboo the amazing Sun Conure has her flight training finished and just needs a couple of the Sectional Charts to stay out of the MOAs. Trenton Mercer County Airport traffic is up quite a bit and while it was always very quiet here in the Holland-Newtown area you really can see a lot more flight training going on. Air traffic seems to be changing a bit with more helicopters than ever. 

Hopefully I will be back with some new announcements regarding art in the next week or so. I shot the cumulus cloud below out here earlier in the week. More tomorrow.  05/16/2014  1:22:14 AM.
Thunder possible ©2014 WC Beauchamp

Working on a bunch of new images at once…

Been drawing for months now and will be completing a series of new pieces this Summer. I’m working on farms in this area and I’m going off on some seashore themes with some very detailed Starfish drawings. I’m sorry about the fuzzy little cropped preview but line art is often “borrowed” on the internet. So you try to protect your stuff from theft.©2014 William C Beauchamp

Meanwhile, I keep moving around the images to keep things interesting. The image shown is part of a fleet of five Sugar Starfish that exist on an original that is larger than 18 x 24 inches. I like it a lot but it just isn’t finished yet. Getting close though…

While I’m writing, I’d like to welcome Liza to the Beauchamp family. I hope that my son Jon & his wife Liza have a wonderful life together. All the best hopes and wishes. I’m proud of you both and we love you.

Your Dad & Sue. Yay.   April 01, 2014,   1:34:12 PM

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Getting outside to draw Pine trees early in March…

(c) 2014 William C. Beauchamp

Went drawing in Newtown yesterday with Sue. I brought my big spiral bound pad of nice paper and Sue had one of our Landscape shaped sketchbooks. We had gone from a hazy sun over to a general overcast but we were drawing anyway. It was still cool and we have snow in lots of places and some turf visible here and there. So we drew pines for almost an hour or so. Working from in the van is the most comfortable way this time of year. I needed about fifteen minutes more and I’d be in the vicinity of done. Usually I’m pleased when the sun comes out but on this day – it totally changed my perception of the trees that we were looking at. So we packed it in. Drove around a bit and saw some nice but fleeting color scenarios that literally morphed before your eyes. That put an end to those also. Then we started seeing deer. Seems that anytime I bring my camera while drawing Plein Air (on location ) the camera is more of a hindrance than a help. But every time that I leave it home I have lots of shot opportunities and wish for it. Last evening at dusk, from one spot to another we must have seen 25 deer. They were all does and in herds of perhaps 8 or 9 animals each. They were after some fresh shoots of grass in those turf areas I guess.  For those ruminant animals this has been a very long, cold, winter eating buds off the ends of limbs. Next few days will be warming up and hopefully they will find more food. It was good to get outdoors.

Yesterday I was doing my drawing with a graphite stick and a couple regular pencils as well as some mechanical pencils. No erasers were allowed. Anyhow… I drew the pines until that light changed and I wanted to move elsewhere to find new subjects. Will be doing this more and more as it gets warmer. I will keep drawing and will keep everyone posted about when I will be putting some of my Starfish series up for sale as well as my old Ford Tractor drawing. Lots to stay busy with at this point.

March 06, 2014     4:53:21 PM

“Making the Donuts…”

There used to be a few commercials with a mustached actor in an Apron who played the picky “Sam Breakstone.” A character who was always high strung… and ended up being attacked by a Jack Russell Terrier in his store. Humorous stuff. Multiple commercials – same guy, same little dog going nuts. He also played the proprietor of a Dunkin’ Donuts and would stagger around at all kinds of odd hours to “make the donuts…” Make the Donuts…

“Neil used to head for the darkroom saying “make the donuts…” Loading film holders and such”

Last week I lost a friend that I’d worked with during my entire Advertising career. I mourn the passing of Photographer and my friend, Neil R. Molinaro, most recently of Reading, PA. Neil and I worked on some sweet projects together. Neil did a great job working with me for many years. I guess the biggest thing that Neil ever shot for me was when SmithKline Beecham had Tagamet gaining the indication for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and I had sold a concept of a dragon breathing fire up the patient’s esophagus to cover the feeling of severe Acid Heartburn.

This offered an opportunity to build an enormous burner to duct propane through a coil to be ignited as a huge flame issued from the Dragon that a prop maker built for us. Neil always had a good bit of pyromaniac in him and this project intrigued him. I believe he put up a large set of 4 x 8 foot fireproof panels and had those in turn covered with foil. Each time he’d fire off that burner you’d hear the foil crinkling and waving in the hot updraft. That whole series was fantastic thanks to Neil’s great work. That was done for Salthouse Torre Norton in New Jersey in conjunction with then Art Director Gail Berlese. They are called McCann Healthcare or such now.

I grew up in Summit, NJ and in July there was a big Carnival held by the Mount Carmel Guild in Berkeley Heights, NJ. It was a couple weeks after the Fourth and it made any fireworks afficionado very happy. The Grand Finale at those shows was nothing short of a military firefight. OMG. Fireworks that you felt as well as saw. Impressive. I looked at one of the guys getting ready for the show soon after I’d met Neil and he was there holding a flare over by the mortars. I don’t remember his full tie in with the show but there he was.

Neil and I had always meant to go Fluke fishing together and never did. Neil used to keep a small freshwater rod there in the studio and would go fish in the creek beyond their parking area in Cranford. It was just since New Year’s that Neil and I found each other again. I’m out here in Bucks County and he was Northwest of me out in Reading, PA.

I’m going to miss Neil – I’m glad that I knew him. I was at his Wedding with my ex wife just the day after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes rolled through Westfield blocking all the roads and taking out the power just the day before. I was glad to see Kelley in Facebook and Gia and Taz… (his daughters) – I remember the toddlers but these are ladies now and are so recognizable to me. Very pretty women. They look like their Mom. 

It’s a shame that it takes something horrible to bring out the good memories. I had unfinished business with Neil and I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing now… drawing everyday… it was some starfish today… I’m glad that I knew and had the chance to work with Neil. He’ll be missed. Somewhere, somehow – he’s out there “making the donuts…”

March 04, 2014   12:22:14 AM

Last weekend we went to Cape May Point…

Bought five Starfish and a Sand Dollar at Sunset Beach and have a few drawings going from them. My Starfish are of the “sugar” variety and after close observation I can see that they are covered with tiny tooth-like points set in a pattern on their backs and on their arms. They have bumps that have the raised tooth-like projection dead center on them.  I’m fascinated by the way that five keeps being a natural sequence number. Five legs on a Starfish… Sand Dollars also have several patterns with five elements in their top centers. If you cut an Apple in half you can see that there is a five pointed star in the core cross-section. 

We made it back to Cape May Lighthouse just as it was getting dark. I shot some images with the camera resting on the roof of the van while I captured some nice uncompressed Tifs. Concerned that  I might have had some noise in the shadow areas… I turned on the camera’s noise reduction that processes the images again and smooths the possible static right out. The lighthouse beacon was on and rotating. Looked nice.

The best part of Cape May was that there was no snow cover there. We had at least a foot and a half of snow here at home and a fairly intense case of Cabin Fever underway. Yesterday, Thursday, we had a couple of unexpectedly loud claps of thunder and brilliant lightning along with some squalls that were part of a frontal passage. Today, Friday, there were some Severe Thunderstorms around and we had a flood advisory and another flood watch at the same time. We also had a Tornado Watch in effect all across the area. Chance of snow on Sunday night… and again on Tuesday and Wednesday… We’ll see. Once again – a heckuva Winter.

Oh yeah… The Cat pulled one of my Starfish onto the floor where Rudy the Westie decided that it must some sort of treat and ate half of it. The Cat loves to get the Dog in trouble when possible. The Westie doesn’t go up onto the tables – but the Cat… Gravity is just a concept to her. So in total… I have about five drawings on their way. Two Starfish, Ford Tractor at Churchville, miscellaneous animals and a historic building in Newtown, PA.

February 21, 2014    10:52:15 PM

 

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