©2018 WBeauchamp Beneath an SR-71 Blackbird in the Pima Air & Space Museum

That visit to the Air & Space Museum was a lot of fun. Still editing my video and graphics. Started drawing a Constellation. Classic retro design. Trans World Airlines.

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©2018 WBeauchamp Beneath an SR-71 Blackbird in the Pima Air & Space Museum

Standing beneath an SR-71 Blackbird in the Pima Air & Space Museum. I remember a series of booms off the entire New Jersey coast. Navy claimed that they didn’t have anything to do with it… Finally, years later, it came out that they were multiple sonic booms from clandestine missions of the SR-71 returning from Soviet Airspace. Took the length of the New Jersey coast to slow down enough to land in New York state. Seriously fast.  Awesome then. Awesome now.

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Hope you can see this shot Comrade??? Wow.

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When the mercury rises… Head straight upward… to about 9000 feet. More manageable temperatures.

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©2018 WC Beauchamp

On Sunday as the Tucson, Arizona temperature rose to 106°F at ground level, I was fortunate to be able to join April and my friend Will and travel up to Summerhaven atop Mount Lemmon. It was nice up there for sure. Wide open views, towering hoodoos, pine forest and ski area made for a really nice change. I went from photographing blooming Prickly Pear at the base to shooting fiddlehead ferns in the shady pine forest. The views out toward the horizon were pretty spectacular. Enjoyed a Raven at the ski area and some large jays…. as well as some sparrow sized birds with a bright spot of orange just behind the eyes. Saw a turkey looking for scratch down the hill.

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This is looking north up toward Oracle and San Manuel. In the foreground a hen turkey was hunting up food. Gorgeous. Hoodoos are visible lower right beyond the pines

I was absolutely a tourist up there. Digital still camera in one hand and a video camera in the other, I managed to obtain some nice images that I’ll work some drawings from. Most of all I got an idea of what’s up there and will target a few spots in some watercolors soon. If my “Mind’s Eye” images were real now… I’m ready for a gallery show! So when it comes to Mount Lemmon – I give it two thumbs up. Excellent.

 

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All images this post are Copyright ©2018 William C Beauchamp – Tucson, AZ  85716
Currently editing a video that I will post to my YouTube space and link back to this article
as you can see… quite picturesque. Loved it.

 

Drawing again… Moving to finish drawings in progress… Will free up some space. Fish, birds of prey, Ravens… They are all coming –

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Many marks to make. Many drawings to do. And I will too. You betcha.
excerpt above: ©2018 William Cauffiel Beauchamp, Tucson, AZ

Image making is heating up… Went through the first week of my new work schedule at C3. Very tired. Concentrated on getting reference together and doing some Portraiture this weekend. Digital tune up.

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Today I got up and cleared some old images from my memory cards and charged the rechargeable batteries for my camera. It was supposed to be overcast with showers this morning but it really couldn’t seem to make up its mind. While I couldn’t see the sun it was apparently there anyway. We had a wide rainbow under cloud cover. The sun broke through occasionally and I talked my friend Will Henderson into letting me shoot some simple portraits of him. I shot Olympus RAW format ORFs and some are below this text. I didn’t want anything too fancy – just reference images. They turned out alright.

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Sunflower

Beauchamp Sunflower Drawing – Prints

 

Drawing at a reduced rate… but drawing…

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Been going to training from lunchtime to 11:00 PM and I’m running tired. But I still draw. Trying to draw daily.  Got off track when I was working and I need to just keep it up. There is really nothing that I’d rather do. But I have to pay the rent first. Yep. Have a number of pieces started. Thinking about the better options in WordPress. I really like WordPress.

Started an Account on DeviantArt. MilesOfLines.deviantart.com. Concerned about people taking my artwork though.

Buffalo Moon

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lunarI’d been looking through a bunch of historic photos and I decided to see what Winchester and Remington Arms Companies had for Advertising those bygone days of big game buffalo hunting. Nothing that I saw concentrated on the Buffalo. Looking at more photos showed enormous piles of buffalo skulls and deep piles of hides ready for market. There was a lot of waste for sure. These were amazing times with conflicting events. First airplane flights were being made while buffalo were still being indiscriminately harvested. America was surging forward and we all thought we’d never run out of Rubber Trees or Beaver skins or Buffalo? We’d seen photos of Buffalo herds so large that they eluded description. Run out of these things? Sure… Just like we’ll run out of clouds in the sky. It didn’t seem very likely. Ladies hats and Herons or Egrets… Surely we’d never run out of these vast natural resources. Redwood forests. moonbuffCarving homes out of the wood of a single giant. Keep the coal coming too. We’ll need to make more rails and power those trains that will bring our bounties home. Take it all and don’t put any back. Living off the land. The dust bowl. Take. Take. Take. 

There was and is a romance to hunting and fishing. The guy against the elements. Doing battle with the beast and bringing it home for dinner. Squirrels and Rabbits in West Virginia or Whitetail Deer or Black Bear. Opossum and Raccoon. We could never run out of all this stuff. Could we? Greasy luck to Whalers!

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Salmon in the Northwest and Alaska. Vast stores. Canneries. Thank goodness we learned how to grow Corn and really grow it well.  Oil bubbles right up out of the ground. How could you ever run out of that? Tuna Salad Sandwiches… Don’t have to worry about them right. All kinds of different brands right there in the grocery store. Even comes in seasoned pouches now.

I guess my bubble popped when I heard that there wasn’t a square inch on the surface of our earth that hasn’t been mapped and photographed now. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. There goes the romance of getting “off the grid.” Nothing is off the grid anymore. Every trail seemingly has an end. Things are not forever. Whether we fantasize that or not.

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This is also available as a Beach Towel… How ’bout that?

I will continue to dream of the good old days when Mother Earth was a Supermarket.
She still is – but the shelves need stocking again. Innocence lost…

I’d like to recommend another significant Digital Resource.

 

BellyUp for Blues

Awesome Blues of the Ass Kicking Variety…
I listen to it while I draw and write. I’ve discovered songs by Joe Bonamassa there, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB Chung King, Thunderhawks, old time Blues by Robert Johnson, etc. It covers the entire Blues spectrum. Absolutely the best.

It is a station worth your time and worth your donation dollars too.

North American Crow
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I have always loved Crows. Everything about them. The chattering talk between a couple Crows sitting in the same tree but a distance apart. Just staying in touch. Andrew Wyeth’s image of a couple of Crows nailed to a woodshed… Both the pencil drawings and the paintings. Stuffed crows in a nature museum on display […]

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Very smart, mischievous, tool using creatures… that fly.

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I have always loved Crows. Everything about them. The chattering talk between a couple Crows sitting in the same tree but a distance apart. Just staying in touch. Andrew Wyeth’s image of a couple of Crows nailed to a woodshed… Both the pencil drawings and the paintings. Stuffed crows in a nature museum on display so that you can see them up close. The Crow that Trailside Nature Museum in Watchung NJ had in a pen near the Otter and the Fox that used to say “So What?” Crows are just very cool. Something quite mystical about the stark Black Birds. They are wonderful. 

 ©2017 William C Beauchamp