©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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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.

 

Don’t skimp on the Syrup…

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Still loving pancakes. Absolutely loving pancakes. They are the best. I made pancakes for breakfast on Saturday.  They just seem to come out really well here. I don’t understand what it is ? Some combination of the barometer, the humidity, I don’t know. Must be the altitude here… seems to affect the way the pancakes turn out. Then again that’s combined with the viscosity of the batter, the surface of the pan, the exact temperature of the burner and the visual timing on their cooking. Edges losing some gloss. Bubbles popping.  So many factors. If you don’t have a good syrup though… you can make it all for nothing.  I recommend Aunt Jemima’s Buttery flavor. Sure makes a difference.

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Drew a hound this afternoon. Possible project brewing. My buddy “Will” took a shot of me with it on my screen. I love drawing simple things like this.

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When I was growing up we had a Basset Hound. What a stubborn breed they are. But I have to say they are fun to draw. The ears help concentrate the scent and being close to the ground they are really right on top of it. Neighbors across the street in Maryland had one named “Cyrano”.  Real hounds for sure. I remember one at the beach rolling in a decomposing eel. Scent masking. Then they can sneak up on the unsuspecting quarry. They can’t sneak up on their human after that though…  yuk.

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This is me with my drawing of the Hound. Will Henderson took the shot for me. Interesting, huh? Rabbit one day – Hound the next.  I love to draw everyday.

 

My “Spring Soft Little Bunny” is available as a Fine Art Print and more through FAA Fine Art America as well as throughout Europe and the rest of the World. Can also be found at a Deck the Walls near you.

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Today I posted my Bunny on Fine Art America and it can be found here Bill’s Art  – Feel free to check it all out. Notably it’s all for sale. I’m job hunting right now and surely could use your business. In case anyone decides to do so – Thanks in advance. Even greeting cards are available. The coffee mugs look nice. I like the Shower Curtain too.

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.
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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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Beauchamp Sunflower Drawing – Prints

 

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.

 

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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.

Last Thanksgiving… and “Hey”- it’s Amy

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My lifeboat is still hard ashore here in Tucson. The people here are good. Got Robert. Got Tim. Tim just drew a lady friend “Amy Flood”. We are all working on our various projects at this table. I asked Tim to hold it up and he did… be he stayed behind the very nice drawing. We can deduct that Tim stands behind each piece of work he does. Good Man. Yes indeed. I softened Tim’s work as I didn’t feel right releasing his work somewhere before he had. Added “diffuse glow” in Photoshop.

TimI was drawing last Thanksgiving in Tucson. And I drew the Drumstick that I converted into a Hot Air Balloon. The poster design has a gondola with passengers hanging from the enormous turkey leg. I really enjoyed drawing this Drumstick and if you can see the marks that I made… I remember listening to audiobooks and the Zen feeling of making marks. It felt really great. While I was isolated in my Apartment, I felt very much a piece of the Thanksgiving Holiday. I had a hunch that I was about to embark on a new journey and I was certainly correct on that. 

It is my understanding that Tim is departing the Sally for the wilds of Tucson today. I wish him the very best. He was always kind to me and we had the Artwork in common. Hopefully we’ll settle back into a situation where we can draw together again soon. Heard from some friends through the network this morning and it would be nice to talk to them again. So – It’s Saturday Morning… Happy Weekend.

PS- Just as aside, Tim has landed at Primavera and is doing alright… good!

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I’m running out of drawing supplies – like 100% Cotton, Acid Free, Archival Quality Sketchbooks and I need to get in touch with one soon. I had bought myself a number of the Strathmore “Visual Journal” Drawing & Mixed Media Books. I’m still making marks with a Zebra Fountain Pen – held upside down… the nib on it’s back draws a very fine line. Caroline got me my latest when she visited last.  

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