Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Livestock as subjects. I like 'em. I would love to paint more of them...and fishes too.  Fish and sheep and cows are favorite shapes...oh, yeah, and birds too. All of these lightly sprinkled on lush landscapes is my idea of a happy season. We are in a happy season now...if we don't watch the news, talk politics or think about the driveway full of broken cars and the desktop piled high with Dr. bills. Happy season greeting to you and yours! Enjoy the new springtime pictures.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Buzzards On The Wing Remembering Prince

Does everyone from Minnesota have a Prince story?  I have two!  I will tell the first here.  It will be the first time this story is made public so listen carefully.

1979 or 1980. I'm not sure which.  My high school band mates and I were playing a low-keyed gig somewhere near Edina if memory banks serve their purpose. Around 10 o'clock  someone said something about going to a neighbor's house to meet a "real cool black guy who has a studio in his house...his name is Prince".  No one had ever heard of Prince but the prospect of blowing my harp in a real recording studio was  intriguing. I asked if Prince played the blues.  "No", they said, "he's into funk and disco".  To which I said "squaresville daddy-o, I don't dig that scene".  My buddies all left me to go hang out with Prince. For the rest of the night I was alone with my harmonicas and ...the blues.  They all had a great time.  Now, instead of what might have been I paint pictures like the ones above.  Look for the link to ebay and etsy sale pages here on the blog.  Click on the blog links if you're reading this via e-mail subscription. 
News: New prints soon to be made available.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Baja Mexico Workshop

OK, so you can see by the pictures that our group of painters did some excellent work.  I think, regardless of feedback, (which was glowingly positive by the way) their paintings speak for themselves.  Wouldn't you like to be able to paint like that?  All that is needed is for you to drop everything and attend our next workshop. I don't teach often but whenever I do I crank out masterpiece makers like there's no tomorrow (apparently?!?)  What do you think? Someday I might take all my secretly moiled-for nuggets of painterly wisdom, melt them down and pour them on the unsuspecting public.  I know it would be a bit irresponsible but what fun to fill the world with colorful delight. No? Until then I will plan short and sweet sequestered summits ...3 day workshops in clandestine locations throughout the world. We hope to return to Galeria Jill Logan in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico.  Jill was a great host and is a wonderful artist in her own right.  Check out her gallery here and a bunch of pics of the workshop on FB here.

PS. Carmen painted more than the canvas...made for a good smile on everyone's face

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Birthday Boys Seasides & Trees

I really thought I could get away with no one remembering my birthday. Alas, ESPN sports radio sent me an e-card wishing me happiness. How does that even happen?  Not even Facebook knows this guarded secret. Well, I guess the cat's out of the bag so you might as well sign on and send cards and gifts. Here's to wishing you all well on this special day the Lord has made. Enjoy the pics of these new paintings.  Check out the link to my Facebook page and eBay and Etsy sale pages. Send workshop and commission inquiries to LosHawkins@yahoo.com

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Toned Canvas Cloudscape Marshland Joy

Here's a few pics of this new marshland Cloudscape called Xanthor Sky.  I wanted to show the dark toned canvas I started with.  After lightly sanding the gessoed  prepared canvas panel I added a dark acrylic gesso as the final ground to be painted on with the oil paints.  I will demo this technique at the April workshop in Baja.  Stay tuned for info. on an upcoming workshop in Az. or Calif. There's been a bit of interest that way so we'll see if we can't get some more friends painting away their idle hours.  Check out the latest paintings on sale here

Monday, February 22, 2016

NEW Workshop April 14th-16th. Three days. Three paintings. Seas, Skies, Land-Ho

The dates have been set in stone.  Am I realistically hopeful that some intrepid painterly soul will journey all the way to the southern tip of chili-infested baja just to paint with us?  Well, yes, I am. There just might be a few.  After all, Mitch traveled from GA. to Hawaii  last fall to take in our 5-O workshop and capped it off with the catch of a 130 lb marlin .  So why not? (I caught a 120lb Marlin in Baja last spring) I understand it is a long way to travel for most of us but if you have the deep desire and unshakable drive to paint seas and skies then maybe you should consider dusting off your passport and meeting up with us in Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico.  April 14th, 15th and 16th (Thurs. - Sat.) at Galeria Jill Logan. Jill is a fantastic artist and owns a snazzy gallery in Todos Santos.  Her gallery will be hosting us as we discuss all things that pertain to  painting skies and landscapes in oil...in Mexico.  Let me know if you are interested.  I promise to be forthcoming with all (?) of my secrets garnered over more than 3000 paintings in the last 40 years. So, let me know if you're interested and I will fill you in on materials needed and lodging options etc.  Tuition for the classes is $375/US dollar.
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Workshop Los Cabos Mexico April, Cloudscapes on linen

These three new paintings are large.  The top one is 48x60 inches, the bottom one is similarly sized.  I made these on oil primed Belgian linen.  They are headed to the gallery in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico (near Los Cabos) 

We have dates for the upcoming workshop there in April (I think the third weekend) I will update with more specifics real soon. If you'd like to learn a bit about cloud making but don't want to invest all the time necessary to learn how to actually make rain, this workshop is for you.  There is quite a large artist community in Todos Santos but I'm hoping a few of my more adventurous painter friends will make the journey to enjoy 3 days of mind, heart and stomach filling mexican flavored painterly joy.  Call or write with questions about tuition, scholarships, discounts etc.

Bill hawkins  520 331-9290

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Red lights, Xeriscapes, Montana Cactus

Red light running.  It is a practice of mine. I'm not too proud of it. I am just a little proud of it.  Kind of like when your kid wins second place in a "sport" like swimming or soccer. I don't do it frequently or...too frequently (IMO). There are a couple of scenarios that inspire me to run a red light like when I'm approaching an intersection at a high rate of speed. That, combined with little crossing traffic and a short yellow light will result in an inadvertent red light run (RLR) It has happened to most of us.  The second circumstance is definitely pre-planned. It's the most dangerous (to your driving record) but also the most satisfying. It's 5-am on a Sunday and no one will be even thinking about driving around in their automobile. That's when you plan your RLR. Unless you're in Billings, Montana, no self-respecting cop will be out on the prowl at that hour on the Lord's day. And, unless you're in Billings, Montana, you can watch the light go from green to amber to red from several blocks away and neither speed up nor slow down. You just let the car roll through the silvery soft pre-dawn
xeriscape that surrounds your favorite neighborhood semaphore. That's how it's done. That's how I roll (except in Billing, Montana)

These two new paintings show the Arizona xeriscape in all its cacti-strewn glory...perfect for RLR.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Western Lanscapes End of Year Holiday Cheer Ellie the Cat

A dog is a man's best friend. A cat is a man's secret confidant and collaborator. At least in my case.  My dear friend Ellie the cat has been a faithful and uber-chill, child friendly, not-too-much-in-your-face cuddly, mouse catching, rat eating, dove pouncing, early morning and every evening on the couch companion for 17 years.  She was Marissa's cat but liked me second in the family, as was fitting for a feline of her intellect and large-heartedness. She will be missed immensely.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Vertical vs Horizontal Holiday Dimensions

12x24's...24x12's.  There should be a standard in referring to the dimensions of a painting.  I'm pretty sure it's the vertical measurement first but I still see old artists and good galleries that should know better do it backwards.  Or...I'm the one who's had it backwards all along.  Anyway, I like this canvas size.  Here's a couple of new ones for your Holiday season enjoyment!?!?  Feel free to write me here in the studio with questions about painting, workshops or commissions. LosHawkins@yahoo.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hawaii Workshop Review (Mitch caught a blue marlin)

They will be known as the Hawaii 5. Five artists attended the workshop in Oahu this month. In years to come they will become famous, will have their own TV show named 5-O, and the world will look back on those three, seemingly insignificant days, as the catalyst that spawned a movement and ushered in a new era.  That's how good the workshop was. The weather was...well, Hawaiian. The food and fellowship were super enjoyable and the quotes printed at the bottom of every page of our syllabus were out of this world!  I could not have asked for a funner, nicer group of painters to hang with.  We had plenty of time to go over some basics like paint arrangement on the palette and choosing the type of canvas, brushes and paints to use to the more advanced topics of composition and color theory.  All this while learning to paint "alla prima" made for some good paintings completed by everyone and lots of fun. Stay tuned for updates about upcoming workshop opportunities. Thank you Rachel, Mitch, Dania, Jeremy and Carmen for making it such a memorable time and a special thanks from all of us to Chief Officer, fantastic artist and great mom and friend Rachel for inspiring, organizing and arranging everything for us . You're the best!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Another Throwback Monday Overmantle Carvings

In preparation for the Hawaii workshop on cloud painting...I decided to post some old pics of woodcarvings.  I made a series of Sporting Art themed Overmantle pieces in the 90's. They were made of Cherry, Maple and Mahogany. They measured 30 inches wide by 18 inches tall and as cool as I thought they were, they faded like the green grass and the  flowering herb. The following picture is of a new painting that depicts monsoon flooding in the desert just outside the studio.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Throwback Monday, Figures, Workshop

I think I have shown the picture of the cowboys before.  These young guns were out back just daring me to paint them. It was sometime in the late 90's near our place in Sonora Mexico.  The dancing girl is also an old piece...20 years ago I painted Marissa (daughter) in the back yard in Billings Montana. She sat for us (Billings artists) a few times as a model.  She remembers making $9  one afternoon . I was still just dabbling at oil painting then; trying to pull away from watercolors and wildlife art.

The rocking chair w/art was an invention of our second sojourn in Mexico.  I did a number of these wrought iron, carved mahogany rockers with either original paintings or after-pieces from old masters plastered (painted) on the chair back.  This was my rendition of a Daniel Huntington classic.

Plans for the Hawaii workshop are developing nicely.  It will be a fun and informative distillation (for ease of ingestion) of the basic and important elements of beautiful  picture making (design, value and color) with a special emphasis on clouds and how to make them. Let me know if you'd be interested in a workshop in your area. I'll try to get more detailed info. on the blog and or face book as it unfolds.  FYI, There is a possible/potential for a three day workshop in Los Cabos Mexico next spring. So, Aloha and OlĂ© !

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Hawaii Workshop TBA, Silver Wing 36x24, Wander Thru 12x12

Remember the time I wrote about the toothpaste being replaced by the minty Ben Gay muscle relaxing (and tooth polishing) cream?  Well, my mother-in-law sought to one-up me the other day. Eddie and Don Chuy gobbled down their breakfast of beans and eggs with no problem.  They were cooked in a nice healthy layer of Palmolive dish soap! I walked by the table and grabbed a piece of scrambled egg, thought it tasted funny and told Carmen so. I breezed through the kitchen on the way to the studio to work on a masterpiece giving the huevos rancheros no second thought. Later Carmen told me she found that her mom, bless her 80-something heart, had confused the dish soap for canola oil.  I had an image floating around my head all day of Alfalfa trying to sing and bubbles coming out. Remember that? I checked to see if my father-in-law and son were foaming at the mouth. They were fine.

We have almost concreted the 3 day workshop in November in Hawaii. I will keep you posted here on the blog.  Teaching is fun, I like doing it and do not do it enough. That said, it is high time I was a little more forthcoming with all my secrets.  If all goes well, I will be making more opportunities available in the future to learn with me. Let me know if you'd be interested in learning how to paint clouds or vineyards etc. and we'll try to keep the ball rolling on this end.

New paintings are available here and here.  Write, text or call to find out more about upcoming workshops and classes.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Three Blind Mice ...again 12x12's, Airport Security, Shotgun shells and bullets

Airport security. It's one of our favorite pastimes. Once, in my youth, I said something about my camera having explosive properties as it rode the little conveyor belt through the ex-ray machine. This was pre-TSA popularity, probably early 80's. The guard stopped the belt and made me repeat my comments. I had a momentary lapse of precise memory just then. He scowled, I shrunk. Lesson learned. Fast forward to last week. My son Edward, spitting image of Saddamic offspring everywhere south of Gibraltar, tosses backpack onto said, similar conveyor belt.  Unbeknownst to all the security guards and said "son" the pack contained a lethal dose of  20 gauge shotgun shells. No one said a word. My son is tall and swarthy...should be profiled. I, with similar backpack full of similar ammo, get searched on the Mesican/American border one fine day. Bullets were discover and all  H-E-double hockey sticks breaks loose. I am not tall, look like Bilbo Baggins and should not be profiled. These new small 12x12's are available for you to buy and are certified acceptable carry-on size and ex-ray proof...guaranteed to make it through even the tightest security checkpoints.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Green Grows The Branch That Bows Blue Shines The Moon in June...and sheep

Top picture is a commissioned painting; Sheep from the Spicy Lamb farm.  The second picture is the re-worked result of a recent studio project (previous post). The house has been full of legal and illegal immigrants lately so studio time has suffered.  I have, however, made time for a few of my favorite things which include dogs, birds, yard sales, motorcycles, gold and guns...in that order. I foist these upon you once again for your listening pleasure. (these paintings were made to be read out loud)