Friday, October 7, 2016

Cows, Moon, Trees...go together like....

The problem with sporadic bloggerating is that many nice pictures fall through the cracks and many a blog-worthy tale does likewise.  Stay tuned for a poignant first-hand, eye-witness recount of pathos-infused third-world intrigue experience by Carmelita and me just this past week.  Until then enjoy the Cows over the moon above.

Lingering Monsoon / Desert Hurricanes

Two new skies to add to the late summer warmth.  The monsoon season stretched out a bit this year making for some great sky shots and a postponement of the official start of autumn.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Shy Sheep 12x12 , Sheepish Full Moon 18x12

 All new paintings are available directly from the studio.  Often they are first offered on auction on eBay and if for some miraculous reason they don't sell out right away  (:   ...I will have them for a while on a "for purchase" price with a "make an offer" option. Feel free to contact me any time regarding painting commissions or classes.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Heart Stents, Master Series 12x36, The Desert Green

Well, I'm still screwing up the courage to start on a couple of big canvases I've threatened's a new one made from a photo off the phone camera. We pulled over next to the landfill on the way to town a few nights back and snapped a few shots...One of the big ones will be a similar view. This new 12x36 incher will be available this week on auction. I usually reserve the higher rendered paintings for commissions and galleries but since I'm still chipping away at the $149K hospital bill and with debtor's prison looming (or returning my 2 heart stents) I thought I'd make this one public.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


Due to the recent crisis and economic downturns experienced by all but a small group of us flat-earthers and one percenters...I've decided to make available a series of paintings for under $100 (auction starting price $87-$97). These are a few. Check the ebay and etsy links for more.

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

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 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.