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.