New Works ~ On Display in Cranes Nest Gallery

All our bags are packed and we’re ready to go, to Charleston that is! In a few weeks I’ll be painting in my new studio in our new home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (a suburb of Charleston just across the Cooper River). The studio won’t be big, won’t have vaulted ceilings and northern light, but it will have a wonderful landing area attached which will become gallery space to display my paintings.  

Given my passion for photographing and painting birds and the ironic fact that our new home is on Cranes Nest Road, I’ve decided to name our new gallery space Cranes Nest Gallery! I’ll be able to display new works and rotate paintings to feature different genres, i.e., maritime, aviary, landscapes.  

When collectors and interested folk come to view my work I’ll actually be able to display my paintings in a proper setting. No more having to clean up a creative workspace every time someone comes over to see what I’ve been up to.  

Having this new “gallery” set-up will be very helpful in our new surroundings where people are unfamiliar with my art.  

My first painting in my new studio will be a commissioned piece, featuring a formation of pelicans, the beach and palm trees! I can’t wait to get started.  

I’m planning on being much more prolific in the upcoming years. Having our house on the market for the last year, along with a few medical issues, has cut way into my productivity.  I have so many images I look forward to painting. Charleston and its surrounding areas will provide much inspiration and being settled on Cranes Nest Road will provide the serenity needed to be creative.

Thank you as always for reading my blog and for your interest in my art and photography.  Please check back soon to see what’s on display in Cranes Nest Gallery!

What's next? Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's next?

Drawing by William R. Beebe


A Little Bird Making a Big Splash ~ The Spotted Sandpiper!

I always enjoy sharing my bird photographs on my Facebook Page. I’ve cataloged quite a few in albums by species and by location. Not every photograph evokes an emotional response by people. Occasionally some do and it’s fun to hear from friends and followers when that happens.  

The other day Jen and I were enjoying a perfect spring afternoon down at our local beach along the James River; at the same time a tiny little bird was enjoying running up and down along the water’s edge. Its tail was bobbing up and down as it walked and it had spots all over its white underside. It seemed quite comfortable with us being there and almost seemed like it was showing off its fancy feathers. As it searched the sand for something good to eat, I wondered what kind of bird it was?  

Identifying it was easy. The bobbing tail, long beak, and spots gave it away. Here is what I discovered when I looked it up on the site allaboutbirds: The dapper Spotted Sandpiper makes a great ambassador for the notoriously difficult-to-identify shorebirds.They occur all across North America, they are distinctive in both looks and actions, and they're handsome.They also have intriguing social lives in which females take the lead and males raise the young. With their richly spotted breeding plumage, teetering gait, stuttering wingbeats, and showy courtship dances, this bird is among the most notable and memorable shorebirds in North America.

I took a number of pictures of it before it decided it was time to move on. When I posted this first picture on Facebook, it received quite a few likes and some nice comments. It made quite a splash for such a little bird.  ☺

I thought I’d share a few other pics of this handsome Spotted Sandpiper, all taken that afternoon on the beach. This fine specimen could possibly go from camera to canvas one day!

Thanks for reading my journal and for your interest in my art and photography. If you’d like to see my many albums of bird photographs please check out my Facebook Page and like it if you feel so inclined.  ☺ 


One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion...
— William R. Beebe
What's next? Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's next?

Drawing by William R. Beebe

For the Love of Gulls ~ Outer Banks Seagulls!

If you love the sea and birds, even the common seagull can become a subject worthy of photographing, and even painting. On our last trip to Duck, NC, I spent a couple of days photographing beach birds including sanderlings, Brown Pelicans, loons, and yes, even seagulls.  

When culling through my photographs I had so many seagull shots that I found interesting, I thought I’d share. Some are action shots; some show personality, and some I find amusing.  

Here are just a few of the seagulls that helped make this last birding trip to the Outer Banks a good one:

Super Hero!

Super Hero!

Winging it!

Winging it!

Calling all Gulls!

Calling all Gulls!

A Good Day for Flying!

A Good Day for Flying!

Banking Hard Right!

Banking Hard Right!

Cruising Under the Radar!

Cruising Under the Radar!

In the Shallows!

In the Shallows!

On the Run!

On the Run!

On a Lunch Break!

On a Lunch Break!

Posing!

Posing!

Saturday Beach Fever!

Saturday Beach Fever!

Splish Splash!

Splish Splash!

Tippy Toes!

Tippy Toes!

Action!

Action!

Two summers ago I had an exhibit of my bird paintings in a beautiful gallery in Duck. In it I included several seagull paintings. Also included were paintings of sandpipers, pelicans, and blue herons.  

I’m anxious to get back to painting birds. My photographs provide the inspiration. If you would like to visit my bird paintings they can be found on my website under Paintings/Birds.  

Thanks as always for your interest in my art and my photography. I’m getting ready to start on a commission painting that I won’t be able to chronicle, so the next few blogs will most likely be on photography (of birds of course!)  ☺


One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion...
— William R. Beebe
What's  next?  Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's  next? 

Drawing by William R. Beebe

Downtown World ~ Walking on the Row!

I timed my visit to Rainbow Row on East Bay Street in Charleston so that the lighting would be good for some photography. I was hoping to find some new painting material that would inspire me to take on a significant work. Something I could really dive into.  

It was a nice sunny morning when I arrived and it was my lucky day. The long shadows from the crepe myrtle and palm trees along the side of East Bay were reaching across the sidewalk and climbing up the colorful facades of the famous Rainbow Row rowhomes.  Sunlight was streaming through the trees.  

In the midst of my brief photographic session, as if from out of nowhere a tall woman appeared, walking her large and rather spirited Great Dane.  She was fashionably dressed and looked rather uptown, with trendy boots and stylish clothing.  The dog was so full of energy that she was having a hard time controlling him. This made me think that she lived in one of the houses close-by and they had just begun their morning walk.  

I took a few pics of them walking along the Row and wondered who the seemingly well-to-do woman was. Does she live on the Row or the Battery?  Is this her morning routine, walking Rainbow Row? Is this her world, downtown Charleston? 

The life and mystery that was added to the scene by the sudden appearance of a mystery woman and her spirited dog intrigued me and I quickly decided this would be the image I wanted to paint!

I chose a 40” by 30” canvas, did only a quick sketch, and decided that I would make this a painting experience and not get confined by a detailed underdrawing. As I mentioned in my prior blog showing this piece in progress, I wanted to feel like I was painting plein air, or on location.  

The truth is I was impatient and couldn’t wait to start painting!  ☺

My goal was to focus more on lighting and colors than precise detail. Each detail was painted in freehand as if I were on the Row with my French easel with limited time to create a plein air piece. The reality is that it is a studio painting, very large in size, painted over an extended period of time. 

There are scenes like this everywhere in Charleston. Well, not exactly.  Rainbow Row’s multi-colored Georgian style rowhomes are distinctly unique, recognizable at a moment’s glance by anyone who has been there. Downtown Charleston speaks to me as an artist.  It intrigues and inspires me.  

My painting entitled Downtown World is only my third painting of Charleston with hopefully many more to come down the road.  

Please check back soon to see what’s next on my easel. Thank you as always for your interest in my art and my photography!


One of the joys of being an artist is having the freedom to follow my passion...
— William R. Beebe
What's next? Drawing by William R. Beebe

What's next?

Drawing by William R. Beebe