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The Beaux Arts fundraiser for the Scottsdale Artists’ School…October 19, 2021


The Scottsdale Artists School will be hosting their annual fundraiser, Beaux Arts, as an online silent auction this year.  This will occur on November 10-13, 2021.

The school’s goals and focus are to Teach, Create, and Inspire artists of all ages and abilities, and the funds collected from Beaux Arts will underwrite their scholarship program and their outreach programs. Art enthusiasts worldwide have the opportunity to bid on and procure impressive, original art pieces from renowned artists. 

Attached is an image of the drawing I donated to the school for this year’s Beaux Arts entitled, Left posterior study of a Heermann's gull. This was drawn with a fine goldpoint stylus (99.99% gold) with white heightening on genuine malachite and lapis lazuli prepared wove paper, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches.

I did this Heermann’s gull study in Monterey, California. The drawing was done in the traditional old master metalpoint drawing technique in which the drawing support was prepared with a preparation that contains calcined antler to make the surface abrasive enough to shear minute bits of gold from the stylus and retain it on the surface as the marks and lines of the drawing. For this drawing, I also ground genuine malachite and lapis lazuli and added it to the preparation to give it a blue green color. I had to melt and cast fine gold (99.99% gold) to create the goldpoint stylus used in the drawing to replicate the metalpoint stylus used by Jan van Eyck in his 1435 drawing of Cardinal Albergatti.

Scottsdale Artists’ School is dedicated to the artistic enrichment of the community and to developing the capabilities of artists and aspiring artists of all ages by teaching the applied fundamentals of fine art.

For more information, please see their website at:

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.




The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's 2021 Birds in Art Exhibition…August 5, 2021

Greetings, once again.

Artwork from 113 artists from throughout the world will be included in the 46th annual Birds in Art exhibition, on view Saturday, September 11 through November 28, 2021, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Birds in Art, which presents original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years by worldwide artists, once again celebrates avian marvels through fresh artistic interpretations.

At least thirty-five artists have been recognized as Master Artists in tandem with Birds in Art since it began in 1976. I am deeply honored that I was recognized with the honor of Master Artist in 2020 and will be presented with the Master Artist Medallion at this year’s opening, a ceremony sadly delayed by the pandemic last year.

This year, I will have a large oil painting entitled, Ice Follies (oil on Belgian linen, 30 x 40 inches), which resulted from my February 2020 field studies of tundra swans that migrate through Northern Utah in late winter. The details of this trip and of my encounter with dozens of tundra swans were dramatically captured in the essay, Frequent Forays, featured in the 2020 Birds in Art catalogue and written by the eloquent wordsmith, Rick McCabe.

Ice Follies

Ice Follies depicts two adult tundra swans on the frozen Weber River just after sunrise. One swan was swimming in an opening in the ice and the other had climbed out onto the ice and was beating its enormous wings to help them dry. The reality behind this painting is that I studied these swans on separate mornings during the trip and later combined the two swan images in my studio to design this dramatic composition, working over several months to finish the painting.

One of the two preparatory drawings for the painting was created with natural black chalk and natural white chalk on handmade blue laid paper and is entitled, Posterior study of a swimming tundra swan

Posterior study of a swimming tundra swan

The other preparatory drawing was drawn with natural red chalk and natural white chalk on handmade warm gray laid paper and is entitled, Left posterior study of a tundra swan drying its wings.

Left posterior study of a tundra swan drying its wings

The first day for the public to view Birds in Art 2021 will be Saturday, September 11, 2021. Exhibition-opening festivities will be modified with coronavirus precautions to support the community’s health. The exhibition will be on view during the Museum’s extended opening-weekend hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, and remains on view through Sunday, November 28, 2021.

An illustrated Birds in Art catalogue featuring every artwork in the exhibition along with artists’ statements will be available for purchase in September. For more information, visit, e-mail the Museum at, or call 715-845-7010.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.




The Woodson Art Museum’s 2021 Birds in Art Touring exhibition….April 21, 2021

Greetings once more,

Tiny DancerI am very pleased to announce that my oil painting, Tiny Dancer, which was featured on the cover of the Woodson Art Museum’s 2020 Birds in Art exhibition catalog, was selected for the 2021 Birds in Art touring exhibition.  Each year selected works of art curated from the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum tour the country at selected Museum venues following the close of the exhibition at the Woodson.  

I have included the venues below in case this exhibition will be near you.

  • Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Birds in Art Touring exhibition, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. March 19 –May 16, 2021.
  • Wendell Gilley Museum. Birds in Art Touring exhibition. Southwest Harbor, Maine. June 11 – August 14, 2021.
  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Birds in Art Touring exhibition. Stamford, Connecticut. September 3 – October 31, 2021.

One of the difficulties I have been dealing with during the past year is a melt-down of my computer during which I lost many of my email contacts. I have tried to rebuild the distribution list for this Fine Art Listserve, but if you find that you are on it and wish not to be, please let me know and I will remove you.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.




Timothy David Mayhew: Drawn to Nature. Woodson Art Museum….February 2, 2021

Greetings, it has been far too long...

Out of the chaos of the past year there have been some much-needed flashes of good news and events.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, where I am currently being honored with a Master Artist Retrospective exhibition in conjunction with their 2020 Birds in Art exhibition, is safely reopening to the public today and these exhibitions will remain in the galleries through Sunday, February 21, so visitors once again have the opportunity to view my artwork, along with that of artists from around the world.

In addition to these two exhibitions, the Woodson Art Museum has an additional exhibition consisting solely of my drawings selected from their permanent collection entitled, Timothy David Mayhew: Drawn from Nature.

The Museum has also created a video of their exhibition, Drawn from Nature, which included a display case of the traditional old master drawing materials including natural red, black, and white chalks and a metalpoint stylus that I hand cast by creating a traditional 15th century silverpoint alloy and used to create one of these drawings.

This video was created under the direction of the Museum's director, Kathy Kelsey Foley, the Museum's Marketing Director, Amy Beck, and Jeff Eaton of Random Button Pusher productions.

If you have any questions, comments, I’d love to hear from you.

Best regards,