Friday, September 15, 2006

September 15, 2006 Bonus Bonus Blog
The advance copies of the November issue of True West came in the door this morning from Banta in Kansas City. A very handsome issue with stellar pieces by our own Bob McCubbin (his photos are always a treat) and an excellent review of two new Crazy Horse bios by Alden Big Man Jr. You should be getting your issue in the mail starting this weekend.

I got a call last Tuesday from John Gastin, a subscriber in Blyth, California, who claims his frend and neighbor, Worth Duncan, claims he stole my mother's new hat when he was eight years old (I think he's in his late seventies now). This allegedly happened down on the Gila in the late twenties. Worth claims his dad found the hat and made him return it. My mother said, when I related the incident to her, "I never got my hat back." Hmmmm, I may get a hat lawyer.

San Carlos Officer's Headquarters Set Scene Progress
I have been sketching and fretting over the opening set scene for the Top Secret Project for two months now (see first sketch from July 23, below). I'm getting closer, but still no cigar:

I have tried to capture the claustrophobia of the setting. Here's a color study:

And utilizing the Fort Apache snapshot here are a few character studies in blue:

I hope to work on this set piece this weekend and hopefully I'll post some positive progress.

By the way, according to my White Mountain source, "Bi-jashn" is Apache for a shady lady.

"All of us are crazy in one way or another."
—Old Vaquero Saying

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