Friday, September 22, 2006

September 22, 2006
One of my Old West friends, and a fellow artist, Larry Willis, just got back from France. He sent me this tidbit:

Doc Holliday in Paris?
"While in Paris last month I visited the d'Orsay Museum. They have a self portrait by Johan Barthold Jongkind done in 1850. It reminded me of a BBB painting of Doc Holiday. Check it out."
—Larry Willis

Meanwhile, my Chalfont St. Giles Compadre Frederick Nolan sent me another batch of famous artists posters from The Independant (English newspaper). This batch included several more of my painting heroes including Spanish masters Goya, Valasquez, and Vincent Van Gogh. I spent a good hour studying them last night and I'll have a full report later. Damn, those Bastards were good!

I organized my art reference piles this morning and set up my desk for a full assault on the opening scenes of the Top Secret Project. Came into the office to finish Classic Gunfights copy and a piece on ponies for the Cowboy Chronicle.

Got a call from Jim Clark of Tombstone fame. He's the guy who provides all the trains for movies (Wild, Wild West, Into The West). He's in town buying some cars and he's coming out to see the True West World Headquarters. Jim told me they have received 500 VIP reservations for the big 125th Anniversary and are expecting huge crowds for the October 26th event. He asked me if I had anything he could take back with him, and I said, "Yes, I need to ship 25 paintings from Blaze Away: The 25 Gunfights Behind the O.K. Corral."

"Rest assured that no matter how hard you try, someone else is doing the same thing, faster, easier and better."
—Vincent Van Google

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