December 8, 2006 Bonus Blog
I have a morning ritual. Kathy brings me coffee and half a banana at 6 a.m. and I sit up in bed and study the sketches from the previous day, which I had placed against the bedroom fireplace beyond the foot of the bed the night before. After trying to determine what works and what doesn't, I get up at 6:30, let the dogs out the front gate and walk out to the end of the road and get the paper, come back into the studio and turn on the computer, bring the paper into the kitchen, put a cinnamin-raisin English muffin in the toaster and a packet of Quaker Oats oatmeal in a dish with milk and put it in the microwave for 1:25 minutes and sit down to read the paper. In addition to the news, I'm looking for interesting photos that might stimulate me in terms of my art. Here's a good example from yesterday's Arizona Republic. It's a dog photo (below, left), which was in the community section and I believe encouraging dog adoption, but I was struck at the cool design with the dog coming out of the shadows, into the light with his forepaw extended just above the ground. That led to the following sketch (below, right):
And those sketches led to the following sketches (the bottom two are inspired from John Ford's Rio Grande which I captured from images off my computer screen for art reference):
"He was louder than a jackass makin' love in a tin shed."
—Old Vaquero Saying
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