Monday, May 21, 2007

May 21, 2007
The WETA AIM Awards dinner went fine (I only mangled one person's name, Ms. Alcada, which I quipped, "Sounds too close to Al Queda."). True West won a first place for our cover "Dude Where's My Ranch?" Dan Harshberger, Robert Ray and Abby Pearson posed with the trophy with the reigning Miss Rodeo Texas, Joanne Blackwell, 23, of Center, Texas. Got down to the Millenium Resort at three, didn't get home until ten, basically a day's work.

Stayed home all day Sunday and did artwork, although "work" is only work if you'd rather be someplace else. Had fun. When we were in Wichita at the Old Cowtown Museum they had a big, old mean-looking Longhorn named Pepper which they brought out for our Chisholm Trail True West Moment segment. I ran and got my camera and took a slew of photos, then sketched like crazy. Still experimenting with the red pen and am getting pretty good at subtle sky effects.

Switched gears in the afternoon and did a series of studies copying a Gustave Baumann print I bought at the Albuquerque Museum last weekend. Gustave was a master at silk screen colors, very raw and effective. I'm not sure I captured his color scheme but I do learn from stuff like this:

Onion Headline de Jour
Bush Challenges America To Produce The Perfect Romantic Comedy By 2009

"College is basically a sleepover with grades."
—columnist in The New Yorker

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