Monday, November 05, 2007

November 4, 2007
Spent a delightful and productive day at home. Went on three bike rides and worked on scratchboards. Here's one of the cool things about scratchboard. You start with a black piece of board and then with sharp, little knives you start taking away lines, like this:

This is the Apache Kid Cave I was telling you about yesterday. It has a sort of dusk, or twilight effect. Now, if we take away more, we get this:

Hey, look, some guy is riding up to the cave and leading someone with a rope around their neck. I wonder what they are going to do? Well, let's scratch away some more and see:

It's the Apache Kid and he's got a woman prisoner and he's starting a fire. She doesn't look very happy, although the Kid's horse is glad to have a load off (added with a touch of black ink).

"They who want milk should not sit in the middle of a field and wait for a cow to back up to them."
—Old Vaquero Saying

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