Wednesday, January 09, 2008

January 9, 2008
Worked up copy for the next Classic Gunfights, utilizing Robert Alexander's excellent book Lawmen, Outlaws, And S.O.Bs., Volume II. We're going to do the Steins Pass attempted train robbery by the Black Jack Ketchum Gang on December 9, 1897. My mother's family has lots of history at Steins and my great-grandfather, Henry Guess, is buried there.

Went home for lunch and painted on stagecoach commission. I'm painting in oils for the first time in a long time (1991). I forgot how nice it is to rub and blend. Oils are so pliable.

Meanwhile, here's another couple scratchboards for consideration to be included in the Black And White book:

Nice ethnic effects on this Native American farmer. I really like his lower lip and chin. Very subtle and accurate (for a change). The second sratchboard is of a store clerk (below), which I created to illustrate the Tombstone census count which ran in Classic Gunfights, Volume II. Good beard and fabric. Poached from an old west photo, perhaps in the Time-Life Old West series:

"Through imagination, we can visualize the uncreated worlds of potential that lie within us."
—Stephen R. Covey

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