Monday, May 19, 2008

May 19, 2008
I was headed to cardio rehab this morning and got a call from Beth, the tech, and she said my doctor has cancelled any rehab until after the angiogram. Makes sense, but I wish they'd get their blips together.

Came into the office. Met with Bob and Trish Brink about filling the front office position.

And here's some more info on hangings in the Old West (see yesterday's post):

"A few 19th century Texas jails were constructed with hanging towers. The designs varied somewhat, but basically the prisoner was taken to the upper floor, where the noose was placed around his neck (suspended from specially built ceiling beams). The executioner would pull a lever and part of the floor--under the prisoner--would give way, plummeting the doomed man several feet down into the next story of the building. The clincher: there were large windows on those floors, allowing folks outside the building to watch the entire affair.

"I may be wrong on this one, but I seem to recall a TX courthouse having the same arrangement.

"What you ended up with, of course, were very public executions. People came from miles around to watch, to picnic, to drink, etc., etc. In most cases, officials eventually came to believe that such proceedings were unseemly spectacles and brought them to an end. Several of those buildings still stand, however. I think one of them is now a library."
—Mark Boardman

Here are my six sketches (6,318 thru 6,323) trying to capture campfire glow:

Also, worked on another big board and tried to zone in on face tones. Note the campfire glow on the left side and the soft, blue light of the night on the right. Also, I love the Mexcian trailer rolling his eyes at a story he's heard a thousand times before (a happy accident for sure!):

"Endurance is the crowning quality, and patience all the passion of great hearts."
—James Russell Lowell

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