Saturday, May 24, 2008

May 24, 2008
Rained most of yesterday. Really strong cells rolled over us in the afternoon. Even got hail for a short period. Lots of lightning and rolling thunder. Dogs freaked out. Went out a couple times and held Peaches as she poked her nose in my armpit. She was shaking like a leaf. Here's a question: do any other animals get freaked by thunder? Other canines, for example? Like coyotes or wolves? Or, is it just some domesticated animals?

Went up to the feedstore this morning and got a bag of crumble chicken food and a bale of hay for the chicken house ($22 cash, plus $1 tip for the loader guy). Wasn't supposed to be toting around big bags of feed and hay bales, but I don't think I popped any stitches.

Still working on red and black sketches:

And perused a Winslow Homer website (I think it was hosted by Christie's the auction house) and got inspired by some of his sketching techniques:

And also his light washes on clouds:

Which led me to here:

These are pine cone runners, ascending Mount Turnbull to retrieve a pine cone all the while running with a mouth full of water which they must spit out when they return. Two of the young Apaches are quite competitive and they are, Rizado and Cabrito. At least that is their names as packer Tom Horn tells the story around the campfire. Rizado is Spanish for "curly" and cabrito is also Spanish for "kid." The little white boy captivo, no match for the fast Apache braves, trudges along, bringing up the rear.

"He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it."
—Edgar Guest

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