Friday, October 29, 2010

Toulouse Lautrec Goes West

October 29, 2011
Meghan Saar and I attended the Arizona Tourism Conference at the Orange Tree Resort on Camelback Road yesterday. Collected a couple big bags of goodies from all the resorts and had a very nice lunch talking to Meghan about editorial for 2011. Very excited about several new features we are working on.

Been noodling some sketches of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec:

Wondering what he would have painted if he had come West with Oscar Wilde in 1882. I have some ideas on paintings he might have done. Hmmmmmm.

It's not hard to imagine him doing portraits of Doc Holliday and Bat Masternon. Check out this painting by Henri—Dude, that could be Tombstone, no?

Meanwhile, my neighbors, the N's (they're very private) brought me back a sketch by Toulouse-Lautrec several years ago and I have it in my studio:

They told me that Henri had a theory about drawing: if your pen stops moving, the drawing dies. The horse is all wrong, the harness seems incorrect, and although it is very fluid and loosey goosey, it is alive.

"Make no little plans. they have no magic to stir men's blood. Make big plans: aim high in hope and work."
—Daniel Hudson Burnham

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