Wednesday, November 17, 2010

George Warren: The Man Who Thought He Could Outrun A Horse

November 17, 2010
Worked most of the day on our January cover. Or, I should say, our art director, Dan The Man Harshberger, worked on it and then we picked it to pieces and started over. More than once. Had a group of classic cowgirl photos from our vast collection and hit a dead end with the first one. The cowgirl's funky smile and the hand tinted color clashed, ending up with not quite right effects, or, as one staffer commented, "She looks like the Joker." She did. That was last Friday. This morning we started on another image, this time with three cowgirls, hugging. Went through at least three versions and finally got what we all wanted at about five this afternoon. We all called Dan to rave about it.

Concurrent with this, I worked on a new True West Moment. Arizona prospector George Warren, bet a friend he could outrun a horse and lost his stake in Bisbee's Copper Queen Mine as a result.

He lost everything, became an alcoholic, and was finally judged insane before he died. If he looks familiar, it's because that's George on the seal of the great state of Arizona:

Come to think of it, he's the perfect specimen to be on our seal, don't you think?

"History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies."

—Alex de Tocqueville

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