February 25, 2011
Got a peek at the uncorrected proofs of Jeff Guinn's new book "The Last Gunfight" this morning. Jeff is the author of "Go Down Together" the sordid and masterfully written tale of the real Bonnie & Clyde. Jeff interviewed me and many other Tombstone-Earp authors almost two years ago in Prescott when we were all attending the Arizona History Conference at the Hassayampa Hotel. Jeff's subhead to the title is: "The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral—And How It Changed the American West." It's being published by Simon & Schuster and will probably be out later this spring or summer.
I'm going to give it a go this weekend and I'll give you a review, or, at least a taste, on Monday.
This morning I was consolidating my Failure Piles we used last Wednesday in the video shoot, when I spied a pretty cool pear cactus study. Pulled it out and whipped out the finish. Not too shabby. Yes, that's Mickey Free riding around the bend at far right. May be too subtle, what do you think?
While looking for another painting in my Semi-Failure Pile (since we posted the video tour of my studio i have to own up to the various failure piles) I found this image which was part of an El Kid winter-green chile-episode of Graphic Cinema (in fact I think it was the very first one). An artist friend of mine has expressed interest in buying it. It's called Bandit Girl and it was inspired by an actual hispanic woman who lived near Anton Chico, New Mexico. She was married but "entertained" various outlaws including Billy Bonney:
And speaking of all things Mexican, love this quote, which I read last night while perusing Charles Portis' book, "Gringos":
"Nothing ever happens in Mexico until it happens."