March 9, 2011Grabbed a landscape study out of my failure pile and added a rider, tweaked the bushes and overworked the dust before I came into work. It's called "Fort Apache Courier," taken from a reference photo I took on a trip with Paul Andrew Hutton to San Carlos and back to Fort Apache.
Here is the study as it appeared in my failure pile. I must have had it for at least five years. I met Paul Hutton at the Hondah Apache Casino and Resort for an Arizona History Convention to work on Mickey Free. While we walked through the woods and argued about plot points, it came up that Paul had never been to San Carlos. I told him we could fix that in a couple hours, so we got in his car and drove from the White Mountains (where Fort Apache is) down into the Gila River Valley to San Carlos. After lunch at the Apache Gold Casino (ironic because the Apaches allegedly hated gold hunting miners and would kill them on sight, although now that I think about it, perhaps they are still making a killing. Ha.), we drove back to the White Mountains. As we topped out on the Mogollon Rim above the Salt River Canyon, the shadows began to lengthen and I whipped out my new digital camera and started shooting everything I could see (movie folks call this the magic hour). This study, done soon after I got back, is from one of those photos:
"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail."