April 5, 2011Went home for lunch and finished a piece inspired by a snapshot I saw at Paul Andrew Hutton's home in Albuquerque last Saturday. Paul was showing me all of his latest goodies (he's always buying stuff off eBay, etc.) and one of them was a family photo album from 1936, I believe it was. Paul bought it because they visited the Alamo and took a photo of it. I asked to look at it. I love old photo albums. Towards the back were two photos of mountain ranges. I asked Paul if he could make a xerox of them.
When I got home I kept looking at the xerox. I loved the design of the outcropping in the black and white photo. It was somewhat vague (not sure where in the West it was) but I kept studying it.
Got home from work around six last night and put in a light wash of the scene. Today, after lunch I added the rider, finishing at two and came back in to the office.
I call it "Mickey In The Mountains." Not sure about the green sand, but dig the outcropping design.
"A man can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe