Sunday, August 02, 2015

The Nude Duel That Will Not Die

August 2, 2015
   Found two unfinished boards on Saturday and worked on them yesterday and today. This is from a Classic Gunfight we did several years back on a legendary pistol duel.

Daily Whip Out: "The Nude Duel That Will Not Die."

   Two soiled doves, Mattie Silks and Katie Fulton allegedly squared off in Denver in 1877 but before doing so they stripped to the waist so as to not impede their shooting prowess (and to titillate pubescent boys everywhere, especially those horny little twits in the history genre). The only casualty was, once again this is alleged, "A notorious narcissist" who supposedly got it in the neck. He's the dude crumpling in pain, middle right.

Daily Whip Out: "Well, Is She Naked From The Waist Up, Or Not?"

   Immature boys want to know. Of course there was actually a fight in a Denver park between whores and a drive-by shooting (the first in Denver's long history) but the whole naked thing is a myth, but then, you knew that already.

   Working on a whole bunch of boards, 21 in all. It sounds manic (and probably is) but I enjoy laying down a wash, putting it aside to dry and grabbing another board and finishing out the brush full of paint. Here's the weekend progress, so far:

Paintings In Progress

   Up there towards the top is the reworking of "The Nude Duel That Will Not Die." I  found it in my Classic Gunfights folder on Friday and thought it needed another night time wash to give it a murkier nocturnal patina. Speaking of patina I dig the old photographic noise in old images, so much so, I attempt to simulate these on a variety of boards and paper.

"In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are."
—Ray Bradbury

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