Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Long Mesa, The Cloud Reader And The Path Untraveled

March 22, 2016
   Got up this morning and did an homage to one of the most stunning landscapes I have ever witnessed. In 1977 we were motoring between Kayenta and Canyon de Chelly in northern Arizona when I spied a mesa that went all the way across the horizon in a razor sharp straight line, with a just a blip at the very end.

Daily Whip Out: "The Long Mesa"

   Mickey Free was always reading clouds. He saw animals in them, he saw the future, he saw sign. Was he serious? Who knows? He was a coyote, after all. 

Daily Whip Out: "The Jackalope Cloud"

   I actually spent the better part of two days working on this ambitious little puppy.

Daily Whip Out: "The Path Untraveled And Unfinished"

   This is actually a redux of an earlier painting:

Daily Whip Out: "Mickey Free Skirts The Slagheap of History"

   I wanted to run this painting (above) as a doubletruck in the August issue of True West, but the main figure falls right in the fold, so, of course, I couldn't do it exactly the same way as before (one of my many ADD faults). Verdict still out. Need to let it rest for a while.

"If you are going to do your thinking at hog level, you're bound to get hog results."
—Maynard Dixon

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