Sunday, June 25, 2017

Still Seeking Olive

June 25, 2017
   I hunkered down this weekend and directed most of my energy towards capturing the elusive Olive Oatman, once and for all.

   Yesterday, I had a notion to approach her portrait by emulating two different, but similar, compositions. One would be a version of the famous Kaloma poster (erroneously ID as Josephine Sarah Marcus, by a notorious faker), and the other is a famous painting by the artist Edvard Munch.

Daily Whip Outs: "Still Seeking Olive"

   Obviously a couple of images in this photo pile are not meant to be Olive, but you get the drift of where I'm going. Oh, and here is the inspiration for the sketch, at bottom, center:

Edvard Munch: "Madonna"

Munch, a fellow Norwegian, painted this image numerous times in the 1890s. The above version is actually a color litho with sperm squiggling up three sides of the frame and a "foetus-like pendant" in the lower left corner. In 2010, a hand-colored print of "Madonna" sold for 1.25 million pounds, the most expensive print ever sold. For a PRINT! Critics have described it as "glorifying decadent love," or a "monstrous mother in the throes of ecstacy and pain." Either way, it is striking. And worthy of emulating.

  As I sketch, as you can see, I often make notes to myself for other tasks I need to do: 

Daily Whip Outs: "Emulating Josie and Munch"

Daily Whip Out: "Olive On The Mojave"

   Weston Allen turned four yesterday and had fun at the park but fell off the monkey bars and broke his arm. In related notes, above, I was successful in delivering the big painting to Jenny Petarek Smith, but I still need to thank Sylvia Durando for the hat carrier she gifted me when I was in Bishop.

"If I'd have known when I was 30 that things would be like this at 70, I wouldn't have been so worried. Not that I was worried, but you get insecure and go, 'Ah, I wonder what I'm gonna do when I'm 60. What if I have to go back to work or something?' Piece of cake, man. I can sing as good and play guitar as good as ever. I'm functional. I have sex as much as I ever did."
—Sammy Hagar, in Rolling Stone on what it's like to be 70-years-old


  1. I have read that Olive went on to become a prominate part of San Franciso's upper class. Is that true?

  2. Why the sideways comment on "Kaloma?" It was indeed, none other than Josie's Image from 1880-1. The 1914 copyright was on the TITLE -not the IMAGE.. because That Image was still under The Photographer's Copyright! -I'd say there was a Licensing Deal made between The Photographer(Fly Studio),Josie -& The Novelty Candy Company. It would only make Logical Sense that Her Image would earn Josie & Fly a portion of SHARED 1'st run SALES ROYALTIES. "KALOMA" was a Poster made to boost Moral among our Doughboys off to fight WW1. I'm not a Business Man. I just Know What I'm Talking About. I have quite a few photos of Josie in My Collection. You can see them (& many others) -Here-> and -Here-> *Why don't you Arizonans start catching-up on what happened between the time you all Graduated College in the 1950's & 60's -Till Now? Even your last couple of State Historians have No Clue Who's Who when it comes to Recognizing -& Verifying 19'th Century Western American Photographic Portraiture.. Especially You, Bob Bose Bell! -Larry Brown Jr. {aka} Blue Brown!


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