Friday, December 28, 2018

Kit Carson Finally Finds A Home

December 28, 2018
   Last year I wrapped several paintings as gifts for friends, but one of them didn't have a tag on it and after the Holiday hub bub, I saw it, still under the tree and for the life of me, I couldn't remember what the painting was or even who it was for.

   This Christmas season I spied the mystery painting, still wrapped in the studio, and brought it into the house and put it under the tree. I thought I would have one of the kids open it, and so, when they did, I spotted Kit Carson and knew immediately who it was intended for.

Kit Carson Unclaimed Under The Tree

   Yesterday morning, Weston and I made a fire in the studio stove and a juicy fire in the fireplace in the house, then we climbed up in the Crow's Nest to take a brisk gander at Elephant Butte.

Weston takes a Crow's Nest gander

  From there, Weston and I jumped in the Flex and I drove out to I-17 and the Carefree Highway and met Laura and her kids at the McDonalds. They were on their way to Albuquerque for the holidays and they drove the painting to its rightful home.

The Huttons welcome home Kit Carson

   That's Lorena and Paul Andy pointing at the wayward painting for the Distinguished Professor who loves Kit Carson. He even wrote a True West cover story on Carson (Why Is This Man Forgotten?, which could also be the name for the painting). 

   Meanwhile, not to be outdone, The Top Secret Writer gifted me these groovy little guys:

The Mantle Men

    Yes, that's Black Bart, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane, Doc Holliday and Wild Bill Hickok. An impressive crew for our mantle next to the fireplace where Weston Allen has made a respectable fire.

    This morning I finished this little Whip Out, which will, no doubt, be wrapped and put under the tree for next year's festivities. Perhaps, eventually you will even receive it.

Daily Whip Out:
"Black Beauty at Rocky Point"

"Your blog is goosier than your books."
—Don Dedera

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