Sunday, December 29, 2019

The Mysterious Sniper On Sharpshooter's Ridge

December 29, 2019
   Besides grandkid wrangling I have been finishing up some artwork lying around the studio.

Daily Whip Out:
"The Mysterious Sniper On Sharpshooter's Ridge"

Daily Whip Out Final:
"Charlie Windolph's Shattered Butt Stock"

   When I recently interviewed historian Robert M. Utley about his interview with Charlie Windolph, the last surviving trooper of the Little Bighorn Battle, I realized our lifespans connected 143 years of history. Here is my illustration of Utley's interview with Charlie in Lead, South Dakota in the summer of 1947.

"On The Porch With Charlie Windolph"

   When I ran this illustration by Utley (I may use it in my editorial comments) he was quick to point out, he wasn't a park ranger yet, so the uniform is innacurate.

   Damn, sometimes I hate dealing with nitpicking historians!

   My good neighbor Tom Augherton came up yesterday for his annual Choose-Some-Artwork Day and he gravitated to one of my scratchboards featuring El Alisal, the historic, stone house near Pasadena, California, hand-built by this guy:

Daily Scratchboard Whip Out:
"Charles Fletcher Lummis Had A Roving Eye"

"A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether to say it or not."

—Old Vaquero Saying

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