Friday, January 13, 2023

Jesse James Just Before The Storm

 January 13, 2023

   This morning we put the final corrections and photo credits on the massive Mark Lee Gardner cover story on The Day Jesse James died. I have to say it is one of the best articles we have ever produced since I have been at the magazine. Mark agrees, and then some: "If you ask me, and I'm being completely objective here, it's THE best thing True West has published in its storied seventy-year history. It's a classic above all classics. Sadly, though, you and your staff will spend the rest of eternity trying to repeat—and never quite attaining—this timeless magazine masterpiece." 

—Mark Lee Gardner

   Is he beging a wag? Yes, absolutely, but that's one of the things we love about Mark.

"Jesse James Just Before The Storm"

   Still not quite there. I am learning the ins and outs of painting on a photograph. Some areas pushed too far. Others not enough. More results to follow.

"Every civilization dies from indifference toward the unique values which created it."

—Nicolas Gomez Davila

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