Saturday, June 10, 2023

Birth of A bushwhacker

 June 10, 2023

   Had a belated birthday brunch with my honey at this guy's old ranchito: Lon's at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. That would be Lon Megargee, a legendary artist from my neck of the woods. Lon is famous for "The Cowboy's Dream" and the Stetson logo, "To The Last Drop." He had a studio in Cave Creek a stone's throw from mine. 

Lon Megargee on his horse "Coyote"

circa 1902, on the T.T. Ranch near New River, Arizona

  Spent all day yesterday trying to get an angle into the heart and soul of Jesse Woodson James. At heart I think he was a good boy—a minister's son—who had a wild streak, like most minister's sons. In the end, the butchery and the bad influence got to him and swallowed him whole.

Daily Whip Out:

"The Birth of A Bushwhacker #1"

   I think that red background is a tad too botchy and strong. So I toned it down and added a hint of flames to the preacher kid's head.

Daily Whip Out: "Jesse In Red #2"

"I meant to behave, but there were too many other options."

—Jesse James

1 comment:

  1. In print I like Jesse in Red #1 - the strong red seems to pull the eye directly to his face. And while it's strong it's more subtle than the flames (in #2 I see the flames first) ...just one man's humble opinion, of which there are probably too many.


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