Thursday, February 15, 2024

Last Stand of The Razz Band And Wyatt Earp Bartender Meets Fabio

 February 15, 2024

Get ready for a loud blast from the past.

Last Stand of The Razz Band

Yes, on Saturday, February 24 at the Cryin' Coyote Barbecue in Cave Creek we will be rockin' from three to six. Here we are at our induction into the Arizona Music Hall of Fame several years ago.

Just don't ask me to do Wipeout.

Lauren Kormylo, who is a jeweler and longtime art collector, came out with her husband, Tom, and her stepson, Thomas, to go through the Triple B Art Garage Sale, this morning and she patiently went through five different stashes and three Kristi Jacobs' packets and chose these six pieces.

The Kromylo's Major Haul

I don't want to imply they stole anything, but, in fact, she lifted some very pricey artwork at a heavily reduced price because a.) she's a True West Maniac, and b.) she bought my stuff when nobody else would (besides Craig Schepp). The good news is—there's plenty more where these came from! Like these little gems that got coughed up when Lauren was looking through a packet from my upstairs morgue:

Daily Scratchboard Whip Out:

"When The Smoke Cleared, Wyatt Earp Stood There Without A Scratch"

Imagine all of the bile and booze talk Wyatt had to put up with as a bartender (and he was a bartender much longer than he was a lawman). As he told Ike Clanton after getting an earful walking to Earp's house after a faro shift at the Oriental, "Ike, you talk too much for a fighting man."

Daily Scratchboard Whip Out:

"Wyatt Earp Bartender Ear Bender"

Daily Whip Out: "Wyatt In Hollywood"

Wyatt Earp As Fabio

  And, these next two DWOs are based on Sadie Earp's obsession with having Wyatt save a damsel from a burning building in their painfully lame and ill-fated attempts to write a successful, i.e. commercial story about Earp's time in Tombstone.

Daily Whip Out:

"Fabio Earp Saves A Damsel In Distress"

Daily Whip Out:

"Wyatt Fabio Saves Damsel In Distress II"

And, yes, I spent way too long "improving" all of the above images.
   One of the joys of rifling through my archives is finding stuff I don't even remember doing. And, I didn't have to touch a thing on this big, bad boy.

Daily Whip Out:

"A Great Horned Owl In A Twisted Saguaro"

This is pre-scratchboard and was drawn from life just down the ridge from us, circa 1987. There was this giant saguaro with twisted arms, most of them pointed down because it was near Cave Creek wash where it gets cold at night and the arms get twisted from frostbite. It has since fallen so I'm glad I got to memorialize it. The great horned owl knew all along.

Sorry, I get kind of emotional about all this, but as my French amigo Paul puts it:

"A work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art."

—Paul Cezanne

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