April 30, 2009
Got a call from the Top Secret Writer this morning, claiming his wife saw a "media whore" on their local TV last night. Here's the link:
Media Whore Does New Mexico
All I can say, is she would know: she married one.
"Is that a microphone in your market or are you just happy to see me on your local station?"
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 30, 2009 at 6:30pm —
OMG...I have to say...because of my job I hate
all parents and kids!!
Well, let me re-phrase that...lol...I am totaly STRESSED out here! There is a push to work so many more cases than I did last year. UGHHHhhhhhh...more and more cases keep opening up...I can hardly keep up, but, things are well, I suppose. I still have a job, I am thankful. I've been here 9 years now! Woah! How would have thought??? I just don't handle stress very well, can you… Continue
Added by Beth on April 30, 2009 at 4:01pm —
Got an email the other day from Stoney Bowers in which he mentioned his horse transporting business. I got so rattled I had to stop reading midway through and go rest a spell. It brought back some BAD
The summer after we moved to Arizona, I decided I just couldn’t leave my whinnies down here during the heat while I was up north for two months, so I got the great idea of taking my guys north too. I called all my former friends and promised them my next born offspring… Continue
Added by Becky Coffield on April 30, 2009 at 3:51pm —
The French Foreign Legion at Camerone - 1863
In 1862, Spain, France, and Great Britain sent a combined expeditionary
force to Mexico to protect their interests and collect international debts.
Britain and Spain soon withdrew after it became obvious that try as they
might, they could recover no debts from the near bankrupt country. With
their withdrawal, Napoleon III decided to attempt to overthrow the ruling
regime and establish a puppet Mexican Empire; he… Continue
Added by Joe Bethancourt on April 30, 2009 at 1:19pm —
409 S. Myrtle Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
”Cowboy Coffee” House Tour Returns!
Saturday, August 1---7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, October 3--- 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Added by The Cross Town Cowboys on April 29, 2009 at 5:30pm —
April 29, 2009
Two days ago I utilized for my six sketches various scenes from the French comic book of "The Wonderful Country":
That's Robert Mitchum talking to Mickey Free (top, left), although he probably looks a tad more like the person who drew it (artist pitfall #33). The next day, yesterday, I tried to flesh out one of the faces from the comic and find a reduced level of realism, all starting with the red dude at… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 29, 2009 at 2:08pm —
Blame it all on Houdini. See, it all started back when we raised Texas longhorn and I had a pet steer named Houdini.
Houdini was so named because from the day he was born that critter could escape any pasture, corral or pen. When he was a baby, every single day I’d come home from work and find him snoozing under a bushy sage brush on neighboring property.
The mistake I made in the cattle business was in giving all my cows a name. We kept only a small herd of beautiful… Continue
Added by Becky Coffield on April 29, 2009 at 9:30am —
April 29, 2009
I have long been an advocate for failure, probably because I seem to be so very good at it. When I woke up this morning, Kathy brought me half a banana and a cup of coffee and asked me if I wanted her to read from an article in Psychology Today
while I woke up.
Normally, I don't, but to humor her, I said, "Sure, what'cha got?"
"All a writer really needs are the self-knowledge to decipher his feelings, the judgement to recognize the… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 29, 2009 at 8:57am —
“Cowboy Coffee” House Tour
Back by Popular Demand!
2950 Johnson Dr. Ventura, CA
Saturday, July 18 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Added by The Cross Town Cowboys on April 28, 2009 at 7:42pm —
April 28, 2009
Went up to a small business breakfast meeting this morning at Sonora Grill in Carefree. Lots of local business people (like "Pepper The Schlepper!" from Pepper's Private Car Service), who told everyone when he was introduced, "I'm offering a free weekend in Mexico City. Sorry, but face masks are extra."
You've got to love that small town humor. Or, maybe not. But, I do.
The whole deal was set up by Rex Wood (who invited me) and Crystal McNutt. We… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 28, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Investment Survival Letter April, 2009
The only major change in the recent U.S. economic and investment landscape has been the new ‘bear trap’ bull rally in this continuing bear market.The stock market has rallied 20-25% from the recent lows and the whole investment world would have you believe we have “hit THE bottom”…except for me! And a few others.
Don’t get me wrong! This market rebound could turn out to be substantial, as high as 50%! It… Continue
Added by John Finora on April 27, 2009 at 11:19pm —
April 27, 2009
Went home for lunch to work on a couple Storm Rider studies:
Had good cloud reference but kind of tubed this one. The next one was inspired by a photograph in Cowboys & Indians
magazine (on how to take photographs ironically):
Also worked over the weekend on canyon scenes with a certain mule-headed mule rider:…
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 27, 2009 at 2:56pm —
April 27, 2009
Worked over the weekend on studies for the insides of an Arizona dust storm. The assignment: what the heck would it look like to be inside of one:
Almost too much clarity of forms, but I do like the billowinig, happy accidents. Here's another take with troopers being swallowed up by oncoming dust:
I'm going to add a line of cavalry in the… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 27, 2009 at 10:29am —
Paul Wellman's amazing account of the wars waged between the Indians of the Southwest and the United States Military is filled with memorable, historical characters. This is a book that is difficult to put down.
First copyrighted in 1936, Wellman’s excellent treatise on the conquering of the Indians in the southwest has more than withstood the test of time. Death in the Desert: The Fifty Years’ War for the Great Southwest
is one of the most superlative historical accounts of… Continue
Added by Becky Coffield on April 27, 2009 at 9:45am —
April 27, 2009
File this one under:
If You Saw It In A Movie You Wouldn't Believe It
Most weeks I submit a Plugged In commentary in the Arizona Republic.
My editor there is Ken Western. I know what you're thinkin': If you were watching a movie about a guy who is an Old West nut and his editor at the local paper was named Western, well, wouldn't you roll your eyes? Like the editor would have such a CONVENIENT name!
Well, he does. Ken emailed… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 27, 2009 at 8:30am —
April 25, 2009
Worked on dust storm paintings this morning. Have good cavalry reference from one of our Community members right here on the site. I'll post some of the art later. I'm going up the hill this morning for the Arizona History Conference in Prescott. Dales Miles is giving a presentation on Apaches and I'm meeting an author who is doing a new book on Tombstone and wants to chat about who to contact and who to avoid. I'm a bit of an expert on both. Although if you asked… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 25, 2009 at 9:12am —
April 24, 2009
Gus Walker sent me a compilation of the so-called Wilhelm Scream, which is a sound effect which has been used in a ton of movies.
Legend says the scream was created for a Western, The Charge At Feather River
back in 1953 and has been picked up and used by various filmmakers including George Lucas, who has used it in all of the Star Wars
and Indiana Jones
We did an article in True West
a couple years ago that… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 24, 2009 at 11:00am —
On March 20th through the 22nd, The Cross Town Cowboys made their annual appearance at the National Festival of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event was filled with vendors of everything western imaginable. Including, Bison Log Home and Cabin displays, a slue of western movie stars signing autographs, posing for photos and chatting with fans. The boys made several appearances on the Main Pavilion Stage that weekend. Near the Chuck Wagon stage at the end of the midway, was an armada of… Continue
Added by The Cross Town Cowboys on April 24, 2009 at 7:13am —
April 23, 2009
Went home for lunch and whipped out a scene of Mickey Free riding straight into a dust storm:
This goes with the sequence of the cavalry patrol meeting the "open pepper box." Remington comments: "The dust storm rolled towards us and every man braced himself except Mickey Free, who rode out, cursing to meet it."
My take on Mickey is that, although he fails as an Apache, as a soldier, or, as a… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 23, 2009 at 4:39pm —
April 23, 2009
One of the stops on our art trip last week (hard to believe we left Phoenix a week ago today), was the Lowe's in Alamogordo. Last October when Kathy and I attended a marriage workshop in Cloudcroft, we flew to El Paso, rented a car and on the way up the mountain, stopped at Lowe's for wine and weekend snacks. Inside the big grocery store I marveled at all of the blown up historic photos that lined the walls—like this one:…
Added by Bob Boze Bell on April 23, 2009 at 10:00am —