Hey, if you want t good laugh, read my review of Cowboys and Aliens:
July 30, 2011
Saturday night, just got back from the Beast. Sprinkling out. Big monsoon rolling over the Valley. Hit big puddles at about Desert Ridge, lots of thunder. Very humid out now at 7:56 p.m. Wrote up the following email to Ms. Radina in Germany:
T. and P. and I saw "A Better Life" downtown at AMC in Arizona Center and we all teared up. I clapped at the end (trained by my wife to be assertive when it comes to appreciation). Afterwards we met…
July 29, 2011
After all the hoopla and buzz, Cowboys & Aliens opens today. Some have already seen it and our cover story is at the printer in Kansas City even as you read this. Here is a sneak peek at the cover:
"There is no terror in a…Continue
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Hell on Wheels is a contemporary Western that centers on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon, portrayed by Anson Mount whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad's westward construction of the first transcontinental railroad
July 29, 2011
Well, tonight Cowboys & Aliens opens. Given my hatred for mash-ups (Frankenstein's Daughter Meets Jesse James) I am rooting for the dang thing to work (see my review two days ago). Meanwhile, Arizona Republic movie reviewer Bill Goodykoontz tackes Cowboys & Aliens this morning and gets off some good points:
• The real star here is the idea.
• It's more fun than good.
• The cowboy…
July 29, 2011
Yesterday was our anniversary. Ms. Radina and I have been married 32 years. The secret? She's in Germany and I'm in Arizona.
Just kidding. She's in Prague at the moment.
A couple sprinkles this morning, but no rain. Muggy out. Chickens being goofy, but what else is new?
Played with more dust effects. Noodled the dust until it turned into a cloud. Went over and had breakfast, came back and added…Continue
July 28, 2011
Sometimes I paint myself into a corner and attempt to get out. Learned this trick from Linda Ronstadt's lead guitar player (1974, Red Rooster Bar, Tucson). This morning I whipped this study out before I came into work:
I was intending to put in…Continue
Got $799,000? You could buy a town in South Dakota--Scenic, South Dakota--Saloon, dance hall, jail and a handful of out-buildings.
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July 27, 2011
Thanks to our Westerns Editor Henry Beck—Carole Glenn, Ken Amorosano and I got to see a sneak of Cowboys & Aliens last night at one of the Tempe Marketplace Harkins' Theatres. Place was packed. It was supposed to be a media sneak peek, but the place seemed to be salted with quite a few civilians (possibly radio show winners, etc).
The good news: it's good. In hindsight, I think it's safe to say you really couldn't have…Continue
July 26, 2011
Sometimes I wonder if I know how to paint jack. This morning I got inspired to do another dust storm image and had a very sweet background (done at the same time I did yesterday's posting of the Sentry Rider). I remembered I had a cool image somewhere of a Mexican cutie sashaying down the blvd. and I actually found it and then wondered if I married her to this wind scene, if that might be mucho groovy.
July 25, 2011
Here's a fun thing to do if you like good food and tall tales:
July 25, 2011
Big storm blew in last night at about nine. I was watching Pinocchio, the 1940 Disney classic animation marvel. Been meaning to watch it for years and hadn't seen it since I saw it at the State Theatre in downtown Kingman. I have a cartoonist friend, Bob Steinhilber, who told me he has a friend who believes Western civilization peaked with the animation in Pinocchio and it's been downhill ever since. I think someone told me there is some…Continue
July 22, 2011
Finishing up loose ends on September issue. Did ten different studies for the cover image of the Duke standing over Cowboys & Aliens spacecraft wreckage. Here's a sneak peek at the final:
Going up the hill today to…Continue
Anyone know if the Silver Nugget down in Tombstone is open? I had heard a while back that they had been shut down.
July 21, 2011
Went home for lunch and whipped out a little illio on arrastras. This is for a Cave Creek documentary coming out this fall.
Arrastras were used in mining, utilizing a pit with ore placed inside and boulders on top that would be drug around in a…Continue
July 21, 2011
Finishing up our September issue of True West today. Big weekend in Prescott coming up. Speaking at the reopening of the Phippen Museum on Friday night, and then I'll be in downtown Prescott all day Saturday for the Shady Ladies festival and shootout. Will be nice to get out of the heat (from 110 down to a chilly 101, ha).
Yesterday I whipped out a couple illustrations for a feature we are doing on "Size Matters". Fred Nolan gave me…Continue
Bob, for some reason I am unable to send messages or even reply to one. My real name is Bill Marquardt.
Is anybody else having this problem on the board?
Just wanted to say. . . . I 'cruise' the net quite often, always looking for websites about the West, but this is the best by far. I live in Tennessee (a great and beautiful state) but I love the West and the lifestyle. Your website makes me feel like I am a part of it. Thanks amigo. BTW, I would love to visit the TWmag headquarters someday!
July 20, 2011
It was a week ago tonight that myself, Ken Amorosano, fellow artists Thom Ross, Buckeye Blake and Annie H. headed into Santa Fe for a reception to coincide with our Billy the Kid Requiem on Thursday night at the Due West Gallery.
The genesis of the party came from this blog. A lawyer and self-proclaimed Billy afficionado, John "Rocky" Aragon emailed me over the past several years about a manuscript he was working on about the Kid…Continue