I Can't Believe I Actually Drew It
A nice scratchboard of Tule, the wild woman of Santa Fe in the old days. Very nice effects, all done with knives, of course.
The Verga Rider? Or Not?
When I taught at Orme earlier this month the school had an art show in the library and I brought along several paintings, including this one of Mickey Free returning to San Carlos at the end of the graphic novel story. I named it Verga Rider because the sky is filled with falling rain that doesn't reach the ground, thus verga.
When I showed this painting at last October's art opening at the Overland Galleries in Scottsdale, Deena's friend, Patricia, came over to me and said, "Do you know what verga means in Spanish?" No, I told her, I didn't. Evidently, it's slang for penis. So, I told the new owner, Jeb Rosebrook, to be careful when telling Spanish speakers the name of this painting. Still, I have to admit it works either way.
"When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college-—that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, 'You mean they forget?'"