"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Portraits of an artist--part 3

Dad's masterpiece is certainly the large pencil portrait of Will Rogers. The other that gained lots of attention was his portrait of Ernie Pyle, which sold for $1 million in war bonds in Dallas. Pyle's wife, who was mentally ill, probably destroyed it after Pyle's death.
And Dad drew everybody of interest, including preachers, and was often commissioned to do portraits of officers. But his quick sketches and art school work that we still have shows a fascination with cowboys and attractive women.
Here are three, one in Lufkin, another in Taos, another in Norman.






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