EDGAR PAYNE, NAVAJO ETCHING 6" x 5"
Known best for his landscapes in oil, Payne was a terrific printmaker. Most of his prints were sent as Christmas cards, or as he often wrote, "Xmas." This is one of three I've added to my personal collection, all created using different printing methods.
MAXFIELD PARRISH POSTER STAMP 48mm x 67mm, circa 1915
Parrish was commissioned to design a stamp to be used on a box of chocolates. Whether it sealed the box or was just a decoration, nobody seems to know. Fewer than twenty are known to exist today. This is from my collection.
MAYNARD DIXON, FUNERAL MOUNTAINS
Dixon made masterpieces out of everything he did. Between 1916 AND 1937 he illustrated the cover of this bulletin many times. Coincidentally my father worked his entire career with Standard Oil.
1987 SCAMP TRAILER
It's in an eternal state of disrepair but it's my home on the road. I used to pitch a tent everywhere I went but I was sprayed with buckshot one evening and it changed my thinking. I installed a solar panel so the battery stays charged, but if only I could get the heater to work again I'd be a happy camper, literally.
PIERRE BONNARD, JEUNE FEMME SE CHAUSSANT 21" x 25", 1910
I came across this image in a Bonhams auction catalog and it humbled me. It's been tacked up in my studio for several years. It brings me back to reality any time I start feeling too confident about my own abilities. So simple, yet it's so complexly baffling.
ECHO 11" X 14" GRAPHITE ON PAPER
The best live model is a labrador retriever, but you have to get what you need before the UPS man rings the doorbell. I feel as Mark Twain felt: "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
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SOUTHERN PACIFIC 1917 BROCHURE 4" x 9.25"
There was once a time when illustrators could capture the zeitgeist of American culture. These illustrators have long gone, but their works need little explanation. I have yet to identify this illustrator, but I believe it may be Maurice Logan. I'm especially fond of Southern Pacific Railroad ephemera because my grandfather, as well as his father, worked their entire careers with the company in Sacramento. From my personal collection.