WESTERN ART
oils on canvas
by Phil Anderson
I would have preferred scanned images rather than with a digital
camera.
With the exception of only one, all the below paintings
are my interpretation of other artists works. They are not for sale for
that reason. I thus far have used other artist’s paintings as a learning
process in place of going to art classes. I must give credit to Arizona
Highways Magazine for the inspiration in creating what I have learned. Copy
right laws prevent us from duplicating anything published from theirs or
any other magazine, however, it could be used for ideas of the real world.
 
 The Chief
This image was first worked out with colored pencils.
The feather head dress was inspired from a Santa Fe railroad publication.
Then I did another image with the face from Mad Magazine. Finally, the whole
idea was started from scratch with oils on canvas. The painting hangs near
the entrance of my layout room.
  Apache May

This is an oil painting I made and inspired by a picture
in Arizona Highways Magazine. The story about the little girl is as follows;

A band of Apaches had been raiding ranches in Southern
Arizona near the Mexico border. The effected settlers and ranches became
fed up with this practice and set out to chase down the Apaches. They were
found in the mountains on the Mexican side of the border. Gun fire broke
out on both sides and the Apaches fled into the boulders. The pursuers inspected
the Indian camp and came across many articles those Apaches had stolen from
them. To their surprise, an Apache baby was found in a bundle of blankets.
John Slaughter was the official law man in the group and took this fourteen
month old child back home in Arizona and adopted her into his family. There
were already other adopted children there, but Apache May was quite different
from them. The Oleander plants were watered in the evening and Patchy (family
nick name) would go down on all fours and drink from a water puddle rather
than drink from a glass. Her middle name was May as that was the month she
was found.

When she was about five years old, tragedy struck. Patchy
and the other children were playing in the embers of the ranch fire pit
when her dress caught fire. She suffered sever burns that took her life
within hours. The family was not home at the time and the nearest doctor
was sixty miles away in Bisbee Arizona. One of the toughest layman in Arizona
was often seen with tears in his eyes as John Slaughter and Patchy were
very close.

Apache May is buried in one of 33 other unmarked graves
among cowboys, farmhands and a couple outlaws shot near there. The Slaughter
ranch was enormous in size and is now a state historical site.

Edited from an article in Arizona Highways

Phil Anderson

 
 “YAQUI”
An Arizona Cowboy

The original painting was done by Nicolai Fechin, a distinguished artist
featured frequently in Arizona Highways Magazine.

Vaquero is the Spanish word for cowboy. Western writers
tell of the skill and daring of these men in work and battle. They were
born into a hostile environment and their savvy became an instinct for survival.
In the early days of the Southwest, fellows like this were an absolute asset
to any ranching operation. They could be summoned quickly for duty and become
the personal army of the ranches for fighting off Pancho Villa or raiding
bands of Indians. You could compare this to a modern day version of Home
Land Security for fighting terrorist.

My version of the face is a touch more youthful than
the original which justifies it as my own work. My first copy of this went
to my very mucho 77 year old Mexican neighbor. I told him that this was
a picture of him when he was much younger. He shows this to his grand children
and tells them tall tales of his imaginary early manhood.

 
 Navajo Nation “Homeland Security” patrol
This is and oil on art board and inspired from several
different articles in Arizona Highways Magazine. I have visited the Nation
many times and many of the people there are my friends.
 
 Return of the Prodigal
The original is a water color by the famous Arizona
artist Ross Sante. Mine is an oil on canvas as shown at left.

Ross Sante was a western writer who illustrated his
own stories and featured many times over the years in Arizona Highways.

The story is about a cowboy he knew that left home as
a lad and returned years later to find the family gone. Ross painted the
picture from the verbal description the cowboy gave him.

   Los Ninos

(the children)

My painting was inspired by the work and Ted De Grazia whose work made him
the most popular artist in Arizona. His impression was used by the United
Children’s Fund for their logo.

I added the St. Philip’s Mission of Tucson in the
background to capture the Southwest.

The information is from Arizona Highways Magazine of
which I use for practicing my oil painting.

Phil Anderson

 
 VICTORIO
The Greatest Guerrilla Fighter
History books tell an interesting story about this very
cunning Nimbres Apache who led a band of seventy Warriors for a period of
fourteen months. Prickly Pear Cactus grows on my property so I used them
as an example in my painting.

The inspirational painting was done by artist, Gary
Bennett for a story by Stan Smith in the Nov, 1998 issue of Arizona Highways
.

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