Tag: arabian horses

Mustangs in Texas

Wild_Mustang_by_kvickreyWhile doing research on wild mustangs, I wondered if there are still wild mustangs alive and present in Texas. All of my previous research had confirmed that the wild mustangs originated from bloodstock imported from the Iberian Peninsula. Horses brought by the Spanish included the Ginete, Arabian, Villano, Berber, and Barb bloodlines.

Very few wild herds today possess original Spanish blood. The first American Indian horses were bred from stock acquired from the herds of the Spanish missions beginning in the early 1600s. The missions were the source of cattle as well as foundation herds of Spanish mustangs.

The Spanish mustang stands from thirteen to fifteen hands tall and weighs 750 to 1,000 pounds. There are three different types: one lighter-bodied and slightly leggy like its Barb ancestors, one heavier and more blocky like the Spanish Ginete, and one that resembles a small Andalusian. The eyes are large and bright, and some mustangs have heavy bone protruding over the eyes. The head profile may be straight, dish-faced, or convex. The chest is medium to somewhat narrow, with the ribs well-sprung; the back is short and stout. The hooves are small, often narrow with a pointed toe, and of a harder texture than hooves of most domestic horses.

The first Spanish horses on record were brought to Texas in 1542 by the Moscoso Expedition, which originated with a landing in what is today Tampa Bay. At the turn of the century, they were seen in vast numbers. When you see these beautiful animals, the spectator is compelled to stand in amazement, and contemplate this noble animal, as he bounds over the earth, with the conscious pride of freedom. They were so plentiful, that at times hundreds were seen in the neighborhood of Houston, darting over the plains, and seeming to dare the sportsman for a contest in the chase.  Artist Frederic Remington remarked, “Of all the monuments which the Spaniard has left to glorify his reign in America, there will be none more worthy than his horse.”

The many remarkable qualities of the Spanish mustang, particularly its endurance, made it the horse of choice for most frontiersmen and cowboys. Many ranchers and horse breeders chose to use the Spanish mustang to weave these characteristics into their herds, unfortunately dilluting the best characteristics of the breed. Fewer than 3,000 purebred Spanish mustangs are left today. At the close of the twentieth century some of the strongest efforts to restore the Spanish mustang were centered in Texas, including the American Indian Horse Registry, headquartered in Lockhart, and the efforts of private ranches such as Karma Farms near Marshall, Blazing Saddles Ranch in Winona, and Las Remudas in Odessa.

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Meet me in Prescott, Arizona

Only days away now – the prestigious Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott, Arizona. I am giddy to get on the road, set up my artwork and meet all of the wonderful people who come to this event!
Geared_Up
What exactly is going on you ask? The Phippen Museum’s 39th Annual Western Art Show and Sale taking place May 25–27, 2013.

The Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale — Arizona’s premier outdoor western art sale — is held each year in downtown Prescott, Arizona, the Cowboy Capital of the American West. The 2013 event will feature more than 100 talented artists from all over North America in booths surrounding the historic courthouse.

“The Show and Sale provides local residents and visitors to Prescott with a chance to view exceptional western art and to engage in discussions with professional Western artists about their work,” commented Kim Villalpando, Phippen Museum Executive Director. “So many of the participating artists throughout the years have gone on to be some of the most renowned Western artists today.”

The annual event features art of the American West represented in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastels, sculpture and drawing. The Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale has been a Memorial Day weekend tradition in Prescott since 1974. The Phippen Museum believes the true spirit of the American West is preserved in its art. This show brings together artists of the highest caliber, art enthusiasts and collectors from all over the country to celebrate Prescott’s rich western heritage and culture.

What’s happening in Dallas-Fort Worth?

The Magic ManWhat’s happening in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex? Come check out the art scene May 4th and 5th in Richardson, Texas!

While you’re at it – come by and say hi! I’ll be there with all of my new artwork, including this new piece of artwork – titled The Magic Man.

Not only do you get to see some really cool artwork, meet some genuinely talented individuals, listen to music for free – you can take the kids and have them get some hands-on experience creating art.

Cottonwood Art Festival is a bi-annual event which features works from the nation’s top visual artists. Located in scenic Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas, this prestigious art show has been a part of Richardson life for over forty years. Admission is free.

When:
Saturday, May 4, 2013: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, May 5, 2013: 10 am – 6 pm
Where:
Cottonwood Park, centrally located in the metroplex at
1321 W. Belt Line Rd. Richardson, TX

Where have all the Cowboys gone – Part 2

While the Cowboy may not be gone, they are disappearing in large numbers.Cowboy

Have we set our expectations too high? I love this song, sung by Paula Cole, titled “Where have all the Cowboys gone?” The lyrics, while simple enough really define the times. To hear the song in its entirety, click on the link. 

Oh you get me ready in your 56 chevy
Why don’t we go sit down in the shade
Take shelter on my front porch
The dandy lion sun scorching,
Like a glass of cold lemonade
I will do laundry if you pay all the bills

CHORUS:
Where is my John Wayne
Where is my prairie song
Where is my happy ending
Where have all the cowboys gone

Why don’t you stay the evening
Kick back and watch the TV
And I’ll fix a little something to eat
Oh I know your back hurts from working on the tractor
How do you take your coffee my sweet
I will raise the children if you pay all the bills

I am wearing my new dress tonight
But you don’t, but you don’t even notice me.

I will wash the dishes while you go have a beer
Where is my Marlboro man
Where is his shiny gun
Where is my lonely ranger
Where have all the cowboys gone
Yippee yo, yippee yeah

What to do in San Antonio, Texas this weekend…

Why not come and see my graphite artwork, including my new favorite, “Geared Up”

Geared_Up

Date(s): 04/13/2013 – 04/14/2013
Time: Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Village at Stone Oak
22610 US Hwy 281 North
San Antonio, TX 78258
Phone: (210) 481-5688

Free admission

San Antonio Fine Art Festival
http://www.paragonartevents.com/sanantonio/

Event Description
On April 13-14, 2013 the San Antonio Fine Art Festival debuts at the Village at Stone Oak in northern San Antonio. Join us and become part of the start of an annual art tradition. The San Antonio Fine Art Festival brings to the region many of the nation’s most recognized and awarded fine artisans from around Texas, the United States and overseas. Walk amidst an outdoor gallery of exquisite fine art. Showcased will be creations in painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media – and more. Each piece is an original creation by a master artisan. Discover that singular piece of artwork to enrich your home, your workplace – most importantly, your life! As you walk the festival and find your interest piqued by specific pieces of art, enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and interact with the artisan that created the pieces. Discover how the artwork was created, the artist inspired and their art form learned. Know that many of these artists have work in the most prestigious private art collections and public institutions in the nation. Artists are available throughout the show. Hours are Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5. The event is held on the grounds of our gracious hosts, the Village at Stone Oak. Admission is free.

Event Categories
Visual Arts – 2D, Visual Arts – 3D, Visual Arts – Photography

Venue Description
Village at Stone Oak is conveniently located on Highway 281 just 3 miles north of Loop 1604 at the intersection of Stone Oak Parkway, 13 minutes north of downtown and 10 miles north of the San Antonio Airport. With nearly 625,000 square feet of shopping, Village at Stone Oak offers a wide variety of traditional retailers such as Super Target, Hobby Lobby, World Market, DSW, as well as many great fashion center stores such as Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, Talbot’s, Jos. A. Banks, American Eagle, and James Avery. Village at Stone Oak is currently home to the first J.Jill’s, Paciugo’s, Home Goods and Designs of the Interior in San Antonio. Convenient, front door parking allows easy access to your favorite stores. Our unique, open-air shopping village environment provides an upscale shopping experience like no other. Sit and relax on the patio and enjoy the tranquil sounds of the nearby waterfall all the while sipping a Starbuck’s or tasting a Paciugo’s gelato.

Come See Me in Texas!

I am so excited that Spring is finally here, my daffodils have bloomed and the first art festival of the year is just around the corner!

Arlington Art on the Greene

Art on the Greene Arts Festival is the premier arts festival in DFW. Held in March, this annual arts festival is making a huge name for itself in only its first year. With 22,000 in attendance at the inaugural event (unheard of for an inaugural arts festival), Art on the Greene has cemented its place in the arts festival world!

Art on the Greene features 75 of the country’s finest artists, prominent live entertainment and local restaurants providing a taste of Arlington’s flair.

Located in the heart of Arlington’s Entertainment District is Richard Greene Linear Park, the home of Art on the Greene. With the 2 incredible stadiums that are the backdrops of this beautiful park, the atmosphere and sites are second to none, thus making Art on the Greene the premier art event in DFW.

The SecretI would love to see you, and truly – coming out to an arts festival is the best way to appreciate my artwork. Photos of my artwork really do not do justice.  Come on out and see “The Secret” in person, as well as all of the rest of my artwork!

For more information, including hours, directions, etc, please follow the link: Art on the Greene – Arlington TX Art Festival