Tag: cowboy art

Making a List (And Checking it More Than Twice!)

23Making a List!

Within the last two weeks, I’ve taken an online seminar to improve my planning and implementation. After all, without planning, you just won’t get to the next plateau!

Believe me, I love planning – and I think I’m pretty good at it too. But a little shot of adrenaline from a few well placed blogs and such is just the cure to boost your business.

While I’ve found several articles helpful, this checklist, posted in August by The Entrepenette, really spoke to me, and I felt compelled to share it with anyone interested in keeping their marketing mojo in line and moving forward.

To learn more about The Entrepenette just click on the name.

Click on August-Checklist to download

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America’ Horse in Art

Some Call Him Naughty

Wow! As August 16th quickly approaches, and I see the roster of all of the talented artists participating in the American Quarter Horse Museum’s Annual Art Show, I am truly humbled and excited to be a part of something so unique.

I have three pieces submitted, including the drawing above, titled “Some Call Him Naughty”. The opening reception is just a couple of weeks away, beginning on August 16th and should be a ton of fun!

For more information, including all three of my drawings submitted for this show, click on the picture below.

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Seasoned Hand

Seasoned Hand

Cowboys – steady, quietly confident and honest.

I love these qualities in a Cowboy. When I started this drawing, those qualities came to mind. Whether this Cowboy is silently waiting to move the herd, or counting down the last cow before suppertime, I think the “Seasoned Hand” epitomizes the Cowboy Way of Life.

This drawing is 12 x 16, drawn with Graphite Pencil on Bristol Board Paper. This particular drawing took on average, about 65 hours to complete.

To view this drawing – and all my drawings – check out my website: Geri Dunn, Western Graphite Artwork

Texas Longhorns

ImageThis post isn’t about the Texas Longhorn College Mascot, this is about the real cattle from Texas.

The past several shows, people have asked me to draw Longhorn Cattle. 

Since I have a soft spot for cattle, that didn’t seem like such a difficult task.

In researching the Longhorn breed, it is quite fascinating. Genetic analysis shows the Longhorn originated from two ancient cattle lineages originating from the Middle East and India.

The Texas Longhorns are direct descendants of the first cattle brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1493, when he landed in the Carribbean Islands.  Over the next two centuries, the Spanish moved the cattle north, arriving in the area that would become Texas near the end of the 17th century. The cattle were allowed to roam for the next two centuries. Over several generations, descendants of these cattle evolved into the high feed- and drought-stress tolerance and other “hardy” characteristics that Longhorns have become known for.

Today, the Texas Longhorn is known for its color variation ranging from bluish-grey, various yellowish hues, to browns, black, ruddy and white, both cleanly bright and dirty-speckled. The Longhorn is known for its lean beef, which is lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than most beef. Most importantly, the Texas Longhorn continues to represent the romance of the American Old West. 

 

More Than Just a Gun – The Colt .45 Revolver

Colt 45My newest piece of artwork was inspired by a photo I stumbled upon years ago. After all this time, I’m not even sure who took the photograph. If I did it right, I would be able to incorporate a story into the drawing itself.

The title of my drawing is “The Blacksmith’s Newest Purchase”.

In this drawing, I wanted to show off the blacksmiths tools of the trade with his new purchase, and make it feel like he set it on his workbench, on top of the blacksmith’s anvil to admire his new purchase. The questions come to mind – how long did the Blacksmith save to get his new gun and holster belt? What prompted the purchase…

And in thinking these thoughts while drawing this piece,  it made me wonder about the Colt .45 and how it shaped our history in the West. The Colt 45 remains as one of the most famous weapons ever created, thanks in part to a storied past that dates back to 1872. The Colt 45 is so well known, it has taken on several names (in part due to the .45 Colt caliber and cartridge) over the years, including the Colt Single Action Army, SAA, Model P, Peacemaker and M1873.

Since Samuel Colt founded Colt’s Manufacturing Company in 1836, more than 400 models of Colt firearms have been produced. One of the most popular, the Single Action Army, is associated with the American West and is tied to many historic legends, including George S. Patton, who carried a custom-made SAA with his initials on it. Lawman Wyatt Earp used the SAA, as did gunslinger Doc Holliday and president Theodore Roosevelt. The Colt 45 was designed by William Mason and Charles Brinckerhoff Richards in 1872. Mason was an engineer, inventor and patternmaker; Richards was also an engineer, founder of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Yale professor. The Colt 45 was the standard U.S. military service revolver till 1892, and since then it has been used by ranchers, outlaws, lawmen and practically all walks of life. It’s no wonder that the Blacksmith would be proud of his newest purchase.

Advice for Young Artists

drawings of actor, Tom Cruise

Parents come up to me frequently, asking me for a word of advice for their child. Believe it or not, thats actually a very difficult question to provide an answer to. My path to where I am today stopped when I turned 18. 

At 18, I loved to draw – and I would draw anything and everything. I borrowed my brothers Surfing magazine and would draw picture after picture from that magazine.

I filled my sketchbooks up with faces, hands, action.  At 18, I turned away from all of it and never looked back.

At 28, I was encouraged by my newly married husband to draw a cover of Tom Cruise from the People magazine. After several denials that I couldn’t draw, I went after it with a fervor I forgot I had.  I loved it! And… it actually came out really good.

It surprised me. And so I did what I had done before I had turned 18. I drew anything I could get my hands on. As I did that, I turned inside of me – into what makes me who I am, and focused on what I really liked about me. What made me the person I am proud to be. And that is the direction that finds me where I am today.

I choose to draw Western Art because it has strong ties to honesty in people, hard-earned struggles for what cowboys/cowgirls earned, integrity in the path chosen by Cowboys & Cowgirls.

So the advice I can give to all young artists – draw from your heart… and do it often. Practice, practice, practice.

The Watercolor Art of William Matthews

RoustaboutsIncomingLast year around this time, I was excited to receive a book on the artwork of William Matthews, titled Working the West.

I stumbled upon William Matthews and his watercolor artwork about 5 years ago, and absolutely fell in love with his work.

Normally, I don’t get that excited about watercolors. After all, many watercolor artwork incorporates landscapes, and dreary landscapes at that.  Maybe I just haven’t seen enough watercolor artists that speak to me. However, in my opinion, William Matthew’s artwork is not only fresh and interesting, he uses the watercolors in such a way as to keep your eye moving. 

In the first piece of artwork, titled Roustabouts, I ask myself why is the man in the back off balance. What is happening with the cow that we can not see. What is taking place to the right of the picture.  

In the next drawing, titled Incoming, we can see the storm coming, but the dark sky hasn’t seen as a sense of alarm.  Is that because they are familiar with the landscape? Are they almost home? Maybe its a passing thunderhead?

Thats what I love about William Matthews artwork: it tells a story revolving around the cowboy, and yet it’s more than the story. It’s how he leads your eyes into the painting and helps you see the story he is telling. The dark colors and the softness surrounding the subject matter also help to make it work together to complete the story. To quote the artist himself, “Watercolor has been my paint of choice since I was a young boy. I have always loved the freshness and transparency of watercolor; but above all, I love its fluidity.”

To see his artwork in person, come visit him at the National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame on December 10, 2013. I know I will be there! For more info on his upcoming event, click on the link above.

And now I leave with another favorite piece, March Flurries.T53 CB 6-7-1