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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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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

Cracked Leather

Just finished this little 11×14 drawing, titled “Cracked Leather”.Cracked Leather

What I like about this graphite drawing is the depth, sharpness of the black shadows from the chaps against the blue jeans, the crispness of the white background against the aluminum pole, the horses’ head and the soles of the boots.

If you’ve been to a horse roping, cattle branding, team sorting event or just for a trail ride; then you’ve seen this scene before. And to me, that’s what artwork should be. Something tangible that we’ve all seen before and can relate to.

Watercolor Cowboy – Artwork by Don Weller

Don WellerDon Weller captures the detailed beauty of the western world, from craggy hills of rock to wide, green ranch lands. Don’s take on the cowboy lifestyle and the powerful beauty of horses helps to capture the great symbols of the West.

What I like best about the work of Don Weller, other than the ability to work wonders with watercolors, is the ability to tell a story within the artwork. I guess, looking back at my favorite artists, this is a common theme. So often, I see artwork that just is. Its just there. It doesn’t tell a story, or have any meaning to it. Maybe it’s the dreamer in me, but when I see a piece of artwork, I want to be able to finish the story that has been started. 

To see more of Don Weller’s fantastic artwork, visit his website.

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