Tag: cowboy artist

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.


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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Western Art Auction Drawings

Tall in the Saddle
This weekend couldn’t be a better time to get in on some sweet deals for my artwork!

5 of my drawings, including Eating on the Run, Firestarter, Tall in the Saddle, Arrogance and Team Huddle will be lined up in the World Crest Auctions upcoming online auction!

This is a great opportunity to perhaps get selected artwork at a great price! And you also get to participate in an online auction, which is fun and super easy to bid on.

To see all five pieces, (lot #’s 23 – 27) and be able to bid on these pieces this Saturday, August 17, 2013, go to http://worldcrestauctions.com/ Click on Auction Catalog, and follow the link to view Upcoming Online Auction. Auction begins at 1:00pm CST. Email me if you have questions!! 🙂

A Classic Cowboy Artist

Bill Owen: Talking to the BuckarooPictured above, titled “Talking to the Buckaroo” is one of my favorite pieces of work by Bill Owen.

Bill Owen, known to some as “the Cowboy Artist” captures the western ranchers and cattlemen with ease. No matter what painting you look at, all of his artwork takes you immeidately into the action of the moment. The colors he incorporates into his paintings are so accurate, you can feel the heat of the Arizona desert, taste the dirt and dust kicked up by the horses and feel the sway of the horse beneath the saddle.

To enjoy more of the artwork of Bill Owen, visit his website: http://www.billowenca.com.

Rhinestone Cowboy

What song do you hear that takes you back, in an instant, to a fond memory?

For me, one of those songs is Rhinestone Cowboy, by Glen Campbell. Of course, it was one of my mom’s favorites, so if it came on the radio while we were in her car, she would turn it up a little bit louder.

The instant I remember most is while I was still quite young, and still living in Lawndale, CA. My older brother, John, along with my two younger brothers, Tom & Lloyd, were in my mom’s car, nicknamed Jezebel, the reliable white horse (or station wagon) that carted us to all of our sporting & school events. My mom was driving and my Grandma was in the co-pilots seat. The song came on the radio, and we were all singing the song with Glen Campbell.

When I think of family, this memory comes back to me so quickly. For in that instance, we were all singing together as one. Certainly I can recall other moments that defined family, but this moment is a cherished memory.