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Old 08-09-2010, 09:34 AM
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Robert, nice drawing! It has a real "old world" feel to it, which I like.

Hi Lenore! Good to see your post....I hope you guys can dry out a bit this week. We've also been having quite a bit of rain, as I know others have been experiencing in their area, too. I can't complain, as it is always better than drought, but I'd like a chance for my tack to dry out, too! I hope you and Bob can make it up to Colorado before winter sets in.....know you miss it.

And yes, anything I post here can be used for reference to paint from. I'd love to see the results!

Hi everyone else! Hope you are all having a fun and safe late summer (or winter, whichever applies to you! )

The kids are all gone now; all left after attending church with us yesterday. The MB is off on a 3 day fishing trip near Saratoga, so I will have a bit of piece and quiet, which is much needed! I brought another colt over from the big pasture to start, but, surprise, surprise, it's lookin' like rain already, so I might delay that and do some artwork today. Yesterday afternoon I worked the big Art Fair in Loveland (I'm a member of their guild and gallery), so that has me all inspired! Boy, that was alot of work! but fun.

Here' some pics from my last ride with the kids. We went up the McIntyre Trail, along McIntyre Creek, up to a big grassy area called Shipman Park. We expected to see herds of elk there, as they often congregate in this area during the summer, but not ONE elk did we see! I think it's only the 2nd time in 15 years of riding to Shipman that I didn't see elk there....you can just never tell. Then we saw a dozen or so on my property as we drove home! Go figure!!!!


Josh, Carolyn, and my niece, Katie. We wanted to ride around the park a bit, but it was still so wet and boggy there that we had to quit. This is one of the few dry areas we found. Never have seen it so wet yet up there this time of year. The kids spent some time loping the horses around the dry area for awhile, which they enjoyed.

I let Katie ride my regular riding horse, Rawah, but they snapped me giving my pretty girl a bit of love.

The MB and Josh have been pulling gold flakes out of the creeks (after the high spring runoff), so now they are convinced that, since gold prices are so high with this bad economy, they are going to get rich! Ha! We girls have been giving them a really good ribbing about it all. Here's Josh stopping on the way down to gather "samples" to take back to the MB!!!!

Katie and Rawah waiting for Josh to collect his "gold" samples. Once while he was at the creek, we silently walked off down the trail, leading his horse, and he had to run to catch up to us! Those girls giggled about that all the rest of the way down the trail!

Well, guess I'd better go do whatever it is I'm going to do today! Talk to ya all later.
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Hi, Lenore! Good to see you around. Yesterday, the website seemed like a real mess, but it's much better today. Thanks for the encouragement...I did hold onto a pencil over a blank page for a while yesterday...nothing happened though. I plan to sit with my pencil again later...maybe it'll start making marks! Sounds like you're on a creative roll! Way to go!

Deb, what a great series of pictures you've been sharing...almost feel like I was along for the ride. It looks like so much fun...like you could almost be in the Ol' Wild West with the horses and the chaps and cowboy hats...I love that picture of Josh looking for gold...great pose. Might try sketching that if you don't mind!
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Hi Jenna. So glad to hear you finally picked up a pencil, now grab the paper and start doodling. How's the new puppy doing? That country Deb is showing us Jenna IS the real wild West. Wish you could see it. It is just gorgeous.

Hi Deb, thanks for the beautiful photos again. I do so appreciate seeing that wonderful country. Sounds like you and the kids had a great time. Tell Josh and MB, I used to dream of finding gold in the streams also. Keep dreaming guys, ya just never know.

Spent the day in town and at the doctors office with Bob. Reports were not so good and we now need to go see a heart specialist. I have to call and make another appointment. So we are back on hold.

No rain today and boy was it ever hot, but with all the rain we had, everything is so green. I imagine the deer and antelope think they are in heaven. We got our Walden paper today and it's always fun to read and hear what's going on up there. I love the police notes, they are quite amusing.

Ok, off to look around, have a great week..........Lenore
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Thanks for the nudge, Lenore! I'll do my best to do some drawing. I really had good intentions about it last night, but my excuse was that I'd spent some time at a Barnes and Noble earlier yesterday and I had several new books that I bought with Christmas money. The temptation of new beautiful books won out. The puppy is doing great! She's quite well behaved aside from a few small, minor things, and is so silly! She loves to play fetch and plays with such vigor that I just about cry laughing when we do it. She runs so fast that she sometimes overturns the kitchen rugs!

I'm sorry to hear that things are not going well for Bob. I think about you both often and hope that things can improve. Hope that the heart specialist will be able to offer some help and know what to do.

I had a very nice thing happen today. My mom works as a CNA in a nursing home and there is a large display case along one of the main hallways that is often filled with interesting collections. We read that they were looking for things to show there and so, I volunteered a collection of my artwork. It's been popular thing and they seem to really enjoy seeing my work. I got some nice compliments today as Mom and I brought in my work and I might even be making a sale or two in the meantime! Before I left, the lady in charge of the display case insisted on taking my picture with my work on display so people can see who the artist is. I hope to get a copy of the picture, and if I do, I'll post it here. I was able to meet some of the wonderful residents as well, so it was a very exciting day all in all!
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Lenore, Bob and you will both be in my prayers.

Jenna, that is great news about the display of your art! I hope that it will indeed bring some sales. There is nothing quite like selling one's art to inspire us to keep on painting!
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Thanks very much, Ann! I hope good things will come of it.
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Deb, You post is an inspiration. My next painting is a horse for sure.

Jenna, It is great that you will be able to display your work. It it will encourage you to interact with people who see your work. If you sell something then you need to get busy and replace it with something new.

I sell my work through a gallery in Montana. I have been there once and that was 2 years ago. It is great to sell some work but I have no interaction with people who are interested in my art. My family is very supportive but most people don't get it. If someone has to ask "why do you paint horses and cowboys?" then they don't get it. Not that everybody has to. This forum has been a real encouragement to me and a good outlet to share the experience of painting the west.
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Jim- great shot of the old truck. I could see a painting from that for sure. Glad your enjoying the forum. Super nice people here as youve probably figured out.

Deb- lovin all your pictures!

Lenore- stinks that you've been dealing with all that doctor stuff all summer. Best wishes for you guys.

Jenna- great news about your art display. Great opportunity for you! Let us know how things go. p.s.- I was going to tease you to quite reading and start drawing, but decided not to... lol
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......................My family is very supportive but most people don't get it. If someone has to ask "why do you paint horses and cowboys?" then they don't get it. Not that everybody has to. This forum has been a real encouragement to me and a good outlet to share the experience of painting the west.

Ah, truer words never spoken Jim. The West, horses, cattle, the land ..... it cannot be explained. If it calls to you, you have to answer. If it doesn't, no amount of descriptive words can explain it.
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Thanks Jenna, Ann, and Ron. We'll take all the prayers we can get, but we will get through this. Let me tell you, getting old is not for sissies, LOL.

Jenna, congratulations on getting your art on display. I hope good things come to you.

Jim, we all understand your love of Western art and country living. Ya just can't beat it. Keep up the good work. Your web site is fantastic.


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Lenore, praying for you two! And yeah, you're right....growin' old ain't for wimps!

Jenna, congrats on the display! We would love to see the picture. See, this will give you incentive to draw!

Jim, that's why this is such a great forum....we all have been bitten by that same western bug. My family thinks I'm nuts. Why would I give up a great job in the city to come way out here to live, train horses and create artwork. Truth be told, neither really pays it's way.....but I'm happy. Some folks golf, some boat and live for vacations in exotic locations. I just want to ride around and record this western culture, before it all disappears for good.

You know, it's a fairly easy disease to catch, too. When those teens first started coming out here to spend time with us, they were into the things that most teens are, the pop music and the pop culture. Whenever we'd go somewhere in the truck, I'd pop in a Don Edwards or Ian Tyson CD. They made fun of them at first. I just kept playing them, making them open all the gates, made them saddle their own horses, etc., etc. I'd notice when they came back the next time, they usually had a new piece of clothing...a western scarf here, a new western shirt, and even cowboy hats and boots! The last time they were here, they wanted to borrow my Tyson CD's so they could dub them off, but I told them they had to go buy their own!

So yeah, that western "bug" is contagious, if one is exposed to it!
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In case you all havent noticed, Dianne Cutter has a new sticky started in regard to getting back all our pictures that may have been lost during the server migration. This may be our chance to get our pictures back from the old campfire threads.
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Jim, thanks! I'm kind of excited about it. What you said about some people not getting the western stuff couldn't be more true. So many people will look at the drawings I do of Native Americans and if they have a mohawk or spiky hair in my drawings, they always assume I've just drawn a rebel or something. They just don't get it, like you say.

Ron, thanks a lot! If anything exciting happens, I'll keep you posted. You will be so happy to hear that last night, I took out my pencils and actually started to draw! Nothing too great, but did it ever feel good to draw again! I may post it later if I get the chance. Yep, it's a western theme.

Thanks very much, Lenore. Hang in there!

Thanks, Deb! I'll post the picture when I get it.

You are so right about the western bug being easy to catch! I never used to care for western culture all that much, either. But, little by little, it's grown on me. I started writing creatively when I was around 17 and somehow, my stories, even though they are based in Wisconsin, seem to take on a western flair whether I intend it or not. It's like it was what I wanted to write about deep down...horses, tough guys, etc. The writing has led me to enjoy the sound of movie scores from western movies (plus, we always listened to country music growing up...still do), and the music led to the movies, and the movies led to books (love western books), and the books led to a whole lot of inspiration! It's been a great journey!

Speaking of which, I just watched "Wyatt Earp" yesterday with Kevin Costner...thought it was really good!

I should let you all know that I won't be around this weekend. Will be taking a short vacation, so I'll be back online later Sunday or Monday. Catch you all later! Have a great weekend!
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I've posted the url links of all our past camfire threads (since Feb) into the new sticky thread from Diane for getting our images back. Also the last couple months of monthly challenges.

If you have images you want to get back,(ecspecially you own), I would suggest posting a link of your thread in that new sticky


Jenna- super to hear you started drawing.... maybe.... I'll stop harrassing you about it LOL
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Thank you so much for taking care of that, Ron. Much appreciated!

Go ahead...harrass away! Maybe it'll get me drawing regularily again!

I hope you're all staying safe...we got a nasty storm last night with nasty lightening and 4 and a half inches of rain! We had 4 inches of water standing in the basement this morning! Yikes.
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