OUT OF THE GATE - A TEAM ROPING HORSE SKETCH
I like to draw and paint many different types of western art, and rodeo events are one of my favorites. The idea for Out Of The Gate came from being trapped near the “gate” where the horses break out at full speed. They were moving the steers near where I was taking pictures. I had to jump behind a fence in order not to be trampled. The team ropers kept on doing their thing, so I got some great close-up reference shots of the action. This pencil drawing captures the moment just after they leave the gate and the head loop is thrown.
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Hurry Up And Wait depicts three well-seasoned roping
horses, tied to the trailer and waiting patiently for their turn to participate
in the jackpot team roping event. The cowboys have them saddled and ready to
go. Now they just have to wait, and even though there's lots of excitement in
the air, the horses waste no energy by moving around. Nervous but relaxed, they are experienced and know there will be plenty of action coming up. This ain't their first rodeo!
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Move To Summer Range is the first of a series of cowboy portraits I have in the works at my studio here in northern Utah. This painting was done in the early springtime, when the grass and trees were lush and green – just right for turning out cows and calves for grazing. I’m always amazed at how beautiful the range lands of Idaho and Montana are this time of year.
A cowboy’s work is done under the big sky, in the shadows of high mountains and mesas. Trying to capture that big feeling is a little daunting for me sometimes. The day I went out to do the study for this painting was spectacular – blue sky with dark clouds gathering, and the high peaks still covered with snow. It was a very rewarding day riding along with those cowboys and watching them work.
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