Take Five - Fine Horse Art Work

fine horse art work - Take Five
TAKE FIVE – Graphite Pencil Drawing
17 x 14 inches

Giclée print on Fine Art paper
Limited edition of 300 S/N

17” x 14” signed and numbered - $100

12" x 9" open edition - $55



A visit to the shiner ranch

Horse art work is the foundation of my subject matter. Take Five is a drawing I created after a visit to the Shiner Ranch in Idaho. (see detail) I’m always looking for new western art subjects to draw and paint, so when my brother called and invited me to join him for a visit to several ranches, I jumped in my truck and went! He’s a cattle broker in Montana, and knows most of the ranchers who live in the area. The Shiner Ranch was one of my favorite stops. These men are the real deal, dressing the part and living the life I secretly wish I could have lived. So the chance to watch them round up, sort and brand cows was too good to miss.

Not only did I get great information for future drawings, paintings and other horse art work, I learned a lot. There were a lot of cows to gather, and not all of them cooperated. Each cowboy had a job to do, and his horse had to be reliable and well-trained. Pretty much every cowboy had a cow dog too. For some of the work they rode young, just-broke horses. If those colts had been full of beans and tried to buck in the morning, they were too tired to move by the end of their shift. They had a good lesson in conserving energy, one that they would remember.

Ranch horses are known for being solid and reliable. I enjoy painting and drawing working cowboys and their horses, and I was fortunate to be able to join the cowboys at the Shiner Ranch. I was able to follow along on several more roundups, an each time I got a first-rate view of all their activities and hard work. The ranch horses are seasoned and used to working long hours. After a day of herding, corralling and separating cows, the cowboys stopped for lunch, hobbling their horses and loosening cinches. I was standing near this Quarter horse gelding, who looked so tired and worn out that I decided he had to be one of my next horse drawings. He definitely was “taking five” to rest up before the long trip home.

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