Perhaps it’s because I’ve lived in Texas most of my life, but I tend to regard “cowboy art” as somewhat clichéd. However, I found this great early 20th century photo of a horseman that seemed as if it might work for an encaustic photocollage, particularly after I blurred the background using Photoshop.
Just for fun, I took pictures at every stage of the process, and you can see how it all went together as I worked through it – the finished piece is 16×16″ and is collage and wax on Arches watercolor paper bonded to a birch cradle panel. I might have done a few things differently, but I’m pleased with the result – it’s a new take on cowboy art! Now I just have to figure out a title . . . . “Blazing Saddles”? Nah, that’s taken . . . .
I love the cowboy art!
Jane! how nice to hear from you – thanks for the reassurance 🙂
I think it’s quite nice, I myself have struggled with cowboy, western art, living in Arizona and Texas, I do love the beauty and the spirit of the desert through passing of time and people. I think as you make it yours you’ve lost the cliche.
Thanks, Laurel – this is invaluable – ” I think as you make it yours you’ve lost the cliche.”
TITLE: “Endless Prairie” How does that suit you Ms. Lyn?
Love it! “Endless Prairie” it is!! Thanks, Dora. Nothing like asking a historian to get a good answer 🙂
Lynn, it’s wonderful! I don’t care for cowboy art much, but this is gorgeous! The old guy would be pleased!
Tina – thanks! Love your thought – I hope so – wonder who he was . . .?
Also a native Texan who’s not fond of Cowboy Art with one major exception: Charles Russell. Altho I must admit my first attempt at oil painting was to copy “The Roundup” picture on my grandfather’s Stetson hat box. What’s so fabulous here, Lyn, is your process!
I agree, Gloria – Charles Russell was a master. I even have a book of his paintings. He brought such humanity to his work 🙂
I love your “Cowboy art”. I love the circles pushed into the paper like fence wire. It is awesome!
Thanks, Cindy – it’s so nice when friends see what I meant to do in my work – how cool! Gratefully,
Lookiing great – I need to come back and spend more time with it – we are in reentry now home for CO – Luv