Artist: Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey






WESTERN ARTIST:  NANCY DUNLOP CAWDREY

Yum!  The work looks like you could eat it!

Have you seen it in magazines or in galleries?

Well, it has been calling to me for a while.  I have three of her gallery ads ripped and stored in my binder.  Finally, I decided to quench my curiosity and I ventured to  Nancy’s website.

I learned a few fun facts and tidbits… She has lived in Montana for 30 years now.  Her father was in the military.  And, she feels Montana is a very inspirational place for her.

Donations

One of the aspects I really liked about her work is that she donated a piece that was auctioned to benefit of Glacier National Park.

"Open Range", my favorite, I think...

It is really nice when artists give back…  How do they do that?  Well, several pieces from various artists went on tour which generated income and then there was an auction of all the original pieces in May.  I cannot find the results but the exhibit was called, The Official Centennial Art of Glacier National Park Exhibit.  Nice!

BISON AND THE MONTANA WILDERNESS

Nancy says that the Montana wilderness has greatly inspired her over the years.  Well, you can see that in her work, for sure!  The bison is one of her favorite subjects… along with wildflowers and landscapes.

I’LL PAINT WITH ANYTHING!

For me, I think it is awe inspiring when an artist can paint or think up images to draw.  I’m totally unable to use my hands to create anything flat.  I simply cannot make a flat thing have dimension.  It doesn’t compute… So, when someone can do this AND do it using several types of medium, I’m always impressed.  Nancy works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, silk, pastel, and mixed media.  I can barely use a pencil…

PAINTING ON SILK

I wondered what it was like to paint on silk (not that I would have any frame of reference…).  Silk seems so slippery.  I wondered how she held it still and how she could manage the fabric and the paint.

To me,  the silk pieces seemed the most yummy and edible.  In the article, she says that silk is very organic and adds an element of surprise when she uses it.  Nancy cannot actually control it, just guide it.  Hmmmmm.  Personally, I love the juxtaposition of the vibrant silk colors with the heft of a bison or the flutter of a dragonfly.

LITTLE MOVIE

On the website, there was a short You-Tube movie In the movie, Nancy is in process on a silk painting of a moose.  She speaks of layering the color and how that works to effect depth and light.  It is fun to watch the piece progress.  She also explains that she starts with the piece on the floor, then moves it to a table then and easel.  At one point, she spreads rock salt on the piece to give “texture”.  Interesting…

OTHER FORMS WITH ART

So, of course again, here is an artist whose original work I cannot afford.  But, luckily for me and other in my boat, she has work that we can afford.  Scarves, cards, Christmas cards, posters, prints…

YAY, A BOOK!

My favorite was the book It looked so yummy and colorful.  She has a limited edition of signed versions but you can also get a hard cover or soft cover.

MY FAV

While I was on the website, I scoured it for the piece that I ripped out of a magazine a few times.  I couldn’t find the original on her site.  So, I ended up scanning the magazine page so I could show it to you.  I really loved it the first time I saw it.  The name is “Open Range” and I never did find it in any form on the site.  What a mystery!  I wonder if it was commissioned and sold, never to be repeated.  Dunno.  But, I loved it!

IN CONCLUSION

You can see by what I took off of the site, I really like the animals and nature pieces.  Flowers, bison, horses … but I also loved this one of the Baker.  Too Cute!  I would totally go into a shop that had that image as its sign.  Wouldn’t you?

MONTANA, HO!

So, next time you are in Bigfork Montana, go to Fox Creek Studios and sit a spell with Nancy.  The gallery is open 9-5, Monday through Friday!

Enjoy!

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IRON MAN’S Receipt and Things I Couldn’t do Without!






IRON MAN’S RECEIPT FOR THE JUNE BUCKET FUND

Here is the receipt or the June Bucket Fund from us to Iron Man, the rescued mustang foal and his buddies.  Yay!  We sent $175!!  They were THRILLED.  I mean it!  Shirley said that donations have been down and this money would really help with Foal Lac pellets.  So, THANK YOU ALL!!

Thank you for supporting the Bucket Fund!  For the month of July, we are supporting THE GOLDEN CARROT.  Here is a link to their story.

THANKS, AGAIN!

GUILTY!

But first, I have a photo of my very guilty 2 year-old.  I left him in the barn while I went to get something to drink and when I came back, he had destroyed or knocked over every single thing in there.  When I asked him the obvious, “DID YOU DO THIS?!” he gave me this priceless expression!  He will never win at poker with that face…

THINGS I COULDN’T DO WITHOUT

I’ve spoken about some of these before, but I wanted to talk about them again because I was thinking to myself  about how much they help!  I thought you might like to know, as well, in case any of you had missed this.

1)  Garlic:

I use garlic to help keep the flying insects away from my horses.  It really, really works.  If I don’t use it, I can absolutely see the difference… When I use it, they might have a few flies on their fly masks and a few on their bodies.  If I do not use the garlic, they will have a carpet of flies on their faces and all over their bodies.

I get it from Springtime, Inc.  (no affiliation).  For me, it has been the least expensive and effective garlic that I’ve tried.  I did have a friend go to a local Health Food Store to see if their powdered garlic was less expensive, but it ended up being almost double the price (even including shipping).  So, I think Springtime is the best option that I know about.

2)  Predators:

I use fly predators.  Yes, they work, too!  In combination with the garlic and fly spray, I don’t have a very irritating fly problem and that is saying a lot since I have cows all around the ranch.

I have found that the predators from Spalding are the best (again, no affiliation).  They arrive on time, they take a few days to hatch and they are packed well.  If you get a dud pack (rare), they will replace it.  So, I totally believe in Predators.

3)  Cheap and good fly mask:

I found this fly mask early in the year.  It was on sale and I thought it might not be any good because who puts a fly mask on sale in the beginning of the season?  But, it is a really good one.

The eyes have darts.  It had double velcro.  The netting is strong.  The ear holes make sense.

The downsides are that they are kinda short on the nose and there is no forelock hole.  But, for the price, I think they are great!  You can get them at Valley Vet.  Super Mesh Fly Mask by Brookside.

4)  The Easy Catch Halter:

I love this thing!

I am one of those people that uses a lead rope around the neck to bring my horses in… not that smart.  So far, no accidents but plenty of close calls.  I should know better… and I do.  So, last year I purchased one of these at the Horse Expo.

It is great!  It is so easy, the horse doesn’t even know he’s been “got”.  I swear.  And, it looks really comfortable for the horse.  I highly recommend this for easy, lightweight  catching and easy moving.

5)  EQUION:

This is a supplement that I use for coats and hooves.

I will never not use it.  It works so well, my trainer even uses it now.  (We all know how difficult it is to convince a trainer!)  He says that my horses always come in with the best coats and hooves.  This is why.  Equion.

I do have all my horses out on pasture and they all move around often and eat variable grass hays (no alfalfa).  Equion seems to fill in all the nutritional blanks.  I’m very pleased.

6)  Davis Boot:

This is a great all-around, inexpensive boot!  I use it to soak as well as keep a wrapped foot protected.

I have put this boot into service continuously on my mare and it still looks great!  The Davis boot lets the air in but still makes sure all is clean and together when it is time to change the wrapping.  This is so easy, I nearly kissed it the first time I used it…

Oh, and if it is too big, you can vet wrap the top closure (within reason).  I love this boot and have over-used my welcome with it since I’m borrowing my friends and haven’t given it back  yet.  Bonnie, I owe you!

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