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WESTERN & EQUINE ARTISTS, not what you see everyday…!






For me, an artists’ rendering is another way of showing admiration and love for the subject.  They pour their soul, remarkable talent and valuable time into their work because they are inspired from some creative place deep inside and I love that!  So, I’ve picked a few of my personal favs to share with you.

DAVID BJURSTROM

I happened upon David Bjurstrom at a Western Art Fair somewhere in Oregon.  His booth stopped me in my tracks.  I would have bought every piece there if I had had enough money.  He uses pencil, shading and detail.  Love it.  I bought one piece.

The next year, I went back to the same Fair and made a beeline to his booth.  There he sat, drawing from a photograph.  I asked if what he was drawing was for sale.  It was.  So, I purchased it before he was done and then I sat and watched him for as long as I could before he gave me “that look”.  OK OK.  I left and came back at the end of the show to pick it up.  David, I think, was a bit sad that he had sold it because it came out so well.  But, he gave it to me and I love it!  (pictured here – the hand and horn)

I go to his website and drool over the Original pieces… Someday, I will purchase another.  But for now, I moon over my lovely gems every day.  They sit on a wall in my bedroom and I smile every single time they catch my eye.  Thank you, David.

DAVE NEWMAN

I found this artist when flipping through COWBOYS AND INDIANS magazine.  His colors just wowed me and I had to go to his website!  I love mixed media, I love creative uses of recycled household items and I love joy in artwork.

When I build my barn with the big sitting room complete with fireplace, post and beam interior and wet bar, I can totally see adding some of this whimsy in there.

And, what I really like is that he took the Painted Pony thing to another level.  I don’t own any painted ponies but I am aware of them and see them often.  So, when I went to Dave’s website and saw them there, I was taken aback since they seem so mainstream.  However, upon letting go of my narrow view, I actually looked at the designs and thought they were the coolest painted ponies I had ever seen.  Bravo!

I guess, for me, when I look at this work, I think of taking Route 66 somewhere.   I think of this kind of work hanging in one of the revamped and ultra cool pop art diners along the way.  Or maybe in a hip game room somewhere in an Aspen Ranch.  Or, on the wall at a fab Dude Ranch that has wonderful bathrooms and showers. Dunno.  But, I would like to be sharing the creative inspirations behind the work with the artist.

ELIN PENDLETON

I stumbled upon Elin while at the DRAFT HORSE CLASSIC here in Grass Valley (a great event but another story for another day).  Elin was one of the featured artists because she has lovely pieces of draft horses.

What I love about Elin’s work is the effortless emotion that comes through.  Also, the use of color is unusual and for me, gripping.  I also find it very generous of her that she offers her Original works at such obtainable prices.  I know that she is very prolific so I guess she just loves to spread the love around!

Anyway, if you go to her website, you can click on several equine categories.  She has drafts, mules, zebras, loose horses, hunt horses, race horses, farm animals, dogs/cats… so much!

I don’t usually go for oils as much as I like other mediums.  But, I really am drawn to her use of the brushes and color.  I can “feel” what is happening in these paintings.  I have my eye on a few from her website!

LESLIE ANNE WEBB

Leslie lives very near me here in Grass Valley.  I didn’t know she lived near me until I saw her at a gathering.  She adores her horses!  And, you know, it shows in her unique perspective.

What caught my attention was her series of Draft Horses. You cannot help but notice her bold use of color and out-of -the-box stylization.  Leslie’s work caught on like wildfire with galleries, card manufacturers, and collectors. But, Leslie still finds time to do special commissions — her interpretation of clients’ beloved pets.  Leslie captures the individual personality and adds that to the whimsy.  It is great to see work with a smile built in…

CALY GARRIS

Caly’s work is very colorful and whimsical but the shapes are accurate.  I have two of her pieces here.  I found her at an Art Fair and just fell in love with an image of cows.  It cracks me up.  I have it in my kitchen.  I also have barnyard chickens.  They are beautiful and brighten our hallway.  Check out her website and see what I mean.  I am partial to “Kissy-Face”, the pig.  Thank you Caly!

There are tons more artists that I love… but I don’t want to push my tastes on you all.  I just wanted to stroll through the valley of artistry.  I would love to be able to draw my horses… and to be able to sing.  Maybe in another life!  ;)

Do you have a Western or Equine artist that you collect?  I’d like to hear all about it!


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An Interview with Rick Lamb of THE HORSE SHOW radio program and… Do you know Madeleine Pickens?






Good Morning!  Sorry I am late.  My Mother is visiting…

Today I wanted to share with you another interview HORSE AND MAN created with radio talk show host, Rick Lamb. This guy has it sweet!  He lives in Arizona, has his own recording studio (he does many things audio) and gets to produce a radio show of is own design which is all about horses.  Rick’s enterprise has really grown since we interviewed him.  You should check out his website.  Wow!  Lots of stuff going on.  Anyway, Rick has a passion like well… maybe yours truly… and he couldn’t be a nicer guy.  It is no wonder all his guests open up with him and give him great conversation.  Here is a link to our interview with Rick Lamb, radio talk show host

MADELEINE PICKENS

I also wanted to take this time to introduce you to Madeleine Pickens, if you don’t already know about her. She is fighting the US Gov’t (BLM) for the rights of the Wild Mustang.  I don’t want to get into the politics of the fight because it is very deep.  But, I do want to speak about her devotion and passion to save the Mustang – not to mention her tenacity!

Her game plan, in a nutshell, is that if the BLM doesn’t want to take care of the Mustang because it is too expensive to house the over 30,000 in holding pens and the wild ones are “ruining the land”, then she said that SHE would take them.  Yup.  She has enough money to purchase lots of land to house them all, with a plan, of course.  But, the BLM is fighting her on every turn.  I went to a BLM meeting here in Sacramento last year.  It made me crazy.  Totally stupid.

Anyway, Madeleine’s point is that if it is costing the tax payer too much money to support the Mustangs, give her a bit less than the US Gov’t is spending now and she will do it.  Well, when I was at that meeting last year, the BLM created lots of nonsense and white noise about Madeleine and then went on to say that they would rather gather them all and sterilize them.  Oy.  I don’t have the time to write about all the rebuttals during that infamous meeting.

But back to Madeleine.  What I love about Madeleine Pickens is that she isn’t emotional in her information or her fight.  She just tells it like it is.  And, if you want to help, her website is very user friendly.  I am amazed at how really non-invasive and “one click” her HELP NOW bulletins are formatted.  Literally, you can help by just clicking a button and you will be counted.  She has done all the work.  All the info is there and it is very easy to access and help.  Amazing.  Thank you.

As for my opinion on the BLM, let me just say that Congress passed the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act in 1971.  Either follow it or have all of us vote again on the facts.  But, don’t use my tax dollars at your will, BLM.  Also, I do watch what is going on and I’m angry that the BLM is finding loopholes that allows them to gather when they are not supposed to gather.  This winter’s gather that just ended (read about it on Maddy’s site) was a terrible thing to do at that time of year to these horses, many were killed/trampled/foals aborted. This nightmare was able to be carried out because the BLM moved the horses onto private land so they wouldn’t be beholdin’ to the US Gov’t laws.  Pretty tricky.

Anywho, to me, the BLM has done many stupid human tricks with regards to the Mustang and I applaud Madeleine Pickens for standing up to them and keeping the fight alive.  I cannot imagine anyone else — other than someone with very deep pockets — who could keep the fight going against those monolithic lobbies.  Truly.  Who could fight one of the strongest unions?  Madeleine Pickens does it with elegance.  And, anyone who can create such a user friendly way of voting and helping is a good friend of mine!


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