Outlaw Pete – Textures Collection

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“Outlaw Pete”

Part of the “Texture Collection”

-This one is inspired by my son Legend and his love for his pony Pete.  He loves the color blue and he is an original with a true cowboy heart.  Just like this piece.

Original Photography Multi Media Projects – Abstract Horse Art – Made in Oklahoma

Can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/cowgirlsoulprints

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

“May your belly never grumble, may your heart never ache, may your horse never stumble, may your cinch never break.” A cowboy prayer

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My very own Velveteen Rabbit

I have loved him since I first laid eyes on him in 2009.  He has chased me, stuck by my side and let me use his ears to wipe tears away……Radar the Rescue.  While outside watching the kids play in the water sprinkler I realized it’d been a long time since The Matriarch of the family had his own photo shoot.

RADAR CIRCA 2011                          and                       RADAR CIRCA 2017

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Sweet baby.  It’s amazing what a marriage, twins, a move and one more baby can do to a man.  I feel ya buddy. HA!

First it’s just a couple grey hairs here and there, skin gets a little saggy, eye sight starts to go and your instincts to jump up in the middle of the night to go investigate any sounds you hear starts to slack – along with your motivation to run and chase every ball in sight like days past.

But  you, my friend Radar, are loyal to the core.   The best babysitter this momma could ask for, full of love – OH SO MUCH LOVE.  You are patient and accommodating when you’ve had your tail pulled one too many times that day by a kid.  You are sweet to share you toys, your space and occasionally your water bowl if the baby finds it.  You are always curious to check on crying babies and make sure everyone is ok.

You are good to take the blame for a lot of things that you don’t do.  You are also good to make sure I am the first to know when someone is doing something they shouldn’t be.  You break up tug of wars over toys with a whip of your tail and you have learned and used good manners at the dinner table by waiting (semi patiently) until everyone is done and we are cleaning up to scrounge around for lost crumbs or fumbled food.

Your humans love you Radar and although the chaos and atmosphere from our 20’s has changed from loud music and rowdy friends to lullabies and family cookouts.  The love in our hearts for you stays the same – full of love for you.

Radar2017Cheers good buddy.  You are a good and faithful Velveteen Rabbit friend. 9 years strong.  That’s a whole lot of ME you’ve put up with.  I LOVE the hair off ya Radar.  Thank you for rescuing me.

Sparkle and Spur,

Dustie Bill

“That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
― Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

 

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Photo Contest – Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association

Friends and Family could you please go vote for my photo on the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association page.

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Photo #2 under “Cattle” section

The link to vote can be found below. Voting ends July 1.

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ee4255a6j21wtesz/a0230wj3nik8ze/questions

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

 

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Country Girl in the City

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Remind yourself Cowgirl –
Being in New York is just like being on a horse.
A big, tall, strong Thoroughbred with fire in his veins and a sparkle of wild in his eye. New York feels just like that.
When you’re on the back of a horse running fast on the track – you can feel the wind in your hair, smell the evening air – hear the deep breaths of the steed beneath you and feel the excitement you get as soon as you thrown your leg over the saddle. You can feel your competitors bumping up next to you and cutting you off as you near you finish line destination.
New York feels just like that.

Those goosebumps on your skin when the weather is just right.  When you can feel the tingle down your back and you pray that it’s gonna be a good ride. New York feels like that for me as soon as I step into Grand Central Station.

I remind myself, over again, that I am in control of the reins and the horse hears my strong words of command
“N 4th street and something or other….”
But ultimately I know in my gut – that New York – just like a horse, is an animal that I can’t control.  There’s no room for anxiety here. The city can sense that. Just like horses.

My anxiety overtook me in the back of that cab. There’s a lot going on anyways in this big city and you add a holiday weekend with that – there’s ALOT going ON! Everywhere. I’d only been in the saddle of this cab about 3 minutes….just long enough to ease into the groove usually but it didn’t feel right – I am SO anxious. I try to listen to my body but my heart is racing.
I take deep breaths from the pits of my chest and I dig deep to relax my body and mind….. the same feeling I would get when I would hear the rodeo announcer say my name as they opened the gates. I find a Drybar Salon on 16th steeet and think a blow out is exactly what I need – groomed hair. WHOA TRUSTY STEED – as my yellow cab horse comes screeching to a stop in the middle of honking traffic.

I get out and play frogger with the other yellow horses in the city. Have you Ever rode in a parade with a horse that has never been in a parade before? It’s an anxious feeling – the candy is being thrown, the crowd gets closer at the end, it’s SO loud, there’s sirens and whistles, the streets are slick and you just Pray that the wild eyed partner underneath you doesn’t spook to one side and if he does he doesn’t take out a section of eager observers. Jitters that you just have to ride out of them and yourself…. and that’s what New York has to do to me…. the city has to grind and work on me till I get my jitters out and I’m throwing shoulders back and walking strong and fast just like the natives in the subway…..

I walk out of that Drybar Salon with fresh hair feeling like the Triple Crown winner. The smells, sounds and wind of New York feels different after that indulgence. I seriously just paid someone $45 to wash, dry and style my hair….. what a luxury to a mom of 3 under 3 and so unpractical of me.

With a toss of my mane – I hail another yellow cab steed like a true New Yorker…. back in another trusty saddle I give my company the commands.

Cowgirl…..sit back and enjoy the sunset on the way – I tell myself. He hears my commands, and obliges me like a true gentleman to my tiny hotel refuge of silence and escape from the city.
Not quite a cowgirl sunset I’m use to but beautiful red white and blue lights on the Empire State Building to celebrate Memorial Day. So many people. So many flags. That’s probably why I don’t see many cowgirls in New York…

Enjoy the ride cowgirl I tell myself
They can feel your emotions
Just like horses.
New York is just like riding a fast horse.
One that can sense vulnerability and fear.
One that you must Ride strong in the saddle with or be left in the New York City dust.

That was one ride I’ll never forget.

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

“Hold onto what makes you happy – and if it tries to buck you off. Hold on tighter” – R.S Roe

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Western Panel Art

New for November:  Western Panel Art up in the Etsy shop

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“Crazed”                           “Free Spirit”                     “Mane Attraction”

They all can be found in Color, Black and White or Washout.

Available in 12×40, 14×30, 16×40, 18×48 and 20×60

CHECK THEM OUT HERE

Sparkle and Spur ~
Dustie Bill

“Release your majestic mind, embrace your untamed inner spirit.  Break free from captivity, avoid society….YOU were born to be free.” ~ Melanie Koulouris

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Halo

“Halo” is multi media collage from the Cowgirl Dreams collection.

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The new abstract line looks great on canvas or framed.  Its a great way to add depth and color to an area.  These make great conversation pieces as the more you search the more layers you will find.

Thank you for supporting Cowgirls
Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

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Moon Child

“Moon Child” was captured in the Oklahoma October Fog.

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You can find this print and canvas listed here in the etsy shop.

CLICK THIS LINK!

Thank you for supporting Cowgirls!

Sparkle and Spur

Dustie Bill

“Listen to the wind, it talks;
Listen to the silence, it speaks;
Listen to the heart, it knows”
Native American Proverb

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