Country Girl in the City


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


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” is multi media collage from the Cowgirl Dreams collection.


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.


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


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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Buckskin Blues

“Buckskin Blues” is a multi-media collage from the new Cowgirl Dreams collection.


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

To browse the whole collection please visit
Etsy Absract Show

Thank you for supporting Cowgirls!

Sparkle and Spur
Dustie Bill

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Hi Friends! It’s been awhile…..

Hi friends! It feels so good to be back.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on the blog. 🙂  A set of twins and another sweet baby has me in a new life.  With this new life has come different opportunity.

A fresh look……


A new direction……..


A new store on etsy……..

Along with my sister we are providing a way to own a piece of Oklahoma for yourself to jazz up your walls.  I recently was looking for something western to put up in my own house and after endless searching I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for so I made
it happen…..


Each piece comes sans watermark, signed by the photographer and handled with the upmost love before it is shipped off to you.

I hope that you visit often as we will be working to add new pieces regularly.  We would appreciate you helping us out by liking your favorite prints on our etsy shop so we can keep them in the shop and introduce new pieces to the collections.

Thank you for sticking around – and always for the love and support. Your feedback helps us tremendously.

Sparkle and Spur ~

Dustie Bill

~Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams

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Grandma’s Gowns

Today at the store the nicest man helped me take my cart to my car and load all my things up. I believe the world is still good and chivalry is still alive but I have also come to the realization that I must look as huge as I feel! 🙂

I have some of my Ga-ga’s gowns that I have saved from when she passed away and we cleaned out her belongings. Some women love shoes but this woman loved nightgowns. I don’t know why but three of them caught my eye and besides a couple of frogs from her collection they were the only “things” that I wanted to keep. My memories of our times together were enough for me and still fill up my heart.

Funny enough these gowns are now some of the most comfy PJ’s I own. Maybe because I’m getting big as a house but at any rate, days at home encourage me to get my camera out and document these last few weeks of being pregnant, my growing belly and feeling these babies close. I know myself and I know I am going to miss this part.

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As excited as I am for our babies arrival I love to feel them roll around in my belly. When they are tucked away in there they are quiet, always close to me, I can take them anywhere, get in and out of the store fast and I don’t have to worry about them as much as I will when they are here in this big scary world. 🙂

Sparkle and Spur
Dustie Bill

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