Saturday, September 12, 2009

8 Seconds

18x 20 oil on canvas

I have been following Michelle Burnett's Challenge Blog ever since she started in April. It has grown rapidly in just the few months she has started it. I was always a little intimidated because of the caliber of artists submitting their work and the subject matter seemed very complex.

When I checked on Following the Masters this time, the challenge just cried out to me, "DO IT!" with a subject near and dear to my heart. Her blog is also educational and I loved the website she listed on her lesson plan which directed the viewer to the works of Western Artist Maynard Dixon. Seeing his paintings again tipped the scale.

I grew up on Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, the Lone Ranger and every Western [movie and TV] out there. When I was growing up in Japan, I would accompany my dad to the Army Base movie theater and watch every 'spaghetti western' that came in.

Some of the few American TV programs that Japanese TV Stations ran were Rawhide, Bonanza and the Rifleman. I grew up thinking that the Cartwrights were fluent in Japanese.

So thank you Michelle... this little cowgirl had a great time painting this image.



27 comments:

Dean H. said...

Great action packed bull rider painting, Sheila! I've fund that those are truly fun to do.
I like your sweet little cowgirl picture. Looks like you're all set to clear the "bad guys" out of town.
I remember my Roy Rogers outfit...boots...guitar and all. Ah...memories.

James Oh said...

Thanks for your introduction to various site to us. I wanted to let you know I love your story.

Have a lovely weekend.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Sheila,
This is my favorite piece.
Perfect!!!
And the little cowgirl is so sweet.Sheila always sweet.

Gwen Bell said...

Love the action and your confident brushwork in this. Really powerful!

Angela Elledge said...

Your painting is wonderful, you've captured a thrilling moment with such exhilaration! What a cutie you were and of course, still are...I have very fond memories of watching Bonanza with my grandparents...thank you so much for bringing that memory back. ;-)

Carrie Griesemer said...

Wow! This is a fantastic painting, wonderful brushwork and I love how you handled the background too.

Michelle said...

Yeehaw! That painting is amazing...so full of life and action! Thanks for participating.

...And that is absolutely the CUTEST lil' cowpoke I have ever seen!

The Bull said...

Great job on this. Great motion and use of color.

DEB said...

Sheila, what an ADORABLE child you were! Wonderful painting - I like the rodeo and horse race / jump paintings because no matter how hard I tried, I know I could never photograph an image that would capture the movement and convey the emotion the way a painting can. You captured both perfectly.

AutumnLeaves said...

Sheila, so glad I happened upon your blog! This painting is gorgeous and took my breath away when I visited the Masters Challenge blog. (This is how I find blogs, usually...that or following someone from mine.) I am so intrigued by your police career. I attended the academy myself, but worked for a governmental regulatory agency - gambling. I have always been intrigued with forensic art, both drawing and clay modeling from skulls to identify the body. Almost took a class in it once...Have a great book on the subject too! Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing more of your art work!

Color Splashes said...

What a wonderful surprise! This is awesome! good to hear from you again and love your blog.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

I loved everything about this post! The paintng is action-packed, and the story and photo are adorable! You have what it takes Sheila!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, you've really captured the energy and action in this painting. Great piece!

Rosemary said...

Wow! Great entry...love the brushstrokes! I hadn't visited your blog in a while and this brought be back! You have been busy! What an adorable little cowgirl you were! Thanks for sharing! I will be back soon!

Manon Doyle said...

Wow Sheila!! I think you did a marvelous job with this painting! Bravo girlfriend!
You were so cute as a little cowgirl!!

Nina E J said...

Nice painting! And cute photo!!

Gary Heller said...

Love this. Great sense of movement and action. Those colors are so attractive and definetly your stle. This is great.
I like the background info about your watching all the westerns as a kid. I grew up idolizing Clint Eastwood. He was to me always the perfect balance of hard edge and good heart.
Cute little cowgirl you were.

Jeb said...

I love this one! Especially the subject matter! I love me some western stuff!

Edward Burton said...

GREAT painting, Sheila!

sam said...

Wonderful painting Sheila, and what a great pic!

jennifer woodburn said...

Love this one Sheila - you have totally captured the action, and fantastic use of colours.

Karen Hargett said...

Great painting Sheila - I hope you do more like this. Love your cowgirl outfit - you were and still are a cutie!

Nancy Medina said...

Awesome work Sheila! I knew you were a rodeo gal from the moment I first laid eye on you little lady. *said with John Wayne accent* Great painting, and I love that photo. too darned tootin cute. (okay okay I promise no more western fake accent stuff!)
xxooo

L.Holm said...

Love it!
You are adorable!!!! OMG, so cute!
I can remember watching westerns with my Dad, too. Some of my happiest days. :-)

Carrie Jacobson said...

hey, cowgirl, great to see you painting and blogging again. xo

Teresa said...

A great painting...and such a cute photo!

Stephen Gardner said...

WOW Sheila, thanks for the heads up. I would have hated to miss this one, you look so cute.