SO - I am going to Great Falls for May long weekend. Hotel booked.... I am staying at the O'Haire Motor Inn so I can take in the legendary lounge - The Sip & Dip! The hotel is very close to the Russell museum- which is the reason I am going.
I have been TO it - just not IN it. It is closed on Mondays and that was when I passed through town.
When I wake up in the morning... I want to draw and paint.
By the time I get home from work, I am so drained and unmotivated that I cannot find the urge.
Art used to be one of my favorite things to do to unwind and distract myself. It is frustrating to not be able to have my ideas go from my brain to a piece of paper or canvas.
I have THOUSANDS of photos to work from. Anything you can imagine. I have unlimited access to horses and various other livestock. I take trips to places that have subjects that I WANT to turn into art. I flip through magazines that are dedicated to western art and culture trying to draw from them. I have wandered from gallery to gallery in Jackson Hole - like the Trailside Gallery. I have set eyes on some of the most amazing pieces of work that were going up for sale in Jackson Hole in their legendary auction. I have been to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Whitney Western Art Museum But I cannot make it happen.
My ultimate goal is to find myself as a successful - and well known western artist.
It is a tough goal to achieve. I am fortunate to network through social media with many successful artists. They work hard. They make it look easy, but we all know it isn't. One - who I have watched over the last 6 or so years - has gone from painting children's portraits and "dabbling" has come so far and has been making a name for herself as a western artist. However she has encountered some criticism and ridicule for her style. She is fabulous! There are two types of people in the art world: People who want to see you succeed and help you and support you and people who re jealous and want to see you fail. The same can be said for the equine world as well from what I have seen so far.
I am lucky to have supportive art friends.
What an amazing year it has been. his old guy has taught me SO much and I am lucky to have found a horse like him.
He has taught me about patience... when I first got him, he was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to catch.
He has been a solid partner who will sit patiently while I dress him up and grooms him and I can do just about anything to him. He is a wonderful first horse to have. He has built up my confidence really well after not having been on a horse in 9 years.
We have built up a great relationship and partnership over this last year. e have had many breakthroughs, yet still have things to work on.
I was actually considering going to Great Falls on May long weekend so I can free up a night on my big trip and take more time at the Russell Museum as I won't really have for than a few hours to spend there if I go while I am on vacation.
Here are a few photos from the drive into Wyoming last summer! Enjoy!
I am 32 years old, currently living back in central Alberta after spending 7 years being a fish out of water on Vancouver Island. I am insanely happy to be living the Alberta dream and making my dreams come true... one at a time.