Well last week was the Calgary Stampede and it is one of the biggest international rodeos around. There is the rodeo portion, grandstand shows ,concerts with the likes of Mr Blake Shelton and Ms Sheryl Crow just to name a few. Pancake breakfasts a wee bit of festive activities in the way of a few beverages …wink. Calgary, gets their cowgirl and cowboy on and it is one awesome celebration.
I love horses maybe because I was never around them growing up. There is something about the way they look at you that draws me to them. Like my last painting the horse above has been in the back of my mind just waiting for the right time to be painted. So Stampede seemed like the perfect time to put brush to canvas.
My daughter had a sweet paying gig at stampede this year with one of her girlfriends which is great for any university student. When she was over visiting my parents, we were chatting and she was saying how she had to buy some cowboy boots for work. She then asked if she could wear the ones on our fireplace hearth. Well these boots sit with a an old oil lantern given to me by my Grandps (his girl, so I was a little hesitant). My mom thought he would love having his boots walking around Stampede on his great granddaughters feet. As it turns out my daughter and her friend had a pic of their boots featured during Stampede…So I will take that as a sign Gramps loved that his boots were kicking up dust at the Calgary Stampede. “These boots are made for walking….”