Little fact o . . . Did you know that US Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was a cowgirl at heart? In 2002 Justice O’Connor was inducted as a Cowgirl Honoree at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. She was born in El Paso, Texas growing up on her family’s cattle ranch (yes, she can ride and shoot). If you would like to learn more here is the link to the museum and write-up on Justice O’Connor http://www.cowgirl.net/?s=sandra.
Living in Texas it’s not unusual to see cowgirls, beautiful gals they are who look every bit the part, from their hats to boots, and they love their trucks! I saw one such young lady the other day and thought I’d give a quick go at capturing what I imagined she must look like after working a long winter day at the ranch.
Trail Blazer (8×5) is a simple charcoal sketch of the young lady I imagined. Here’s to all those cowgirls out there ~
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Cowgirls have strong work ethics so it doesn’t surprise me that one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices once wore chaps. Beautiful sketch, Mary.
I haven’t visited this drawing in a while, thank you Elisa for taking time to go through my drawings – that means a lot. Thanks for your generous comment oh- she was a great Justice!!
I love cowgirl pics!!
Thank you very much Potter – nice to meet you!
I like this one very much. It just seems to jump out at me!
I’m afraid I would be a little…scared by a cowgirl!
But your sketch is beautiful!
So funny Robert – these cowgirls are of gentle nature, but no doubt they are confident gals no matter their age. Thank you!
An absolute original for sure! Love the subject and I love cowgirls, for many years me and my husband used to go to watch rodeos and this lady totally has the attitude of a tough cowgirl who stands her ground! Great sketch Mary!
Just something for fun Eva, as the Fort Worth Stock Show was recently in town for several weeks and cowgirls were everywhere the plenty – from tots to elders. I just love seeing the culture and how ingrained it is in this young ones, especially when the do the rodeo’s and show their animals (competition is really strong and tough). So glad you enjoyed the piece – I’ll bet you guys had the best of times. Attitude was exactly what I was after, thanks for noticing (her head and hat need to be better balanced w/proportions of her body,but will do for now as a sketch).
I have about 20 daffodil buds ready to open, as well as Pink Magnolia buds, but we’re expecting an ice storm tomorrow – I’m hoping they don’t die. Thanks again and enjoy your weekend,
Oh, that would be so unfortunate! I’m crossing my fingers for your flowers and hope as well they will survive! Take care, stay warm and safe and enjoy your weekend as well my dear friend! xoxo~Eva
Love the relaxed though confident gesture.
Thank you Elena!
I love cowgirls. I could never pull it off though! I’m afraid of horses.
Enjoying your rendition of her. She has the attitude for sure! It’s tough to recreate what we saw earlier but you did a super job!
Hi Rhonda, I think I’ve ridden a horse once – lol, I’ll stick to drawing. Thanks very much, I did want her to have a bit of sas!
My horse story is this: my younger sister is a horse women and when we were teenagers she got me on a horse against my better judgement. She walked the horse with the reins and halfway into my terrifying ride she informed me that this particular horse had a habit of tripping on rocks and falling. What?? Sure enough before we ended my ride, the stupid horse went down with me on it. Talk about scared out of my wits! Never again. I stay away from the magnificent horse. 😊
Wow Rhonda what a story – sounds like the horse “wasn’t on “firm ground”, ha! But not funny for you – leaves a lasting impression, too bad. I’ll bet you were scared, made me nervous just reading about your experience.
History and art – a natural combination. Thanks for both. 🙂
Another stylish, accomplished work,
Miss Mary..Well done!
Thank you Uncle John – she was a pleasure to develop!
I did not know that about Sandra Day O’Connor. Love your charcoal sketch, Mary.
Cool, right – I was surprised when I first learned this too! Thank you ~
Mary you inspire us all, as you are always trying and adapting to new challenges and with great results! Thankyou for sharing your gift with us. 🙂
Thank you Karen, much appreciate your beautiful comments. Glad you enjoyed the piece!
I loved her! Guess that goes without saying… ❤️❤️❤️
Oh I love this one, Mary! Do you sell any of your drawings? N 🙂
Hi Natalie, thanks very much – lovely compliment. At this time I’m not selling my work, I’m flattered that you’d ask. Thank you!
A great tribute to cowgirls! Really nice! I read her book, “Lazy B,” about growing up on a remote ranch. She came a long way!
Thanks Jo! She makes us proud ~
Trail blazer….that’s this drawing, in more ways than one…bravo!
Thanks so much Cynthia – that’s cool to read. I see two areas that could be addressed, but for another time I might do a full drawing of her with a ranching background. We’ll see, but I’m happy for the reaction she has received.
Great sketch, Mary. Love how you are inspired by your surroundings. I love cowgirls, and we have many in our family… a few cowboys, too. 🙂
How cool is that! Thanks Janell, appreciate it ~ cowgirls are pretty darn independent.
Thank you Rika! Nice to meet you ~
Love this one.
Thanks Ann-Christine, a quick sketch that was fun to do – although I’ve a long ways to go to get that comfort level in drawing figures.