Saturday, August 4, 2012

My Very First Rodeo

Last night I went to my first rodeo.  The "Pro-Rodeo Circuit" came to my little town!  We put on our jeans and plaid shirts and off we went.  The most popular outfit of  the evening, however, was teeny tiny teeny tiny blue jean shorts, sequin belt, a sexy top, cowboy hat, and cowboy boots.  Adorable really...on a few of them.  The rest would have been better off dressed like me.

Now that my husband has retired we go to more things like this.  We always passed them up in the past because he was always "exhausted" and had "so much work to do".  Now, all of that has gone away and, if I am not caring for mom, we are free.  That's a big if...but last night we were free.

It was a blast.  Part of me has always wanted to be a cowgirl since wearing my fringed cowgirl outfit as a kid and reading Annie Oakley.  Putting a rope around my bike and telling it to "Whoa" and "Giddyup" was about as close as I got to a horse or to being a cowgirl.  

Last week we actually went horseback riding!  On a real horse in the mountains.  And this week the rodeo!  My, oh my, what a treat for me!  So today my creative juices are flowing and I've decided to paint one of the rodeo photos Larry took last night.  I love this one.  It's all about the hats.  I want one too!

I'll show you how it turns out when I finish it.  Today is the drawing.  Maybe I'll start painting it tomorrow.

Below is a totally different simple oil painting that I love.  I know I love it because of the colors.  They are a bit bright but I did that intentionally.  The important thing is I am actually picking up a pencil and a brush again!  

Thanks for sharing this excitement with me. 

Happy Saturday!



  1. That is a beautiful paining Sandra.
    Retirement has many advantages and I am so happy you got to do things you have never done.
    I look forward to seeing more of your work. Hug B

    1. Thanks B. Life has certainly taken on a different light. I retired 4 years ago and now that he has retired it is really different. Interesting to say the least.

  2. I've never been to the rodeo. Maybe someday when my hubby is retired! Seriously though I bet our kids would have fun. Your comment about the outfits made me laugh. Thanks for stopping by today.

    1. Julia, Your kids would love it. At intermission all kids 5-12 went in the ring. There were a couple hundred. They released a calf with a red scarf on his tale. Whichever kid could get the scarf got a prize! They had a ball...running, running, running.


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