Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"Buffalo" Bill Cody

Lil' Cowboys....
There's a show in town!
Read all about it!

When this lil'cowgirl was 8 or 9 or so...she used to play basketball in the huge loft of Buffalo Bill's barn. The lower level still housed the horse stalls, the tack plus various old farm implements, but the loft was clear of hay and was big enough for a full size court and two hoops. What stands out in my memories were that the barnwood walls were papered with the huge posters of the Wild West Shows. These posters were glorious and I would go from one to the other just like in a museum. Some were in color and some in black and white with names of towns and cities from all over. I'm sure I had no idea of the rich history and how lucky I was to run and play and explore the barn, buildings and home of the famous Bill.
The 'posters' are what inspired the 3 collage canvases below.

A few years later the family turn the homeplace over to the State for restoration and it is now Scouts Rest Ranch State Park, in North Platte, Nebraska. This was the headquarters and resting place for Bill and his family as well as the troupe between all the shows....thus the name.


mary schweitzer said...

These are absolutely fabulous! So authentic looking! You should be proud.

Donna O. said...

These are fantastic! Great images and you only made them better!!!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

I love the sepia vintage tones of your art! beautiful pieces! also love your blog room/studio. I can so relate to being under construction - throw in moving and condensing my mom's place with it...I want to have life back to somewhat normal soon! :) good luck with your projects!

Linda Manning Findley said...

Your hanging is so cool ... great imagery ...... Linda F