|Blue Sky and Bluebonnets|
11 x 14
oil on canvas
|Chuck wagons and cowboy cooks.|
Today is one of the days that will live in my memory forever. The Chapman brothers open up their Squaw Creek Ranch, just west of Fort Worth, once a year in the spring for their cattle branding. This is an incredible taste of Texas history, Texas hospitality, and Texas cuisine.
|One of two cooking areas.|
|One of the two chuck wagons.|
The cowboys from the Chapman ranch as well as those from the surrounding ranches and counties show up to ride in the cattle drive and to lend a hand with the branding.
|The cattle drive on Bear Creek Road.|
|The cattle and cowboys on Bear Creek Road.|
|Cowboys working on a calf.|
|Cowboys at work.|
Many of my artist friends were here taking photos for reference material including Sabine Higgins,T. K. Riddle, Olivette Hubler, Janice Weaver, B. J. and Sheri Jones, Georgia Clarke, Linnea Mckinnie and her husband , and Leslie Talty and her husband. My friend Alonso Zamago and his wife also came out. Between us I believe we took thousands of photos.
|Mr. John Chapman|
|Cowboys branding a calf.|
|Cowboy with a lasso.|
|One of the cowboys working on foot.|
|Two cowboys roping a calf.|
|Roxie and Johnie|