- LES LEFEVRE
- Photo circa 1947, I always wanted to be a cowboy! Whether working for a short time on the historic Hansen Ranch in Jackson Hole as a young man, just out of the service, to working the stock at the Jackson Rodeo, it nurtured in me a love of the American Cowboy. From my home in Dubois,Wyoming. I look forward each spring to roundup time with my good Friend, John Sides. On his 20,000 acre cattle ranch in South Dakota, each year we relive what ranchers and cowboys have done since cattle were introduced to the west. Little has changed in a hundred years and the experience and camaraderie is all cowboy. The period of 1820 to 1880 on the western plains was the most colorful in American history. Unfortunately, I was born too late to experience it first hand.
Monday, August 16, 2010
After spending almost two months in Ohio it is time to get back out to where I belong. Tending to an aging parent in Ohio is a tough part of life but it is a necessary part of life. Now is the time for a few weeks in Wyoming to paint and recharge the old batteries. "End of the Day" was a fun low light paintng to do. I have started a "Cowboy Funeral". I took a progress picture as I started here. I roughed in with burnt umber over a pretty red canvas. I am hoping it will subdue some of the color and at the same time warm it up a bit. I will try to show this painting as I progress but it will have to wait until I return . I will see you all again in September.