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"Lasso and branding irons"

This artwork as a painting of "Lasso and branding irons”, by the rodeo King of the Ropers and western artist William MacLeod.

First, I looked at a photo of the picture of the calf roping at the Calgary Stampede that was originally photographed by one of the different photographers from a "The Book of the horse" as if by authors of Pamela Macgregor-Morris, Jane Starkey Peter Churchill and also the QED Publishing Limited (the book that was published by New York : Exeter Books in the year of 1982).

First I had printed the photograph from the horse book and I decided to paint this image of the horse and rider out of a rodeo setting into a ranch background of turning this cowboy into the country singer George Strait (who is also an accomplished premier tie-down roper) and the horse named "Rip", as when I was painting this portrait of turning this cowboy into George and the  horse named "Rip", I was painting this image for approximately four days in June and July of 2021.

When I was painting this image, I like to think that George Strait is out on a ranch lassoing a Hereford calf to prepare it for branding. You'll notice that George has his rope tied hard-and-fast to the saddle horn with a horn knot. First, when I was painting this image, I like to think that this Hereford calf broke loose from the herd. Then, right there in this image, you can really tell that George is in hot pursuit on the black horse and is getting ready to lasso it as if approximately by only one try of one swing and then once the calf was caught, the horse stopped dead and threw its weight against the rope to hold it still. Then, I like to think that two of the ground crew on hand ran over to the calf, flanked it down, and removed the rope from the calf's head. Then, I like to think that a second cowboy had come and then put a brand onto the calf as if to show who's property it was. Then, the vignette of the branding irons of "G" and "S" in the background along with a Lonestar and some of George Strait's best songs show that George Strait is one of the best country singers of all time.

This painting really shows is that calf roping is really an important feature of work on the range as you can really tell or see right there in this painting, as this painting will be featured in a chapter of my future book called "All About: Cowboys" as it'll be in a chapter of "What Kinds Of Tools Should Cowboys Use?" and the writing with that painting will say that "Cowboys use a lasso to catch mostly calves. They put a mark on the calves with branding irons".