"Cutting out and chasing"

This artwork as a painting of "Cutting out and chasing”, by the rodeo King of the Ropers and western artist William MacLeod.

First, this was originally a pencil sketch drawing of a background of the cattle round-up with a cowboy roping a calf for branding, as it was originally drawn by the artist of Chas Fleischman from the “Cowboys (Troubador Color & Story Album)” (the coloring book that was written by Kristin Helberg and also published by the Price Stern Sloan in probably 1982).

I photocopied the illustration from the coloring book and really had decided to say that any pictures from coloring books could always make a real great painting, which is the real way of when I was painting this image, I was thinking that it looks like another one I had ever done, as if I decided to turn the cowboy into my brother Jermal Mansfield, as if to just say that I just decided to do a portrait of my brother Jermal in the half practice pen (indoors or outdoors) and also, the pastures or open (outdoors) at mostly the breakaway roping for this picture, as if to almost turn this still picture into a video, as if by seeing in my mind what probably happened before the camera shot was snapped, as if to almost turn this still picture into a video, as if by seeing in my mind what probably happened before the camera shot was snapped. I like to think that I had decided to put gloves on Jermal's hands, probably so that they wouldn't burn him as if from the rope.

When I was painting this self-portrait of my brother Jermal doing the roping, I was thinking of the clip of one of the kids in the 1972 movie of "The Cowboys" starring John Wayne (the Duke) where one of the kids at the beginning was roping a calf. I like to think in this painting that Jermal took probably at least three aggressive perfect swings for a good catch at a full gallop from the palomino American Quarter Horse, "Ridley" and while Jermal was probably swinging the loop for three swings, I like to think that after he threw that loop clean after the third swing. Then the Hereford calf would hit the end of the rope, then the breakaway honda opened up and then had popped right off and came flying back and then had escaped! Then Jermal probably felt redeemed and then felt like a real good cowboy at breakaway roping, as if to beat out the ladies in the practice pens and open pastures.

That shows that Jermal is probably practicing for the rodeos in this image, as it is at every one all over the USA and Canada all in one image where it is half morning, day and night all in one.

When I was painting this image, you could really tell that catching a cow for branding took great skill from both the cowboy/cowgirl and his/her horse, as horses were specially trained for "cutting" a cow from its herd and then chasing it until the cow was roped.

This would be a cool question if someone who owned the bar asked Jermal, "You ever try breakaway roping?" and then Jermal would  say back, "Do I look like I could afford a roping horse?"

I had painted this whole image very slowly for probably maybe four or five days between September and October of 2020, as this great outstanding sized watercolor/acrylic on paper of a practice pen scene shows that the cowboy Jermal Mansfield is in the open pastures to prepare for the rodeos for breakaway roping, as if he can still also be known as "Raise the Roof" and is hopefully going to be considered by some to be with perfect authority to show that Jermal probably breakaway ropes as if just like Fred Whitfield and also, one of the actors who were one of the cowboy kids in the movie "The Cowboys" starring John Wayne, as well, too.


Breakaway roper William MacLeod captures the action and skill of a rodeo contestant. Whether he is riding a bull or whether he or she is breakaway roping, or whether she is barrel racing, professional cowboys and cowgirls can both make it look east when actually it is very difficult.

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