"...AND THEY SURVIVED!"

This artwork as a painting of "...AND THEY SURVIVED!”, by the rodeo King of the Ropers and western artist William MacLeod.

First, the picture of the tie-down roping was originally done by artist and author O'Neil Nouwens Bowman from a "Rodeoin' Coloring Book" a book probably in the year of between April 26th, 2018 and July 1st, 2018 or somewhere in 2018 by the Flying Rafter B publishing company.

Second, the picture of the spur was originally a pencil drawing as a part of John Wayne as that drawing of the spur was originally done by the artist Quickdraw Conkle from a Cowboys Coloring Book (the coloring book that was published by Bellerphon Books probably between the 1994 and 2008).

First I decided to say that I think I'd be good at mostly just the tie-down roping, instead of the steer roping, so I decided to do a portrait of myself at mostly the tie-down 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 and after. I like to think that I had decided to put gloves on my hands, probably so I wouldn't burn them as if from the rope. Third, I decided to keep and put the piggin' string it in the roper's belt, as if it's much easier and safer as I decided that when I was painting this self-portrait of William MacLeod (I, me) roping a calf, I decided that I wanted to keep a piggin' string on my belt for the left-hand side, as if to grab it of the belt, which I think is more easier and more safer.

Originally, the roper was dismounting from the right-hand side, so I decided to show that I would flip the image backwards to show that I wanted to turn the cowboy into me (William MacLeod) as if to rope right-handed, dismount from the left in order to tie the legs left-handed, as if to show that I might be one of the best calf ropers ever to do it that way.

When I was painting this image, I was wanting it to show that I wear only a great Wrangler western cowboy shirt with only one pocket, as if to show that it’s better to wear a shirt with one pocket instead of two, as it shows that it’s better to wear a shirt with regular buttons instead of snap-ons.

I like to think that when I also painted this image, I felt good putting in the writing of "...AND THEY SURVIVED!" because this is probably the first picture as if to show that William MacLeod (I, me) is probably telling his story of dominating the sport of tie-down roping and has survived a lot of good things to be a great tie-down roper and still indeed is the great COWBOY style of the John Wayne (the Duke) of tie-down roping, and I really do want this to show is that anyone must keep on considering William MacLeod (I, me, myself), from Nova Scotia in Canada, could one day become one of the best greatest tie-down ropers in the history of rodeo world as if to rope right-handed, dismount from the left and tie the legs left-handed and when I also painted this image, I decided to turn this cowboy into William MacLeod (I, me, myself) as I was painting this image very right and correct for about probably three or four days between probably in April of 2020, as this great outstanding sized watercolor/acrylic on paper of a rodeo scene shows William in a blue Wrangler jeans and George Strait white Wrangler western cowboy shirt lassoing a Hereford calf to get ready to tie it down, as if I also like to think that when I was painting this great image of a self-portrait of me roping from "Bob Dale", the white American Quarter horse, I was thinking that this whole painting could also make a great video clip for every good rodeo DVD.

I like to think that well, William MacLeod (I, me, myself) draws one that's high-headed and looks a little mean. A bigger framed calf I've never seen. But it's no match for my trusty steed, Bob Dale, 'cause we make a good team; it's what we live for, I tell ya, it's all part of the dream. Then Bob Dale will pin his ears and is cow-y as can be, and he's gentle and comes runnin' at a whistle and a slap of my knee. I am backed in the box, piggin' string settled on the left side of my belt, and next thing I know... Bang! That calf takes off like dynamite. Then Bob Dale drops his head, running fast; I swing my loop as we dash. I slip my rope on that calf, and Bob Dale stops in a flash. Then, I like to think that right there in this painting then, I hear a voice yell, "Pull and pack your slack, son!" So I do, and I'm off my horse, and down that rope I run. Then when that calf is flanked I tie her with two wraps and a hooey. I throw my hands in the air, then I head back to Bob Dale. Then, in my saddle I settle in my seat, and hope real hard that calf doesn't jump to his feet. Then my heart goes to pounding when that scoreboard flashes 7.4! I love it so much, I wish I could rope one more. I whoop a big hollar and give Bob Dale a scratch, thankful for such a clean catch and then because, as they say, it's the tie-down roper way.

When I was painting this picture, I added in John Denver songs of "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Sunshine on my Shoulders" and "Back Home Again" as if I like to think that John Denver was definitely my favorite singer from what I would think, as if John Denver probably would've made a great tie-down roper in the rodeos to me.

When I was painting this picture, I added in "Ropes like Joe Beaver" as if I like to think that this was my heroe of tie-down roping and was definitely my favorite from the past to watch, rope and tie like and also, decided to put in the writing of "I never met a calf roper I didn't like!", because that is just very flavorful to this whole painting. 

William MacLeod can still also be known as "King of the Ropers" and also, a western artist, and is hopefully going to be considered by some to be the John Wayne (the Duke) of calf roping and also, the Frederic Remington of tie-down roping as if with perfect authority to show that William MacLeod probably ropes and ties up calves just like his favorite calf ropers of mostly Joe Beaver, the singer John Denver, the movie actor John Wayne (the Duke), the character Joe Green (from the novel book called "Black Beauty" by author Anna Sewell, too), the movie actor Andrew Knott who plays Joe Green in the movie "Black Beauty" and even of course, the movie actor Ian Kelsey who plays Joe Green (older) in the movie "Black Beauty", as well, too!!! :) :) :).

Roper William MacLeod has really again captured the essence of a cowboy by showing a self-portrait of himself tie-down roping in the rodeos or in the practice pen.

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