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"Calf is Caught"

This artwork as a painting of "Calf is Caught”, by the rodeo King of the Ropers and western artist William MacLeod.

First, I looked at the illustration of the calf being caught during the rodeo competition from the book "Cowboys and Cowgirls: Yippee-Yay!" (that was originally done by probably the artist Gail Gibbons as if that was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers originally in 1998, but in a paperback book edition on July 1st, 2003).

I looked at the illustration but I didn't add in the same rodeo background, I added in a background of half outdoors and half indoors, half morning, half day, half cloudy skies, half sundown, half night, a USA flag and a Canada flag, to show that it's in many different times and places at various events of different rodeos, practice pens, open ropings and open pastures as if to show that tie-down roping is a great sport for all ages and all seasons.

This one took me three days to paint and complete and it was painted between January and February of 2022 and this one has a lot of great distinctive style in this image of a calf caught by a cowboy.

When I was painting this image, I like to think it shows that back then, cowboys and cowgirls showed off their roping skills at rodeos — and they still do today. The word rodeo comes from the Spanish word rodear, meaning to encircle or roundup. People in the stands cheer as cowboys and cowgirls compete for prizes. Rodeos feature that standard event: calf roping. It's a colorful and rowdy scene!

When I also painting this image, I also like to think that also is how practical ranch skills have evolved into the West's popular sport of rodeo and that today professional tie-down roping cowboys make a living winning money on the rodeo circuit.

I like to think that since there is no cowboy in this painting, I like to think that William MacLeod (I, me, myself) is roping the calf in this painting.

I like to think that after I threw the loop very perfectly for a clean catch around the calf's head, you can see and notice that this calf does not look to happy of being caught as if it probably cannot believe that it is being chased by a big horse, what do you think about that? After this calf was cleanly caught and when I had dismounted from my horse fast from the right-hand side, I like to think that then I probably got the calf flanked down and had made only two good wraps and a half hitch around all three legs and then threw my fingers in the sky after I had tied up the calf.

You can tell that William MacLeod (I, me, myself) probably ropes calves as if just like his hero Joe Beaver and also, the actor John Wayne (a. k. a. The Duke) and even also, of course, the singer John Denver), as well, too, as if to be the true good heroes.

This is a great roping calf as this one is a little black with bald face calf, as this calf will probably have to be tied up with at least two wraps and a half hitch.