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   It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song. In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our 42nd piece offered to "spur" the imagination is a special Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur, a painting, "A Life Less Ordinary," by noted cowboy artist, cowboy, and rancher Gary Morton (garymortonart.com).

We asked Gary to tell us about the painting's inspiration and he commented, "The cowboy life is never boring. Most of the West is still worked on horseback. Days are long and the weather is sometimes a challenge. These cowpunchers saddled up and rode out when daylight was just a promise on the eastern horizon. They have been in a high trot to get to the back side in order to make a drive. The cowboss is scattering the riders and each will gather cattle back to the roundup. It will require a sure footed horse and a good hand to handle the job. Many spur of the moment decisions will have to be made for a smooth works. Each day is a different experience and truly it is, 'A Life Less Ordinary.'"

He adds that the painting, "... is from the 06 Ranch in the Davis Mountains of far west Texas." One of the pictured riders is popular poet and cowboy Ray Fitzgerald.

Submissions were welcome from all through April 13, 2016. Find selected poems here.

 


 

 

    Jeri Dobrowski's Cowboy Jam Session is currently on hiatus.

Read the most recent edition of Cowboy Jam Session here.

Find all Cowboy Jam Session columns posted since its inception in 2005 in our feature here.

Jeri Dobrowski welcomes submissions for consideration. Books, CDs, videos and event announcements should be sent to Jeri L. Dobrowski, Cowboy Jam Session, 1471 Carlyle Road, Beach, ND 58621. You can contact her at 406-795-8168 or by email.

[photo by Jen Dobrowski Rogers]

 


 

   It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song. In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our 41st piece offered to "spur" the imagination is a special National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur, a painting, "Crash of Thunder," by noted cowboy artist, cowboy, and rancher Gary Morton (garymortonart.com).

We asked Gary to tell us about the painting's inspiration and he commented, "Catching horses in the rope corral at the Bell. We were changing horses after making a big drive near the Beef pens. It had been threatening rain all morning. When it started, the thunder and lightning was plentiful. I don't know a single cowboy that doesn't get a little nervous when the lightning starts and the thunder crashes!"

Submissions were welcome from all through Tuesday, July 22, 2015. Find the selected poems here.

Updated 7/25

 


 

  We're pleased to feature "A Crash of Thunder" by noted cowboy artist Gary Morton (garymortonart.com ) as a 2015 National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur subject

When asked for a brief bio, Gary Morton offered a characteristically humble reply: "Lives in New Mexico, cowboy and artist, Gary Morton, loves the range riding culture and lives it."

We found a more formal bio that gives a deeper look at his life and his impeccable cowboy and cowboy artist credentials:

Gary began cowboying on different ranches as a teen and ultimately became wagon boss on the historic Bell Ranch in New Mexico. The life of cowboying makes Gary more than familiar with his subjects. “I don’t just paint for myself, but to honor the working cowboy.” Gary’s paintings are realistic, accurate and his attention to detail allows him to be honest to himself and the people he paints...

Read more and find links and examples of his art in our feature here.

Posted 6/8
 

 


 

   Events across America celebrate the eleventh annual National Day of the Cowboy, July 25, 2015. 

The National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday of July.

American Cowboy magazine launched the National Day of the Cowboy in 2004. Bethany Braley was involved with that launch and now she heads the National Day of the Cowboy organization, which works year round on the celebration.

We're pleased to have a a special Art Spur with a painting by noted cowboy artist Gary Morton for the 2015 National Day of the Cowboy.

Find more information and see past years' National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur selections in our feature here.

Posted 6/8

 

 


 

 It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song.  In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our thirty-ninth piece offered to "spur" the imagination—a special Winter/Christmas Art Spur—is "Wake up Call," a painting by noted Western artist Steve Devenyns (www.stevedevenyns.com).

Steve Devenyns comments, "In my work I strive to portray the relationship between a rancher and the animals and land in his care. 'Wake up Call' is a great example of this theme."

Submissions were welcome from all through December 22, 2014. They are now closed. Selected poems are posted here.

Find more about Steve Devenyns here.

Updated 12/23


 


 

   It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song. In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our thirty-eighth piece offered to "spur" the imagination is a painting, "Cowboy Cadence," by heralded Oregon artist Elizabeth Zimmerman (WesternRoseStudios.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Elizabeth Zimmerman comments on her painting, "The nimble hooves flash as they break into a lope and the cowboy moves effortlessly with his steed. Then the request to turn on a dime as they go after a calf, and the Appaloosa responds immediately because he wants to. It's the partnership of horse and rider that drew me to create 'Cowboy Cadence,' that moment when they think as one."

Submissions were welcome from all through Monday, December 1, 2014. Find the selected poems here

Find more about Elizabeth Zimmerman in our feature here.

Updated 12/12


 


  It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem. In Art Spur, we invite poets to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry.

Our thirty-seventh piece offered to "spur" the imagination is a painting, "End of Day," by noted Utah artist Jason Rich (jasonrichstudios.com; Facebook). The painting is selected as the official poster for the thirteenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week, 2014. 

Submissions were welcome from all through April 14, 2014. Submissions are now closed. Selections are posted here.

Updated 4/25


   We're pleased to feature "End of Day" by Cowboy Artists of America artist Jason Rich (jasonrichstudios.com; Facebook) of Utah, as the 2014 Cowboy Poetry Week poster painting, and as Art Spur subject

From Jason Rich's bio:

Jason grew up on a small farm in southern Idaho riding, training and drawing horses. Western roots and artistic passion influenced his decision to complete undergraduate and master's degrees in art at Utah State University and pursue art professionally.

For eighteen years Jason has established himself in the western art market in many prestigious shows and galleries-winning awards, accolades and feature exposure in esteemed publications for his distinct depiction of western life. Rich rides alongside cowboys working the corrals or packing through the mountains then combines experience, imagination and research to depict authenticity of the cowboy way.

Recent awards and recognition include Silver Medal in Oil Painting, Cowboy Artists of America Art Exhibition and Sale 2013; Jackson Hole Arts Festival, Poster Artist 2013; Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Poster Artist 2012; Silver Medal in Oil Painting, Cowboy Artists of America Art Exhibition and Sale 2012; TCAA Award "Best Portrayal of a Cowboy Subject," Cowboy Artists of America Art Exhibition and Sale 2012. Jason Rich became a Cowboy Artists of America Member in October, 2011.

Jason Rich's work has been featured in Art of the West, Cowboys and Indians, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, on the cover of Western Horseman, and in many other publications.
 

Find more in our feature here and at www.jasonrichstudios.com, on Facebook, and at Cowboy Artists of America.

Posted 2/7


  It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem.  In Art Spur, we invite poets to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry.

Our thirty-fifth piece offered to "spur" the imagination, "Winter Work On the CO Bar"—a special Winter Art Spur—is the work of premier Western artist Bill Owen (1942-2013). We are honored to have the painting and grateful to Valerie Owen for her generous permission.

Bill Owen has commented, "This painting shows the other side of the cowboy's life, which is not so romantic; the work goes on, no matter what the weather may be. This is Vic Howell and his crew on the CO Bar Ranch in northern Arizona."

Submissions were open to all through December 13, 2013. See the selected poems here.
 


Utah poet and writer Rod Miller adds two lively essays to the collection he has shared at CowboyPoetry.com: "How to Pick a Performance Poem" and "Where Have I Heard That Before?" The first brims with good guidance, and the second contrasts "rhymers" and poets.

Rod Miller has contributed a number of other worthwhile essays on the art and craft of poetry. He has given poetry workshops and lectures at numerous places and judged many poetry competitions. He is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals. He is author of a collection of poetry, Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems, and a chapbook of poems, Newe Dreams.

Her also writes book reviews and magazines articles for a variety of periodicals, has published short fiction in several anthologies, and is author of three novels and three books of nonfiction.

Born and raised in Utah, Rod Miller is the son of a working cowboy and spent his youth working with cattle and horses. He competed as a bareback rider in high school, college, and professional rodeos throughout the Intermountain West.

Find some of his poetry and more about him in our feature here.

Posted 11/22


    Early Western cinema expert Gary Brown shares another interesting article from his series, "Reel Cowboys of Western Cinema: A Century of Silver Screen Heroes on Horseback."

This new article is about silent star Tim McCoy. The article begins, "Our cowboy hero was one of the most interesting of all those who preceded or followed him. His background included being a rancher, cowboy poet, US Army General, authority on Indian lore, cinema technical advisor, circus performer, Emmy Award Winner, the fastest draw of the cowboy matinee idols, married a foreign beauty who was investigated by the FBI, and became one of the big five B Western film stars (Mix, Jones, Maynard, Gibson and McCoy)..."  Read more here.

Gary has contributed two previous articles, "Western Cinema in the Golden Age," and "Top 10 Memorable Silent Westerns Worthy of Watching.

A popular man with many interests, Gary Brown is known by many as the founder of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. Read more about him along with his article.

Posted 11/22


 

 

 

 

 

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