I work in a museum archives. And spend a lot of time storing and preserving documents and photographs. So when my Art Journaling Ning announced its first challenge with Less Herger (ComfortableShoes), I went straight to the photo archives and did a word search.
"Cowboys" are our subject. I live in Oklahoma and there's lots of open land. That means ranching and cowboys are very popular. Photo donations include a lot of cowboys.
I found a bunch of good portraits, but my favorite was this movie star. I forget his name, but he wasn't Singing Sam! That was my invention. Actually, Sam doesn't look anything like the movie star I started with, but I needed a jumping off point.
I thought, since I drew a cowboy, I needed to draw a cowgirl too. Here's Annie Oakley. At least (again!) that's what I started out with. Another part of this challenge was color. Less picked "old timey colors - yellow ochre, sepia and dusky demin blue." So Annie has those colors in mind, except my yellow ochre is a little too light!
Come on down you 'all and visit Ms. Jenny's blog ...off on my tangent... and see what other words were chosen for AlphabeThursday posts.