Posts tagged “Wild West

Make your Own Buffalo


If you would ever like to make a simple Buffalo, follow these simple steps. You will need, balls of string, classic clothes pegs, cork bottle stoppers. Fur in two tones of brown (dark and light). Scissors to cut both the fur and the string, skewers, a hand-saw and PVA glue.

  • Find a classic round chunky clothes peg and a cork bottle-stop. Saw the beyond the ball end leaving about 1omm minimum.
  •  Find a ball of string (you may need a big ball depending on how many you want to make.  Tie the bottle stopper, to the flat end, making use of the clip to hold the piece tight.

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  • Cut lengths of skewers to a two lengths (two for the front and two for the rear legs)
  • Tie these to the body of the peg, longer at the front, shorter at the back. Use a figure of eight knot to hold them in place before tying them off around the clip.

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  • Making sure your skeletal Buffalo stands up you can move onto the fur, cutting an inch wide strip. Before you glue it around the body of the Buffalo, do a practice wrap to ensure you know where the it will fall to get a good coverage of the body.
  • Once you have decided how to wrap it around you can glue a small section (in between two legs on one side. Wrap around and cut to size, gluing it down. Check all over to ensure you glue down any patches still showing.

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  • Turning the head (cork bottle stopper) cut a inch wide strip of the other fur to size, ( you can use this for a few Buffalo. Cut to size a section that will cover half (top or bottom) of the head. Once you’ve decided, glue down and cut in places to wrap around to cover the flat sides.

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  • Nearly done now, cut a two short length (25mm or less) for the horn at the pointed end. Then work these into either side of the head.
  • And there you have your first Buffalo.

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Remington … a quick sketch


These are incredible, I had to share these amazing paintings!

My Favorite Westerns

Frederic Sackrider Remington
(October 4, 1861 – December 26, 1909)

Wikipedia says: “was an American painter, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th-century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U. S. Cavalry.”

Some of My Favorite Remingtons:

The Scout, Friends or FoesThe Scout, Friends or Foes

Mounted Cowboy In Chaps With Race HorseMounted Cowboy In Chaps With Race Horse

A dash for the timberA dash for the timber

The Cowboy - Frederic Remington - www.frederic-remington.orgThe Cowboy

Downing the Nigh LeaderDowning the Nigh Leader

The Bronco BusterThe Bronco Buster

Comanche Brave, Fort Reno, Indian TerritoryComanche Brave, Fort Reno, Indian Territory

Fight for the waterholeFight for the waterhole

Remington

Coming to the callComing to the call

StampedeStampede

Shotgun Hospitality, 1908Shotgun Hospitality, 1908

End of the dayEnd of the day

Remington Sculpture

The Mountain ManThe Mountain Man

So many, many images I could put here …

Gun Bar

Does this look like a Great Western Artist?:

Frederick Remington Frederick Sackrider Remington

Frederick Remington 2 Frederick Sackrider Remington

Sackrider??

OK … how about this?:

Frederick Remington 3

(Frederick Remington: Self Portrait on horse.)Frederick Remington: Self Portrait on horse.

That’s more like it !

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Ray Mears in the West


I’m not usually one to watch things on BBC4, unless it’s a classic film. My dad told me a new series about the how the United States was won. How the Wild West was Won with Ray Mears, Mears who knows a thing or two about surviving outdoors. The first episode aired last night, which I caught up with today on iPlayer today. My expectations weren’t that high, thinking there would be more about living in the landscape.

Instead it was an informed 60 minutes, breaking up the country starting with the Mountains this week before looking at the plains and desert landscape. Focusing on the 1800’s as settlers started to move westward from Washington and the 13 colonies. I now understand why so many people in Westerns always travelled to Oregon which was a major trail to the west before going north or south. An eye-opener for someone who is usually bogged down in the films that depict that era. A welcome addition to my exploration of the Western, always wanting to find the fact in the fiction that romanticized this era which was anything but easy.

The first episode looks at the gold miners, living alongside Cherokee Native Americans, to the fateful Donner party settlers in 1834 who suffered that winter whilst moving west. It really shakes the myths that surround that era. I was reminded of a few films, most notably The Big Trees (1952) and The Big Trail (1939) to name but two. Giving us the landscapes we know and love from the big screen, I can remember a few shots taken by early photographers too. Also looking at the reliance on wood for the settlers to move and live. I look forward to the upcoming episodes.


Wild West – In the Woods (2013)


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My work was shown alongside work by these artists Suhani Parek, Natalie Depledge, Laura Ghany, Chloe RoodAbigail Booth, Phyl Parker, Saara Karppinen, Bronwyn + Marina, Isobel Jones, Charmaine DresserCharlotte WhitmanCharlotte Smith, Christopher Jarret, Leslie Deerer, Constance Whitman, Olivia Gilman, , Oscar, Adam David, Stephanie Davies, Alice AstburyNatasha Bird and Sidney Lim. Check out how this piece was made by reading the diary of my time at this link.

In the Woods (2013)


Out in the Country (2013)


A series of photographs using a limited number of props to create a larger image on the camera.


Filling in the Gaps (2012)


Currently Exhibited in One Church Street Gallery, Open Drawing Exhibition (2012) – Great Missenden

A series of photographs that explore the boundaries between improvisation and imagination. Drawing in the imagined areas that our imaginations fill in those gaps making it all visible.

 


New Mills Gold Mine – Tunnel (2012)



The responses from the New Mills Art Trail (2012) residency. Tunnel is the third of the three series of photographic works produced in response, shot during the last few days of the trail/residency.


New Mills Gold Mine – Cinematic (2012) Part 2


The responses from the New Mills Art Trail (2012) residency. Cinematic is the second of the three series of photographic works produced in response, shot during the last few days of the trail/residency.


New Mills Gold Mine – Cinematic (2012) Part 1


The responses from the New Mills Art Trail (2012) residency. Cinematic is the second of the three series of photographic works produced in response, shot during the last few days of the trail/residency.


New Mills Gold Mine – Archival (2012) Part 2


The responses from the New Mills Art Trail (2012) residency. Archival is the first of three series of photographic works produced in response, shot during the last few days of the trail/residency.