Home on the Range

ArtByDrew

Joined September 2008

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*Quite humbled by her majesty
While on our weekly ride
All nature’s gifts that we do see
On every mountainside

My daughter laughs in front of me
Secure in my arms
Delighted by our weekly spree
Observing nature’s charms

I see the magic in her eyes
As she looks all around
She giggles at each new surprise
Of nature, as it’s found

Return now from our day’s outing
To our home on this range
After day of random scouting
Seeking wondrous and strange

She’s learned of nature’s treasures
And the joys nature rewards
For those that take the measures
To hold nature as their ward*

This artwork was inspired by my daughter, Tasha, while going through some old photos to get them ready to convert to digital format. It shows my daughter and I coming back from our weekly Saturday ride on our horse, J.D. You can barely make the two of us out against the magnificent backdrop of the southern end of the Florissant valley in the high-country mountains of Colorado. Our home then was on 40 acres of land at the southern end of the Florissant valley, right under the western flank of Pikes Peak.

Every Saturday, I would take my daughter ( then 3 years old in this picture ), Tasha, for an extended ride into the BLM wilderness that adjoined our property. The foreground shown in this artwork is part of that property. This was also the view from our living room window. It was a very special father-daughter time, riding amongst the deer and elk, and the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. When on horseback the wildlife would not spook and run away, as they would if approached just hiking. I don’t know… maybe they just saw the four legs of the horse and considered us just a part of that animal? It always fascinated me that we could ride right in amongst them while on horseback.

I made this for myself, to remind me of how fortunate I was to have lived here at that time, and had such a wonderful, healthy daughter to share this mountain magic with… I am truly a lucky man. The artwork came from a 5 × 7 photo that is over twenty years old now.

The original is 4800 × 6000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch, over 300% larger than the photo it was made from. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a few of detail cutaways below. The detail cutaways are at 33% of the size of the finished painting.

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