Painting

BIRTH OF THE AMERICAN COWBOY


“RUSS ANDERSEN, Cattleman ” Watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen “CORRALLED” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen In the mid to late 1800s, some 10 million cattle would be driven north out of Texas, in the greatest forced migration of animals in human history. It was the birth of the American cowboy. Though romanticized in book and […]

HOW FANTASY PARALLELS REALITY


Grusha Russian circus bear The gift of friendship is unparalled, and I received a warm and fuzzy gift from our dear friend in Niles, singer/songwriter Michael McNevin, who gave us an impromptu performance of his new song about Grusha the Russian circus bear. Michael is a storyteller, whose songs reflect the human experience in a […]

YOU CAN’T GO BACK


“You can’t go back”, but what if you didn’t go anywhere, and things changed all around you? Places and people change, stores and restaurants go out of business, people move and others move in, seemingly in the blink of an eye. How did it all happen? Silicon Valley beckoned, and people arrived to fill the […]

BIRD BRAINS


We were awakened in the grey dawn by the frenzied barking of an angry Jack Russell, announcing the return of Henry, our semi-resident crow. Henry and his pals come to scrounge our yard and annoy us periodically. Our prejudice is reflected in our language; after all, a group of crows is called a murder, which […]

IT ISN’T EASY BEING OLD


Crow Print by Marvin Oliver It’s a shame that just when you get comfortable being youngish, you suddenly find yourself being classified as “elderly”. You see strangers being referred to as elderly when in their 70’s. I suppose we are lucky that the longest period of our lives is called middle age. But the middle […]

PERSPECTIVES OF A CHURCH


“Ranchos de Taos” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen It’s entire name is “San Francisco de Asis Mission church and it has stood in the plaza in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico since 1816. Possibly one of the most photographed churches in the Southwest, its rear view has attracted the attention of artists from all over […]

MAKE YOUR BED


“Downtown Lady” watercolor by kayti sweetland rasmussen Making one’s bed is pretty basic to most of us, like changing your socks, returning your phone calls and possibly eating your oatmeal. It happens to be the title of a new book by former Navy Seal Admiral Andrew McRaven, whom I saw interviewed on TV. I haven’t […]