Rodeo Time

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Rodeo 01 – by Miki

(Painting in mixed technique of pastel and digital technique.)

Being specialised in bullfight paintings, I have been asked many times in my artist career to paint rodeo scenes. But to be honest I was never really attracted by that motif. Why not? Well, all the ingredients to inspire me artistically are present: the movement, the colours, the tension, the contrasts…

The reason might be that I have never attended a rodeo myself. Last year as we were in the States, especially in Texas, Kevin wanted to invite me to a rodeo show, thinking I might enjoy it. Possibly…., but we were only one week in Texas (Austin) and we could not find a rodeo show corresponding to our time there.

Also, Rodeo seems so far removed from my culture, I cannot really “feel” it. And I need to feel my subject to be able to paint it in such a way that I am able to put my name under it. Everything else is  fake, kind of!

But well, I have been asked again recently, by different people. So I thought I would give it a go. Of course I enjoyed doing it, and I might do some more, but I don’t know. I kind of feel like a “thief” painting something so quintessentially American, not even having attended one show live! I really feel as if I am stealing their cultural patrimony to the American people, especially to their artists. Probably that feeling is due to my psychological discomfort when some Russian artist, for example, is painting a bullfight scene. Although I must say we have so many Russians around in Spain, they are almost like natives here! But most of them have never attended a Corrida,, the entrance fee being too expensive probably… often they paint bullfighting scenes to try to earn money with it, not because they love it. Well, I won’t blame them. In these difficult times, better to earn the money through art than stealing it from innocent people.. I mean really stealing, not symbolically stealing as I am doing here with my rodeo painting!

By the way, I was quite amazed to hear, the other day, that rodeo shows are regularly broadcast in the UK. I wonder if people there feel closer to that tradition, than for example, French or Spanish…. and if yes, why… I should research it perhaps…

Anyway, this art work is available directly on-line as Giclee print in many different dimensions, on paper or canvas, and also as greeting card. Just click on the widgets below to access my FAA store

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And more generally you can see what all I paint by going to my gallery “Miki’s Enchanted World”

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