Saturday, November 6, 2010

I Can Change My Own Damn Tire!

     Hopefully, you have all had the opportunity to view my latest YouTube video of my trip to Nevada.  In the video there is a captivating sequence where two cowgirls are fighting a rowdy calf, which just about gets the best of them.  I decided to do a painting of one of these cowgirls and tell you a bit of her story.  I hope you enjoy it!

I Can Change My Own Damn Tire!
     Georgia Black and her husband, Jay, ranch near Battle Mountain, Nevada.  For the smaller outfits, branding and gathering without the help of dayworkers requires the help of neighboring ranches.  This friendly reciprocity keeps the smaller outfits efficient and able to make ends meet.
     If you saw my video, you will recognize Georgia as a darn handy neighbor.  She very quietly went about the work of the day, pulling more than her share of the weight.
     I coaxed her from behind her sunglasses and captured many good shots of her working before the irons were pulled to cool, and the cattle were pushed out into the desert.
     As we loaded horses to call it a day, Georgia noticed a tire on her trailer was flat.  After a short call to her husband, Georgia set her jaw, and with a few curt words, she proceeded to locate the block lift and a star iron and go to the task at hand.
  Ranch women are a different breed, and in today's world, it sure is nice to see a woman get the job done.  I hope you find Georgia a breath of fresh air.

Have a good weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday!

Image and content © Mark Kohler Studio.

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