A cute exploring chub. My bf's sister is decorating her nursery "Little Adventurer's" style and commissioned me to make some small cuties. The other 3 will be uploaded in due time! -
Finally back to creating! I honestly didn't expect things to be as hectic as they have, but we have FINALLY got a house sorted and hopefully this time the sale will actually go through. Everything is done as it needs to be and I can relax and create a little again whilst our solicitors do their work for now. My shop will remain closed for the time being for obvious reasons but I am still available for small commissions such as this. Just know they may take a little longer than usual. I'm sorry for the lack of activity, but fingers crossed things are finally back on track and I'd like to thank people for sticking by my side through it.
This looks like its out of a Disneyland playbook but it’s actually in the middle of the Arizona desert 🌵 not too far from Phoenix. .
While I’ve been to #Arizona a million times, I had never drive out to Cave Creek, which is offers a strip of shops, trading posts, restaurants, jewelry, art galleries and rustic furniture. What a perfect place to drive our red GMC Canyon #Denali , which we’ve been testing out. On the east coast we’ve reviewed Buick’s Encore & LaCrosse so driving a #pickup truck was a new experience, but perfect for those wide open Arizona roads that venture into desert vastness and nothingness in all directions. What a smooth ride and also a bit higher than most making it easier to see outdoor attractions among #nature . .
Among other interesting stops like trading posts where you can buy Indian #feathers , drums, headdresses, massive gemstones, copper, beaded necklaces, #turquoise , paintings, carvings and wooden spears, we fell upon #FrontierTown which was nearly empty. .
Desolate with a #GhostTown feel, it is a fascinating place for kids with its ice cream shop, fun signs from yesteryear, a fabricated cemetery and a full sized wooden cut out for your heads so you can take photos of yourself in the Wild West —like I said, from a Disney-like playbook, except that the #desert is real and it’s 109 degrees, which is what it reached that day and above 100 all week!
I got hyped for the High Noon skin universe back before the Odyssey skins came out. Seemed like there wasn’t enough time to do fanart for those before we were hit with Odyssey. But I really wanted to finish this Longhorn Alistar illustration off either way. - “Mess with the bull and you get the horns”
✳Fun Fact:: You probably already know this but there were definitely black cowboys. As one descendant of a black cowboy explained, "We didn't write the books. We didn't produce the movies. So we were politely deleted." There is a conspicuous absence of the black cowboy recorded in the history of the American cattle-ranching industry. The role these men played in the settling of the Old West deserves scholarly attention."
And though African-American cowboys don't play a part in the popular narrative, historians estimate that one in four cowboys were black. The cowboy lifestyle came into its own in Texas, which had been cattle country since it was colonized by Spain in the 1500s. According to historians, about a third of all the cowboys were African American
The inferiority of blacks permeated the air during the old west and thereafter.
So the exploits of black cowboys, lawmen (yep that's right lawmen) and outlaws in the storied history of the old west, wasn’t deemed important or worthy enough of inclusion in the annuls of Old West history. Bass Reeves (July 1838 – 12 January 1910) was the first black deputy U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi River. He worked mostly in Arkansas and the Oklahoma Territory. He was credited with arresting more than 3,000 felons. He shot and killed 14 outlaws in self-defense. Isom Dart gained a reputation for being a notorious Wyoming Territory outlaw and rustler. Dart was one of the best riders, ropers, and bronco-busters known of his time. 🐺👒📷