Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Futurity Sales Topping Weanling Filly

During the past week I was in Ft Worth, Texas at the NCHA Futurity photographing the Western Bloodstock Select Sales. The Highlight of the sale was during Alice Waltons' Rocking W Production Sale.

This red roan filly by the name of All Boon was sold by Alice Walton (Center) to Kenneth Jackson of Owensville, MO (Left) for the Western Bloodstock highest all time price of $750,000. All Boon is by Peptoboonsmall out of Boon San Kitty. The dams sire was High Brow Cat, the top producer of Futurity Finalists ever.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Chili Peppers and Wine

I was looking through my collections and found this image. This past summer I was experimenting with photographing vegetable and fruit as still life. This is the product of that work. The wine is one of my favorite, It is of high quality yet a very inexpensive and is made in Australia.

Cooking: Bison Steak

This past Sunday I treated myself to a Bison Steak.
It marinated the steak in an oil and basalmic vinegar solution with grated garlic and oil cured black olives. I cooked the steak to medium rare along with some mushrooms. I cooked a mixture of kohlrabi and Yellow Squash separately, starting with the kohlrabi and then adding the squash later.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Sketching in the Galleries: Hands

I will only have one sketching in the galleries post this month due to the NCHA Futurity Sales Photography next week and the Christmas schedule the following 2 weeks. This week our instructor led us on an exploration of hands. We were to do contour/gestural drawings exploring hands.

First we found a painting with and interesting use of hands in the composition. We were to draw this hand using line.

We were then to duplicate the pose in our own hand and draw this pose. This was a particularly valuable exercise since the hands are a particularly difficult part of the anatomy to draw to proper proportions and scale, second only to the face.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cooking: Tomatillo/Green Chili Cream Sauce

Tonight I made a Tomatillo/Green Chili Goat Cream Sauce to put over some tamales. I cooked about 10 or so quartered tomatillos and diced green chili with 3 grated garlic pods until the water was reduced almost to about a 2 cups or so. I then added a few teaspoons of corn starch to thicken an cooked a little bit more. I then added 1/4 cup of condensed goat milk and stirred and a few more teaspoons of corn starch to thicken the sauce. When sauce was about ready I added two pats of butter and then served over pork tamales, rice and a split cooked yellow squash.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Ranch Rodeo

The Ranch Rodeo started with a concert by CCMA Award Winning Artist Clifton Jansky. Clifton presented a very dynamic concert from a pickup bed including his own famous Amarillo By Morning

Our countries colors were then presented along with invocation in a grand entry.

There were Roping Events


And even some branding.

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