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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Michelle Severe & The Gift

~Ya gotta try different things cuz
that's what makes ya smarter.~
~Marge Medling 1896~

The title I wanted to give this post was "Michelle Severe, My Man & The Gift." But, that was going to just be a lil' too bit over the edge for me! But, Michelle Severe did have a conspiracy going with My Man...it started last August.

I've posted about Michelle Severe before. She's a wonderful western and wildlife artist using oil, pastel, pencil and pen & ink. But the talent doesn't stop there. She also does scrimshaw, glass etching and wood burning. In her spare time, she's a dang good hand with a horse, a cow and a rope! I better not forget to mention that she's a great friend too!

As the story goes...My Man cornered Michelle last summer at one of the cuttings and asked if she would be interested in doing something of his wife. She said sure (of course). My Man just needed to decide what he wanted. As Christmas got closer, My Man talked with Michelle again and said that he wanted something of his wife roping. Michelle said that he needed to go see our mutual friend Andi Harmon and that she had a great photo from this year's Futurity. So, he did. And three weeks later, this is what came framed in a big box...just a few days before Christmas...


"Circlin' Up"
Colt in the two-rein as a 5 year old.


Taken from this:

The original photo that Andi Harmon took during
my fence run at the Harney County Reined Stock Horse Futurity. 

As you can well imagine, there were lots of tears shed when I opened that box. I would have never guessed in a million years that My Man would have thought of "the perfect gift." I mean, I never thought of it for myself. If I want something, I usually just get it...because it's usually something I need. I'm not much of a shopper. But, this tops the list of gifts.

Michelle did such a great job too!! I love how she's captured Colt's facial expression and all the tiny details, down to the romel reins, the tooling on the breast collar, his wispy forelock and the fringe on my chinks. And yes...the silly cow IS sticking its tongue out!!!


Of course it's proudly hung in our living room.

Then, as if that wasn't enough excitement. Michelle wanted to include my piece in her "Working Ranch Women" series!!  I'm humbly honored to be included with these great women! Here are a couple other pieces from the series:



"Common Ground"

"In the Hackamore"

Last month, Michelle and Andi shared a vendor booth at the Red Bluff Sale. And the way Michelle told me, the very first thing that she sold was my print. WHAT???!!! Yep, there were lots of reined cow people there and the gal that bought the print is on the Board of Directors with the California Reined Cow Horse Association...so Colt and I are hangin' on someone else's wall...that is just weird when I think about it...but again, it truly is an honor for me.

Michelle Severe is working on updating her website, but please give her a visit at MichelleSevere.com You can also friend her on FaceBook! Check out her awesome pieces with wild horses too.

Isn't My Man the BEST?!?!? I think so ;~)


29 comments:

Tracey said...

Most definitely the best! Love Michelle's work. What an incredible gift :)

mj said...

That's a GIFT, and in more ways than one. Irreplaceable and so special.

Shirley said...

That's one talented lady! She did a great job on you and Colt, and your man really knows how to pick out a gift! I love the rest of the "decor" in your living room too.

lisa said...

Now that is just fantastic! You are one lucky lady and that is just being able to do what you do and now how!

lisa said...

Now that is just fantastic! You are one lucky lady and that is just being able to do what you do and now how!

Annette said...

Awesome gift, awesome drawing and awesome husband. You scored big time!!

Mikey said...

What a perfect gift! Your man did good! Amazing detail. You are now a part of art history :)

Linda said...

Awesome.....You deserve it too!

DarcC said...

Great subjects, great work of art! What a Man!

Reddunappy said...

Oh Karin!!! That is the most wonderful gift!!! I have tears in my eyes!!! Here is a big fat kiss for your Man (((smooooooch)))
That is so special.

Reddunappy said...

PS I really love how you have it framed too!!!!

Crystal said...

Wow that is so awesome!! Hes an amazing husband to think of something like that! And to be famous in other people living rooms, is kinda weird, but way cool too.

Cheyenne said...

As a man, I can only say this, "Now there is a man!"

cdncowgirl said...

That is such a wonderful gift! She's very talented and it's so beautiful, I loved the detail. By the way the frame it's in is very pretty too.

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

Fantastic! My hat is off to your hubby. Raising the bar for men everywhere.

the7msn said...

Wow. Now that is a gift you will cherish for the rest of your life. Absolutely perfect.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Great art and a great gift.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Wow! Yes, the perfect gift!

Funder said...

Michelle's a beautiful artist! And Your Man Did Good for sure. What a fantastic present :)

IanH said...

She caught the moment perfectly! I should take lessons from your husband.

HBFG said...

Wow! What a remarkable talent! What a beautiful gift :)

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

That is amazing and awesome.

Really love her work. I will definitely have to look into purchasing some of those prints. Wouldn't mind having that one of you and Colt hanging on my wall too. ;-)

Maia said...

Whoo whoo too cool. Your man is the best and your print is perfection.

Val said...

That is the greatest gift ever!

CTG Ponies said...

That is so awesome!!!!!
The best gift!

DayPhoto said...

Oh! Just wonderful! She did a perfect job!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

C-ingspots said...

It's beautiful!!! And, yes...he is! I'd a cried too...

You're gettin' to be a celebrity cowgirl Karen!! :)

Ed said...

WOW! That is tooooo Cooool! She's a fantastic artist..:-)

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Your man is THE COOLEST! What a fabulous gift!!! You and Colt look awesome.

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