Tuesday, November 7, 2017
"Old Cowboy" is very loosely based on my husband's grandfather, Irby Downey, who, as a young man, was a ranch hand, first in Texas, and then in Albuquerque on the West Mesa back in the 40's. He was a dashing, handsome man(he looked like Richard Boone ), as well being charming and personable. And of course, the real deal: the quiet, rugged, western man with a drinking problem. But then, to make a living and support his wife and three children, he became a masonry contractor in Albuquerque leaving most of his cowboy life behind. I fabricated the rope from a coiled hose, and his belt buckle from a bird's nest, his "bones" made of tree branches.