When researchers want to know how the American West of the late 1800s to early 1900s looked, they study the art of Charles Marion Russell, known by some as Cowboy Charlie. Reading this interactive self-guided tour of thirteen Russell art works is like following one of my art museum tours.

Children can discover on-their-own or enjoy with a classroom or parent.

Questions encourage readers to examine the art works and notice what casual viewers often miss. Readers will find a hidden creature, discover Cowboy Charlie's unique clothes style and read a painting like a comic strip. Further examination of his art teaches all that Charlie loved and lived - from trapper camps to roundups and Indian tipis to buffalo hunts. Readers discover which paintings hung in saloons and which copies appeared in newspaper and magazines.

Best of all, readers take away tools which help them delve deeper into other art works they encounter in the future.

Look for HOW THE WEST WAS DRAWN: COWBOY CHARLIE'S ART at amazon.com or bookstores.

New Author Panel NCW

Here I am discussing where I got the idea for this book. The Northern Colorado Writer's "New Author Panel" featured four new authors in July, 2010.

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Young readers will learn about art appreciation and life in the Old West with this interactive picture book. Questions keyed to selected works by Western artist Frederic Remington are designed to encourage children to examine certain aspects of his paintings and sculptures. Each set of inquiries is followed by brief insights into the production and history behind the piece.

Remington’s paintings include cowboys breaking horses, Indians at war, and cavalry soldiers in retreat. His bronze sculptures freeze moments of intense action. The artist grew up around horses and his love for them shows in the technicality of his work. Brief explanations in the text call attention to detail in the art.

In this collection of masterpieces from 14 cherished female painters and sculptors, Linda L. Osmundson celebrates the accomplishments of female artists and the beauty of the American West. Despite social norms that belittled women’s talents, these intrepid ladies mastered traditional still life, portrait, and landscape techniques and pioneered new art forms that garnered high praise. Selections included here are pulled from Georgia O’Keeffe’s stunning paintings, Sally James Farnham’s realistic bronzes, Grace Carpenter Hudson’s luminous oil paintings of Pomo Indians, and Edith Hamlin’s wall murals of the Pueblo people.

Each featured artist is presented along with questions designed to stimulate conversation and understanding of the artwork. The entries also include insights into the artist’s life, work habits, and creative methods. Aspiring young painters, sculptors, and art enthusiasts will marvel at the magnificent oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures while learning about different technical, historical, and cultural elements of art. Aficionados of the American West will enjoy seeing their favorite region captured in this unique perspective and style.