DeadlyBlondeArcher (Aug 23, 2007)Dean Kelsey Wylie
April 1, 1912 - August 14, 2007
I attended the funeral of my Great Uncle Dean last week, who passed away at the age of 95. He was one of the last remaining true cowboys. He worked and managed a ranch until he retired. Anybody that had any kind of ranching question for miles around would call on Uncle Dean, he always had the answer.
It was a “graveside only” service in a very small, very old cemetery - the kind that if you happen to pass by on a dirt road way out in the country, you might think it were a forgotten place, with the old, tiny deserted white church at the top of the hill and the randomly scattered tombstones below, some of which are merely natural rocks with no inscription on them. Most of the people buried there are my family.
When I was choosing what to wear for the funeral, I picked out a pair of black pants, a black shirt, pearls and conservative black heels… I haven’t ever worn pants to a funeral, but I somehow felt it was the right thing to wear this time. When I arrived, the lane and the area by the old church at the top of the hill was lined with almost nothing but dusty trucks, and when I looked down into the cemetery, I saw a group of people, almost all of whom I am related to…. Many cowboy hats, all of the men in their jeans and boots, and most of the women were wearing black pants, with the exception of a few very elderly women in dresses. There were a number of little girls, my nieces included, wearing pretty pastel dresses and running and playing under the oak trees. One of my Uncle Dean’s great granddaughters was wearing a pretty yellow dress and was squatting on the ground, looking at something, her sun -streaked brown hair glistened while her skirt fanned out perfectly around her, and from where I stood I thought how she looked like a big sunflower, and with my nieces flitting around her in pink and blue, they looked like little butterflies.
When I reached the bottom of the hill, my little brother turned around and grinned, and said “Hi, Big Sister”, we hugged, and then after being squeezed around the legs by my nieces and hugging my nephew, I endured the dragging around by my mother and being re-introduced to all of my cousins, old and young, for the umpteenth jillionth time… and the “You remember when you were three and you two did this and that….” and of course we smiled, nodded, and pretended to remember.
This was my Mammy’s older brother, he was exactly ten years her senior, and she thought he hung the moon. I made my way to her, and we held each other for a while, and she told me a story about them feeding the horses when he was 15 and she was 5 and she got mad at him and hit him with the feed bucket and he good -naturedly said, “Now, Olie, stop being ugly and mean, and come ride my horse with me”, and he put her on the horse and took her riding. She tells many stories of how good natured and what a good brother he was. I only knew him as an older man, but I never saw him when he wasn’t laughing, joking, or telling a funny cowboy story.
The service began with everyone removing their hats, and it was short and sweet. Some storm clouds rolled over and threatened rain, it was dark for a short time, but they rolled right along, gave way to the sun and not a drop spilled from the sky. Some of the older women opened their colorful umbrellas and used them as parasols to block the sun. The preacher told about how Dean and his wife, Beth, were in the same nursing home for a short time (they were in the same room), shortly before Beth passed away she said to Dean “I’m getting really tired, I don’t think I can do this much longer.” He said, “You go right along, honey, I’ll be right behind you.“ She "went right along" not much after that, and he passed away exactly five months later.
The preacher read some of Dean's favorite passages from the Bible, told how he enjoyed leading the singing at church, and then we sang his two favorite songs, "Trust and Obey", and "Just Over in the Glory Land". He then read what Beth had written about her husband before she died. She wrote “Dean loved his children and his grandchildren, he loved playing dominoes with them. He loved his horses and his dogs, and he loved coconut banana cake, and he really loved his chewing tobacco."
The preacher then closed his Bible, looked up from it at us, grinned and said “So, the moral of this story is, if you chew tobacco, you might live to be 95, too. Let us pray.” We all laughed and bowed our heads, and after “Amen”, all the hats went up in perfect timing and found their respective places as if it were choreographed that way, the children immediately broke free and began to play again. The casket was opened and I was happy to see he was going with his hat in his hand.
As we made our way back up the hill and to our trucks to go to the church to see who would be first to get to the fried chicken…. I looked back down the hill at the straggling children who were being called to come along by their mothers, and the little girl in the yellow dress was spinning around happily and laughing, her skirt flying out around her…and I thought…. All great cowboys should be sent to heaven with laughing, twirling sunflowers.
It was the first funeral I ever attended where I didn’t shed a tear. And then I laughed because at the church my Daddy was serving as one of the “tea ladies”, and after I asked which was the sweet tea and he just grinned and pointed, I said “Daddy, you make a good “tea lady”.
Until we meet again, Uncle Dean. :)
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sweet_insanity (Jun 27, 2007)
this has probably been done, but i've noticed i draw best wehn listening to certain songs. Music is already a great fuel for emotions and inspiraiton for me, but i never really though it had an outcome on what i was doing? So how about the rest of you? have a certian thing you do while drawing that makes you get really into it?25 comments
Zack (May 6, 2007)More practice without ref. Seems to be improving! :)
edit: kinda looks like that face you make when you're about to burst out laughing. heh.
Zack (edited May 7, 2007)Working, mostly. Got a job as a level designer for a nearby videogame company. Decided I don't really like being a level designer so I'm trying to boost up my art skills to make the switch to being more of a concept artist.
JK-Arts (May 7, 2007)Thats awsome dude!!
SneakyWalter (May 10, 2007)Kinda looks like a bald you.
Aubrey (May 12, 2007)Nice face on the guy, with the green it could be he's cutting an onion too. His eyes kind of have that chemical burn look to them that only onions can give.
Zack (May 4, 2007)Practice without reference. The old flawed tendencies are still there, but I think I'm getting closer. I tend to draw the eyes and lips too small, among other things. Crits welcome.
SneakyWalter (May 5, 2007)'Bout time.
Zack (May 5, 2007)Thanks! Yeah, I think the chin turned out well. It's funny, when I cover up everything except the right eye, or everything except the chin, it looks fine to me. I'm thinking the problem has something to do with either perspective or proportions between the different parts of the face.
HunterKiller_ (edited May 5, 2007)Yeah dude, it's the eye, the right eye. Covered it up with my thumb and the rest gets an instant improvement. I think it maybe that it isn't aligned horizontally with the other features.
I think it needs to be higher.
I'm no expert with this stuff, so don't take my word too seriously. =)
I bet Klox would know the exact answer, he must, drawin' dem faces all day long. =]
Zack (May 6, 2007)That could be. I'm starting to think that the eyes are drawn at the wrong perspective for the rest of the face. Cover everything from the bridge of the nose down and the eyes look okay. What do you think, Klox?
Zack (Oct 2, 2006)wahay!
Noremac (Apr 30, 2007)badass :D
fleeting_memory (May 1, 2007)awesomeness a la Zack.
DinoFlorist (Jun 11, 2007)hey I saw that monster madness is actually published and selling, so congratulations on that
Sevi (Jun 11, 2007)woah this is absolutely amazing ;~; it's really good~!
OwO I can never do tech stuff ;; gorgeous
Noremac (Apr 19, 2007)Cant tell what it is.
davincipoppalag (Apr 19, 2007)It's sort of dragonesque...the wings on the top left the head top right the forearms below the little blue heart..and the tail etc at the bottom.. it's very ...well.. stylish...
SneakyWalter (Apr 20, 2007)It's a stylized hieroglyph.
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Axil62 (Apr 14, 2007)
Everyone here knows the best way to get the cardboard tube off of the little spring loaded dowel rod on the toilet paper dispenser, I would assume. But just in case, lets hear your method.22 comments
Punky (Feb 11, 2006)I want to live there.
Ill finish it later, any advice will be greatly appreciated, especially on the perspective.
edit: This is gonna take a buttload of patience.
EDIT: ARG THIS HAS BEEN IN MY STUDIO FOR EVER. D:
LAST EDIT: I liked the sketch of it, but got sick of the actual style, so I re-did this. I started this a really long time ago.
SneakyWalter (Mar 21, 2007)Quite.
12th-Streets-Magical-Glove (Mar 22, 2007)I can't believe you're 14.
DrawingDork (Mar 22, 2007)Good o'l chain chomp! I always loved those little guys!!
JK-Arts (May 7, 2007)i miss that game
Miss_DJ (Mar 16, 2007)memories..
davincipoppalag (Mar 16, 2007)LOve your color scheme..fun icon Donna
psychofox0 (Mar 16, 2007)yeah, Florida rocks. nice gradients. X3
cmb (Mar 17, 2007)looks bright and sunny- love the dolphin!
SneakyWalter (Mar 17, 2007)I have memories of never any snow there.
Noremac (Mar 15, 2007)short
Expendable-Studios (Mar 15, 2007)spooky :]
davincipoppalag (Mar 15, 2007)Nice!!!Do you HAVE a hat like that?
SneakyWalter (Mar 15, 2007)Yes he does.
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Nice Flowers, by the way.