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Beautiful Things

Sometimes Facebook can toss you a really great find. A friend commented on someone’s album, and I found an artist – Jean Albus – I just love.  Best of all, she’s from right over on the other side of Elbow Creek, where I grew up. Check out these photos:

A Memory of Grass by Jean Albus

A Memory of Grass by Jean Albus

 

What Do Women Want by Jean Albus

What Do Women Want by Jean Albus

Untitled

Untitled by Jean Albus

So She Bought Her Own Damn Tractor by Jean Albus

So She Bought Her Own Damn Tractor by Jean Albus

 

I Will Take My Gorgeous Wings And Fly Away

I Will Take My Gorgeous Wings And Fly Away by Jean Albus

What a contrast to more familiar western art, like this piece at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody! (I can’t link to it directly as they use flash, but you’ll find it in their online collection if you search for cowboy):

Traditions by Ann Hansen

Traditions by Ann Hansen

 

A Ragged Breath by Jean Albus

A Ragged Breath by Jean Albus

 

Pink Lining, by Jean Albus

Pink Lining, by Jean Albus

 

Untitled by Jean Albus

 

I could go on and on.  I love her work, because she’s from home.  And since Facebook befriending each other, I’ve discovered she’s like the women I like best – an honest, funny, cranky-like-I-am woman.  She’s undeniably western, but this western art is undeniably feminine.  I love that.  I’d love to show it beside some of the hyper-masculine stuff.

And I love her maybe most of all because this place she’s photographing is bedrock home to me.  Look at this… this is my place.  This is what’s growing in my bones, what I smell when I dream, and what I wish I could clear the tangled trees of here away to see.

Grassland

Grassland, by Jean Albus

 

Asleep In The Garden Of The Alchemist by Jean Albus

Asleep In The Garden Of The Alchemist by Jean Albus

 

Intrigued? You can see her photostream at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkcloud/