Donna Howells Sickle Cowgirl Jumped Over Moon Framed 22×22 Ltd Ed Print
This is a beautiful Western print by a well-known artist, Donna Howells Sickle titled Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon.
While the wit of the title suggests nursery rhyme nonsense, the painting itself is proof positive of the cowgirl’s empowerment. Here, in an echo of bull-leaping ceremonies practiced in ancient Crete, the Cowgirl takes on the power of the moon, which is echoed in the round shape behind her and the crescent horns of the oxen. Her boots are decorated with symbols of the feminine: the crescent, the five-pointed star, and the six-petaled flower, a symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
- Artist: Donna Howells Sickle
- Title: And the Cowgirl Jumped Over the Moon
- Series: Cowgirl Rising
- Limited Edition: 428 of 1,000
- Signed: Yes
- Year Produced: 1997
- Medium: Lithograph print on paper
- Measurements: Image 22″ tall x 22″ wide / Frame 29.5″ tall x 29.5″ wide
- Certificate of Authenticity: Included
- Frame: Professionally framed and matted. Ready to hang.
About the Artist
They have energy, wit, wisdom, and self-awareness. They have charm, style, independence, and a love of animals that goes beyond the mythic. They are the cowgirls of Donna Howell-Sickles. It all started with a postcard. Howell-Sickles came upon a 40’s-era, hand-tinted postcard of a woman dressed in wild west gear astride a big sorrel horse above the inscription, “Greetings from a real cowgirl from the old’ Southwest.” “This was a wonderful image in that the colors were printed over the black and white processing,” Howell-Sickles says. “And her bright red lips were printed just slightly off-center. That quality of the real and unreal fascinated me.”
That postcard started the Texas Tech University graduate on a search for her own American cowgirls, ones who were strong and joyous. The search led to rodeos and Wild West shows, dating as far back as the ’20s and reaching up until today. “I kind of got acquainted by name with all of these old rodeo women,” she says. “Wonderfully, wildly atypical for their time.” And from their inspiration and her own love of life and art, Howell- Sickles created a new cowgirl for the ’90s and beyond. Now her images are eagerly sought by collectors, galleries, and museums and adorn the walls of many a person who admires bold colors, decorative design, and symbolic strength. Howell-Sickles has had more than a dozen one-woman shows and was named the featured artist at the American Woman Artist show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. Her book Cowgirl Rising was published in 1997.
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