As you may or may not know the annual Cowboy Artists of America exhibition opened at the Phoenix Art Museum, which also happens to be my place of employment. Now, "cowboy art" is generally not one of my favorite genres but this particular collection of artist's works evokes a wicked sense of nostalgia for having spent most of my life living in Texas. I have always appreciated how the cowboy hat is extremely unique to its wearer. A true cowboy would never wear a cowboy hat straight from the box...oh no. There is much steaming and forming involved to get the right effect. This series will be included in the Learning to Draw in Fives series. It is my tribute to the much celebrated cowboy hat and those who wear them proudly.