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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

O'Leary Cowgirl Anne

I am the tomboy of the family. Now there's a reason for this, so let me give a bit of insight. My sisters are really only my half-sisters. We share a mother, but not a father, so really they are not O'Leary's, only I am. My mother married my step-father 4 years after I was born.

I do not know who my Daddy is and in County Cork, that meant I was full of sin and something to be ashamed of. The girls were not permitted to play with me and the only people brave enough to befriend me were the rough village boys. So I spent my younger years getting up to a whole lot of no good.


As you might expect, the nuns at school couldn't stand the sight of me, so I naturally felt the need to pay them back for their harsh treatment.  One of my first pranks was to get the boys to help me turn a piglet loose in the library. Well, we had no idea how much damage a scared piglet could do in one night, but it was pretty bad. We'd have been caught except we had the good sense not to use one of our own piglets, but to steal one instead.


Another time, I stole every eraser in the school, put them in a sack and tied firecrackers to the sack with string. What did I do with that you ask? I lit those firecrackers and threw the bag onto the lawn of the school chapel just as the nuns first services were beginning.. They suspected it was me, but couldn't prove it.


I was just as glad to see the backside of that school as they were to see me go. In typical O'Leary fashion, I went out in a blaze of glory. Me and the boys stole a fishing boat and hauled it onto the front lawn of the school. We spray painted our names on it, doused it in gasoline and then lit it on fire. It was grand I tell you.


This was me at 17 and I think I look a bit like the figure I chose. Also, a bit of the mischief maker I was is apparent in my face.

Despite my troubled beginnings I did manage to grow up and earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Not too bad for a hellion of a child from County Cork.

Now that's it for the O'Leary Cowgirl series. I hope you enjoyed it.



65 comments:

  1. I always figured you were a mischief-making tomboy like myself - I guess that's why we get on so well.

    That figure suits you to a tee and impressive painting again :)

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    1. I even played rugby with the boys and once did it in my school uniform. My gran wasn't at all pleased about that one:)

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  2. Great figure!
    I hope your kids did not inherit your wild side! Perhaps you'll escape the curse most mothers bestow on their brood.
    My mom gave me that one! With my three girls and little man on the cusp of tweenage years, I can see that they are going to be a handful like their dad!

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  3. …a brown longcoat – I'm getting flashbacks to all those Malifaux models I painted a year ago.

    I've really enjoyed seeing these cowgirls and pirates Anne. Thank you. Your painting has come on so much in only 12 months, you'll be entering competitions soon. You must be very pleased with how things are going.

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  4. Ahh the chaps and duster that you mentioned! They look really good.

    Another excellent figure in the series. A group shot next please. (Of the figures, not you, the boys and the piglet... !)

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    1. I will do that later as I'm still trying to find a pic of one of the sisters. Should have it by next week. I've got something brand new for tomorrow.

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  5. I did enjoy reading this, yes. And the post was well-written.

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  6. I used to love Cork when I was younger as it was an escape from my family when I lived in Dublin, she does look like you from back in the day Anne, and as always now beautiful work!

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    1. It is wild and beautiful and when I in my 20's I went Stateside to escape it. But now I'm older, the pain of it is passed and it's home again.

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  7. Hola
    Madre mia que historia,muy bueno,y buena la mini y muy parecida,te tuvieron que copiar cuando dormías los rasgos jajaja,muy buena colección de vaqueras,harás una escena¿?¿?
    un saludo

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  8. Ha! A nice ending to the series indeed. IMO the figure represents you well. I still don't have an 1/72 figure to suit me except the ones I made and those need some mopping up.
    Being that sort of a troublemaker would help you in the Wild West don't you think?

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  9. You do look a bit like the figure.
    Great back story, especially the piglet in the library. All of them have been great.

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  10. Sounds like some fun times Anne! Figure is wonderful, top work on the painting and the basing is perfect!

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  11. A well-written post. Thanks for the biographical notes.
    And additionally a very nicely painted figutes. Seems to do justice to your former self. ;-)

    All the best!
    Stefan

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  12. Beautiful painting Anne! And a cracker of an story(:

    Cheers

    Guy

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  13. you know i am totally tempted to make reference to the size of the guns you are toting...there is def a wildness in the figure...really nice story you related...tough too, and one that would def mold one such...setting the boat on fire...wow...you know how to make a statement eh?

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  14. What a gorgeous Gal you are as well :D Lovely miniature and well selected. The Piglet in the library made me chuckle out loud :D

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  15. Ireland's loss I think Anne!

    I almost felt sorry for you when I read the story, then looking at the figure I now feel jealous.

    Dagnabbit!

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  16. Wow! It does look like you! Your hair at 17 was amazing by the way. Did you really do the eraser firecracker thing? Because honestly, I'm in my 30's and I want to skip work just to try this.

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    1. Oh I did indeed. And I waited a couple of days before throwing that bag on the lawn. One of the best parts of the whole thing was watching the nuns getting pissed because they couldn't find any erasers in the whole of the building. Me and the boys broke into the building at night to steal them all. It was great fun.

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  17. Paint'em up cowgirl! Great work!

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  18. A very pretty cowgirl in a great pose and indeed you do look like the figure too.

    Christopher

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  19. Brilliant! We stole all the erasers in the school once too. Brought the day to a stand still. Never thought about the firecrackers though....

    Great figure too!

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  20. Sounds like you raised hell and more, and quite the resemblance to the figure as well.

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  21. Darlin'! Can you be findin' another button on that there velvet blouse thing...you're a'puttin' me off ma' aim

    H

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  22. ooh, darling, you've saved the best boobs for yourself :))))

    I didn't know they weren't your real sisters, Annzie :(

    You were such a pretty Irish lass, yes you were... and still are, naturally!

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    1. I do have the best boobies out of all of us.

      They are my half-sisters so that counts. I have 5 full siblings that were put into orphanages. I've found my next oldest brother and have traced twin sisters as far as Chicago where they were adopted by Irish Americans. The lead runs out there. Can't find the rest though and have been looking for years and years.

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    2. under siblings you mean brothers and sisters from aunts and uncles, yes?
      It's really sad :( No wonder you adopted a kid yourself later on, dear. How is your son, these days?

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  23. Gawd, judgmental Irish Catholics! No wonder you're such a pistol! I bet that piglet left pig shit everywhere, eh? Hee hee!

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  24. Beautiful job on the mini, Anne. Probably your best yet. And no wonder you've turned out so well. Anyone who can survive Catholic while getting her own back on the Nuns was obviously bound for greatness. :)

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  25. Great stuff - an old friend of mine was expelled from a convent school. I was very jealous of such an achievement...

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    1. I tried to get expelled, but they wouldn't do it. Stubborn old nuns:)

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  26. Excellent stuff Anne, well done. So you were a wild lass, who'd have guessed!

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  27. Never would 've guessed that

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  28. Damn you raised hell and more there at your former school shore, never knew a piglet could do much at all, guess you taught them at your hall. You prob have your own picture on the wall still there, with devil written above it at their lair lol

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    1. We didn't either. Jaysus we were scared the next day. It knocked over shelves, tore up books and of coursed shat all over the place. There is one story that is still told there, but I didn't put that one down here.

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  29. First time here...but I'm thinking it won't be the last...sounds like you found just the right boys to run with, the wrong ones would have got you caught more often and strapped for sure :-)

    Saw your eyes over at Weighststionone and had to come and say hi...

    Wander

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    1. Oh I got strapped growing up. There were some things I got caught doing. I left those stories out.

      Welcome and it's lovely to meet you.

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  30. This is so cool Anne, the figure sums you and your personality up just amazingly haha. And when it comes to you when you were 17, talk about stunning, so so beautiful although let's face it, you haven't missed a beat even nowadays, beauty truly is timeless huh?

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  31. I don't know who my dad is, either.

    I still don't understand about the erasers, though. Why erasers? Like chalkboard erasers?

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  32. Bravo, Anne! Wonderful series, figures and painting. An Anne figure spitting hellfire in duster and chaps! Who would've imagined it?

    I'm glad you survived all the BS unscathed.

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  33. Sounds like you had one hell of a lot of fun at School..the fishing boat burning sounds cracking :-D
    Excellent highlighting..

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  34. What an amazing and delightful story, Anne. I love the painted figure too, but was enthralled by your story-telling. Lovely picture of you, and your smile betrays your fun-loving personality. Warm regards, Dean

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  35. I knew you were trouble

    Oh those poor Nuns (evil laugh)

    Ian

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  36. Great work Anne, excellent story of your early years!!

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  37. Ah, I get it now!!!!!! You naughty girl!

    Great work on the figure Anne! It is very similar to the 17 year old Anne but thank the lord you didn't have those guns! You'd still be in jail now!

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    1. Thank you Ray. Despite all the no good I got up to, I was never arrested. I look back on it all now and wonder how I avoided prison:)

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  38. Great figures and a great series Anne. Nice to get to know you a little better.

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  39. ah bai! tis grand tis grand! I love the cork accent, also those nuns deserved the pranks.

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  40. I see you saved the best O'Leary girl for last! A gorgeous miniature and a wonderful likeness for that seventeen year old hellion. This has been such a fabulous series of posts and really showcases the skills you have honed perfectly over the recent months - a real treat Dr. O'Leary.

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    1. Thank you so much for that Michael. I haven't been addressed in that manner in many years and I appreciate it.

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  41. Hi Anne,

    In a word - brilliant! Absolutely loved the figure and paint job and the back story gave me a few belly laughs as well! Great series of posts and many thanks for sharing them with us.

    All the best,

    DC

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  42. My favorite figure of this group. Great minds think alike, I was part of a group that released a pig into my high school as a senior prank.

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  43. I sorta had you figured for a little Rascal! Join the club, there are a lot of us out here in the world.

    Very nice painting, Anne. I'm beginning to appreciate the gun metal color you put on the gals' weapons.

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  44. See, I always thought, still do, that the rebel kids running around not getting caught and doing extreme things for their amusement, are actually really smart kids who've got much more than just school work to worry about.

    I would very much so like to graffiti a boat and set it on fire. Maybe not my name, but it sounds like fun. Maybe as an homage to something. This will happen eventually.

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  45. Thanks Anne for sharing with us those small pieces of life !
    Impressive youth years... it gives sense for who you are now, don't it ?

    Back to the (good!) figure: great painting work like always, nothing more to add ....

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  46. hahahahaha. oh that is a great story (I am so boring) but seriously though you better watch out those nuns will be out to get you when they see this post. I'd lock my doors if I were you for at least 2 weeks, then if there is no sudden assault by a large ground of angry nuns your in the clear.

    nope my youth story is decidedly boring. apart from moving to the other side of the world but that's not going too offset all the boring stuff.

    Jesus you remind my of Niamh and her twin sister (somewhere in between the 2). she used to look a bit like that, I have not seen her in a while actually thought she still comes to college.

    anyway great stuff and well done at having a great life. hahaha ow its a tradition at our school that all year 13's go out with a sort of bang. one year it was glad wrapping the school, another it was tying string between the walkways outside... I think we should do a match chain reaction, thats always nice.

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    1. I'm not afraid of those nuns! Bring it on Sisters!

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  47. Great work Anne, lovely job.

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  48. Another fine paint job Anne. You're really developing your own style. It's fun to watch you progress. I'm looking forward to your next series of minis. This one was great.
    Rod

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  49. Wow. That's just so cool. You sound like someone I would have liked to have known in school. Love the miniature, too, btw!

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  50. Is it wrong that I got a huge kick out of that story? Because I did!

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  51. You were hell on wheels, Anne. Much like myself at a young age. Now you are full of love and light, my friend. I love your figure and especially love the base. What a great touch with the flowers. Well done!

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