Monday, March 18, 2013

Show Results!

This past weekend I attended the annual Show For the Cure near Chicago, Illinois. It was wonderful to see all my model friends. I was judging resins, so I only showed a little performance, but here are some highlights. The warmblood mare Donnertanzerin got to finally show off the amazing Purdymobile cart!  Bill Duncan made the cart, and Christina Brown made the harness. I need to do a fancier set up for NAN, but that will come later. She did well with limited showing. Won several English classes and in halter and workmanship, so she is off to NAN.
 Bint Morafina got to show off my Arab scene that I showed at Breyerfest last year. This set up I am really looking forward to taking to NAN.
 This next one is not from my show, but a Purdy champion at the Carolina Gold Coast show a few weeks back. This Comtois is owned by Beth Patterson, thanks for the photo!
 Back to my show, Bint showing off her Nelson costume
 And thank you Kelley for the championship photo of Glory Ali Lulja, glad to see that Purdy horses are doing well all over the country.
I was so sick last weekend that I didn't finish the Totilas, and I have a bad cold now but hopefully they will be done for this weekend's show in Huntly. If you have any more Purdy Pictures, please email them so I can put them on the blog.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Snow Day! Totilas!

In Northwest Illinois, we always say if you don't like the weather just wait 10 minutes.....In January we had  days in the 60s, in the past 24 hours we have had 9 inches of snow and its not finished. Ironically, yesterday was the built in snowday for my school, so I have enjoyed an extra two days off this weekend! I got caught up on grading and got some studio work done.

 Mieka however, is not a fan of this snow. Its as deep as she is tall, and it sticks all over to her fur! While we are grateful for the much needed moisture, we are not looking forward to this weekend with the warm temps and rain that will melt this all at once. Sure is pretty now though isn't it?
 So on to the studio! Vicky's warmblood mare and my warmblood mare are not far enough long to take a picture...but while painting I did get the two Totilas models in primer! The first is one I did with a more working trot frame. When I got that done I really thought he would make a nice Azteca or maybe a morgan sporthorse? I am thinking a grulla, any ideas?
 Below is a warmblood stallion, as he was originally sculpted to be. Both of these guys have had some fetlock and pasturn work done to make them all even and they will have foot disk or base! I also cleaned up the left hock joint on both of them. I thought the extended trot looked sharp with one ear flipped back and a more flowing tail, and new braids of course! This is a beautiful sculpture to work with. You really do not have to do much to get a fabulous custom. I did smooth out the necks on both of these guys. They have the same sculpting texture like Alborozo's neck has. Nothing wrong with it, I just like the a smoother texture.
 I think this mold has endless possibilities! The sporthorse stallion is taken, but the spanish/morgan one is available. Email for details.
 Bint Morafina got some paint time too!
Back to work tomorrow, should be fun in the morning. The winds are picking up and we live at the bottom of a big (well, Illinois big) hill. Wish I had a sleigh from that show last month.