Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Break????

This past weekend marked my spring break from teaching, and it started off with a fantastic trip out to Shannon Granger's show in North Idaho. Only one problem with going north....Canadians. Ha ha! I can't say enough how much fun that whole group is. If you ever get a chance to go to a show in Idaho or that area, you will be hard pressed to find a nicer bunch of people. This is the fine piece of Canadian....well, hmmmmmm, I suppose artwork that I was able to bring home with me. The theme for the show was 70s tie dye and did the Canucks know how to party it up! I will truly treasure this always! But on to work, we are finishing up the house and go figure, found out a few days ago we are a bit over budget (well thats an understatement, but wait till you see the porch!) So I really need to get to work. These guys are just in first primer coat, still lots of sanding to do, but heres a sneak peek! THe windblown ISH will be a cool paint of some sort
And look what you can do with a weather girl! She really is full trad sized, and what a performance horse this one will be!
Another weather girl and her snotty son!
The mares have clear pegs, and the foal will be on a little base
These guys are available for sale, ask for details
This is one of my full sized western saddles on this gal, won't she be awesome, she can do it all!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Show for the Cure

Sadly, if you want to see a lot of good pictures from the Show for the Cure, check out Jen Buxton's blog since I didnt get very many! I did get a picture of the girls all done before we left. They did both sell at the show, but I will be offering more. The next one will be a more drastic neck movement into performance prospect!

I did get a picture of these two with some of their overall awards and division awards. I have decided to keep the Sorraia, thank you so much to all that asked about her! The big Lusitano is sold as well. He also got champs at the show, but apparantly I didn't get a picture, but I know Jen did!

Whoops, didn't mean to do this twice...but I can't say enough of how much I love this mold!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Updates! Storming like mad!

The response to these guys has been so great I thought I should put out one blog update for everyone to read. Both of these gals got fully detailed paint jobs, including detailing like hand painted mane and tails, layers of paint and pastels, so these are not scrimpy finishwork pieces by any means, just very little sleep for the past week.

They still need eyes and face details, and the pegs uncovered from their tape masks, but you can see their finished colors, first is "Warm Front"
Then cold front (a part arab, inspired by a 75% arabian morab I so want to own) That why I made her neck appear a bit crestier than the purebred Warm Front. Whoops, should have smooted out the sheet a bit.....

So are they for sale, yes! I want to show them this weekend and test the market live first, unless a blog reader had to have them and made a good paid in full offer before tomorrow night (when I pack up to leave). Stay tuned for Sunday's show results!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Eberl Arabs!

These guys are amazing! The first is "Cold Front" now with a head tucked, both ears back, flipped tail and up on clear pegs so she really floats

And "Warm Front" with a stretched and turned head, flipped tail the other way, and also on clear pegs for that big floaty trot!!!

Tomorrow they get paint, and man there is a lot of painting to do!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Progress Photos

Just so more info tonight, if you would like to bid on "Chasing Hope" contact

If you want to bid on "Joker B Nospuds" contact

Oh these are just some angle shots for everyone to see how the Esprit mane and tail can be used for good!

Tomorrow night, EBERL NEW ARABS REMADE!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Show Donations!

Just a quick post today with more pictures to follow tomorrow! We finally got the computer hooked up on the new office desk (will post a pic later) and I have to say this monitor looks embarrassing on it. Reminds me of that commercial where everything is stolen in the house except the computer.......
I wanted to share the two show donations I am working on. I try to give back as much as I can, and the first set is called "Chasing Hope". A remade breyer eberl WB foal chasing after this adorable dog sculpture that I set on a custom base. The foal will be a pretty, soft, baby bay. If you are interested contact Jenna Nejman through the Show for the Cure website.

This guy will soon be a bay roan semi leopard appy. For Shannon's show it had to be an appaloose that was performance friendly, so here he is! An ISH with a tucked, straighten head and new wispy appy mane and tail. His name.....Joker B Nospuds
More on the name story to follow! If you are interested in this guy, contact Shannon Granger for North Idaho (land of no potatoes) Live.

And I wanted to share some progress photos on hte two new customs. I went with buckskin going grey for the spanish guy...I just thought he looked more lusitano than andalusian

And of course the silver grulla for the Sorraia. Both of these colors are done with acrylic base coats and bare minerals eye shadows for shading. Sounds weird, but really they are just like pastels except ground super fine. I get bare minerals products since they don't contain oils at all that may hinder the fixing spray.
More soon! Gotta get back to painting!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Resin Rehab

Another week of having rooms torn apart to put the last of the new floors in..sigh, but its almost done! My studio is still filled with the trim for the kitchen area, but at least I got this guy done and for the next couple of weeks will be just painting. This Indian Silver came to me with a finish issue. The sealer on the horse was yellowing all over and the paint was even coming off in some places. On further inspection I believe acetone based paint was used (like for graphic arts) and due to thin primer underneath it was reaction with the resin itself.

Be careful stripping model, usually you are better off just sanding smooth and priming over it. Since these are "plastic" (hydrocarbon based) most strippers could cause long term damage and may result in leaching. For this guy I lightly brushed him with acetone, let it dry, and then sanded all over. I wanted this set to be special, so I reset his head and ear, gave him a new tail, and remade the dog so they seem to be checking each other out.
I am planning on dark bay rabicano for the horse and a black with tan points saluki..and the set is open to offers as well!
More tomorrow, gotta trim out the girls bathroom, guess what color I repainted it????