Sunday, February 12, 2017

Beautiful Dozor.  So lovely!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The best laid plans of mice and men......

I got the new saddleseat tack set and I absolutely ADORE it!!!!!  Really great craftsmanship on this tack set.  But it's a big set.....  I put the tack on the model, and then set the half naked doll on top of it, and it's just a bit on the "largish" side.....  So now I'm re-tweeking my plans again.  I've got a large traditional model in my collection that this Honrath set will look absolutely fabulous on (see photos below), so I'll set this tack set aside and paint the model at a later time for it.

So, currently I'm on the hunt for a classic sized saddleseat saddle in a different color that will fit the doll and the model.  I won't give up....    

Friday, February 3, 2017

These are blurry pictures, (my cheap Walmart camera struggles terribly when it comes to extreme close-up zooming.....), but I thought this bird was kind-of cool looking.  I have no idea what kind of bird it was, but he was different from the finches that were hanging around the bird feeder.  He had some neat white "racing stripes" on his head, and the stripes made what looked like a cross on the back of his head.  I really enjoy seeing all the different ones that come to the feeder.

Monday, January 23, 2017

So, this new project of mine has a couple of objectives: 

#1  I have just purchased a saddleseat tack set that needs an appropriate model.
#2  The challenge of reworking a rough resin to fit the above said tack set.
#3  And, the most difficult part - dealing with a rider doll and making clothing for it.  A first for me!

This is going to be a challenge.

Pictured below is my little saddleseat tack that I just purchased from Germany.  I've got another older saddleseat set already, but it's set up specifically for a TWH, (with the straight breast collar and fancy shank bit).  I purchased that set around 14 years ago, and for a short time I showed it on a traditional sized hackney model.  The hackney really wasn't very appropriate for it, (as they are mostly a carriage breed), so I've come to the conclusion that I really need to create a more appropriate model for the new tack set.  (Later on, I should probably create a more appropriate model for the TWH tack as well....)
My new set was made by Steffi Honrath of Golden Creek Saddlery in Germany.  It's shown on a Peter Stone saddlebred, but the model that I will be creating will be from a different manufacturer.

Below are some inspirational videos below of kind-of what I'm shooting for with this whole project:

This one made me tear up a bit....  This is Scotty, a registered saddlebred that was rescued from the New Holland slaughter auction.  I love that his owner shows him almost totally natural.  He has some small wedges for the front, but there are definitely no stacks and no tail set.  (And if you watch, she shows against other competitors that do have them on their horses.)  I give her great respect for saving the horse and getting him out to competing "au-natural".

Another good inspiration for this project, kids having a great time!

And lastly, this one cracked me up.  We all need these types of horses in our lives, the good old school masters that help teaching small children how to learn to ride.  This horse is such a sweet old gem! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

I just finished this guy up in the studio today.  He was a very interesting challenge!  This is a hair prep version of the Kalendar Prince resin sculpted by Vicky Keeling.  I made a new sand base for him (with added magnets for stability), and painted him a golden chestnut for his owner Melissa Halvas.     

This is an older Kalendar Prince that I did several years ago for Melissa too!  She put the hair on this fellow as well.  It'll be fun to see what the new one looks like with locks!  (Photo courtesy of Melissa Halvas.)  

Friday, January 20, 2017

I'm really excited to be starting a new project for my own personal show string!  Yay!!!!!!  It's been AGES since I did something for myself!  I'm generally too busy being swamped with painting customers models and finishing stuff to sell on MHSP to stay afloat.  This particular project will be just for yours truly.  It's bound to be interesting territory to explore learning how to make "wee tiny clothes" for a rider.   I'll post photos of the process here very soon. 

Fun stuff, I'm so stoked!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

I caught these two adorable little pilfering doves in the chicken coop today.  They got themselves stuck while trying to loot the chickens feed.  I can't say that I blame them for doing it, it's been so danged unbelievably COLD here lately, all the wild birds are scavenging for any scraps of food.

Aren't they adorable?
I couldn't help but fiddle around with them for a bit before I set them free.  They were so soft and cute and fluffy!