Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Steampunk Steed

I picked up the 2014 bronze yesterday from Enterprise, OR.  It turned out really GREAT!!!!  I don't have any finished photos of "the steed" yet - as I'm still putting the inside parts and the base sprocket together on him.  But very soon I will have a completed picture to share with the world.  He's a complicated little buggar!

Saturday is the drop-off deadline for the Open Regional Art Exhibit, so I'm in a mad tinkering rush to get him all put together in time.

Here are some process photos that I took while I was at the caster:

I found these two little gears online last year.  I have no idea what kind of machinery that these are from, but they're the perfect size for my sculpture.  So I took them up to Tim to see if he could make them work.  He drilled out the two shafts so that the custom pegs for the bronze could fit into them.  Contrary to how they look, the gears actually do work and turn!  I love old rusty stuff.

Craig is helping to hold the sculpture while Tim knocks out some "nerds", or air holes in the metal.  (Nobody seems to know why they call them nerds....)

Tim, a.k.a. the Foo-man!  Getting ready to fire up the torch for some patina work.

Tim is one the best bronze patina artists in the world.  He can create some truly unbelievable colors on metal.  I'm beyond thrilled that he is doing one of my pieces!!!  The steampunk steed has a very cool custom brushed marbled effect that Tim did with sulfuric nitrate.  The finished look is totally awesome!

I had to say hi to Arnold when I was up there.  This piece had a sheen of brand new metallic raw blue when we visited last year.  It's copy #4 of 7 that will go to Mr. Schwarzenegger's home in Los Angeles when it's finished.   

Saturday, March 28, 2015

One of the BEST Friesian horse videos that I've ever seen!!!!!!  I absolutely love the way that they are done!!!!  The sepia color tones of the videos, a park setting that's reminiscent of a black forest style, and the costumes are absolutely outstanding!!!!  Wowza, I'm majorly in love with the whole production!!!  The Friesian people can conjure up some serious romantic style in their costume world!!!! 




Monday, March 23, 2015

Darian Buckles "Millenium Tango" mini dressage resin that I painted back in 2009.  I held onto this little guy for a long time in my personal collection, but I don't get to very many model shows anymore so I decided to sell him so he could get out there to be seen.  Owned by Britney Davison of New Jersey. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015


He really hates his desensitizing lessons, but he tolerates it okay most of the time.  I don't force the issue because his little brain has a meltdown if it gets overloaded.  The first introduction with the rattle can bag was an exciting event, but he's gotten much better about it now.  We'll keep working daily to get better.

I'll be really thrilled when his front end catches up with his butt!  Another growing spurt is making him look gangly....

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sarah Rose 4" inch mini Khan resin. I painted this guy to look like the real horse that it was modeled from, "Astrachan" owned by Cascade Gold Akhal Tekes in Washington. He's a deep metallic mahogany blood bay. It was a lot of fun to paint the old man!
Owned by Cathy Leddy.


This cute little fellow is a Horsing Around mini "Sentinel" sculpted by Stacey Tumlinson.  He measures 3" in height.  I customized this guy with tiny little braids in his mane and tail and painted him as a honey flaxen chestnut gelding.  He was part of my personal collection - and I did have plans to show him with my little hunt seat performance tack - but since I haven't been to a live show in ages, I figured that he needed to go with someone who would get out there to be seen.  He is owned by Hailee Haris of Illinois.

The original version of this resin can be seen here:  http://www.equineresindirectory.com/searchhorsegallery.asp?searchtype=resin&resinid=1108

Sunday, March 1, 2015

More Lambies

Fatty's two colorful little ram lambs.  They are by our older spotted painted desert ram.
This two year old ewe had a red and white spotted ewe lamb this year. 

This little guy is so adorable!  The ewe is a year and a half old, and it's her first little lamb.  He's itty bitty and incredibly cute!  I picked him up shortly after he was born and he was the size of a tiny cat.  A very healthy little guy, just a small fellow from his first time mother.

Our young dark ewe had a nice little chocolate ram lamb.  He has a small white star on the top of his head. 

This one's a keeper!  Cupid had a nice blonde ewe lamb this year.  This little lamb looks a lot like her father, a blonde painted desert ram with white horns.  I bred a large group of ewes to the blonde ram, and so far this is the only one that has came out looking very similar to him.  But there are still a few more ewes to lamb out, so we'll see if we get any more blondies to come. 

It must be a year for rams, as this is yet another ram lamb from one of our young ewes!

Luna had a colorful little brown and white spotted ram lamb this year.  He is by our older painted desert ram.  I marked her horn with pink duct tape, so I could keep track of which flock sire she was penned with.