Saturday, November 18, 2017

The art of failing

One of my friends posted this on her blog today, and I liked it so much, I immediately asked if I could share it here as well. Thank you, Melissa! P.S. Your saddle doesn't look nearly as bad as you think it does.

That Artistic Failure - Tack Making

by Melissa Addison

The month of April 2017 was National Model Tack Month in the model horse world.

As a model horse artist that likes to show in performance and have tack for my models that looks realistic, I can admit freely that I have always hated the prices of model horse saddles. I mean really, some of them come close to costing what a real saddle can be purchased.

So when I saw National Model Tack Month I was excited to join. I was going to prove that those saddles didn't need to cost so much and these people were committing highway robbery. I was also going to make the saddles for the donation models I was doing for Longmire Days 2017 (blog coming soon) as I had asked several hobby tack makers if they would donate and was met with dead silence or no.

After coming off a successful February of NaMoPaiMo (National Model Painting Month) - I was very excited to get this tack on the road and prove my point.

So I purchased my supplies from Rio Rondo. This right here is close to $65 worth of supplies. 
Then came the first part - cutting out the pieces. Not hard at all -right??
I mean it's just following patterns and directions. I can do that. 
I am just going to say right now - that took me over 2 hours to cut these out. Two hours and nothing that resembled a saddle or even close to it. Just pieces. My ADHD was kicking in and I was literally having a panic attack at this point.
Then came dyeing the VERY SMALL leather pieces - Just a note - I am working on a 1:9 scale saddle here. LOOK at all those little pieces - OH MY GOD!!!

So staining - let's just say it's not like painting at all.   
It's disastrous.
At this point - I was five hours in and freaking out because the pieces seemed to shrink and not be the same size as each other and all this crazy stuff. 

Needless to say, it is now November. This saddle is still not finished. Every time I get near it I freak out and literally have a massive panic attack. So I put it in an envelope and will be sending it to a friend who makes tack to do what she wants with it. 

This was a real dent to my ego, believe me. And a much needed failure. We all have to fail and this failure proved to me that as artists, tack makers, are CRAZY and deserve their prices even if I don't want to pay it. 

I will try again next April to join the Tack Month - but I think I will start with just a couple of halters or something. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Catching up

I didn't make anything today, but I did go riding, which is just as good.
My seasonal job ended two weeks ago. The goal was to earn enough money to buy a new-to-me car, and I accomplished that. It's a good feeling.
I'm still at loose ends on the tack making and blogging fronts, but hopefully, I that will improve with time. I guess we'll see.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Whip it

I haven't had a lot of energy for the model horse hobby lately, but for some reason, I was inspired to make a dressage whip.
This could find its way into a live show set-up, but mostly, it's a cat toy.
Get it, Aeh!
Maybe tomorrow I'll make something else.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Someone at Breyer loves me

Shortly after I announced I'd be going to BreyerFest, I was contacted by Stephanie at Breyer. She asked if I would be interested in taking pictures of BreyerFest Live and the Children's and Youth Show for Just About Horses magazine.
 Of course I said yes.
 About a week ago, all my hobby friends started receiving their copies of Just About Horses in the mail. That's when I realized that I had forgotten to renew my membership to the Breyer Collector Club. There would be no Just About Horses coming to me. Darn it!
 But... someone at Breyer loves me. Today, as if by magic, I found two copies of JAH in my mailbox. Thank you so much, Breyer!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Weekend Showcase: Corina Roberts

For the past two weeks, most of my hobby time has gone towards judging the MEPSA October Performance show. 

MEPSA shows, even the regular monthly qualifiers, are a big deal. This particular show had ninety classes, sixteen entrants and more than two thousand photos, most of which were really, really good.

Still, some were better than others, and none were better than these incredible mountain scenes by my friend, Corina Roberts. Thank you so much for allowing me to share them here, Corina!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sarah Foster

I met a lot of great people at this year's BreyerFest, but no one impressed me more than seventeen year old Sarah Foster.
Sarah was this year's winner of the BreyerFest Live Sportsmanship Trophy
In September 2016, Sarah was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive and fatal type of brain cancer. Despite that, she made the long trek from her home in Orlando, Florida to attend BreyerFest. She showed at BreyerFest Live and attended our big room sales opening night on Thursday. She was a beautiful, kind, strong and brave girl.
Sarah and Tiffany Purdy
Sarah passed away earlier today. She will be deeply missed.