Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Almost wordless Wednesday

Destiny's foal is one week and one day old. I haven't visited her every day, but I've made the most of my visits. She is an extremely well photographed baby. Here are a few of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

NaMoPaiMo in the showring

First we painted them.
Now we're showing them.
Custom Weather Girl by Audrey Dixon
All across the globe...
The Perfect Gentleman, Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig Fritz resin customized by Kylee Parks, Owned and painted by Zoe Antrobus
NaMoPaiMo models have started making their show ring debuts.
SWF Apollo's Lyre, Kitty Cantrell Rastus resin
Customized, painted and owned by Carissa Kirksey

Most are showing in halter... 
Valencia, custom Breyer Salinero owned and painted by Elena Lemm
but a few have ventured into the performance ring as well.
Owned and customized by Lydia Ledward
It's not all blue ribbons and championships...
Notch On My Belt, Maggie Bennett Amarant resin, painted and owned by Erika Baird
(although those have happened)...
Zephyrus, Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig Stormwatch resin
Painted and owned by DeeAnn Kjelshus
but I think everyone is happy with their models.
Benicio resin painted and owned by Julie Brooks
That's what really counts, right?
Unicorn/Narwhal project customized and painted by Vincent Lange
Congratulations again to all the NaMoPaiMo painters. You are all champions to me!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Just keep painting

I am really pleased with my NaMoPaiMo horse. 
She turned out almost exactly how I'd envisioned...
and I am convinced that she is the best example of my finishwork so far.
My only real disappointment is that I achieved these results with pastels instead of oils. 
I really, really, really want to paint a horse in oils.
So I decided to try again. My BHR draft customized to a Fjord was primed and ready to go so he became next victim. Here's the acrylic basecoat...
and one,
two,
three coats of oils! 
I like the body color, but the legs are giving me fits. Fortunately, there's no deadline for this one. I can keep picking at him as long as I want. It may take me months, but I'm determined to just keep painting. I know if I try hard enough, I will eventually reach my goal!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo 2017

Last Sunday, I attended the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo with Fabian, Jenn and Leila.
We spent the first part of our day at the trade show...
looking at tack...
and models.
The tack offerings... 
were plentiful... 
and varied.
There was something for everyone, even Tiffany!
No surprise, most of the models were Breyers.
However, we also found this trio of Tabatha Pack resins in the Art Show. That's Elnathan and two copies of Heza Classy Chic. Maybe next year, Jenn can enter her fabulous new Covergirl sculpture.
The miniature horses were on exhibit just beyond the art show.
So cute. 
They required lots of pets. 
At this point, we decided we'd rather see real horses than shop, so we headed over to the Event Center.
We spent some time in the barn area...
petting noses... 
and taking pictures. 
Then we settled in at the main arena, where we watched Steuart Pittman's Teach Your Horse How to Jump Well demonstration...
and the finale of the Colt Starting Challenge USA
This was an interesting competition in which each contestant is given a young, unbroken horse to start under saddle. After two days and four training sessions, competitors show their horses over a basic obstacle course. 
There were a few rough moments, but most of the horses did very well. I will discuss this event in greater detail in future posts.
I always enjoy the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, and this year was no exception. Thanks for spending the day with me, Fabian, Jenn and Leila. Let's do it again next year!