Friday, February 23, 2018

Avoiding the trap

I was feeling pretty good about my speckled horse when I went to bed last night. Then I woke up this morning, logged onto Facebook and saw Melanie Miller's glorious fleabitten Upton resin...
and Mindy Berg's amazing Eberl Arabian.
I looked at those pictures and looked at my horse, and suddenly she didn't look as good as I'd remembered.

This is the point when I usually give up.

But... comparing your work to that of the hobby's most accomplished painters is a trap. Nothing good can come of it, and it's not what NaMoPaiMo is about. So instead of quitting, I gave myself a pep talk, picked up a paint brush and soldiered on.

Here is Maeve after several hours of concentrated work. 
She doesn't look like she was painted by Mel or Mindy, but that's okay. She's a Buxton, and that's good enough.


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    1. Thank you! I really do like her now, and I know she'll be even better once she has eyes.


  2. She looks great - so glad you went forward with the fleabites!

  3. I think she's lovely. I may not be an artist, but I can appreciate good artwork, and think she is so beautiful.

  4. I honestly think she looks beautiful! She looks really good in fleabitten grey too.
    My friends & I are still plugging along:

  5. I think you did an amazing job! I definitely wouldn’t be able to do that that well ;)