Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! Let's do this!

Last night I stayed up late to ring in 2019 with some of my best hobby friends. 
At midnight, the ball dropped, we clinked our glasses, drank our champagne and proclaimed, "Happy New Year!"
Then I logged onto the NaMoPaiMo Facebook group and posted a link to this year's registration page.
For those of you who are new to this, National Model Painting Month (NaMoPaiMo) is an internet-based art project that takes place during the month of February. Participants are challenged to paint a model horse during the month of February. This is not a painting contest. The emphasis is on the act of painting itself, and everyone who completes the challenge is a winner.
The goal of NaMoPaiMo is to encourage, empower and educate hobby artists of all skill levels. Participants may use the event in whatever way best suits their needs. That said, there are some rules for people who want to be an official part of NaMoPaiMo.
  1. Participants must sign up before midnight on January 31. 
  2. Participants must paint one three dimensional model equine. There are no scale or medium requirements, but medallions and models of other animals are not permissible. 
  3. Models may be customized, prepped and primed before the start of NaMoPaiMo. However, the entirety of the finishwork must be completed between 12:01 AM February 1 and 11:59 PM February 28. 
  4. To complete the challenge, one photo of the finished model must be uploaded to the official "I Did It" album on the NaMoPaiMo Facebook group or emailed to NaMoPaiMo@gmail.com.
  5. Participants are asked to pay an optional $2 entry fee. This helps fund NaMoPaiMo and promote Amateur Artist divisions at live shows throughout the year.
If you would like to participate in this year's NaMoPaiMo (and we hope you do!), the online registration form can be found here. Just remember, registration is a commitment. You will not be able to edit your entry after the fact, so please do not enter until you are absolutely, positively know what you want to paint!
Once you've registered, be sure to snap a photo of you and your unpainted model. This will be used in the official entrant collage.
Last year, we painted four hundred and fifty four models. Can we double that number this year? Yes, we can!

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