Friday, March 19, 2010

What I've been up to

I have two confessions to make. First, I haven't made a single piece of tack this week. Second, although I know I should stick to tackmaking, there is a part of me that really, really wants to be a finishwork artist.

For almost a month I have been feeling the itch to paint. At first I tried to ignore it, thinking it would go away.

It didn't.

So, then I decided that I should paint something. Or, more precisely, I should finish painting something.
This RB Romke resin came to me in trade sometime in 2006 or 2007. I gelded him, did a little bit of custom work on his mane and tail and decided to paint him up as a semi portrait of a horse I rode when I was a teenager.
Although these pictures show him in a pretty rough state, I did manage to get him mostly finished. I even took him to a live show, where he finished last in his class. That was a fair placing, but it was discouraging. I put him back on the unpainted shelf and pretty much forgot about him for the next couple years.
Here is how his spots looked when I brought him back upstairs earlier this week. It's not terrible, but it's not great either. The shape is overgeneralized and the edges are pretty fuzzy.
A day later, and things are getting better. The edges of the spots are crisper and show a little bit of mapping.
Wednesday's in progress picture...
and Thursday's.
Today I'm adding another million or so layers of thin white paint, and hopefully tomorrow I'll be ready to move on to the hooves, eyes and tail. I wonder how long that will take me? I've really enjoyed this finishwork interlude, but I'm beginning to miss tackmaking...


  1. He's looking great! How long have you been doing finishwork? Your work certainly looks like you're pretty experienced. I bet working on witchy little tack details helps develop those skills too though...

  2. Very handsome! I think his color looks richer, and the spots on the right side are a very cool update! I can't wait to see him complete...

  3. Leah--I have dabbled in finishwork for years but have less than ten completed horses to show for it. I tend to get discouraged easily and leave things half finished for years on end. Maybe if I can get this guy done in time for my next show I will be inspired to break out another one of the oldy moldies.

    Bif--You really do have such good eyes. In addition to working on the white, I added several more layers of pastels to the dark spots. I think they are much richer and less transparent now.

  4. Well done! I LOVE the new coat of paint and the touch ups. He is so much "crisper" now! I also love the color choice - he is just lovely!

    Thank you for checking out our "mystery saddle." There are a couple of saddle makers in my area and I thought I'd check with them to see if they had any idea what it is. You're the one who gave me the idea to shoot the saddle at all angles! :)

    I truly appreciate your blog. Your tack is beyond amazing.