Tuesday, October 31, 2017


I have been planning a Halloween photo shoot for the last three weeks. I've gathered the horses, the dolls, the costumes, the props and the candy. That's everything I need, except, of course, the enthusiasm. I just couldn't muster that, so I decided to rely on Facebook instead. Thank you, to everyone who contributed their pictures. These are all awesome. Enjoy!
photo by Anna Dobrowolska-Oczko
photo by Cameryn Oswald
photo by Cold RuRu
photo by Anonymous
photo by Marjo Miettinen
photo by Missy Halvas
photo by Sandy Sanderson
photo by Becca Brooks
photo by Sharon Foster Peden
photo by Sorraia Art
Photo by Christine Sutcliffe
photo by Vicky Norris
photo by Nichelle Jones

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall break

Last week was Fall Break. 
Ryan is a high school senior, so it's likely this will be his last fall break while living under our roof. We decided to make the most of it, so on Tuesday, we piled into the van and headed out to Southwestern Colorado.
Our primary destinations were Mesa Verde...
Great Sand Dunes National Parks.
Both of those places were awesome,
but I was equally excited to be visiting this place. 
When I was twenty one, I spent three months in Mancos, working as a wrangler at Lake Mancos Ranch
It was one of the best summers of my life, and I have long dreamed of going back.
Mission accomplished!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Westerly Design studio tour

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about "dream studios." Karen Gerhardt's wasn't among those featured, but that's only because I hadn't seen it yet. Now I have, and let me tell you: This is a beautiful work space.
Karen is a sculptor and finishwork artist, specializing in custom glaze Chinas.
Her studio has separate spaces for both endeavors. 
This one is going to be amazing.
These are her China molds...
and here are some of her paint brushes. Everything is so neat and organized! 
The studio also houses some of Karen's personal collection... 
with an emphasis on the models she sculpted herself.
There are multiple examples of her two Breyers, 
including some gorgeous one of a kind pieces painted by Karen at the Breyer factory.
The next two pictures will probably give some OF collectors a heart attack, so take a deep breath before proceeding. Neither Shannondell...
or Vahana are original finish. They are both aftermarket glossies.
Also interesting, but not OF are the shrinky Shannondells. 
Both Middledell... 
and Littledell were created before Karen sold the sculpture to Breyer. 
The rest of the photos aren't part of the official studio tour, since they were taken in other parts of the home.
Here are some of Karen's original finish Chinas...
I have a little broken one just like this!...
and most of her custom glaze collection.
 So gorgeous!
Karen's house is also filled with some beautiful two dimensional art, including these paintings by her aunt and two well known hobby artists, Sue Rowe and Sarah Rose.
Thank you again, Karen, for inviting us to your beautiful home!

Pumpkin party

Yesterday, a group of Front Range hobbyists headed up to the high country for Karen Gerhardt's Pumpkin Season Open Studio Party.
The party opened with a tour of Karen's beautiful new studio...
and a fun giveaway. 
Teresa Fedak and Yashka Hallein were the big winners, but no one went home empty-handed.
After we'd inspected every inch of the studio...
we went downstairs to eat, play with the dog...
and paint pumpkins.
 Everyone looks serious, but this was actually a ton of fun.
Here's a before picture of the painted pumpkins.  
I can't wait to see what they look like after they spend a few hours in the kiln.
In theory, one of these will be green!
The party wrapped with one more fun activity.
Karen had asked us each to bring a model horse. 
We lined them up on the shelf and held an impromptu competition judged by popular choice. 
I brought Proof. He didn't win, but I thought he looked amazing anyway.
Thank you for hosting the pumpkin party, Karen!
That was a great way to end the Fall Break week.