Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The calm before the storm

For the last six months, I've been saying, "NaMoPaiMo is coming," but now it's really true.
Photo by Kara Kunnen
My horse is prepped and primed.
The prizes have been photographed and cataloged.
I think I'm ready, or at least as ready as I can possibly be.
If you are also painting in February, can you do me a favor? Please snap a selfie of you and your intended victim and post it on the NaMoPaiMo Facebook page or email it to NaMoPaiMo@gmail.com. We have five hundred and two entrants signed up so far, and I want to start the month with a collage of the world's biggest model horse painting party.
This is only the beginning
NaMoPaiMo is almost here, and I can't wait!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Who dat?

One of the best things to happen to me in recent memory was Heather Malone moving back to Colorado.
Her new house is just three point one miles from mine, and over the last eleven months, we've spent countless hours hanging out on her couch, talking model horses and playing with her cats. It's been awesome. 
About a week ago, Heather succeeded in tracking down a long-time holy grail. He's not cheap, so a portion of her collection has gone up for sale. Being a good friend, I felt compelled to wander over to her house to see if I could help with the fundraising.
The first pass through her resin and custom cabinet confirmed what I'd already expected. All of the models I was interested in were either not for sale or were priced significantly above my spending limit. No big deal. I sat back down and spent some time talking and playing with the cats.
Later, I made a second pass through the model room and noticed a cute face I hadn't seen before. 

"Who dat?" I asked.
It turned out that "Dat" was an AA Working Hunter Stallion sculpted by Donna Chaney.
He is an extremely limited edition. This one was number twelve of twenty. 
Hunter braided ponies are pretty much exactly my thing, and this one was in my price range. In the name of friendship, I felt compelled to take him home.
Thank you, Heather, for my new pony. Now hurry up and pay off that grail. I want to sit on your couch and admire him!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Almost wordless Wednesday

Everyone likes performance pictures, so here's a second helping of photos from the performance divisions at A Midwinter Night's Ball in Georgetown, Texas. Enjoy!

A midwinter night's performance

I had mixed feelings when Tiffany and Erin signed up to show at A Midwinter's Night Ball. On the one hand, they are two of my favorite people in the entire world. We talk online nearly every day, but actual in person time is a rarity. The idea of spending a weekend with them was extremely appealing. 

On the other hand, they're both performance showers, and I was judging performance.

"I'm a little worried about this," I told Seth the night before I left for Texas. "Tiffany and Erin are really good. It's possible they will win all the things."

"Place 'em last in every class," he said unhelpfully.

If only it was that easy...
I tried really hard not to place their entries. 
Eventually, the parade of clean, correct, well documented and interesting set-ups wore me down. 
Tiffany's horse won the Overall Resin/Custom Performance Championship on Saturday...
and Erin's claimed the Overall OF Performance Championship on Sunday.
It wasn't as easy as those pictures indicate, however. The Texans really made them work for their prizes.
In particular, Laura Skillern did extremely well in every single class she entered.
She just might have won it all, had she entered more classes!
Vicky Norris' versatile and consistent Kachera, very nearly did win it all on OF day.
The head down Paloose is such a nice performance model, and this one was very well shown.
The sister duo of Alaina Richardson and Annie Florian were also in the mix with their wonderful Bookshelf Barns props...
 and some of the best dolls I have ever seen.
And let's not forget Christie Partee,
Candy Evans, 
Hannah Bear,
Alicia Vogel,
photo by Alicia Vogel
Val Tudor,
photo by Carrie Richmond
LoGeana Anderson,
and everyone else who put a performance entry on the table. 
This was an extremely big and competitive show. There were no easy classes, and every single ribbon was hard earned. Thank you, Texas for making my judging job both wonderful and terrible, and congratulations to Erin and Tiffany for your well deserved wins!