Friday, March 13, 2020

The class of 2020

Unlike the Circle C Artist Challenge Contest, NaMoPaiMo is not a contest. Everyone who finishes their model is a winner. No one judges anything. Thank goodness, because who would want to sort through these six hundred ten beauties? Not me, that's for sure..
That said, when I think back on NaMoPaiMo 2020, there are a few horses who will come to mind.
Pam Ford's Big Yonder
These include Emma Sjoblom's Frankie, a Breyer-Wyatt-turned-Frankenhorse,
Melanie Miller's black without black Turko...
and Vincent Lange's "Let it Breathe."
I have a serious soft spot for ponies, 
model by Hanna Jung
model by Erika Isbell
and longears, so those always stick in my memory.
model by Dora Duftschmied
This was an especially great year for longears. I am head over heels in love with Ruth Sheridan's MEPSA contest custom San Domingo. I hope I can afford him when he comes up for sale later this year.
I have similar feelings for Tiffany Purdy's Purdy Paimoass.
He was the Overall Performance Champion at this year's BreyerWest Open Show and will be for sale at the BreyerFest Artisan Gallery. I know I won't be able to afford him, but I expect someone will give him a the forever home he deserves.
There are dozens of models that deserve space on this blog.
Corina Roberts' last Amarant
Lesli Kathman's model
Dozens of dozens!
Danielle Feldman's model
But when it's all said and done, the model I will remember the most is Jennifer Kroll's amazing Hawk, Ernie.
Jen writes: Goodness gracious I had no clue this is where I would end up with him at the start of the month. I had just planned to paint and hair him. Then half way through the month when I actually started on him, I decided to make him wet. Then he needed a scene, which also kept on building. I made everything except the Hawk resin and the bucket. Super proud of how it turned out. Every year for NaMoPaiMo I do a piece For myself and then within months end up selling it. Not this one. Ernie stays. He’s mine. This is the epitome of everything I enjoy about making model horses.
Congratulations, Jen. You are Ernie are the Valedictorians of the Class of 2020. 
Congratulations again, to Jen and to everyone who finished. Truly, you are all winners!


  1. Ernie is phenomenal. It's like this sculpture was made for this scene!

  2. Ernie is amazing, and every time I look, I keep finding new things to love about this scene.

  3. Ernie is nothing short of perfection!! Congratulations to Jenn. The other entries were all outstanding in their own right & are a total credit to their artists. Well done to all!!