Thursday, April 30, 2020

Today's photos

Today is the last day of April and the last day for both the April and Shelter & Share Photo Challenges. I can't believe I made it to the end!

The last prompt for Lauren Hoeffer's April Photo Challenge was "Good Hair." I own one haired model, so this seemed like the perfect slot for him. Except...
I've never styled a mohair mane or tail so I followed the directions in Jennifer Kroll's hairing tutorial. It was trickier than I'd expected, but I am so pleased with the results. Champagne Toast looks like a brand new, twenty five year old horse!
Here's the official "Good Hair" photo.
The final prompt for the Wellman sisters' Shelter & Share Photo Challenge was "Herd Hoard." I have always wanted to set up an overfilled, messy hobby room, and now I finally have.
And because the word "hoard" always makes me think of the television show, Hoarders: Buried Alive, I extended my room to make that happen, too.
Here is a picture collage for the April Photo Challenge.
And another for the Shelter & Share Photo Challenge.
Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Almost wordless Wednesday

Yesterday the United States recorded its one millionth confirmed case of Covid-19. It's a grim milestone. Here in Colorado, we've had some fourteen thousand confirmed cases and seven hundred thirty six deaths. The statewide Stay at Home order expired Monday, but was extended by most of the Denver metro counties, including Arapahoe where I live. It's a strange time to be alive, and today's almost wordless post is a snapshot of Buxton style quarantine life.
Online work
Online school
Online dating
Curbside senior award ceremony, part one
Curbside senior award ceremony, part two
Curbside senior award ceremony, part three
Curbside senior award ceremony, part four
New job id photo
Isolation Easter cookies
Isolation Easter dog biscuits
Isolation Easter dog
Sunset dog walk
Sunset dog walker
Sunset dog
Sidewalk dogs
Dog naps
Tony the mafioso squirrel with a bullet hole through his ear
Big, dumb Todd
Smart little Jeanette
Pandemic shopping
Pandemic spacing
Pandemic signage
More pandemic signage
Empty shelves
Best find
No drinking

Today's photos

Today's prompt for the Shelter & Share Photo Challenge is "Best Find." That sounds easy, but I've been struggling with it all month. Because I am an artist resin and custom collector, my models invariably come from hobbyists. I find them where exactly where you would expect to find them, through online platforms such as MH$P, Facebook and eBay or at model horse events like the Jennifer Show, BreyerFest and BreyerWest. I have a lot of candidates for "Best Trade" or "Best Bargain," but that's not quite the same thing. "Best Find" is for rare and valuable things found in surprising places, like a grey Appaloosa Proud Arabian mare at a yard sale.

I've bought models from yard sales, but mostly they look like this.
My bobble head donkey. Try not to be jealous.
I was mulling this over yesterday and trying to remember every model I've ever bought at a non-model location. Mentally, I clicked through the thrift shop horses, the yard sale horses, the estate sale horses and the Craig's List horses. That's when I remembered that I found Rev on Craig's List.
I leased Rev for ten months in 2013. He was one of the important horses in my life, partly because we shared a strong bond, but mostly because he brought me to Kenlyn. 
Without Rev, there would not have been Santana, Scarlett, Thunder, Stealth, Guaranteed, Lucy, Chino, Mikey, Sprite, Mystyc, Goldie, Bob or Gunner.
Without Rev, James and I would have never experienced the joy of welcoming a new foal into the world. 
Without Rev, I would have never met any of my barn friends.
Without Rev, I wouldn't have a big scar on my shoulder.
I can't imagine what my life would be like had I not found Rev. He truly is my "Best Find."
As luck would have it, I do have a model Rev. He is a Maggie Bennett Cooper resin customized by me and painted by Pat Hefty.
Since I've already taken a lot of pictures of models with photos, I decided to photograph model Rev with a model sized Craig's List ad.  Since I didn't have the foresight to save the original, I cobbled together a reasonable facsimile. 
I resized it and printed it on glossy color paper. I cut that out and sticky waxed it over the laptop's screen. 
Here's the official picture. I am quite pleased with it.
The prompt for the April Photo Challenge was "Pony." This one was easy.
Fifty eight down, two to go. It's been a long month of photos, but now I know I'm going to make it across the finish line. Hurray!