Sunday, February 28, 2021

I did it! (mostly)

 Well, there's a spot on her back that's going to need touching up, but otherwise, I did it!

I am not alone. As of three minutes ago, there are six hundred seventy one models in the NaMoPaiMo winners' circle.
Today's NaMoPaiMo Champions of the Day are the 2021 NaMoPaiMo staff: Margaret Balch (second in charge, moderator),
Sarah Townsend (head cheerleader, moderator),
Melanie Miller (moderator, mentor),
Kristen Cermele (moderator, mentor),
Anne Field (sales, moderator),
Anne Veeneman–van der Weel (international coordinator, moderator),
Corina Roberts (moderator),
Lynne Penner (Minis Painting Minis)...
and Missy Shaw (Instagram).
Thank you so much for all your help and support. Truly, NaMoPaiMo could not exist without your help!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

NaMoPaiMo day twenty seven

I was hoping to finish my NaMoPaiMo horse today, but she was still the tiniest bit tacky so I went riding instead.

I came home. The horse was still tacky, so I consoled myself by painting Auron's eye.
Then I spent a couple of hours downloading and cropping pictures of finished NaMoPaiMo horses, answering NaMoPaiMo email and listening to Kylee's Breyer Boot Camp Meet and Greet.
It's been a nice, low-key day, but I am tired. I wish I had been able to finish my horse, but I'm confident that will happen tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some pictures of horses that did get finished today. Congratulations to all the winners and good luck to everyone who's still painting.
photo by Darynn Benardczyk
photo by Kendra Benardczyk
photo by Corrie McDermott Soboda
photo by Serena Pedane
photo by Ruth Sheridan
photo by Barb DiAnnibella
photo by Anna Dobrowolska
photo by Melody Sutphin
photo by Kim Brandner
photo by Carra McClelland
photo by Pavla Pernicova
photo by Jennifer Arsuaga
photo by Jennifer Danza

Friday, February 26, 2021

NaMoPaiMo day twenty six

Earlier this year, Shannon Rodgers came to me with an idea for a NaMoPaiMo post. Inspired by a thread on Model Horse Blab about “leaving resins to the professionals,” she wrote a piece encouraging people to enjoy their things and not worry about "ruining" them. 

Here's a excerpt: I always made myself stick to little stablemate bodies or my “test horse” (a crazy patchworked Classic) for fear of not doing well on the “good” plastic or resin bodies! Silly. It took a nudge from a friend to go with a Traditional scale resin for this year’s NaMoPaiMo, but I am so happy I did! 

Remember, art supplies and bodies are tools. There are always options - one can paint a model again. It is malleable - you can make changes. It isn’t “ruining” anything! I used to save a set of fluffy white towels I was given for guests, but one day realized life is short, and we deserve to treat ourselves right. Use the fluffy towels. Paint the resin. Try the thing! I believe in you and I can’t wait to see what you create!

It was a great piece, but it needed "fluffing" in terms of photos and such. I put it on my to-do list, but that list is really long. I never quite got around to it, so I was so tickled when Shannon posted her "I did it!" photo earlier today. Her big, beautiful, newly painted NaMoPaiMo horse is named Fluffy Towels. Perfect.

Shannon writes: She was a great learning piece for me, doing a cool black without using actual black, fun details and trying new techniques and materials. PearlEx added some great depth, and while she is based in oils, there is acrylic and pencil detailing.  I am very proud of how she turned out and especially enjoyed doing that blue eye!
Congratulations, Shannon. Not only did you not ruin that model, you made her something really special. Keep doing the things that make you happy. Enjoy those fluffy towels.

P.S. You are the NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

NaMoPaiMo day twenty five

The "I did it's" are coming fast and furious now. Despite my best efforts, I can no longer keep up with all the activity on the NaMoPaiMo Facebook page. That's unfortunate because some of these models are really amazing, including this pretty resin by Clémence de Casanove.
Clémence writes: I. DID. IT !! And I do love her! And I am very happy because she has some "texture" and that was my goal for this year. It was a struggle, but I learned so much. Thanks to the NaMoPaiMo, I finished multiple horses this month, and most importantly, I learned again to trust the process and not be too annoyed by chuck of paint or grainyness. I didn't let my perfectionism blindfold me. So thank you to all for all your posts and support. Being part of this community is amazing. 

And eyes are my fav part to do I am really proud of hers even if they don't show well on these picture.
Some artists, like Clémence, post a lot of progress pictures throughout the month. Others, like Jacen Tooley, have been mostly quiet, which makes the big "I did it!" reveal wonderful and surprising.
Jaccen writes: I did it! This year meant so much to me because I haven't done any kind of equine art in over a year. I didn't realize how much I had missed it. I got lucky and Fraxinus played nice for the most part. There were just a couple of hiccups that served to remind me that any thing can be fixed with enough time and patience. He was a lot of fun and something different from what I usually do since I'm typically drawn to dilutes and lots of chrome. I also got to paint teeth for the first time which, was a fun challenge. This is the first time I've painted a resin, which was a little scary since I'm always worried my paint jobs won't show well. I want my resins to do well in the show ring since I don't have many of them. Thank you again for the challenge and for the encouragement to shake off the blues from last year and get back into doing what I love. 
Congratulations, Clémence...
and Jacen for exemplifying the spirit of NaMoPaiMo.
Your horses are beautiful, and you are the NaMoPaiMo Champions of the Day.

Making it happen

In regards to my official NaMoPaiMo horse, I spent most of the month letting it happen. 
Rather than trying to stick to a strict schedule, I allowed myself to have fun and experiment. Sometimes that worked. Sometimes it didn't.
Either way, I was happy to just go with the flow.
Then one day I woke up and realized the month was almost over. Instead of letting it happen, I had to start making it happen. Even though, my horse still needs a little bit of work on her body color, I decided to skip ahead and work on the details, starting with the eyes.
She told me she wanted a blue eye, and who am I to argue?
Yes, I like this a lot!
I also painted her legs and hooves. I didn't spend a lot of time on the tops of the markings because I expect they will need touching up after that final layer of oils.
She looks nearly done in this photo.
Unfortunately, on close inspection, she's still a little patchy. I also want to smooth out some of the shading. That's today's project. If my timing is right, she should be dry enough for me to apply the final details on Sunday. 
Wish me luck! I think I can make it happen, but it's definitely going to be close!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

NaMoPaiMo day twenty four

It seems like it should be easy to paint a model horse in twenty eight days, but it's not. Every single one of the nearly two hundred fifty painters in the NaMoPaiMo winners' circle had to overcome some kind of adversity while finishing their model.
Of course, for some people the obstacles are much bigger. Our first NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day, Marjolein van Baarle is still painting even as she recovers from cancer surgery. She writes: Here I am spraying the third oil layer after surgery! My drain is still attached as you can see. #determined. My doctor told me on Friday I probably wouldn't be able to paint for a couple of weeks, so I tried to let go of my expectations/wishes to continue on my NaMoPaiMo horse once I got home. I also REALLY underestimated the amount of pain I would be in, but.. Today was a better day and I couldn't wait to distract myself and continue with Mercury's NaMo progress! Chances are really, really small I'll be able to finish him, but I'm still trying!
Cynthia Wyatt Briley is another NaMoPaiMo warrior. Today she finished her model, a Maggie Bennett Feathersep, which she painted in pastels, oils, acrylics, and pencils to a bay/rose gray going gray. This wouldn't usually be a surpise because Cynthia is an accomplished finishwork artist. This year, however, it's a minor miracle. Cynthia explains: I did it!! Even with two abdominal surgeries and a subsequent infection, I still managed to get this tiny girl done! 
I am in awe of the strength, determination and NaMoPaiMo spirit of both these women.
Congratulations, Cynthia. Your horse is gorgeous, and you are the NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

NaMoPaiMo day twenty three

I chose to hold NaMoPaiMo in February because it's a cold, grey, depressing month without a lot of hobby happenings. It never occurred to me that some people would object to the timing based on solely weather. After all, I know artists from all over the country who paint all year long. We're nearing the end of NaMoPaiMo number five, and I stand by my decision, but let me tell you, every single year the number one NaMoPaiMo complaint is that it's too cold to prep/prime/paint/seal.

While there are some weather circumstances that may make any of these activities difficult, if there's a will, there's usually a way. Just ask Karen Lloyd.
She has spent this entire month customizing her Django.
Yesterday he was finally ready for primer, and the weather was terrible. Karen writes: We had a lot of wind, plus the sky was spitting snow flakes. My husband was awesome and shoveled more than a foot of snow off the deck, only to discover a layer of ice underneath. I made a spray booth with a cardboard box and an umbrella. It was quite the crazy set up. I had to weigh down the box with rocks and statues, and the umbrella had to be taken down after each spray because of the wind gusts. Also, I had to try not to fall every time I went out there because of the ice.  
But it was all worth it because “MMS Shangri-la 222” is in primer!
Today I’m going to fix a few minor issues and then the plan is to hand paint  a copper basecoat in acrylics. Normally my horses are done just in pastels for the body color, but I think this method will be better for a rich black - while also hopefully being faster than a gazillion pastel layers. If all goes well tonight, he will start getting pastels tomorrow.
This truly is the "get it done" spirit of NaMoPaiMo. Congratulations, Karen. You are the NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day.