Saturday, November 24, 2007
Talk about busy...! Between the stuff going on the last month and a half, and not being able to find any Dull Cote at the store, I did not get anything much done in that time. I am back in the swing of things now though! Finally finishing up that Rasam that has been fighting with me for months. The Babaji (pictured) I finished is now for sale, and I have a Valda, Al Sayyid, and Pixie all in progress that are commissions. Babaji is a very neat horse, and I learned a lot painting him. In retrospect I wish Id done him solid Buckskin, but I think he turned out pretty neat. Now that I have Buckskin/Dun and Bay down pat, I am hoping to polish off the skills I need to paint Chestnuts.
Now on a more personal note... If anyone remembers that house we looked at this summer and tried to buy, we found out it has gone back up for sale, and the price has come down again. I am not sure if it will still be up for sale when we finally sell this one. It would be great to have 6 bedrooms to work with, but that house needs so much work. We will see. It is pretty neat to watch how God's plans unfold. We finally made the decision to start working on the preparations to adopt a little boy from Ethiopia in the near future. This means a lot of my sales pieces from now on go to the adoption fund. We are really eager to get this going, but trying to be patient as we really need to move to a larger place first.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
On the orders front.. I have taken quite a few lately, and some of those I had forgotten to write down and booked the slots twice so it may be a tad longer to get them all done but I do not anticipate long waits. Now that things are settling in with the homeschool for the year, I should be able to get back to a steady work schedule.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Aye found tis wee thin' whilst rummagin thru me treaayes. 'E was done lats sprin', an neva found a proper ship t' call 'is home. First matey t' tell me t' name o' one o' me chickens, gets this critter 'or free! You may have to do a bit o diggin (as any good pirate should be capable of!). May t' best matey win!
(ps. if you are browsing my website, it doesn't work well in firefox)
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I have also been restoring this awesomely cool Art Glaze "Oatsville", sculpted and I believe also finished by Paul Sanders. Still working on the tail. His poor original tail is long gone, and instead of sculpting a full look-alike tail, I decided that I really liked the short docked look. So I am giving him just a little bit on the end to finish it off. Matching the glossed bisque color is not proving very easy, but hopefully I can get something close enough. With all the breaks he has, he probably won't be a future show horse, but I love him anyway!
Friday, September 14, 2007
It has been some time since I have done any flatwork for sale. So last night while sitting in my barely lit bedroom studio while my hubby slept, I decided to try some colors and techniques out on a canvas board. I am planning a painting for my kitchen and these were some of the colors I was thinking about. Anyway, it is a painting in acrylic of 2 Gypsy Cob mares in the sunset. It is for sale for $75 including shipping in the USA. The matte and frame are not included. The entire painting is 16x20, and it extends to within 2-3 inches of the edge, mostly rough brush strokes. Feel free to email me if you are interested in this piece!
Friday, August 31, 2007
Well chickens don't swim very well, so we probably shouldn't try that. Anyway.. it has been a while since I posted. I have been so busy lately painting, planning the school year for the kids, house training puppy, and moving my mom 200 miles back down near by. It has been insane. The house is a disaster, so today's job is boxing up and shipping EVERYTHING that I need to ship.. (ugh) and reorganizing the house. That is between our anniversary yesterday (10 yrs!) and my birthday tomorrow (29 already?!), and hubby has been keeping me busy doing things out of the house.
So studio news? I finished Chet, and the Valinor, and I am *almost* done with a Rasam. All of these guys are sold. Due to the down hobby economy I have decided to offer some custom order slots on some unpainted resins I have here, rather than offer them already finished. It breaks up the payments a little since I only need the body cost down, and the rest isn't due till the horse is finished. And since I already have the resins I know they are ones that I would like to work on. Right now I still have an Al Sayyid available for order, a Babaji on order, and that custom Svelte yet to finish along with a couple of orders. Hopefully next week will be a bit less busy and I can get back to work!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
So here's our new puppy! He wasnt really planned, I ended up trading a guy 10 chickens for him at the swap. He is a red and white bi-color Australian Shepherd. His name is Smokey, but I call him Moe. He's so smart! Already house broken at 8 weeks old, and walks fairly well on a leash. He is going to be a great dog!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Then I thought... I would really like to try to do the mane and tail in hair like his. And maybe I will make him neighing, that will be cute... and tweak an ear back... So here we are 24 hours later. lol He still has a little more resculping on his face and a few other spots and then tomorrow I can start priming. He is going to be SOOOOO Cute!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Majeeda's auction is still in that mid auction lull that I hate. I know everyone is just waiting, but there is always that fear that maybe, just maybe, no one else is going to bid. There are over 100 people with it on their watch lists, over 700 hits to the auction itself. The suspense is killing me! LOL!
Ok, back to projects. Chet had a bit more work done to his roaning and pattern, but not enough to justify a photo shoot. The Dull Cote is totally empty and I can't get any more till tomorrow, so I need to start on a different project. I can't work on that Arabian mare and foal that everyone is asking about. It has been far too warm in this house, and they are too soft to work with. My seam scraper has walked off again (do they have invisible legs??) so I am thinking maybe I should just give up for the morning and spend some time looking at horses for sale online... I mean.. for reference material.. (wink)
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Here are the photos I am using for reference:
He will be the red dun with the markings and roaning of the bay tobiano.
Here he is being basecoated:
(yes, my desk looks like a war zone. Believe it or not I actually *cleaned* it up for these photos!)
I picked up more spray today, so I can finish up Majeeda, and continue to work on this guy. More later..
Thursday, July 26, 2007
OK not real fleas but with all those fleabites on this mare, I couldn't resist! Seriously I think I have put 8 hours in on her so far, and I *finally* have all the fleabites on her I think.... I hope at least. I've now started the work on her legs (which had been used as handles during all that pencil work).
Still have about 4 more layers of color to apply, and detailing. Phew!! She is full into that messy stage and I have pastel dust everywhere.
No news on the house yet. We should hear back on the loan early next week. Still praying we get it. I have already mentally moved in, even though I have tried not to get attached. Please keep praying for us!
In other studio news... I am being prodded to get the 4 sculptures that I keep promising, actually finished and cast. They're coming! They just keep getting pushed back for projects that have a more immediate ability to create income. :) I am hoping to have the Arabian mare and foal set, as well as Tater and Tot (the Gypsy Cob and Miniature horse) done and released by early '08. Maybe I can snap some photos of them later on.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Now the trouble is, we have not sold our house yet, and the Michigan economy for selling is pitiful at best. And we can't make a contingency offer because it is bank owned. So.... we have to either sell this puppy fast, or find someone to rent it and BEG the bank to give us the loan. That will be tomorrow's task.
Please pray for us! We REALLY need this house. My poor 10 yr old daughter is sharing a 10x10 bedroom with her 3 younger sisters(ages 6, and 4.5 twins) and shes begging for her own space!
Ok, now on the model horse front.... I need funds and fast! So hopefully by early next week I will have my custom Ziryab resin on Ebay. So far she is really turning out nice, but man those fleabites are a killer! I haven't even begun to tackle putting them on that big ole belly of hers. Phew...
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Toby, 3 yr old rescued Husky Shep mix. Weighs 70 lbs, white with dark spots, and he thinks hes a lap dog..
Paisley, Kate, and Burnt Marshmellow
2 parakeets - Shelby and Luke
Sam - the white capped Pionus
Kermit - the green cheek Conure
Tim - a young Red Golden Pheasant
two Button Quail
Plus my flock of Silkies, Showgirls, Brahmas, Salmon Faverolles, and Marans (around 150 birds!!)
Moya - Pearl Merle Varigated Dumbo girl
Blobby - Blue rex Dumbo girl
Cloud - Blue hooded Dumbo girl
Poppy - Black and Orange Harlequin marked Lionhead Doe (My sweetie)
The Bettas - Animal, D-Man, Liam, Sapphyre, Heinz, Kourtini, Flame, Janice, Fluffy, Belle, & Teenie.
Froggie - Green tree frog
Thats all!!! LOL...