Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Been a while!

I have been so incredibly busy lately! Between homeschool activities starting up again, de-cluttering the house in preparation to list it for sale, and helping my mom move into her new house, there just has not been much time to do anything! I picked up a sketchbook to doodle while I am here or there, and have decided to do a kids (and big kids) Horse Coloring book. The goal is to have it ready to print in October so it will be available for sale for the holidays. Phew... With all of that going on I am actually looking forward to some painting. :)

While I was de-cluttering I found a bunch of my old sketch books. I listed some poultry theme artwork for sale. I did most of them back in '05. If you are interested, the pictures and prices are listed on my Photobucket account: . I will give discounts for combined orders.

Also I will be officially changing my studio and farm names to Chookhenge! It was a long time coming, and I decided on it a few months ago but wanted to wait till I had some things done before announcing it. This will make my life a little bit easier. Below is the logo (though still in progress). I plan to add to it a bit yet. I am working on a website, but don't anticipate that it will be ready for visitors till after the new year.

OK back to work for me!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Painting hooves

I wasn't sure if anyone was interested but since I was painting up Al Sayyid's hooves today I took photos of the whole process. The colors and steps I use vary from horse to horse, depending on the look I am going for, but generally it goes something like this.

Step one- Paint the whole hoof a mix of Yellow Oxide, Burnt Sienna, and White. The mix is thin but still covers fairly well in one coat.

Step two- When that is fully dry, take a damp flat brush and dip on edge of it in my thinned white mix. Then with the white edge of the brush along the top of the hoof I do a thin layer. The result is a lighter top and darker bottom with some translucency to it. (repeat one more time if needed)

Step three- for striped hooves I add in some vertical lines with a medium grey water color pencil. Some stand alone others are in groups.

Step four- with a small wet (but not dripping) round brush I blend the water color pencil lines with vertical strokes. I may use the water color paint that ends up on the brush to add a few more faint lines.

Step five- In the same way as the 2 previous steps I add a few stripes in with the blank water color pencil and blend them in again. You can spray Dull Cote before this if you don't want the black and grey to blend together. Spray liberally with Dull Cote when you are happy with the blending.

Step six- now repeating step 2, with the same damp brush and thinned white mix. This helps set the black and grey stripes into the hoof.

Step seven- now I use a cotton swab and some Burnt Umber pastels to add in some 'dirt' and shading around the lower portion of the hoof. If you decide you have added too much, you can remove it gently with an eraser or a moistened cotton swab.
Step eight- Respray with dull cote and then apply Delta Ceramcoat Gloss Varnish. If you don't want as much gloss you can sue the "Matte" varnish, or respray with dull cote. The brush on varnish is very durable though and helps protect the hooves. All done!

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Arabian mare & Foal

I know several people have been anxiously awaiting the release of Addilynn & Joseph, so I am happy to announce that I will be working on getting them released by Fall. I finally reached a point where I feel I can really finish them well. Still have quite a bit of work to do on them but it is flowing much easier now.

For those of you who have not seen her before, I started her back at a workshop I attended several years ago, taught by Karen Kasper. She has undergone several changes but the over all feel of her has stayed the same. A few months later people started begging me to make her a baby, so that is how Joseph happened to come into being. They are large traditional scale. The mare is approx 8.5" tall at the withers.

At this point I am hoping to avoid having to put them on bases, but I may need to adjust the foals gait to do that. The mare I think will be fine.

They are both done in medium firmness classic clay, so I had to freeze them to firm the clay up a bit for detailing. We have so much humidity right now though that she was covered in condensation instantly. lol

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

If you see a steady stream of sales horses..

Do not be surprised. Because the economy and housing market are so bad here in Michigan, our house is now worth $30k less than we owe on it. Which means the only way we can move to a farm like we want is to pay down the mortgage a ton, or rent it out. With so many houses for rent right now, we don't really think that is a great option. But we may consider that this fall when we get some emergency $ saved up. So in order to pay down the mortgage enough to sell (and hopefully the market will recover somewhat so we can sort of meet in the middle), I have to be able to send an extra $1000 or so each month. Not an easy task with the amount of disposable income everyone has shrinking. Right now I would like to be able to pull in at least some money through artwork. If that does not work, I will have to go get a 'real' job. That would leave me very little time for anything hobby related. It might be that I just open up for commissions again when this batch are finished and shipped.

So for you it means, more opportunities for my work for a while at least. Or the chance to have a custom order done. And it means that no matter how much I love my Stormwatch, he will be coming up for sale when finished. Suburban life is slowly killing me... lol.. I need a farm more than I need resin.

And just to keep people entertained, here are some photos of recently completed works. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Flag day pony "Betsy"

Since this wee lass is being finished up today (Flag Day) I decided to name her after Betsy Ross, one of the US Flag designers. This little pony is the G3 Stablemate, which is a most adorable mold. This is the first G3 stablemate that I have painted, and she was a lot of fun. She's nearly done now and will be for sale. I may give her some more white markings on her body though. She is $65ppd

Betsy the pony is Silver Dun Tovero. I have a reference photo of this color for anyone needing it for showing, and will print it out to go with her. She does have some brush strokes showing (darn heat was drying my paint too fast), but she is still super cute.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Finished pictures of Edmond

He is done! :) Enjoy! I will be posting him for sale in a few minutes.

Coming up for sale!

The Boxing shire is nearly completed so I wanted to give those of you who read my Blog a little head start if you are interested in purchasing him. I will post his finished photos here in approx 2 hours. If you are interested please email me!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Glad this guy doesn't shed!

15,000,000 tiny hairs later.. lol.. ok maybe not that many.. though I would not be surprised if it were true. This is the Boxing Shire I took to my inlaws and worked on yesterday to sell. Minis are so portable that way. I can pack up all my pencils and the horse in my little foam case and off I go. Trads are no where near that easy. I am hoping to finish him up today, but here is a little glimpse of him in progress.

Monday, May 26, 2008

So many sculptures, so little time (and money!)..

So many of my resin orders have been coming in at the same time this spring. I finally got my Dafyyd after waiting for a year and a half. Wooohoo! Then I ordered myself a Sencillo. I entered a lottery for a Scarlett. And now have received word that my Stormwatch is in! Yikes! So what this means for you is a sales piece coming up very soon, possibly two. Smooshed in amidst the commissions I am feverishly working on. The first sales horse will be a mini. He is the Chaney Boxing shire, being done in bay Sabino with some roaning. Probably something a bit like this one. The other might be that Eberl Hermes resin.. if we ever get to speaking terms again.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Pixie pic

Quick pic of the Pixie I am working on. Still not completely happy with the pattern on her but shes getting closer. My camera batteries were dying so the shot isn't very good colorwise.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Progress! (and house for rent?)

Ok at the prodding of a fellow artist (she knows who she is), I am updating my blog here. ;) It has been an emotional roller coaster here in my life for a while, one I wish I could jump off of at times. With art being the kind of thing that involves so much emotional investment, I just haven't had anything to give it until lately. Even now there isn't a lot but I am trying! So to break back into things I finished up this lovely Arabian medallion sculpted by Rebecca Turner .

He was a fun piece to do, and I used the medallion to test for the chestnut color I am possibly going to put on my NAN donation. Also in the works at the moment are 2 commissions that I will hopefully have finished up this week. One is that Al Sayyid in fleabit grey, and the other is a Pixie in baby bay tovero. Pictures to come as I get a little more done on them.

On the personal front, we still have not moved. We have been working towards moving for so long then the market fell, and the result now is that we are upside-down on our mortgage. We owe more than we can sell it for by a decent chunk. Our only option appears to be to rent this house and I am unsure about how I feel about that option. We will see. I am trying to just leave it all in God's hands. He has better plans for us than we do. We just need to be patient and wait and see what they are.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Getting it back.. Paint Therapy.

I know it has been quite a while since I have posted, it has been a rough winter so far. I am really looking forward to the renewing rains of spring. Between pneumonia, double ear infections, food poisoning, the flu, the loss of a friend of mine, and my baby niece who was stillborn this past week it is a wonder I have painted anything at all since November. And I haven't really. But I need too. That pull to create and paint through the hurt and sickness is over whelming. I cannot just sit on it any longer. So what do I have to inspire me? Plenty of commissions that is for sure! (EEK!) I sincerely apologize to all who are waiting for pieces from me. I really do mean to get them done and shipped when I say I plan to, things just keep smacking me in the face.

I have managed to finish up that rebellious Rasam that I started last fall, and start a lovely fleabit grey Al Sayyid commission. I am going to try to squeeze out a sales piece soon as well, probably that Hermes resin if I can get him to cooperate with me. Then it will be back to commissions again for a while.

I am also working on a donation for the NAN auction! So stay tuned for more info on that beasty.