Friday, December 31, 2010

Clinky things, here I come!

As 2010 has come to a close, so has almost all of my commission back log! YAY. I do have some very long over due pieces to do over this next year, and then I should be done! I am so thrilled with this because it means more time to play with new materials, namely ceramics. For years and years I have wanted to get into ceramics but have had other things get in the way of that. I am hoping that 2011 will be the year of broken down barriers, both with my art work and with moving into a more appropriate house/studio!

There is a wonderful little pottery shop in town that has graciously allowed me to have them fire things for me until we can move and I can purchase a kiln of my own. She is an experienced artist with porcelain, earthenware, and glazing, so I look forward to learning from her. I have begun making a wish list of glazes and bisque pieces to practice on, and should be able to get working on those in a month or two. I am also THRILLED to say that I will be attending BOYCC this year in mid May! A chance to learn from the masters in a hands on setting. Plus a wonderful getaway for hubby and I without children. All of this topped off with a show at the end in which we may oogle all of the clinky things, and maybe even show the few things I hope to have finished in time.

One of the issues I am going to have to figure a way around is my lack of an airbrush or any airbrushing experience. I have never touched one, as there just is not room here for a compressor of any decent size. I may just muster through with the little one that we have if I decide that the hand painting is not going to work. I figured if nothing else I can work on things like leopard appies and roany stuff that does not require much shading. I am also going to do some artsy colorful birds.

So what does all of this mean for you? It means if you like stuff that is shiny, I may have something to offer in the summer. I still plan to offer the usual things though, especially between now and May, as I will need funds to pay for all of this stuff and build up our savings for a house.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a very blessed New Year!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Indian Fire, Elsie, Sushi, and more!

I finally finished Indian Fire! I had so many little things that slowed me down, but he is done. And not only that, I found a great new supply of exceptional black mohair, and got an amazing new Arabian Halter by Heather Morton-Abounder to use for photography. Here are some photos of Indian (Whom I have named Abednego). He is available for offers. I would like $900 for him, and will consider trades/part trades for nice clinkies/bisques! I am especially looking for pieces by Addi, Sarah Mink, Lesli, Joanie, The Boguckis, and of course Hagen Renaker and other nice poultry. I will also consider the usual nice customs and resins (prefer classic and smaller generally). If you are interested in him, email me!

Also finished this week (well mostly, I think I may go back and continue to refine some things).... Elsie! I adore her, so she's staying here. I did customize her a little into a Gypsy Cob mare, with the feathering and chin fluff. I will get some better photos showing her detail later on.

I almost have Stormwatch finished. I just need to finish some work on his mane, paint the horn, and do his final details! Then he will be off to his owner at long last.

And if you have not heard yet, I will be painting TWO Sushi resins! One will be for me to do what I want with, the other will go to Tom for him to sell or keep. He has requested his to be done in fleabit grey and be haired, so she is sure to be a stunner. I think she's going to look wonderful like that. The one I am going to do is still undecided but I will NOT be hairing it, as I know that many of you out there prefer the sculpted manes and tails. :) I have the resins in hand now and she is a real treat. Brigitte really outdid herself on this one. If you have any color suggestions for the one I will be painting for myself (probably to sell) please feel free to email me! So far I have had dark rose grey and bay rabicano suggested.

And finally... I love things that are shiny. This especially includes ceramics (particularly poultry and horses). It has been a long time goal of mine to make the shift into ceramics, and I am finally able to start doing so! A pottery shop near me has opened up and "Lulu" the owner, loves to have artists in to work, and will teach me and help me get into it. I have 5 tiles for the Flying Heart Fundraiser that I will be glazing later this week. I expect that they will probably take about 2 weeks to get fired, and then I will be offering probably 4 of them for sale shortly after that. I'd like to purchase one of them for my own collection. :) So Stay tuned! I will try to remember to snap some photos after glazing them, but before firing, just to see how they change.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stuff in the works

It's been a while since I have had time to post. I have been busy painting, and posting on Facebook is just easier most of the time. Anywho, Indian Fire's auction should be up probably in the next week or so. I have to finish his legs/hooves and some details, then do his hair and make him his halter. :)

Also got this Caldero done and shipped out a few weeks ago.

And still plugging away at Stormwatch! I seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take me to paint and detail his mane and tail. I spent most of 3 days doing his tail and it's still not done. His mane took me an entire day just to base coat! :S Lots more work to do on this gentleman. I can't figure out where I saved the pictures I took more recently. I have gone back and darkened that front left leg (as seen in the Indian Fire photo above). I'm not sure exactly which way was better. It's still bugging me.

After these guys are done, I will resume work on Pedro(sale horse), Kalilah(commission), Elsie, and Oliver. I might squeeze in a couple of simple custom G1 stablemates as well. I have a TB mare and Drafter in basecoats. They'll be for sale at some point. I may or may not be parting with Elsie & Oliver when they are done. I think they might stay here for a while. :)

I also need to get up to the pottery shop next week and get these FHF fundraiser tiles glazed! I'm looking forward to playing with some glazes on those. Everyone has done theirs so differently. I have some idea of what I want to try. Fingers crossed that they turn out really nicely!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Wow, where does the time go!?

It's 2010 already! When did that happen? It went so crazy fast. Well it's the start of not only a new year, but a new decade. I really don't know where it will take me. I used to think I had a clue, but now I know better!

There are a few things I do resolve to do better this year. One is laying out my budget and sticking to it, the other is to finish all of my commissions or send them home refunded. I really hate disappointing people, but the amount of time I have to work on painting has dropped incredibly. And to compound things, now that I am not painting consistently I find it much harder to get back into the swing of things. By the time I get into the swing of it, I run out of time again. It's been very frustrating. Especially since I really want to paint these horses!

So what to do about it?? I think I need to structure my days better, and actually schedule in work time. I have tried in the past, and failed miserably. If anyone has any tips for doing this, I would love to hear them! Otherwise I am just going to try as hard as I can to stick to something of a schedule. So here we go 2010, onward and upward!