Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mini Mania at the Bluffs

...the minis are taking over!!!

I've been in a mini mood as of late so I dug out a few oldies that have been sitting around, some awaiting repairs (those darn fragile Chaneys!) and one awaiting stripping and sanding and repainting. One of those broken pieces was an AA Andy mini. I've always loved this mold but I have had bad luck with those 2 legged stance on base AAs, as I did with this guy before even painting him! I think it was in process of glueing him to his base that did in his back leg. I also had 2 AA TWH with issues so out with the Zap a Gap and OFF with their heads bases and pegs. All 3 are now free standing and in various stages of repair.

While I had the Andy out I decided he needed more HAIR! (I love sculpting manes and tails, except for braids!) Which also serves to steady him and cover/support the repaired leg. I added a bit to the forelock as well. He looks pretty suave now, I can picture him in a lovely dappled smutty buckskin...but I havent done dapples in oils and I havent really done a buckskin in oils either!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Progress, somewhat!

Worked on the mini Ravenhill a bit and while I had the oils out decided to practice some more on a sm cm I started in summer.

Monday, December 21, 2009

When life gives you lemons...

use oils!

Since my airbrush is all but out of commission I decided to get out the oils again.

First pass at a frame overo on my mini Ravenhill. I intended a much darker liver chestnut on him but I'm liking the red chestnut as is so will go with it! (see this is why its hard to take comissions!)

I plan on adding more color to the lower chest but my eyes were crossing after doing this much!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Update on Bitty Bosco

Almost done! a few things to tweak here and there, should be done by tomorrow night. Better pix this time but still not picking up the face shading. Working on making a homemade kludged light box.

Still working on my airbrush a bit to see if I can deal with it or I really need to buy a $50-80 replacement part - ouch!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

TWH cm present finished!

and delivered to the barn owners, who were tickled as can be. It was close enough to Dolly for her! and she appreciated the BURGANDY (dont call it marooooon) ribbon.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My dog ate my homework!!!!

Well not quite but he did cause my airbrush to hit the floor GACK! bad goggie :(

It was on the cup side when I got back to it (after letting the dog back in) so I thought I got lucky, until I tried to take the needle out! It was firmly jammed into the nose of the airbrush. So firm it took a good 10 minutes of pulling from the back with a pliers and a little lube...oh wait that sounds like something not appropriate for this particular blog :0 It sort of works, the needle looks ok but I think the opening at the nose of the airbrush is a tad bigger than it used to be? I didnt have much time to deal with it before bed, but I bet I will need a replacement part or 2, just what I needed!

At least I'm working on roans right now he he! Heres the TWH after a short first session, lots to do but coming along nicely. Quick pix from the studio dont do her justice, and shes a bit darker than the pix look.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Now for something quite different

a last minute gift idea for all the boarders at the barn, plus I will be painting a sm for the barn owners as a semi portrait of their 2 blue roan extreme sabino TWHs.

a bad shot of one from last year, in full winter coat (and in the shadow of the barn)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Recent pieces in performance

I brushed off my rusty performance skills at the December No Frills show in IL last weekend. Heres my 3 performance horses that I showed, all painted by me and all now NAN Q'd!

Power steering taking reserve western

CM Make a wish in her only class, darn thing is too small for all my tack except this arab costume

CM Victrix resin got the Overall Reserve!