Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2014 NAN wrap-up

NAN has come and gone again, and here's the wrap up of champs and reserve champ horses sculpted by me:

Artist Resin Performance classes (with tack):

Other Scene:

Reserve: Lone Man Out
owned by Karen Meekma
Lonestar painted by Liesl Dalpe to an appaloosa


Other performance: Huntseat Pleasure Stock/Longears:

Reserve: Tardis
owned by Nichole Hertzog
Reiner painted by Nan Wagner

Stockwork QH:

Champion: Hollywood Hillbilly
owned by Laura Skillern
Lonestar painted by Laura Skillern

Look at ALL THE COWS in this setup!

Stockwork all Other Breeds:

Champion: Lone Man Out
owned by Karen Meekma
Lonestar painted by Liesl Dalpe

Western Arena Trail:

Champion: Sharpshootin Cody
owned by Mandy Yontz
Lonestar painted by Charlotte Donahue

Western Pleasure all Other Stock Breeds:

Champion: Lone Man Out
owned by Karen Meekma
Lonestar painted by Liesl Dalpe

Reining/Western Dressage:

Champion: Waukesha
owned by Val Tudor
Reiner customized and painted by Lyn Norbury

Artist Resin Halter (breed) classes:

American Pony:

Champion: Dew
owned by Karen Beeson
Rasam painted by Karen Beeson

Appaloosa Stallion/Gelding:

Champion: Roadhouse
owned by Sommer Prosser
Little Lonestar painted by Sommer Prosser


Gypsy Cob/Irish Tinker/Gypsy Vanner/Drum Horse:

Champion: Riverrun
owned by Colleen McNamara
Tiny painted by Karen Zorn

Reserve: Raggedy Man
owned by Melissa Hart
Tiny painted by Karen Zorn

Other Pure/Part/Grade/Light:

Champion: Kamadeva
owned by Melissa Hart
Marwari painted by Mindy Berg

Reserve: ES Up All Nite
owned by Erin Corbett
Jezebel painted by Tracy Eilers


Other Pure/Part/Grade/Stock:

Reserve: Dun In Squiggles
owned by Jeni Lambert
Lonestar painted by Danielle Feldman

Purebred Arabian Mares:

Champion: Ma-Ajmala
owned by Karen Jensen
Jezebel painted by Sommer Prosser

Reserve: Sadira
owned by Jackie Arns-Rossi
Jezebel painted by Sommer Prosser


QH/Other Solid Colored Stock (Excludes Mustangs) Mares:

Champion: Silver Drift
owned by Carol Johnson
Working Girl painted by Josine Vingerling

Reserve: Red Light District
owned by Karen Meekma
Working Girl painted by Sommer Prosser


TWH/Other Pure/Part/Grade Gaited Mares:

Champion: Memphis Lace
owned by Randi Brazil
Mindy painted by Sherry Clayton

Reserve: 24 Carat
owned by Sharon Mossy
Mindy painted by Karen Giesbrecht

TWH/Other Pure/Part/Grade Gaited Stallions/Geldings:

Champion: Anglo-American
owned by Nicki Collins
Independence painted by Carol Williams

Reserve: Shaman
owned by Sharon Mossy
Independence painted by Carol Williams

Purebred Arabian Stallions:

Reserve: Khassanova
owned by Sharon Mossy
Mini Nahar painted by Rayvin Brewer

Part Arabian:

Champion: Amir Mirage
owned by Margaret Suchow
Nahar painted by Myla Pearce 



Champion: Twilight Waltz
owned by Karen Jensen
UVM Yesteryear painted by Chris Nandell-Flint

Reserve: Rogue's Gallery
owned by Christine Rieger
UVM Yesteryear painted by Tom Bainbridge

QH/Other Solid Colored Stock (Excludes Mustangs) Stallions/Geldings:

Champion: Sharpshootin Cody
owned by Mandy Yontz
Lonestar painted by Charlotte Donahue

Reserve: Gunning It
owned by Sara Kucharski
Little Lonestar painted by J. Kira Hamilton

Paint Stallions:

Champion: Air Force One
owned by Caroline Boydston
Reiner painted by Caroline Boydston

Reserve: Lonesome Dove
owned by Sharon Mossy
Lonestar painted by Caroline Boydston

American Mustang Mini/LB/Classic:

Reserve: Tiburon
owned by Vanessa Dahl
Cheveyo painted by Stacey Tulminson

Besides the champions and reserve champions there were numerous Top Tens, congrats everyone!

This year Nan Wagner and I teamed up for a 100% donation to the NAN auction, our combined efforts raising $1000.00. Here is my Andre resin painted by Nan:

I haven't been to a NAN show in many years, but thanks to the generous sharing of photographers and fellow hobbyists like Heather Morton-Abounader I can have a 'virtual NAN' right here in my office. If you have a moment check out her 2014 NAN galleries:

Artist Resin Performance (under tack)

Artist Resin Halter


Friday, August 1, 2014

Mini Marwari edition ends August 7th

It's already been almost a year since I released the mini Marwari, time sure flies! The very last day to place an order is August 7th. You can do this by sending me payment in the form of PayPal in full or in part, on or before August 7th. You can also send snail mail payments, in full or in part, postmarked on or before August 7th. Or email me letting me know you want to order a Marwari (or two, or three!) on or before August 7th. I happily accept time payments, in whatever amount and whatever frequency works for you, just let me know when you place your order. The mini Marwari's webpage with handy PayPal buttons is here

Here are a few Marwaris all painted up:

Above painted by Mindy Berg of Spruce Mountain Studio

Above painted by Lauren Davis

Above painted by Mel Boynes

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Bevy of Burros

I haven't done any mustang paintings in awhile, so recently I visited the online adoption gallery of available horses on the Bureau of Land Management's website. I go through a lot of photos to find the few that 'speak' to me. I look for lighting, for emotion, movement, color, something that will work well in the formats I like to paint in. I went through all the horses, saving a few aside, and then.....there were burros! Lots and lots of burros. Unfortunately most had their photos taken in flat light (either a cloudy day or after the sun went down, so no shadows, nothing to suggest form). That is fine for potential burro adopters, but not so great for me, the painter.  I did find a few, though. Their cute furry burro faces lend themselves well to paintings, don't you agree?

The first, a jenny. Photo reference for this and the next one are courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management. Their description of her is "#4558 - 6 yr old gray jenny, captured 10/2011, from outside an HMA, California". Outside of an HMA-Herd Management Area means technically she is not protected by the Wild Horse and Burro Act, but she has found her way to a facility anyway. I am not sure exactly how that works, though. 

The second painting, this time a jack. His description is "#3952 - 4 yr old gray gelded jack, captured 11/2010, from Cibola-Trigo HMA, Arizona".  Both these, and many other burros, are available for adoption throughout the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro program

Both of these paintings are 8X8 in soft pastel and are not currently for sale, I am building up inventory for a show at the end of July. After the show any that are not sold will be made available here and elsewhere.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Painted Andres!

We have shipped out a bunch of Andres in the last 6 weeks, and some painted ones are showing up here and there, how exciting for me as the sculptor to see him brought to life! The following silver bay was painted and photographed by Tammy Myrold:

Dramatic sooty bay painted and photographed by Sara Gifford:

An ethereal star dappled gray by Mindy Berg:

Andre is available for ordering until April 30th 2014. Sales info on his webpage here

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Andre in Primer

Sometimes I can skip the primer step if I feel confident that I have gotten every little imperfection sorted out to my satisfaction, but will all of Andre's feathers I felt I had better not skip it. The other advantage of primer is it makes it far easier to get decent photos, since a white object is really hard to photograph. One of the drawbacks is I now have to wait a few days for the primer to completely set before I can resume work on him, so it looks like his release is going to be in February as opposed to my optimistic estimation of January. I struggle with my model horse photography, and am going to try to get more photos together, but so far, after two photo sessions, I have a small handful of ones that show him pretty well:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Andre coming soon, and Tiny ending soon!

As it turns out we are having a non-winter here. In fact there is almost no snow, so instead of skiing we resumed riding. There are flies out now, so wrong for January in the Colorado mountains. Perhaps February will bring much needed moisture. Speaking of February, and I can hardly believe it has almost been a year, Tiny's edition closes on FEBRUARY 12TH! His webpage with ordering information is here.

A few photos from the gobs of awesome ones people sent me of their painted Tinys:

 Painted by Tammy Myrold

 Painted by Billie Campbell

 Painted by Jaime Baker

 Painted by Stephanie Michaud

 Painted by Lauren Hoeffer

Painted by Mindy Berg

And, yes, Andre is coming soon! I don't have an exact release date or price set just yet, but it is going to be before Tiny's edition closes, so best to get those Tiny orders in ASAP to avoid being stuck behind the Andre orders.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Heavy Drafter-O-Rama!

Fall is such a busy time for us, with country living comes extra preparations for the coming winter, and at 7200 feet in Colorado it can be quite a winter! Somehow we lucked out on firewood with both neighbors giving us some, and Todd only had to split it, so that helped a lot. 

This summer we spent less time playing and more time working, with most of the work being in the form of brush clearing and fence building. We only have 3 acres, but parts of it are pretty wild with two creek crossings with steep banks. The brush clearing project has been going on for several summers, in fact, and is ongoing. But the fence is done! Hurray! That means that for the first time in several winters the horses can just be turned out and not stuck in their corral. A major life improvement for them.

In the spring:

I am shoving more brush into the burning pile:


Todd building braces:



Wayne and Sonya helped us for a day, what great friends!



Release day! They were so happy!

Now for what you actually want to see!

In the studio a lot of progress has been made on Andre the drafter. I dare say he is one of my all time favorites, there is something so endearing about him with his expressive face, flying feathers, and plethora of wrinkles! I do not know when he will be released, I am a painfully slow sculptor and often need to set things aside to give my brain a break. But it won't be terribly long, sometime in the next few months certainly. Here are a few pics of how he looks currently:


Now being that most model horse people know a lot about breeds of horses, there are probably still a few of you thinking to yourselves that his legs are too short, or his neck is too short, or, wait, his eyes are too small, aren't they?  Andre isn't meant to depict a specific breed, but more the typical body type of several European heavy draft breeds. Here are photos of a few of these "hay fueled  tractors":

Not hairy enough in the feather department? Try this one:

Or this one:

Are they really that fleshy? This guy says yes:

Are their butts really that big? Really? Ask these well endowed individuals:


Also apparent in the photos is the relative smallness of the eyes. Horse eyes only get so big, so when an average horse is 15 hands and maybe 1200 lbs, these guys can be 16 or more hands high (heavy draft breeds aren't as tall as the leggy drafts, like Shires or modern Percherons), and 2000+ pounds, with about the same size eye as the 15 hand horse.  

I pulled these photos out of my reference folder, and don't know who all the photographers are. When using photos for sculpture reference it isn't as important than if you were doing paintings from them and need permission. I do know that many of them were from Ton van der Weerden's Flicker  A few were from equine photographer Lothar Lenz's Flicker  I am not sure about the rest, but if you want more heavy draft goodness check out this Tumbler: Hell Yeah Heavy Horses!

I love these heavy drafters and plan to do more of them, in either sculpture or painting form, in the near future.