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Monday, January 26, 2015

BCS Winter Photo Challenge Entry

Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Custom Saddlery is putting on this fun contest. http://braymere.blogspot.com/2015/01/contest-entries.html

I love this kind of stuff since it gets me out of the work mode and puts me into fun mode.  It always fires up my creativity which, well, certainly gets depleted. 

Here are my entries:

1.  Vintage:  These are from the 60's and 70's all Breyer.  The deer as special, made in the 60's.  They were found with many other sealed in their boxes stored in a barn.  I got them, two fighting stallions and a palomino Western horse.  Stupid me sold all but these.  They're pristine and I love them.

 
2.  Neekid:  All a blank canvas...
 
 
 
3.  Scale Issues:  She has a lot of issues lol... 
On a side note, the horse in the background is my 1:6th scale portrait of my horse Sundance.  He was my first resin produced for the hobby.  Even though I put up his measurements and mentioned everywhere he was large, I still had people annoyed at his size.  Except tack makers.  I have never made anything else anything but comparable Breyer traditional size 1:9th or close to it.
 
 
4.  I See Spots:  I did for months after painting these.
 
 
5.  Unbridled Passion:  Uh Hum...
 

 
 
 6.  Rare Breed:  Welsh Section X. 
Rarely, registered/pure bred Welsh (any section) produce an offspring that have color not accepted by the registry.  They do allow a special registration, Section X.  They can then compete in competition but cannot be bred or shown in breed classes.  http://www.wpcs.uk.com/services/registrations/  See Registration for entry in the Section X Register.  For fun Google Welsh Section X and see the crazy colors that turn up. 
 

 
 7.  Portrait:  Gunner aka Colonel's Smoking Gun
 
 
This photo of him is overexposed but you see the "portrait".  I got to see him in real life in early 2000 and he is a deep dark chestnut.  Best reining performance ever.  Loved this horse. 
 
 
 
8.  Conga:  Brio Conga (Sculpted, cast, prepped and painted all of them but the gray.  Mindy Berg painted him:)
 
 
9.  The Great Outdoors:  Chevelle and his Chief.
 
 
10.  Best In Show:  This is First Lady.  She is my performance staple and a champ many time over in halter as well.  Even earning a top ten in breed at NAN.  So proud of her.
 
 
That concludes my entries.  I had so much fun.  Thanks Jennifer for putting this on!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hickory - New Release


Hickory is finally here and ready to order! 


 

Hickory is a traditional QH or Stockhorse mare available now in unpainted resin.  She was a labor of love.  The horses I see each and every day are everyone's horse.  They are the dependable sweet pets and riding companions of my fellow boarder and horse friends.  I just had to create her in resin!
 
This girl was originally inspired by my favorite breeder, Shining C Grulla Horses.  Not being one to infringe on photos, I had the perfect model right in the back yard!  So here is my ever present and sweetheart of a model.  I called her Pretty Girl but her official barn name is Sassy.

 
She is ready to come home to you or go to your favorite painter.  Just click on the title above and it will take you to the web site to order.  Or just click on www.paloose-arts.com .  I have a complete photo album and LOTS of ordering options from full payment, time payments or just a deposit to hold one until it's ready to ship.  If that still doesn't meet your needs, please email me
 
I will be happy to help.
 
I hope you enjoy her!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Moving proved beyond busy.  So much remodeling to do, fences to build, unpacking, setting up the studio and casting room again, plus getting my personal part of the house in order was a daunting task.  Dealing with that and the leg injury was the real challenge.  It created a lot of problems for sure.

I kept at it and with Charlie's help am getting it all in order.  Hickory, my Quarterhorse mare is almost in resin.  I have blown through a lot of the final backlog and created some new sales pieces.  Here is the latest piece for sale:


I will be super busy the next few weeks trying to clear out the last of the oldies and creating a new resin.  If I can pull it off I want to enter for the NAN cookie contest but time is running out.  I also am working on some cows for performance and some more medals and such for the holidays.

I always try to post when I can but the Paloose Arts Fan Page on Facebook seems to take up most my time.  Make sure you visit if you're on there!  Would love to hear from ya.

More soon when Hickory is further along!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Big Move

As many of you know in December Charlie and I decided to move from Colorado to Arkansas.  Leaving this weather was hard. 

As an attempt to make a very long story short, we traveled 3 times to Arkansas, got a 6 week flu/pneumonia, got outbid on 3 houses, settled for a fixer upper with potential and got our house under contract in February 2013.  Our buyer wanted a 30 day closing so I had to pack up a 4,000 sq ft house by myself (Charlie travels in the US for work), pack up my business, still work and finish orders, and take care of my two boarded horses.  Then the closing was delayed another 30 days due to a finance issue so I had to sell my Jeep and all the stuff that we figured wouldn't fit in the new house.  Then we had to delay another 30 days because our buyer still couldn't get financed but the first offer we got ended up coming back and we were under contract for an April 22nd closing.  By then all my stuff was on a truck because we were moved out for buyer one already. 

I spent 30 days in an empty 4000 sq foot house alone on an air mattress.  Then I had a kidney stone attack and hurt my back sliding off the stairs which ruined several models I was shipping out.

But wait it's better.  Three weeks before the actual move my colt hits my like a freight train, fracturing my lower leg and giving me a cracked rib with a concussion.  Sorry I know this is yucky.

The moving truck came but all the furniture wouldn't fit.  So I had to get a U-Haul to fit the rest, pack the rest of the things, purchase a horse trailer, get health certs for the animals, a brand inspection for the horses, traded the Mustang GT for a truck and had to patch the walls/clean the house for the very picky new buyers. 

But alas in spite of all that and a broken leg swollen like a tree trunk, I did it with the help of Charlie, my daughter, her friend Jess and Teresa Fedak.  Teresa did try to teach him to clean his own stall...

The day of closing however, a massive snow melt-off and a gutter kicked into the window well almost ended the deal.  But the realtor, Pete Thrasher (Nextage Realty, Colorado) saved the deal convincing the buyers it wasn't flooding because of anything other than the gutter misplacement.

So off to Arkansas.  Sundance nearly busted down the trailer but he and Butch rode like champs along with the rest of the pets.  We nearly drove straight thru with a 3 hour hotel nap.  Charlie had a tow behind U-Haul trailer.  NEVER, I REPEAT, NEVER rent one of those to go behind your vehicle.  They are horrible.  Over 60mph and it would fish tail so hard it looked like it would flip the Grand Cherokee.  Awful thing.  Other than slow going we had a decent ride to Arkansas.

When we got to our home in Arkansas the fun began.  The moving truck showed up late.  The labor we hired were idiots along with those who packed the truck.  All our furniture fell off the back of the truck.  Every piece of it was scratched, rubbed or broken.  Thank goodness I packed my own boxes since those were perfect except a couple things that got smashed when the furniture fell out.  They didn't put anything in the right rooms so all had to be moved around as we unpacked.  My oldest daughter flew out to help (thank Heaven's).  I nearly killed myself painting the bottom half of the house while Charlie did the ladder work (yep I still have a broken leg).  The place was empty for nearly a year and NO cleaning was done prior to them moving out.  It was the dirtiest home I have moved into in 30 years.  Once we peeled the fridge off the floor and cleaned out the mystery spooge from everywhere it started to shine.  Then the Exorcist pea soup green colored kitchen, chocolate living room, mocha brown and orange bedroom 2, robin's egg blue bedroom with mocha bath, Pepto pink bedroom 3 and gun metal gray bedroom 4 was painted, the house didn't make your eyes bleed.


There was no fence or horse shelter on the property for horses. 

So I purchased corral panels to keep them in.  Butch was gelded right away since he was going nuts for the mares in the neighbors pasture.  While he recovered I ordered fencing and a loafing shed.  A month later that was done.

I got two ticks and poison oak.  My leg is still broken and swollen since I don't rest it enough but we're getting there.  Charlie and I had some moments but we're fine.  One of my cats went to live with my daughter (the other cats decided he needed to) and I got a new Border Collie pup. 
Hummingbirds are finally going to the feeder and I realized I can afford to live here if I ever get to working again.

Now that we are in June, my 6 month long move has come to an end.  We have the studio set up and the casting room will be done this weekend.  For many of you this is a bit of a repeat but I feel this is a great way to catch you up! 

I have some really exciting things in the works and I decided to start using my Blog again.  Hold onto your seat.  After all this I am not scared of anything about my art.  I am going to do what I wanted to for years.  But I'm not telling just yet!

Stay tuned and THANKS for sticking with me with such patience :)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

More Honey B, NAN Donation Pics


Honey B is making progress.  She's coming along in all her Belgian mare color roany goodness.  Should expect to have her done within a week if not sooner!  Here are some more progress photos for this customized mini Scarlett...


I gave her pumpin skin on her muzzle and udder!  It looks amazing especially on the end of the nose.  You'll see it better when I take the good photos.  She is shaded on this side, not detailed yet as far as roaning.  The color has a golden shimmer.  Very pretty.


You can see the golden shimmer undertone on the shoulder from the flash.


I believe I am going to do her ribbons green and yellow to match the mare I used as a photo reference.

More to come soon!


Friday, June 18, 2010

NAN Donation

I have some starter photos of my NAN donation.  She's a regular version of the mini Scarlett by Stacey Tumlinson.  My vision for her is a show ready Belgian mare.  She has her mane neatly combed all on one side and rolled with two colors of ribbon (most likely yellow and green).  Her forelock is smoothed as well as all the feathering on her legs.  So she now has smooth legs with the exception of some slight hairing above the heel. 



I carefully removed all the mane on her offside. I added back in tons of neck wrinkles especially at the base of the mane.  And I did a ton of fine, fine hair detail concentrating on the ends of the mane and detailed roots. 

Her tail is now complete but I haven't taken photos yet.  I braided it then made the braid knot at the end.  It's wrapped with the standard fan ribbon as well.  Lots of details.



Her paint color is Belgian with a slight twist.  After finding several roan Belgian in the typical near white mane and tail with the rich red chestnut color, I couldn't resist.  She will have a deep reddish coat near the topline.  It will fade into a mealy color that goes to near cream on the belly.  Then the whole coat gets roaned.  Her mane and tail will be off white to really bring out the contrast. 

I'll post progress photos here as they come along!  She's a raffle item so one ticket could be the one!  I haven't done any customs like this so you're sure to get a one of a kind. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Updated Web Site

I am so happy!  I have wanted a web site that I could update myself without taking a college degree.  With all the new templetes and such I knew I could do it.  Just needed to find the time.  Well I finally buckled down and did it. 

My old site was so outdating I actually scrubbed the whole thing.  I started from scratch, created new pages, uploaded photos and link all in one day.  It's an easy to use site now for everyone.  I can post sales, painting list, well you name it.  Main thing is I can easily keep up with all the photos.  I am so thrilled I just have to share!

Visit http://www.paloose-arts.com/ if you want to check out the new site!