I’ve been in a bit of a painting rut for a while now… I’ve had no trouble working with 2D art (as you can see below by the crazy number of badges I’ve been making for Wordwar Z). I just couldn’t work up the focus to sit down and really put brush to horse– but that’s starting to change! 🙂
Well, at least a little. I’m still not churning out hordes of horses and I’m taking much longer than I should to get a foal done (even a leopard appy), but there’s finally progress happening again.
Which is good because I started to take an inventory of all the work in progress art projects that I have… and it’s not a small number. *sighs*
The blog has been a bit writing-heavy in the past few weeks and I apologize to the folks who are more fond of the artistic end of things! I’ve gone ahead and removed a lot of the non-art posts from cross-posting to the Facebook page, so that feed is a little cleaner. (Twitter and G+ readers just get to suffer! 😉 )
But the Lost Lands of Art aren’t that far away!
Now that the temperature has warmed up and I’ve come out of my winter hibernation mode, things are slowly starting to move again. The joys of Virginia mean that with the warm weather comes the humidity, but I have a dehumidifier next to the art desk so I’m safe for now.
I finally made my way back into the basement again to take a look at the workbench. I’ve been using the desk upstairs for single projects, but I really need to get things back to their proper home. Painting on the same tiny table as the laptop is not a good idea… but omg, the basement workbench is so messy!
Sadly, I still don’t have an ‘after’ picture, but I did manage to clear out enough space to work. Which means I can finally get back to getting paint on some horses. I’m going to try and get it cleared off again before the week is out so the next update will look a bit more organized. *crosses fingers*
I’ve been in and Art Slump recently, but finally finishing off that cavaletti post seems to have gotten me back on track and I’m raring to go! 🙂
This tutorial covers how to make model horse scale copies of the wooden poles and cavaletti that are used in a variety of horsey ways. They can be used as training aids (walk-over or trot-over poles), as part of a jump (ground poles or rails), or as part of an English or Western trail class (ground or trail poles). Cavaletti are used primarily for training, but I have seen them used for lower level jumping classes in barn shows.
I’d made a sets of these poles years ago, but have never shown with them, so some tweaking may be needed for true Live Show Quality (LSQ). These are great for play or Photo Showing!
On a scale of 1 to ‘ow my finger!’ These are probably a six because of the bits where you are carving out the notches in the cavaletti with the x-acto blade. Just go slow and be careful and it should be fine! 🙂
Back when I started sculpting shapes to try aluminum casting I tried to make very simple ones… hence the corgiloaf! (aka Sleeping Superman-pose Pembroke Welsh Corgi)
Although it was intended for metal I ended up using this mold to cast a few plaster and wood glue magnets. There’s just too much cute in this little guy/gal to let them waiting in the shadows for me to get my smelter rebuilt!
I started out painting them in non-Pembroke colors, because of my fondness for Cardigans and their multitudes. However when it came time to list them to the Etsy store for real, I resigned myself to only a few mismarked souls.
Onwards to the gallery! (Last Updated: 04/13/2016)
This little gal has been hanging out in my body box for a loooong time…
Every so often I will buy bulk lots of stablemates off of eBay and that’s where this little gal came from. Eclipse was half-painted and prepped with what I think was automotive primer. Other (saner) folks might have let her go as a casualty of war, but I wasn’t about to give up the fight!
So after several baths of Easy Off, scrubs with a toothbrush, and many a long battle with sandpaper, she was ready for paint again. I prepped her as best I could, but she’s just too rough in places to do much beyond hold sway over a bookshelf herd. So no Photo Shows or Live Shows for this gal, alas.