Tag Archives: Color: Appaloosa

All variations of the appaloosa pattern, realistic or fantasy.

Big Orange Bash Donation Fat Pony Magnets (#004-014)

By | June 16, 2017
Big Orange Bash Donation Magnets

Big Orange Bash Donation Magnets

Normally I donate custom model horses to model horse live shows, but this time around I figured a small herd of Fat Pony magnets might be more fun! šŸ™‚

I’ve made donationsĀ forĀ Big Orange Bash (Knoxville, TN) before and I’m more than happy to keep them hock deep in magnets or models. The show is a fund raiserĀ forĀ the Large Animal Clinic at theĀ University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine andĀ if my silly little horses can help, how can I pass that up?

I went for a full fantasy herd this time around, in homage to my past donations, and tried to get as much variation as I could into the ranks. Part of this was because I was going to use the photos in the Etsy store, so two birds (err, 11 fat ponies) with one stone!

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Evangelina (Breyer Stablemate)

By | October 6, 2016


This little gal has been a looooong time in the making!

Evangelina was a custom order that I started back in March but one thing led to another and I didn’t get her finished until September. From her teeny tiny spots to her striped hooves, this little gal took a lot of cross-eyed nights to pull off. (I really need to get a magnifying glass headset).

She was the first realistic leopard appaloosa that I’ve done in a long time and it was fun running around Google digging up good reference photos. I know it makes me a dinosaur, but I remember what it was like pre-Google and it’s such a happy feeling to have things right at my fingertips!

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Christmas Pony (Breyer Stablemate)

By | December 27, 2015
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Christmas Pony

Once upon a DecemberĀ there was someone who said ‘a pony’ when her cousin asked what she wanted for Christmas… and so she got one!

To be fair, I am pretty sure she was kidding and/or wasn’t expecting a little bundle of metallic-ly awesome appaloosa, butĀ this is why when you should be careful what you ask for when your cousin works with someone who commits art. šŸ˜‰ Mwahahahaha!

(Also noted: I always ask for a pony whenever anyone asks me if I want something.)

This little gal has a very sparse appaloosa blanket, two front socks, and a small star (moon?), but she’s not short on shine. She’s got a high gloss finish and as you can see from the no-flash/with-flash front photo below she ranges from a richer copper to a golden hue depending on the light.

She was a lot of fun to paint– I haven’t done a speed run in quite a while and it was amusing to see just how long it really takes me toĀ take a model from start to finish! šŸ™‚

Medium: Liquitex Artistā€™s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Iridescent Rich Bronze),Ā FolkArt Acrylics (666 Antique Copper, 577 Sahara Gold, 944 Nutmeg), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20504 Black), Ceramcoat (02604 Metallic 14k Gold)

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3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

By | May 16, 2014
3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

This handsome guy is a Breyer Stablemate G3 Mustang stallion painted into a clover-spotted green appaloosa with a white clover star on his forehead. He was a donation to the 3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show to be held in October of this year (NAN qualification and website link pending). He was a sibling donation to the bay drafter I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.

Much like the bay drafter was my first attempt at dappling, this little guy was my first attempt at painting clovers! I naively thought that painting the 4-H clover logo would be a walk in the park, but I ended up revising the idea into a simpler clover shape.

I also had fun working clover shapes into the edges of the blanket, so he looks like someone dumped a bucket of snow on a cloverfield! šŸ™‚ Continue reading


By | May 4, 2014
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Silverheart is a custom order done on a Breyer Stablemate G3 Stock Horse mare and is only the second time I’ve ever painted this mold (Schneekatze being the first). She’s a silver snowcap appaloosa with metallic black points, only a few small spots, silver and bronze striped hooves, bronze eyes, and a heart-shaped star on her forehead.

She’s part of a pair, Golden Star is the other, and they taught me a lot about how to work with metallics! Continue reading


By | July 4, 2013

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Make: Hartland
Scale: Traditional-ish
Mold: Rearing Mustang
Color: Metallic Green-Blue-Purple-Magenta
Gallery: Other
Medium: Liquitex Artistā€™s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Bright Gold) and FolkArt (668 Metallic Plum, 654 Metallic Amethyst, 670 Metallic Blue Pearl, 655 Metallic Aquamarine)
Status: Painted June 2013 and SOLD (Custom Order)

I very rarely do anything larger than a stablemate and I certainly don’t do them as custom orders– but when the chance popped up to paint a Hartland— how could I say no? šŸ˜€ Continue reading

Lil’Red Dress

By | February 4, 2013
Lil'Red Dress

Lil’Red Dress

If you want to go to a party, a little black dress is just the thing, but if you’re looking to work some cows try on this Lil’Red Dress for size!

Alamode looked like she needed a dancing partner, so I painted her a sister to kick up her heels with. You can never have too many cutting horses after all… Continue reading


By | July 18, 2012


Make: Breyer
Scale: Mini Whinnie
Mold: Walking Arabian Mare
Color: Metallic Flaxen Blue-chestnut Doodle Blanket Appaloosa
Gallery: Doodlepony
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Portrait Pink), FolkArt Acrylics (670 Metallic Blue Pearl), Unknown Acrylics (Dark Metallic Blue), Pigma Micron 02 black pen
Status: Painted June 2012 and SOLD

This little gal is an inch tallā€¦ and she took forever to doodle! (Time well spent, but she’s certainly put me off of doing full-body doodles using the micron pens.) Continue reading


By | June 13, 2012
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Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Cantering Foal (G2)
Color: Turquoise/Teal Blanket Appaloosa
Gallery: Fantasy Appaloosa
Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Burnt Sienna, Turquoise Green, Bright Aqua Green)
Status: Painted May 2012 andĀ SOLD

This little gal would have been done back in February if I hadn’t managed to knock her off the back of the lightbox table and into hidingā€¦ *sighs* Continue reading

Sweet Onion Live Show Donation

By | May 23, 2012
Sweet Onion Live

Sweet Onion Live

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Friesian (G3)
Color: Bronze-gold Extended Blanket Appaloosa
Gallery: Appaloosa
Medium: Liquitex Artistā€™s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Bright Gold, Metallic Bright Bronze, Iridescent Rich Bronze, Iridescent Bright Silver, Mars Black)
Status: Painted May 2012 and Donated

This model is a show donation for Sweet Onion Live that will be held on August 19 in Walla Walla, WA.

Unlike the Big Orange Bash and Color Crazy Park Live show donations, this little fella was left completely up to the whim of my muses. Continue reading