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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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4th Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

By | November 26, 2015
Clover Tobiano - Front Right Angle

Clover Tobiano – Front Right Angle

What better post for Thanksgiving that this long overdue workbench favorite!

This handsome galĀ is a Breyer Stablemate G3 painted into a clover-spotted green tobiano with a white clover star on herĀ forehead. She was a donation to the 4th Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show which was held in October of this year. She was a sibling donation to theĀ landscape jumper I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.

I’ve gotten a little obsessed overĀ converting horse patterns into 4-H clover-friendly variations. After the extended blanket appaloosa I painted last year, I wanted to see what I could pull off with a tobiano pattern.

I ended up doing most of the clover shapesĀ in green, but there are a few places where the pattern flips and you can see the white clovers overlapping the green.

Topped off with a lilac ribbon and realistic eyes, I was really sorry to see this gal go! I’m hoping she’s found a home with someone who will fall in love with her cloverness as much as I did. šŸ™‚

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M.O.M. Live 2015 Show Donation

By | October 26, 2015
MOM Live 2015 Show Donation - Angle

M.O.M. Live 2015 Show Donation

This handsome fella was a donation to the May 16, 2015Ā M.O.M. Live in Black River Falls, WI.Ā The request was for a horse toĀ match up with the America the Beautiful song. I had never painted a landscape before, much less on a horse so this was an interesting adventure!

Just like last year’s donation’s dapple attemptsĀ it was a lot of fun to work outside my comfort zone. The challenge to trying something I wouldn’t have otherwise isĀ one of the reasons I try and fulfill all show donation requests. Well, that and I love supporting the live show hobby however I can since I don’t have the money (or energy) to run my own anymore. šŸ™‚

Although he didn’t turn out quite like I’d imagined him in my head, he’s a pretty awesome little fella, from high-gloss sea to snow-capped mountain top. Sadly I couldn’t pull of the tiny bald eagle, so he had to settle for a 4-H clover cloud instead.

As always, there is aĀ Facebook gallery showing all of the in-progress stepsĀ as I painted him and the photos below enlarge quite a bit when clicked!

Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Ivory Black, Turquoise Green, Raw Sienna),Ā Folk Art (720 Cobalt Blue, 476 Asphaltum, 504 VanDyke Brown, 944 Nutmeg, 2908 Real Brown, 420 Linen),Ā Apple Barrel (21386 Arbor Green, 20530 Wedgewood Green, 20513 Bright Yellow) Continue reading

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

M.O.M. Live Show Donation

By | April 7, 2014
Bay Show Donation - New Thumbnail

M.O.M. Live Show Donation

This little gal is Breyer Stablemate G3 Belgian and a show donation to M.O.M. Live held on May 17th, in Black River Falls, WI. She’s also the first finished customer of 2014! (We’ll ignore the fact that she’s also the only horse I finished 1st Quarter. *sighs*)

She’s unnamed, at least until I hear otherwise, but her workbench name has been Dammitall Dapples– because I’ve never tried painting a true dapple bay before and she was quite an adventure. Dammitall was a fun combination of the first finished custom on this mold and the first time I’ve tried painting this color. Dappled bay turns out to be not quite as impossible as dappled gray, but it’s a pretty thin line.

I started out planning to do her mostly in acrylics, but the dappling issues caused me to break out the Prismacolor pencils as well as the pastels. Thankfully the combination of the three mediums worked out well, but she’s actually a lot less red than she looks in the photos (hence the overabundance of them). Continue reading

A Quail of a Good Time : Big Orange Bash Donation 2013

By | July 23, 2013
Big Orange Bash Donation 2013

Big Orange Bash Donation 2013

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Andalusian (G2)
Color: Orange Faux-Quail (Northern Bobwhite)
Gallery: Darwin
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Cadmium Orange, Mars Black, Brilliant Orange) and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted July 2013 and Donated to Big Orange Bash

I had good intentions with this year’s donation to the Big Orange Bash, but life threw me a few curve balls and I got him finished up seriously late. (The show date was June 15!) Thankfully the showholder is a) very forgiving and b) can still use him, so he’ll be out in the mail in the near future.

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Pimped Rides Live

By | April 7, 2013

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Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Andalusian (G3)
Color: Dark Purple-Blue-Green Bay Tobiano
Gallery: Fantasy Tobiano
Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Ivory Black, Bright Gold), FolkArt (670 Metallic Blue Pearl, 655 Metallic Aquamarine, 654 Metallic Amethyst)
Status: Painted January 2013 and Donated

(I can’t believe I didn’t notice this didn’t post when it was scheduled back in Feb! *sighs* This year is really getting away from me… Anywho.)

This handsome fella is my first official donation horse of 2013! šŸ˜€ Continue reading

Donation to Pimped Rides Live (Part I)

By | January 16, 2013
Pimped Rides Live Donation Test Color (Flash)

Pimped Rides Live Donation Test Color (Flash)

It’s a new year and new model horse show donation season! *grin*

The first donation of the year is going to Pimped Rides Live being held in Knoxville, TN on 2/23/2013. (Facebook Event)

I spent most of New Year’s Eve mulling the idea over, while working on the rest of the herd. I wanted to do something shiny and eye-catching, but since I already did a copper-gold custom for Sweet Onion Live last year, I wanted to branch out a bit.

For a moment I did consider going multimedia and doing my best impression of Shauna (of Epic Fail Studios), but alas– my courage failed me. šŸ˜‰ Continue reading

Park Color Craze Live Show Donation

By | July 8, 2012
Park Color Craze Live

Park Color Craze Live

Make: Breyer
Scale: Stablemate
Mold: Warmblood (G2)
Color: Mottled Green Vine-Leaf-Moss-y Goodness
Gallery: Other Color
Medium: Liquitex Artistā€™s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Light Green Permanent, Emerald Green, Turquoise Green, Bright Aqua Green, Raw Sienna, Phthalocyanine Green, Mars Black), Prismacolor Pencils (911 Olive Green, 909 Grass Green, 910 True Green, 912 Apple Green), Sargent Art Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted July 2012 and Donated

This model is a show donation for Park Color Craze Live that will be held on September 30, 2012 at Robert H Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. Much like the Big Orange Bash and Sweet Onion Live show donations, this request was very open-endedā€”they just wanted something green! 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