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! 🙂
I’ve made donations for 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 raiser for the Large Animal Clinic at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine and 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!
What better post for Thanksgiving that this long overdue workbench favorite!
This handsome gal is a Breyer Stablemate G3 painted into a clover-spotted green tobiano with a white clover star on her 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 the landscape jumper I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.
I’ve gotten a little obsessed over 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 shapes 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. 🙂
Earth is a custom order done in the same blue-bay tobiano as Partly Cloudy. She has show-blacked hooves, a thin blaze, solid black eyes and a glossy finish.
She’s only the second time I’ve painted a Breyer Mini Whinnies High Stepping Saddlebred Mare, it’s a mold I really like, but just haven’t has a chance put under a paintbrush. It also means Earth’s only an inch tall and the photos below are several times life-sized!
The problem I run into whenever I paint these little guys is that the camera captures defects I can’t always fix– someday I’ll manage to pull off customs just the way they look in my head, but alas for now I’m still learning! 🙂
Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Blue Violet, Ultramarine Blue), FolkArt (720 Cobalt Blue) Continue reading →
Make: Breyer Scale: Mini Whinnie Mold: Cutting Stock Mare Color: Green Chestnut Tobiano Gallery: Fantasy Tobiano Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Yellow Oxide), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20530 Wedgewood Green), unknown green paints, and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels Status: Painted March 2013 and For Sale
This little gal sat on the workbench for a while after she was done because I couldn’t think of a good name… thank goodness for the awesomeness that is my Facebook group! 😀 (The runner-up name, Shamrockstar, was snagged by another horse who hasn’t been finished yet). Continue reading →
Make: Breyer Scale: Stablemate Mold: Trotting Foal (G2) Color: Black Tobiano Draft-cross Gallery: Tobiano Medium: Liquitex Artist’s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Ivory Black, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Oxide) and Sargent Art Chalk Pastels (Earthtone) Status: Sculpted 2005ish and painted February 2013 and For Sale
This little guy is pulling off the impossible– strutting through the mud without picking up dirt! …but only because I ran out of train grass. *sighs*
The new owner gets to choose if they want to keep the mud, have me hunt up from train grass to finish it off, or go with a sandy vista instead. (I couldn’t make up my mind, so I figure I’d pass it off as an ‘added feature’.) Continue reading →
Galloping out of the fairy lands, this handsome steed is looking for someone to raise some mischief with!
Underhill is a Breyer Stablemate Warmblood (G3) painted a shiny metallic green tobiano with sharp black points, star and snip, realistic eyes, and a coat of chrome to light his way through the dark. While he might fight a little with the camera (as you can tell from the photos), he looks good no matter what shade of green he comes out.
But don’t let his tricks with the camera fool you, this little guy is all Seelie Court at heart, and his pranks are harmless fun!
Make: Breyer Scale: Mini Whinnie Mold: Jog Trot Quarter Horse Mare Color: Blue-bay Tobiano Gallery: Fantasy Tobiano Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Blue Violet, Yellow Oxide, Ultramarine Blue), FolkArt (720 Cobalt Blue) Status: Painted June 2012 and SOLD
This little gal is a laid back soul, having wandered my body box for almost a decade looking for a new paint job. After cleaning up some minor scrapes she’s better than new and ready to find new pastures to roam! Continue reading →
Newton’s Laws of Motion dictate that a body at rest tends to stay at rest—and he wasn’t kidding! This little gal sat half-finished on my workbench for almost two months before she finally got going again. Not as impressive as the seven year hibernation of most of my body box, but certainly longer than anticipated!
Once this little gal got up and moving, she was headed for the hills. Newton is painted in acrylics and pastels as a bright red bay with minimal tobiano markings and a short blaze (or a long star). She’s got just enough chrome to stand out in a herd and should make a great addition to your shelves.
I have no idea if she would by LSQ, but depending on the shows in your area (and the price-points of the competition), she might have a chance. I definitely think she’s PSQ and should do well in photos shows, but as always ‘show quality’ is in the eye of the beholder. If you have any doubts, please ask for more photos!
Make: Breyer Scale: Stablemate Mold: Highland Pony (G3) Color: Gold and Copper Tobiano Gallery: Tobiano Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Acrylics (Mars Black, Burnt Sienna, Bright Gold, Metallic Bright Bronze) Status: Painted 2012 and For Sale
I totally meant to paint this pony a serious color, something realistic and dashing like a nice flaxen chestnut with a tiny touch of chrome… and then I got sidetracked by pictures of Bling and the urge to dunk her in metallics was too powerful to resist.