Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Studio Move Successful

Last Wednesday, we moved house hopefully for the last time back into my old family home, where I grew up. Although we still have a couple of boxes left to be unpacked, along with my studio needing to be sorted, we have all settled really quickly, especially the cat!

I organised all of my horses and I even dug some paints out to finish a couple that had been started prior to moving, including this girl, a custom Valentine Breyer.

She has been painted to a nice shade of palomino, has four socks, a blaze and even some sabino patches under her belly. 

Breed-wise, I am not too sure what she would suit, seeing as she is warmblood-built but rather a small model in comparison to other warmbloods. But I am sure there is something out there that she would fit. 

I have also recently completed two spotty ponies. This CollectA, a new mould this year, is a real favourite of mine and will probably be staying with me for a while. I painted him a leopard appaloosa, and he doesn't have too many spots compared to what I usually paint!

I LOVE CollectA models. For their size, they have so much detail and character. I love the long, flowing mane on this stallion. As for a breed, again, no idea although I am debating the standard 'appaloosa' even though they don't tend to have their manes so long!

The last custom I have to show you is another Breyer Newsworthy custom model. I was planning initially to paint him a blanket appaloosa, but I had other ideas as I was applying the spots, and I just kept going. Next thing I know, he is a rather extensive leopard colour.

This one is easier to pick a breed for: he could be a sports pony, British Spotted of the sport type, Pony of the Americas even... Maybe? He will be for sale though so that is for his owner to decide!

I have plenty more horses prepped and in the wings of being customised. I am due t go away again this coming Saturday for two weeks, so will be unavailable until October 8th. But once I am back, I am back!


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Updated Commission Information and FAQs!

After my painting comeback for a spell of two weeks after not painting for a year, it was incredibly refreshing and relieving, and so many people are interested in future works in progress and even asking if I will do commissions for them. I have just altered my Commission Information page after nearly four years (oops!) and will relay the important changes here on this blog post too.

Please also do not forget to read my Policies page! Thank you.

Do you take commissions?
Yes! Although not currently. Tomorrow I am jetting off to Mongolia for two weeks for a horse riding trek as I have been raising money for the British Horse Society's equine welfare charity for the past year. My family is also in the process of moving house in September and I am also going on a two week holiday to Spain at the end of next month. But from mid-October onwards, I do plan on opening my commission status to accepting orders. I will notify when my books are open via this website and my Facebook page.

I was wondering about starting a waiting list. If you would like to be on this waiting list do let me know.

How much for a commission?
I have recently updated my prices for when I start taking on orders in a couple of month's time. Unfortunately, materials have increased in price which has affected the rates. I have also edited how other details cost extra. To view the Commission Information page, you can click at the side of the website.

Pricing guidelines for the solid colour
This is the basic price depending on any extras you want, and the true size of the horse. PRICES AS OF OCTOBER 2016.

Micro mini (plastic) - £10
Micro mini (pewter cast) - £12

Stablemate (plastic) - £15
Stablemate (resin) - £20

Little Bit (plastic) - £20
Little Bit (resin) - £25

Classic (plastic) - £30
Classic (resin) - £40

Traditional (plastic) - £45
Traditional (resin) - £50

For medallions, please get in touch separately for a quote as these vary a great deal in both size and shape.

I can also paint the following for an extra fixed price on top.

Dapples - £5

Appaloosa Colouring - £5

Pinto Markings
Sabino - £5
Tobiano and Overo - £10
Extensive - £15

Mohair - £10
At this point in time I am only accepting model horses for mohair if they are easy to prep (i.e. no hair on the neck) or already prepped.

Roans - £10
The pricing for roans costs extra, just depending on the scale.

Portraits - £5
I am able to do portraits of real horses onto a model for people. This costs slightly extra as care has to be taken to ensure that the model horse matches the real horse.

Will you hold a model for me?
I can hold models but I do usually appreciate a holding deposit first, as more than one person may be interested in a particular model who is able to pay entirely upfront. When it comes to deposits, these are non-refundable: please refer to my Policies page. I do also not like holding onto models for more than a period of one month or so, but please do contact me so we are able to discuss things further should you have any other questions.

Do you take time payments?
I do, but I treat time payments like deposits, where they are all non-refundable. I am usually pretty flexible with time payments, and prefer to have these transactions completed within three months. These payments can be done weekly, monthly or however you choose, depending on the model and both my and your circumstances at the time. Drop me a line!

What future live shows are you attending?
Although when it comes to selling model horse repaints, I try to include UK postage in the price where possible. However, with commissions, this postage price is not included. I have been asked a few times recently what live shows I will be attending in order for people to complete transactions with me. Unfortunately, the only live show I have booked in for the rest of this year is my very own MHL European Live show in November. I do plan on attending more shows, but unfortunately other events get in the way sometimes!

I hope that I have answered a great deal of queries that anyone may have had. Remember as well that if you do want to be placed onto a 'waiting list' for commissions, please email me using the contact form at the side of my website.

Many thanks!


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

My last repaints of the Month

These two sure attracted a crowd once I finished them! I love how their colour isn't too flashy and
they look realistic as actual horses, just like the real thing!

I gave them both a roman nose each, and I resculpted the mane on the mother. I was aiming for them to be shown as a spanish breed of some form, Perhaps a Spanish warmblood, or even Lusitano for a breed.

I have photos of the foal first.

I was recommended the colour by someone on my Facebook page (thank you!) I was completely stuck for ideas but having them both as chestnuts makes them pop! Here are more photos of the mare.

Unfortunately I don't have anymore photos of the mare because my camera was deciding to die at the time. But I still captured her beauty. This pair are now sold as well, and I hope they enjoy their new home!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to paint anymore for the next few weeks. Not only are we moving house (again!) I am going to Mongolia with the British Horse Society for two weeks to trek across the Mongolian Steppe on the famous native breed with my friend. Excited is a complete and utter understatement! Don't worry, there will be plenty of photos but only after the trip. Because of the extensive camping, I will be taking minimal with me, which means leaving my laptop in the UK. But it won't be long before I am back and sharing my stories with you.

I also would like to point out that I WILL be FINALLY taking commissions on again, after an incredibly long break of 18 months or so. I have fully updated my Commissions page where you can find new prices. I won't be accepting models until October. If you are interested in a commission slot with me, I can start a waiting list so you don't miss out: I know a great deal of people have inquired since I started painting again this month, so I thought I would announce it here.

Take care all, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

And the Winner is...

Luckymistress! You have won the giveaway I held and you will be receiving this CollectA custom!

If you would like to contact me using the form at the side of the page, I will be able to get your model out to you.

Thank you to everyone who entered!