Monday, 29 October 2012

Obrigado by Eberl

I think this is one for my Christmas list! This resin by Eberl I have stumbled upon and he is so beautifully sculpted and looks so alive. I am thinking I can perhaps treat myself in a couple of months or so?

Obrigado

Clare

Saturday, 13 October 2012

BMECS 2012

I suppose a week late is better than nothing!

BMECS was a real eye opener when I went. All of the top horses from the country were at this show and my very own artwork was competing against them. It is good to see where you stand in terms of quality and how your models compete against some very big names.

The day started off ok, I entered my performance entries and although I came last in both classes, I hate performance!! So am still pleased I survived the tacking up without throwing anything across the room...
My other entry was my micro mini performance set-up.

Classes followed on, I only enter the custom and Artist Resin sections; at the end of the day the OF classes overran and all those waiting for the AR classes to start had to wait! The show didn't end until gone 7:30pm, by this point I was able to get away. This custom BOTW Andalusian that I painted came fourth in the CM Iberians class:
And this little stablemate who had only been shown once before (and came first in a class of one!!) came sixth in a very large custom mustang class. As you can tell, I was surprised and thrilled as I wasn't sure how well he would fair at all!
At some point during the day (I am guessing around lunchtime!) we stopped for lunch and a break from the judging. The raffle was called then and we all sat down on the floor as the numbers were read out!
The afternoon ploughed on as we got through over 100 classes on the day. I got some average placings which I was pleased with (these models are the best of the best!) and some little surprises too...

This micro mini shetland came 2nd in a large native class!
In fact, my micro minis did really well at BMECS! Another of mine came first in his class:
And a micro mini that a friend of mine owns came first in his class too!
The real icing on the cake though was when it came to the customs championship... That little micro got a BMECS Top Ten!
It is such a nice feeling when that happens - loads of wonderful artists had made it through to the championship and it was such a delight to see that mine was ranking amongst them all!

Although not 1st/2nd placings, I still got a couple of other nice results too that I am proud of. My Sadie Shoofly, for example, came 3rd in the Other American class.
And my mini Cromwell resin came 3rd in his class. I showed him as a Brabant.
I am also proud of my Wee Jay resin. He was in the Warmblood class among the Williams Eberls and the judge even admitted it was such a tough class. But my little resin jumped away with 6th place!
A massive public THANK YOU to all the organisers, judges, everyone for making it such a brilliant day... Roll on next year!

Clare

Saturday, 6 October 2012

BMECS Custom TOP TEN!

More information to come about the wonderful day (most likely tomorrow when I am procrastinating!) but for now I share with you this photo of a horse I painted and who is owned by Rachel Smith, getting a top ten in the custom section.

Clare

Friday, 5 October 2012

Another Hamlet Update

Hamlet is nearly ready for his waste mould and casting - I would say 90-95% there. He needs an eye on one side of his face and on the other side it needs adjusting. I might add his hogged mane now but it might be easier to do this last minute on the waste mould.

Kelly Sealey has offered to do the waste casting of him alongside Bailadito, so they are going to be mould brothers!! Seeing as Hamlet is further along in progress than Bailadito, Bailadito will most likely be put on hold for the time being while I finish Hamlet and get him sorted, then Bailadito will be next etc. etc.

But I have some photos of Hamlet here to share. I took off the excess wire the other day and no adjustments were needed at all as he stood perfectly. Result!! Now that he stands, it is so much easier to photograph him and the photos are now doing him more justice. Here we go:

Some people have already told me their colour ideas for him and it makes it even more exciting for me to get him done and finished so people can have a copy of him!!

And whilst we are on the topic of sculptures, I might as well share this tile with you. I am thinking of doing some form of series regarding tile sculptures. This is the first one, he is meant to be a fiery andalusian stallion. I have a couple more ideas I will do achieve in a similar shape to this, more information to come soon if this all pulls off!


Clare

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Another Gallega by Deb Brown

I got these photos in last night of a Gallega medallion that Deb had painted. She did such a good job!
And whilst we are on the subject of painted Gallegas, this one is a WIP from Amanda Greaves!
It is such a joy to see others paint your sculptures and bring them to life.

Clare

Monday, 1 October 2012

Hamlet and Horatio Previews

My friend Christine of Last Alliance Studios created these images of my sculpture and really brought him to life, I had to share! It depicts perfectly what I want to achieve.

This is Hamlet:
And this is Horatio!
Hamlet now has a pair of ears and he will be getting his eyes today. I am planning his waste casting and so hopefully that will be done very soon. This is all so very exciting!!

Clare