Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Heat Gun Fun... Again!

The weather has been atrociously bad and cold these past few weeks, so on Sunday when the tables turned and it was an absolutely beautiful day, I rushed outside to the garage to play with my heat gun again. I didn't do much with it though, but it is a start.

The paso fino still needs work, lots of resculpting on that front leg is needed so desperately. I was originally planning on making the model canter but for some reason I then had other ideas!

The foal is an old model right back in the 70's, I just lifted his head and turned it slightly, so he looks a bit more inquisitive. I have another one of these as well that I also want to change the head set on.

The jumper is just more active.

I want to try and keep his OF features so there will be no mane and tail resculpting. I will just fill in the gaps and paint!

I have many decapitated stablemates like this now, I need to get them done but I also need to finish up the commissions I have, albeit there are only two and one is nearly done, I have had them for a while now! That is the downside to being at university, less time at home so I am unable to work fast.


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Another Drastic Stablemate

This one was the G3 Andalusian, now a fiery bullfighting Lusitano stallion. The photos do not do this model justice in my opinion, he is a lot more fiery in real life!

I cannot wait to show him in June at the MHL Live 2013, along with my other oil painted horses!

I have decided to donate a mini Bailadito resin to the raffle of the show, after all the community is celebrating their 5th year anniversary and it is bound to be a good show.


Monday, 15 April 2013

Drastic Custom Alert!

Another one in progress... This time, on a Breyer Silver model.

I won this model on eBay and was thinking about a simple repaint, but he turned up with his forelock off! This is a strange form of laziness here, as I couldn't be bothered to attach it back... So what do I go and do? Try and turn this model into a horse performing a high-level dressage move!

I had people guessing on my Facebook page yesterday what move it could possibly be, but people had the right idea as I am trying to make him perform the Capriole.

The biggest thing involved moving the off shoulder. After performing this, it has already given me confidence to move whole shoulders and even hindquarters on other Breyer traditionals. Customising the stablemates has also helped!


Sunday, 14 April 2013


The Schleich Haflinger mare model that was newly released this year is now complete, after being worked on in acrylics first and then finished in oils. I can totally picture her in a riding school with little learners on her back!

With the oils, I managed to blend colours other than white into her coat much more easily and I feel it has brought her to life that little big more. The plait detailing on this model also provides her with a character that is laid back.


Thursday, 11 April 2013

More Oily Horses

I have been hard at work finishing these models up. I can't wait to show them in June. I have also made a start on Mojo and he is coming along well, although oils are a pain when it comes to drying time!

First up is my Inferno medallion by Kelly Sealey, that I won at a live show in a medallion class where my Todd painted by Deb Brown came first. This medallion is now a leopard spotted appaloosa.

The detail I managed to achieve with the mottling I am especially proud off!

This custom is one of the stablemates I had started. He is now a bay roan and I am very pleased with how this one ended up as well.

This Arabian took a while, and I had to use flash in the photos because of the dark and rich colour achieved.

I have no photos of Mojo yet, he is still in relatively ugly stage but photos will come soon, but I have these two models also in progress. This little cob mare is very close to being complete in these photos, but I wish to do more detailing on her whites and other details need to be amplified and finished up. I am going to name her Kiss, I don't know why but she seems to suit the name!

And the last model, the new CollectA Clydesdale stallion.

It feels like a good thing that the paints take a while to dry, I have a lot of revision to do and the fact that the paint takes a while to dry means that I have to revise in between!!


Wednesday, 10 April 2013


This is a post about a beloved horse in my life,


When I lived in Spain, I had the wonderful opportunity to look after an 18-year old, beautiful iberian horse by the name of Tanoka, who I could just treat as my own. The owner worked at my school and he had no time on his hands to care for him and he was at my stables where I rode, so I took up the chance immediately and I rode him for the first time on January 23rd 2010, the day after my birthday. When I first met him, he seemed overweight and had no respect for me at all. He would constantly try to lean into me and push me out of the way with his huge body, he would not stand still and would try to eat, and picking out his hooves was an absolute nightmare.

When I rode him, his head was constantly in the air and he was very tense, and at every noise and opportunity he would bolt with me to the opposite end of the arena, just wanting to be back in his paddock. After the ride he was very sweaty and the battles continued once more as I untacked and brushed him and put him back to bed.He used to always give me a look as if to say 'what are you DOING to me?!' when I tried to brush him...

The yard was so helpful in helping me with him, for example when there was a hack in the mountains they would try to take him out just to help him get used to being ridden again, get him used to other sounds and horses, and just get into the swing of things. I also lunged him frequently in aid to help calm him down in the riding schools and to relax him a little.

There were constant battles all the way and throughout. However, in just a few months in April time, during my Saturday morning lesson, something suddenly seemed to click.

I don't know what it was, but he grew calmer and calmer and started to accept the bit more and more, and bolting became much less and it became a massive achievement to see him trotting around the entire arena without having to cut corners because of a scary tree!

Tanoka was a real looker, everyone always stopped to stare and would ask 'what horse is that?' I began to feel more and more proud to say 'That is Tanoka!'

Every ride got better and better, even though he did have suspected arthritis in his fetlocks I took him over a couple of jumps sometimes (which he liked to have a cheeky buck afterwards!) and some of my most fondest memories of him are cantering on the tracks through the mountains in Barcelona to the top, and having a glorious view of the entire city by the sea, as the sun set. I wish I could just relive that moment just once more time.

Another fond memory was the first dressage competition with him. He knew what to do and was a superstar, unfortunately I was very nervous and he picked up on it, as well as he was excited. I made a lot of errors on the test and we didn't place at all but that wasn't the point. The fact that it came to me being barely able to ride him because he was in such a state to us being fit and good enough to enter a dressage test was a massive achievement and I was so proud of my boy!

He was full of cheek the whole way though...

And in the test itself we both had our moments!

But he was my special boy and I wouldn't change him for absolutely anything.

When he started standing still for me whilst grooming and tacking him up (and even picking out his feet!) I started to get worried, thinking 'is he ill, or sick?' but he just looked at me with his face, as if to say 'What on Earth are you talking about, Human!'He was such a massive highlight to my life and I hope I helped him with his nerves and the endings to his life and riding career too.

After my A levels everything was a blur, I got ready to move back to the UK and the next thing I know, I never said bye to Tanoka and had to take leave. I hadn't ridden him since around April 2011 at that point, a month before my exams were due, after taking a nasty tumble off another horse during a jumping lesson and hurting my back (thank goodness for my back protector!) and having trouble on other horses. I was also nervous as hell about my exams and my future about universities and Tanoka fed off me with such sensitivity, so it became wrong to ride him and get him worked up in such a state.

I haven't seen him since and my mother visited the stables shortly after I started studying back in the UK, but he was no where to be seen... I have no idea what has happened to him and I secretly think he has perhaps passed on. He certainly was an old boy and it absolutely saddens me to think it. But I hope I made a difference to his life as he did to mine.

So why this blog post? I feel like this story needs to be shared, to share the sentimental values that this horse had over me. He was such a massive part of my life as I was suffering from a culture shock and a new place and surroundings, and Tanoka was there undergoing a similar trauma of a nervous state. We both pulled through something together and now I wish to create something amazing to remember him by... So why not a full horse sculpture...

The only problem is... Which pose to choose...


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

First Oil Piece

Well, after my trial for oil paints, I came out with this model. I am so pleased with the colour and I can't wait to paint more with them. I have named him Terry for show, his show name being Terry's Chocolate Orange!

I have the CollectA Clydesdale in progress as well, to a nice bright bay with extreme sabino markings. I am pleased with his progress but many white layers are needed. Still, you can picture him nicely with these images.