Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Tanoka Photos

While sculpting a classic scale sculpture of a horse I used to look after, Tanoka, I thought I should share some more photos of him. So enjoy!













Clare

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Copperfox Model Horses


What a fantastic and exciting project this is!

Becky of Utterly Horses launched a Kickstarter project to fund the production of a new model horse line known as Copperfox Model Horses. The good news? It is just for British Breeds!

There are three sculptures that will be in the line-up for 2015, a Welsh pony, a Connemara and an Exmoor. All three have been sculpted by some talented artists and they will be at a price that people will be able to afford. Fantastic!

I definitely cannot wait to get my hands on some, but they need your help. Their goal is £25,000 and while they are over halfway, they still need the support. I have already pledged and intend on doing so again (once I get Christmas money!!!) as well as I hope to be a part of this amazing venture someday. If you want to pledge, please view their kickstarter project and be a part of model horse history.

New and exciting times lie ahead for 2015!

Clare

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Thursday's Inspiration - Gorgeous Fjord

This pony has really inspired me to pick up my sculpting tools. Unfortunately, being away from home, I am unable to do this but it is definitely on my to-do list!

Photo not owned by me

Clare

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Samson Resin Commission

**I am dedicating this blog post to a young model horse hobbyist known as Leah Little, who unfortunately passed away last month due to having a horrible illness. She was a very strong person and will never be forgotten.**

This resin, known as Samson, is a relatively new release from Horsing Around UK. Earlier in August, I was commissioned to paint this particular model as a dappled buckskin. I found a beautiful mare and foal for reference,



and as soon as the stallion arrived I started painting!

Unforutnatley when I started painting this commission we weren't having the best weather in the UK and it meant that paint took while longer to dry... This was frustrating as I wanted to get this one completed for my friend as quickly as I could, so she could enjoy him.


The weather did eventually get better as I progressed, though.


I wanted to have the stallion done by the time the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo came around, but there was a small area on the mane I wasn't happy with and I was under no pressure to rush nor did I want to ruin the paintwork I had already produced. Because of this, I came back to him straight after arriving home from the festival and I finished him off for my friend, and then sent him to Ireland.

I know the photos are of poor quality and I apologise, but you can still see the gorgeous resin that I was allowed to paint!



I was tempted to get this particular resin for my own collection too and I will hopefully do so one day (... Christmas present, perhaps?!) but for now, I am just grateful to be able to paint one. So I would like to thank you Leah for the opportunity and how lucky I am to have been able to know you. (I also hope you liked the other presents I put in the box for you too!)

Sleep tight xxx

Clare

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Painted Trenzetter Resin

This resin I bought while I was travelling in America and went to Breyerfest. He had always been one of my grails and I simply thought 'why not' while I was there... He was at a discounted price, I didn't have to pay postage across the pond AND it also meant no customs charges! Hurrah!

I had wanted to do him a buckskin colour of some form and when I was painting a few the same colour in my studio in the run up to the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo this year, I decided to have him prepped and have colour splashed on to see how it all went...

Well, it went better than expected and at one point on the Wednesday before the Hullabaloo (I left Thursday morning... the day after...) I thought to myself, could I get him finished in time?

... And I did!


I am SO SO pleased with how his shading turned out, and it is definitely one of my best buckskins to date (and some people have argued its my best WORK to date - thank you so much!) I managed to show him off at the Hullabaloo where everyone oggled him and took photos. He really does have a presence in the room, even if he is a 'lump of plastic'!


He is one for my personal collection, and he is already in my cabinet prancing around the other resins in there. I really recommend Maggie Bennett's work, her sculptures are beautiful.


I still have my Persia resin that I also bought from visiting Lexington, KY. I will get to her eventually... I want to be able to hair prep her though...

Clare

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Night Heather and Moonlit Dale

So these were the two resin model horses that I never blogged about... Until now, that is!


I kept them quiet while I waited for the UHH to commence. I painted them on behalf of Kelly as a guest artist, and I feel so honoured to be able to have the opportunity. As mentioned in this UHH 2014 blog post, they went to auction where they fetched £90.



I painted the mare as a really mealy bay, and the foal a simple black colour as I was influenced by this particular photo I found online (I know the foal here is greying out but I felt that this particular foal sculpture, because he isn't fluffy as such, he should remain dark).


I received another unpainted set as a Thank You... I had a colour in mind but now I am thinking otherwise... We shall see what happens with them as I am sure to paint them eventually... It may not be until Christmas, but I guess that gives me more time to decide!

Clare

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Utterly Horses Hullabaloo Part Five - Wrapping Up!

All in all, it was a fantastic three days as I met some gorgeous horses (both real and model), I caught up with some great friends and I even met an Olympian over the weekend!


I left early on the Sunday (just after lunchtime) as I had to get home and work on some hospital applications for my 'fifth year' at university to work. Needless to say, leaving early to finish it off and send the applications was worth it as I have two interviews out of a potential four lined up already (they got back to me awfully quick!) so that is something to look forward to.

I am also, as of this evening in fact, flying to Madrid in Spain to pursue a research project for my studies. This does unfortunately mean I will be taking a step back from the hobby for the time being, and with this being my final year (and a Master's equivalent at that!) future commissions and artwork will be slow... But the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo 2014 sure did bring a fantastic end to the Summer, as usual!

I stumbled across this photo taken last year of some of us on the Saturday late afternoon.


I know some other people are yet to upload photos so when they do I will share some of their images, but that is all I have to say for now. I hope I wrapped up the event well for you, as if you were there, and to ROLL ON NEXT YEAR! (... although not too sure if anyone wants to think about next year *just* yet, some of us are still recovering! )

Clare

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Utterly Horses Hullabaloo Part Four - The Second Day

By the end of the first day, I had to rearrange my stall due to the vast amount of models I had sold!


I had about 1/3 of my table vacant! But this actually turned out for the better in the end because I could then have some Julip model horses on show... Not my own, but I was selling them on behalf of Model Horse Love, as a result of a competition that was run over the Summer months.


If you want to order a Songbird, they are in hand and ready to ship! They are priced at £55 excluding postage. Just get in touch with me if you do want one.

On the Saturday, I had my second and final talk of the three day festival; how to put mohair onto your model horse. I had the video camera set up to show what I was doing with my hands which was fantastic although it was quite blurry, so I don't know how much people saw... And whenever I start out hairing a model, it never looks its best! But the model in question turned out ok...


This model is priced at £30 including UK postage. And again, if you want him then please contact me. I finished him while sitting at my stall over Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Over the afternoon on Saturday I also created this little diorama, because why not?!


It is currently sitting in my cabinet! It was great fun to do and the different activities were such fun, I also did a little bit of sculpting and got very messy hands!

This is the final post of the blog series, I don't have any photos to share of the third day and I was only there until just after lunchtime.

Clare

Monday, 1 September 2014

Utterly Horses Hullabaloo Part Three - The First Day!

Before we knew it, the first REAL day of the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo 2014 was upon us!


After Thursday's antiques, which involved four of us moving this fibre glass horse down the stairs in the lecture hall and to the front of the room,


we all had to be up, fed and out for the day for 8:30am as newcomers arrived for their live show. I was also the first person to do a talk at the Hullabaloo for this year, so it felt like I was 'opening' the festival with my talk at 10am! I spoke about simple customising for beginners including do's and don'ts. In the lecture hall area was where Donna and Kelly were based, where I had an accidental purchase...


And I also got to see the Night Heather and Moonlit Dale I had painted for Kelly. I will share more photos of this pair soon, I kept quiet about them when I painted them. These two ended up going to auction on the Saturday night where they both sold for £90.


Kelly had so many of her models and sculptures on display, and many creative ways to do so! My favourite by far was this amazing solar-panelled rotating disk.



I had a customer pick up a model horse from me back in the See, Sell and Shop marquee early in the morning before the newcomer live had started; I had as a commission piece for them to pick up, where they then proceeded to show it in the show that day. As the day progressed, she came to find me in the afternoon to inform me that the model had taken custom champion in the show!


The custom was shown as a Welsh X Thoroughbred, just like the real horse he was based off, and the judges obviously really appreciated this cross combination. The next day, in the Open Live Show, he also BMECS qualified. This was such a fine achievement as this show had 42 entrants for the day... Can you imagine just HOW many horses were in the marquee that day?!


I am so happy for the owner of this model, who is receiving it for their birthday and their sister just happened to show it for them. It is a nice touch that she will be receiving him with the prizes!

In the live show tent, there was also the scene competitions for each day. I had to take a photo of this one, it is a replica of Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball'. How fun!


There was another area to the UHH this year, apart from the live show tent, lecture the
atre, arty area and the UH shop... Becky had hired some mini jumps for people to go over and these were such a great success!


After the raffle was called for the day at 4pm, people tend to wrap up and leave for the day... Then before we knew it, it was dinner time! And the dessert for the day was this GORGEOUS pavlova...


Hey, I did tell you I would be food-blogging too, lol!

Part Four will come shortly...

Clare

Utterly Horses Hullabaloo Part Two - Arriving and Setting Up!

After the National Stud Tour,


 I came back to where the Hullabaloo was taking place and set up my table for the next three days.


I had some special acrylic steps to display my mini models on in order to give them height against the traditionals I also had, and I also brought along some original sculptures.


I am not going to lie, the majority of the horses were not packed until 10am the same morning! I had packed some but I also had to get together the medallions, the Hamlets and Horatios, pack clothes and some food bits, more models... From 8am until I left at 10.45am I was in such a frantic state! Packing included these ones from my showstring, that I planned on having shown for me in the Open Show on Saturday.


After setting up my stall, I went to help out other people that had arrived for the weekend including sculptors Kelly Sealey and Donna Chaney. Although we had more to do, we stopped and had dinner together. The food provided each and every night was amazing (and deserves a mention in every blog post!) the dessert was a special chocolate brownie and we had an entire POT of chocolate sauce... Which some of us filled our spoons with!



We helped set up some more tables after dinner such as for the painting and diorama making area, and we also put together the cabinet by the lecture hall with the auction items with Jackie Radwanski and Bernadette of Crystal Moon Studios. Once all was set up for the start of the event the next day, some of us went to a nearby foodstore for extra supplies for food.

The next blog post will feature photos of the nest few days that ensued...

Clare

Utterly Horses Hullabaloo Part One - The National Stud Tour!

And the large amounts of blogging begins from me about the UHH 2014!

I stayed on site this year at the National Stud, where the Hullabaloo is, in Newmarket this year. The event took place for everyone on Friday 29th August until Sunday 31st August, but because I was helping out I turned up early the day before on the Thursday where I also did the stud tour.



If you have never done the tour and wish to do so, I would highly recommend it. We learnt all about the history of the stud, visited the different yards including where the 'magic' happens, the weanlings and even the foaling unit! First of all, we visited the stallions.


the weanlings, taken away from their mummies earlier in the year, were so beautiful! They were also very curious and loved the attention when we went over to see them in their paddock.


If you stop and think about it, you could see these same horses galloping across the finish line in a few years and have the next champion!


... I guess the grass is always greener, eh?!


The next post will be coming up shortly..! I hope you have enjoyed the photos so far. And yes, definitely go on the tour! The best times to go are around April-time, when there will be many bouncy foals apparently.

Clare