Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Studio News and Updates

This blog post is well and truly overdue! I am so sorry to have kept everyone in the dark for so long, and I haven't painted a horse at all this year yet! Hopefully this will explain everything...

As a lot of you know, I have been training to practice as a Pharmacist and this meant moving. Unfortunately this also meant no room for a studio, and I have been studying hard all year. This is all about to pay off however as I will be taking my exam soon. Wish me luck! I will be temporarily be able to paint in August and September, but soon I will be finding elsewhere to live which WILL have space to paint, and I will no longer be studying as much. So things are looking up!

But what do I have in the Studio right now?

1. Hornet
Hornet, my jumping resin from Maggie in the States, still needs to be finished prepping and then I am going to paint him a bright dapple bay with a mohair mane and tail. I have ordered a base for him too, a nice clear acrylic rod one, so he will really stand out.

2. Animal Artistry Andalusian
This model has been my absolute grail since I first discovered the hobby ten years ago (TEN years!!) I finally have one! I am going to give this one a mohair mane and tail too, but I am currently stuck on a colour... Part of me is thinking a midnight bay, or perhaps a rose dapple grey... I have no idea right now!

There is no photo of this one I am afraid... But as soon as I start working on him you WILL know about it!

3. Breyers Galore!
I have about thirteen Breyer Traditionals that are in need of a new lease of life, and I cannot wait to give it to them.

As well as this photo, I also have a Breyer Newsworthy that needs to be painted up. These will certainly keep me busy for a while!

And an update on my Icelandic Sculpture...

Unfortunately, due to a lack of interest, the casting and moulding for Storm will not go ahead. Instead, he will remain as a unique sculpture of mine that I will more than likely end up painting (along with Azucena). I will be, however, creating a miniature version in the near future. So keep an eye out!

I hope this has cleared things up a bit. As for commissions... My books are still closed for the time being but I might open one or two slots in August... I will keep you all informed and if you would like to be added to a waiting list for me to contact you, do let me know!


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2016

Back at the end of May, I went to the RWHS 2016 with my Dad and my Gran. It was a lovely day out, as usual, and I was happy because the camera I used was my Nikon 1, one that had broken when I took it to America back in the summer of 2014. I got it fixed finally and I am now able to use it again. I hadn't realised how much I had missed it!

When we first arrived, we went to the arena that was doing the hunter trials. There were some tough turns on this course, including a double combination jump in a corner! It was quite an imaginative round. There were some gorgeous ponies competing too.

We then had a wander around as I noticed that an Appaloosa in hand class was going to start on the other side of the show grounds. We stopped by a warm-up arena where we saw some Arabians being walked, some other horses being ridden and also a couple of Friesians!

Then the appaloosas started to arrive. Both my Dad and Gran had never seen a true appaloosa horse before in all their spots and glory, so that was a treat to show them! The first horse, a pure leopard spot, was so chunky and handsome!

There were some other spotties as well nearby, preparing for the ridden class.

Later on in the day we moved into the main arena at the show and watched two rounds of 4* showjumping. It was very intense and as always a great show was put on by all those competing. My gran and Dad also really enjoyed the thrill of it, and cheered the riders on to beat the time of the one before.

There were a few mishaps...

But I am pleased to say that no one was hurt throughout the day which is the main thing. It definitely inspired me to start jumping again at home, though!

I will have more studio updates soon, I promise... :o)