Friday, 31 March 2017

In the Studio!

Just as I thought I had pretty much successfully cleared out the bodies in my studio, I do some digging and, well... That is definitely not the case! Oops!


Despite this photo, I also have a Horsing Around Paddington resin I am going to paint as a Fjord (I did one about seven years ago and sold him and miss him terribly so going to do another, slightly different one!) and two Animal Artistry minis. I do have rough plans for them all...

Valegro - loud leopard appaloosa... A bit like this guy?!


2. Breyer Wyatt - I will be resculpting this one a little bit... I need to do something creative to the base though which I am still working out how I am going to do it!
3. Breyer Quarter Horse - her name escapes me for the minute but I am thinking a lovely dappled golden palomino. And sabino marks?!
4. 2x Breyer Donkeys - one I want to customise the ears s he is a little grumpy. I will be doing one a tobiano that is for sure!
5. Breyer Connemara - thinking about doing a resculpt on the mane and tail for her.
6. Copperfox Welsh - dapple silver bay
7. Copperfox ISH - will be a dark bay and with mohair.

I obviously have more than what I have just mentioned here as you can see but time will tell what they will end up being...

Clare

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Better photos of some customs!

I managed to get a new background after the purple one I used previously wasn't the best. I also used a different camera as I could control the settings more so the photos turned out a great deal better.




And, while I am posting, I thought I would share some images of this Breyer Newsworthy custom I painted to a leopard spot appaloosa. He does have a couple of bumps in places with his paintwork but he is such a loud colour, he really is a great little model! He is currently for sale, priced at £50 including postage to the UK (outside the UK will be an extra £10) but I am also open to sensible offers.

Enjoy!






He would make such a fantastic Hunter Pony under some tack, don't you think? I really do love the colour of the new background as well, incredibly vibrant so it helps the colours I paint to stand out.

I have to go now though, I have been diagnosed with a nasty chest infection and really should be resting...!

Clare

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Andalusian Mare and Foal

Both the mare and foal were giving me complete jip when I first started painting them, so I had to leave them for a bit. It wasn't drying properly and was almost scaling, it is hard to explain. When painting does things like this, no matter how badly you want to keep going to get them finished, you just have to stop and put your tools down and try another day. I have had to do this a fair amount recently due to anger, frustration and also anxiety that I have unfortunately been suffering with after some personal incidents a few months ago.

However, this morning they both persevered wonderfully and I am so happy to declare them to be complete! I simply love the mare, her expression is so gentle and kind. I love her in this colour too.


I painted her to a dapple buckskin, and she has a small star on her face. I don't have many photos I am afraid, and I can only apologise! Both her and her foal make a great pair as well.


The foal doesn't have any dapples, I didn't want them to be exactly the same colour and I don't tend to see many foals with dapples in their coat either! He has a star, stripe and a little snip on his face.


I reckon these two will do rather well in the show ring. Just to get to some shows, now!

Clare

Monday, 20 March 2017

Breyer Wyatt

Unfortunately, yet again, I cannot seem to take good photos! I was going to paint him a completely different colour when I suddenly thought dapple grey would look good on him. Then, I went a bit crazy with some sabino markings!



Although the photos are not the best, I hope you can appreciate that he has some wonderful shading and his dapples are extended to all over the body, whereas in the photos it looks like he is pure white... They are just washed out slightly.



I also couldn't resist in giving him some lovely wall eyes and a big white face. I really like him in this colour! I do have another Wyatt somewhere to paint too, but I think he is still at my parent's house...

Clare

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Finished Commission

I had this commission in progress before I moved house and he is finally done, I have just sent approval photos to his owner and I hope they like him. The whites aren't as smooth as I'd hope they would be but it doesn't distract from how pretty he is.



I do like the purple backdrop but it is washing a lot of the white out - his mane is actually more shaded along with his tail and he does have nose pinking. I think I need to buy another backdrop to showcase the lighter horses on!





Enjoy your Sunday!

Clare

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Two Valegro Customs

The first one I am going to show you has a different tail, that I nicked from a Breyer Pepto because I have different plans for that model... I suddenly thought the quarter horse's tail would look quite nice, dynamic and different on the pirouetting horse!



I am disappointed with the photos... They aren't very good and I do apologise. I am currently not using my laptop as the charger went missing in the move, so I am unable to adjust the lighting and colour to emphasize them. Oh well! I hope these photos do anyway.




I painted the horse's shoes on with a silver pen that I use to sign the models with as well. It is good to use as it means I don't need to necessarily own a silver coloured paint itself either! 



The second custom is a simple repaint to a very well shaded dapple grey. Unfortunately, these photos are also just rubbish... I will need to get some better ones soon. He has dapples all over but these photos do no justice whatsoever.




At this point in time the bay tobiano model isn't for sale but the dapple grey is. I am looking for £70 for him and that includes UK postage. If you are interested in him, please get in touch!

Have a great weekend!

Clare

Monday, 13 March 2017

Bernard Medallion in Resin

I was hoping I would get the ball rolling with casting my little Bernard medallion sooner than this, but I guess real life got in the way with moving house and I have been working some very long hours these past couple of weeks on top of it all! But, in between the shifts while I have been at home I had been working on his mould and on Friday night, cast my first two Bernard medallions.


He casts so, so well! This medallion is the raw casting and all that needs doing is the edges need straightening and sanding down. But he is pretty much good to go. I caught a photo of the resin as it is mid-way through curing in the mould. It cures in the shape of the horse head first, because of the density of the resin and obviously it is warmer as the chemical reaction takes place for the two components to mix and harden.

The first time I tried moulding him, it went wrong. The moulding material I used had a short pot life so when it came to me finally mixing the two components together and then pouring, it was setting! Bernard's ear also came off too because the mixture was too thick and pushed it I reckon. The mould actually, considering what happened, only had a couple of air pockets... But obviously it simply wasn't good enough, despite a missing ear!!

I persevered and bought a new load of moulding chemicals though, I carefully selected one with a longer pot life yet an overall shorter cure time. This stuff is amazing! I have already cast six medallions now, and plan on doing a whole load more today.


Now the important details if you want one!~~

Bernard is £10 each, but if you buy one you can get a second one half price. Postage is not included but will be a flat rate of £3 for the UK, and £5 for the rest of the world. If you would like one, please just contact me either using the form on the side of the website, or through my email clarestokes65@gmail.com.

Thank you everyone! I plan on painting one or two when I can as well...

Clare