Wednesday, October 28, 2009

In Disarray

My studio is in complete disarray right now. I've been doing some photography for the still life paintings that I do, and everything's rearranged and moved around, it's very chaotic. I can't wait to get it back in order.

The area where I paint models isn't involved in this mess, though, so it's been business as usual with the horses. Once again I thought I would be done with at least two horses, but those little tiny touchups have proved me wrong. I'm just waiting to do a final spray on the mini-Maj, and final spraying and glossing on the CAF, too.

Meanwhile, here's a head shot of the Huck Bey I've been detailing. His eyes are not glossed yet, and I need to work on his nostrils a little bit. I was a little worried when I started on this color that I wouldn't be able to get the mane/tail color right. It's kind of an orangey-red, but I didn't want it to be too orange. I think it came out really well, though, I'm very happy with this color. He should be done in a week or two.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Running Behind

I was positive that I'd have at least a couple of finished pieces to show this week, but I'm still putting the finishing touches on them. This is due to my paranoia of getting something sticky or lifting paint by rushing the process. I just have to let things dry properly. Plus I had to take a couple of half-days off to take care of some unforeseen personal things that came up.

So hopefully by next week I'll have pictures of the mini-Maj, the mini-Caprice, and maybe the CAF. Prepping on the Rosita is now going along pretty smoothly, I've dealt with most of the pinholes and will be putting a coat of airbrushed color on soon to check for more flaws. I've got another model that's almost prepped, and will have some new in-progress things to show you in the next few weeks.

I'm entering a very busy period for myself concerning my other artwork, so things may move a little slowly in November. I hope you can all bear with me :-)

In the meantime, here's  a photo of my extremely gorgeous cat. I know she's just a garden variety tabby cat, but she's got an awesome personality and a very feminine daintiness about her, and my hubby and I joke that if she were a human, she'd be a supermodel.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


I've been doing some detail work on the Shire. I started the eyes, but then went back in with oils on the head.

I've only been working on this Dinky Duke in fits and starts, but he is starting to come together now. His dappling is different from the Shire. I don't have a specific technique that I use for greys, I'm still learning as I go along, and each type of dappling seems to call for a different technique.

I've also been prepping this week, and doing some final detailing on a couple of other pieces. It feels really good to have a "batch" of models almost finished. I can't wait to start my next set!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I'm considering this little guy finished. He's got one blue eye and one brown eye.

Valdemar has gotten some more roaning, and I glazed some color over his neck and head, because I want him to have less roaning there.

I've been detailing the eyes and hooves on Mini-Maj; I haven't glossed the eyes yet in this picture, and I still have some more detailing and minor touchups to do.

What else? I'm still prepping a couple of pieces, and have started the eyes on the classic Shire, as well as a bay mini-Caprice. The CAF needed a couple of oil touchups, so he's drying right now. Lots of detailing! I know a lot of people like detailing, but it usually makes me apprehensive, because it means I'm almost finished. That means I'll probably be selling the piece, causing no end of anxiety 8-/  Salesmanship is definitely not my forte, that's for sure! I wish I had an agent LOL!