Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Finished Piece

I finished the Little Lonestar yesterday. I'm hoping to get him onto eBay for tomorrow, ending some time on Sunday. I'll be uploading more pictures to my website etc. today. This is probably the last of the mini resins that will be for sale from me for a while, as I plan to do a few mini commissions next (not yet though!)

Here's a Hazel that has been sitting in my cabinet for years, I've finally gotten around to her! I usually airbrush my base coats, but I bought some pure alkyd paints and decided to experiment with them for the base coat. I will give a little report on the paints and how I like them (or not) in an upcoming post.

Last weekend I tagged along with my hubby who was helping a friend with a hot rod project. This friend has a couple of horses and boards several more, so I went along and did some sketching. There were some really gorgeous quarter horses there, as well as a couple of minis. Most of them were lively and actively grazing/running about, so I didn't get many good drawings, but this little mini stood mesmerized for several minutes: 
Hubby's friend also owns a gorgeous (and friendly) brindle whippet: 
He got a little excited and chased the horses around, then lay in the sun so I got to sketch him, also:
That's all for this week! Hopefully I'll have a new picture of Sushi and/or Stormwatch in the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A Different Kind of Horse

My husband is a car fanatic, to put it mildly, and this Labor Day weekend I got a chance to ride in one of the cars that he built. This is a '57 Ford station wagon owned by Bob Crabtree. My husband built it as a street car and drove it around for a while before selling it to Bob, who continued modifying it into the monster it is today. Bob is a kidney transplant recipient and runs an organization that speaks to other kidney patients and educates them about the disease, that's what the logo is about on the car.

I rode in this car at a drag race several years ago when my hubby still owned it. I remember it being fun, but now? I really wasn't prepared for the speed and power of this thing. It truly is a monster! Drag racing is broken up into brackets based on speed, and this car is almost at the top. It's consistently breaking into the top bracket but would need nitrous to be competitive at that level.

Anyway, I knew it was going to be fast going down the runway, but I really didn't know it would be THAT fast -- I screamed the whole way down the track. It was like a roller coaster ride! I had a huge grin on my fast the rest of the day. What a cool car! Here's a another shot of it racing a different car. See how the front wheels pop up? So exciting!
So that was my little foray into the world of automotive horsepower. Now it's back to the miniature world of plastic horses ;)

Here's a little heads up that I'll be selling this Mindy on my Yahoo group very soon:
I'm still not quite ready to start commissions yet, thanks for your patience on that! I almost always offer straight sales pieces to the Yahoo group first, so if you want to get in on that here is the link

I'm making great progress on the Little Lonestar and Sushi, so maybe in the next couple of weeks I'll have some pictures of them.

That's all for now!