January 15, 2012

State of the Studio

Imp resin sculpture by Sarah Minkiewicz
Collection of the Artist

The time has come to reflect on the future of Feldman Studio as I enter a new phase in my life. I am currently pursuing my CPA and Masters degree and will be joining a large accounting firm this fall to work full-time. While I am excited about this opportunity and what it will mean for my family, I also enjoy being a part of the model horse community as an artist and exhibitor. This is not an end to my involvement in the hobby, or at least I hope not!

My intention is to continue to offer my series of instructional DVDs, perhaps adding a few more additional titles. Many people have expressed how much they've enjoyed them and learned from them, which makes me so happy. For the foreseeable future, I will have DVDs in stock, and I will be re-stocking those that have currently run out. The prepping and detail painting DVD should be back in stock in 6-8 weeks. You are welcome to pre-order them at this time through the website.  All other titles are in stock and ready to go.

Going forward, I will no longer be able to accept any commission work. I just can’t devote the necessary time to paint for others anymore. I love to paint and sculpt and may offer finished pieces for sale, so I hope that you will stay tuned for those opportunities. I am down to finishing the last 3 commissions and look forward to sharing them with you here. Next week, I'll post some in progress shots of them. Their owners have been very patient, it's been about a year since they were started. I am excited to bring them to completion and am thrilled with how they are turning out.

I do hope to finish sculpting Panache, the floating trot Warmblood, that I started last summer at the AAEA workshop. I will see if there is interest at that time in having him cast in resin. He still has a long way to go. And I have so many other ideas to put into sculpture. We'll see what time allows.

Really, this is not much of a change from what you've seen come out of the studio lately. I have been in school for awhile now preparing to head down this path. My undergrad degree was in Dance from BYU, so switching to Accounting has been quite the journey. I have not been to a show in almost two years and I think I can count on one hand the number of horses I’ve been able to finish over the past few years. I guess the biggest change is my acceptance of the facts. My time is not what it used to be.

I do hope to stay connected with you, so I have set a goal to make a blog posting every weekend. I love to read your comments and would be happy to post any show successes you've had with models I've painted on the blog, as well as the website. I plan to post how-to's, in progress and finished pieces as they're made, maybe revisit some ideas, share show reports, and more. Just tell me what you would like to see posted and I'll see what I can do.

Thanks for reading. I hope you'll stick around!

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