December 25, 2022
December 18, 2022
I am happy to say that Rebel Just for Kicks is done, with all his hairdos! If you want to follow his creation from the beginning, start here. It was a bit of trial and error, as most creations are. Not perfect, but I'm pretty pleased overall.
Which is your favorite look?
December 11, 2022
I chronicled the making of Rebel Just for Kicks, my 2022 NaMoPaiMo horse, on the blog almost through completion. Technically, I finished him for NaMoPaiMo. His paint job was done. However, part of his creation was to explore making magnetic, interchangeable manes and tails. I just ran out of time to finish making all the manes and tails.
I took him to a show in the spring and showed him in halter with the bottom of a tail that fit over the mud knot. I decided it wasn't tidy enough to show him in halter, so I permanently attached the bottom of his tail and sculpted it into the braided section so there was no seam.
I think that was a good choice, as he earned a NAN Top Ten (thanks to the buy-in!)
|Rebel Just for Kicks|
NAN 2022 CM Paint
This time I made a cone with the mesh, wrapped it with tape,
November 8, 2022
Sunday Stroll has lived up to his name, taking his sweet time. The name was supposed to imply, as a Thoroughbred from Sunday Silence lineage, that running is as easy as a Sunday stroll. LOL
|Valor Resin (Carol Williams) with Replay Resin Head/Neck (Brigitte Eberl)|
customized by Danielle Feldman
I shared an in progress picture of him more than 10 years ago, and I have no idea how long before that I worked to get him to that point. When I signed up for Heather Bullach's painting a dapple grey in oils class fall of 2021, she recommended we use a traditional scale model. I have had this guy's color in mind since the beginning, so I figured it was time. After some minor tweaking to the mane and tail, I got him prepped almost in time to start with a painted base layer.
|Streaky is pretty normal for a first layer, but this is way too light|
|Layer 2 I got a little bolder.|
I was a little nervous to apply newly learned skills to a model where I have a specific image in mind. Maybe that's why I was the slowest one in the class to make progress.
Painting when I have the energy to focus and enough time to not feel rushed is key for me. I usually regret the results of painting when those don't align for me, so I took the pressure off myself to have set expectations about keeping up with the class.
|Layer 2 - Take 2 - Not enough dapple contrast with prior attempt|
|Layer 3 - starting to detail the body|
But Heather does an amazing job of taking the mystery out of oils so that I kind of knew where I was headed with each next step (thank you, Heather!).
Then the class ended last fall, and he has been waiting on my shelf for almost a year... I'm guessing that last oil layer is probably dry by now, ha ha. Sunday Stroll continues to live up to his name. Maybe I'll finish painting him in the next decade?
September 17, 2022
2022 BreyerFest Best Customs Contest prize model
Limited Edition of 6 models in this colorway
This lovely original finish model is the prize model for the winning entries of the BreyerFest Best Customs Contest this year. I was extremely honored to win the Excellence in Performance division with my Donkey Nanny set-up. Here are a bunch of pictures for everyone to enjoy!
Any little white flecks are lint from my cotton gloves.