January 31, 2023

January 30, 2023

The Carousel Museum - Part 1

Several years ago, my family attended The Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT. I came across the photos and realized I'd never posted any! Here is a photo dump for your viewing pleasure! Be sure to check back for more posts of The Carousel Museum over the next several days!

Do you have a favorite? 

January 21, 2023

Spotlight: Maria Hjerppe, Swedish Artist, Photographer, Designer

Mariah recently offered these two large, beautiful, photographic collections for artist's reference with photography from many interesting angles and great details: 

Heads, necks, & close-up details and
Unusual angles & dynamic action (Arabian horse edition)

These are printed and shipped through MagCloud. They aren't necessarily cheap, but they are very high quality, large images so the printing cost is not all that unexpected. I'm excited to use them as references for sculpting and painting. I've heard that MagCloud offers discounts occasionally, just saying... 

You can check out pictures on her website of several of the photos included in each book, see the links above.

In her recent newsletter, Mariah shared, "I definitely have plenty of existing material for several more, but I am going to evaluate how these two sell first. I would like to hit a certain number of sales within the next three months, as otherwise it won’t make financial sense for me to keep producing new ones." To be completely transparent, this post is self-serving because I really want Mariah to publish more artist's reference books! She also said, "the next book will most likely be a collection of foal images", so if you haven't yet please go buy her books!

Mariah is also an accomplished artist. I had the privilege of purchasing this lovely pastel painting "Eddie" from Mariah. I really need to get her framed so that I can enjoy her every day. Mariah really captured such an endearing expression on this baby. 

In addition to reference books and flatwork, Mariah also creates medallions, calendars, mugs, clothing, and other fun stuff! Check out her website at 


January 14, 2023

Hill-Stead Museum

The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT is a hidden gem with priceless treasures by Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler, Cassatt, and many others. My daughter and I took a tour of the home and the separate gallery today. Here are some of the equines, plus one bonus Monet. 

Jockeys by Edgar Degas, 1886
pastel on paper

Jockeys by Edgar Degas, 1886
reproduction of oil on canvas
the original was sold from the collection

Fell in love with the face on this charming little sculpture. 
Reminded me of Maureen Love's Arabians, but this is likely much earlier. 
I know nothing about it, and this is a terrible photo...

I have always been a huge Monet fan. This one, Oat & Poppy Field, 1890, is on loan from a private collection. We were told that the public would likely never get a chance to see it again, what a treat to see it today! Love the light and the texture and the colors and the depth and the movement and the stillness and everything about it.
Collection of Netsuke

This little netsuke was an adorable grouping of animals with a horse centered in the composition.

another view