Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Great Way To Start The Week

Yesterday, I received this in the mail.
It was for the annual writing contest held by WITF . I've entered it before and when my mom told me there was an envelope from them in the mail I expected it to be the 'thank you for entering' letter.
So I didn't open it until late last night. And I was surprised to see that I'm one of the 13 finalists for it. I get to go to the reception and be present for when the first and second place winners are announced. Yay!
Lizzie also had a great start into her week. Over the weekend she went to the Berks Saddle-ites show.
Photo by Lizzie Mace, Zebra customized by Eva Bradley.
I couldn't attend because of a real horse show (got that 6th), so Lizzie sent me pictures instead.
She showed With Pleasure in western OF.
She did well in other western,
Photo by Lizzie Mace, props by her, tack by Niki Hertzog and doll by Anne Field
 western games,
Photo by Lizzie Mace, props by her, tack by Niki Hertzog and doll by Anne Field
and western trail.

Since I couldn't go to the show, Lizzie asked if she could borrow some of my western tack.
Doesn't her Peter Stone look nice in it?
Photo by Lizzie Mace, tack minus the tie down by Kristian Beverly
Photo by Lizzie Mace, tack minus the tie down by Kristian Beverly
Final ribbon amount!
Photo by Lizzie Mace, tack minus the tie down by Kristian Beverly
In english, Lizzie showed her new Roxy.
Photo by Lizzie with props by her, saddle by Pat Coulter, pad by Rachel Fail, 
And she showed her saddlebred, Murphy.
Photo by Lizzie with props by her, tack by Pat Coulter
 He did very well.
Photo by Lizzie with props by her, tack by Pat Coulter
He ended up earning Grand Champion in OF performance. 
Photo by Lizzie with props by her, tack by Pat Coulter
Lizzie showed her custom Zippo in performance.
Photo and props by Lizzie, tack by Kristian Beverly
Photo by Lizzie, tack by Kristian Beverly
It looked like a fun show. Thanks for sending me pics Lizzie!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PA Horse Expo

The end of last week was the PA Horse Expo. I missed it last year so I made it a point to make it this year. On Friday after my last class (and start of Spring Break!) I wandered around the expo.
I really enjoyed watching the Breed Showcase.  
Chincoteague Pony!!
I also wandered around the shopping area paying particular attention to the tack. 

I took enough pictures to have a post about the breeds and tack I saw. Did anyone have a preference of which one they'd like to see first?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Let's Do Painterly Things Without Painting

My attempt at NaMoPaiMo was a really nice try.
I had a model to paint
even if I accidentally dropped her and chipped her ear. In August I accidently knocked her over so she tumbled down my shelves in a series of loud thumps. 
I'd gone out and bought supplies. I decided to paint her in oils to some sort of bay. 
My Michaels had a 2 for 1 deal on oils. I read Jennifer Buxton's Jennifer Scott post about oils and decided to try them. I got the basic pallete of plastic pony colors plus a new set of brushes. I use Turpinoid for colored pencils so I didn't need to buy that. 
The last needed supply was reference photos. I really wanted to do my Hazel justice, which meant I needed good reference photos. I have a binder of horse photos plus I have taken plenty but in the end I just dumped more photos onto my horse reference pinterest board. I pinned a rainbow of bays before deciding on a final shade. 
And that's where my NaMoPaiMo ended. School work and getting sick ate away my free time. I didn't finish NaMoPaiMo nor even start it, but I gained so much knowledge from reading the tips on the board and on Jennifer's blog during the month of February. Learning is just as important as doing sometimes. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Almost Weekly Update

One of my annual goals is to blog more but I never tell myself what more means. So my more is to do weekly updates.
On Saturday I dropped off my items for the gallery that starts on Friday. It feels more real now that the tack and models are in the display.
 They'll be more spread out once the previous show is gone and the larger display is out.
While I was dropping off pieces a few of the other artists also dropped off their work. Isn't it cool?! There's such a variety of pieces that are going to be shown. The camera didn't pick up the cool details and textures in the two pieces on the left. I can't wait to meet everyone that's in it. 
I'm almost done with the pebble sized cross stitched saddle pad. 
And I picked my victim for NaMoPaiMo or National Model Painting Month. It's a Mini Hazel that I bought at Breyerfest 2016. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

So. Excited.

It's the 2nd week of classes and the weather is still fall-like.
That's great but this is exciting.
Earlier in the fall, one of my favorite professors asked if I would be interested in contributing pieces to a gallery exhibit she wanted to put together. I had helped with the putting together and organizing of a campus-wide mosaic mural.
Students and Alumni were able to paint a piece of the mosaic and after all of the pieces were painted, I helped put them in order to create the picture.
My obvious answer was yesyesyesyes and then she proceeded to ask for examples of my work. I really didn't have examples of 2D work (still sorta don't lol) but I went out on a limb and brought some of my model horse tack.
She. Loved. It.
So I'm going to be in an art gallery.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 In Review

2016 is ticking down to usher in 2017. I took a couple thousand or so pictures so here are some of my favorite pictures from the past year. 

Now to books. 

This was the last book of 2016. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff. 
Last year I read 100 new books. This year I managed to hit 55. Even though I didn't hit as many as last year, I still read some great books. So out of the 55, here are the best ones. 
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. 
This is a new adult fantasy series with a strong female protagonist (she's a talented assassin with a taste for the finer things in life. I really enjoyed these and can't wait for the next one. 

Next up is It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. 
I was still on the cruise when it came out and the second I got home I went to buy it. I wasn't disappointed. It's a contemporary hard issues new adult book that stayed with me long after I read the last page. The author's note at the end made the novel even more real. 
My last favorite book of 2016 was also by Sarah J. Maas. It's A Court of Thorns and Roses series. 
It's another aew adult fantasy set in a really cool world. When Feyre goes hunting to try to feed her family, she kills a wolf. Not long after a creature comes to demand retribution and Feyre is sucked into the world of the Fae. I loved the characters in this and again, Maas created a strong female protagonist. 
How was 2016 for you? Do you have anything that you're happy about accomplishing? Read any good books?