Monday, March 20, 2017

Cow Camping

This last week my family went camping in our trailer.

I hesitate to say camping though as it's 34 feet long and is air conditioned with plumbing and cooking appliances. More like glamping... :P

Anyway, I am not a fan of camping. It's not the outdoors part... it's the BUGS. I hate mosquitos. 

However, when I heard there might be some horses around, I happily walked the 3 miles to the 'cow camp.' A cow camp is basically a historical setup to look like an old cow camp. There is a cowboy there who is dressed in accurate clothing. If you know like Colonial Williamsburg, it's the same concept.

When we got there we talked to the cowboy a bit then checked out the camp. Unfortunently it was more or less nap time for all the animals. The one pony there, named "Stroker," was more interested in yawning and sleeping then posing for photos!

Good teeth references?

The cow camp was set in 1875, and during that time you could sell one cow for one gold coin, which was about $14 at the time. Cowboys were very fond of their Cracker Ponies, though, and you would have to pay about 20 gold coins for a pony. 

Next we saw the calves and the cows. I didn't realize they came in such interesting colors.

The colors on some are just so cool. This one looks near leopard or something :P

His lil face <3


They also had an amazing revolutionary war saddle set, but that will be it's own post. Sorry this one was mostly photos, but hopefully you got some color ideas for your next cow to paint? I know I have. :)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

What's In The Studio?

At this point... lots!

First I have been working on this bay roan commission. He needs a bit more roaning on his flank then his base is all done.

Next is a completed commision. This was my first palomino! I'm not totally happy with it... but still turned out great.

A friend of mine also recently sent me some samples of Earth Pigments. They are literally amazing. The first horse I painted was the bay arabian CollectA. The sculptures on these are very nice, they are cheap enough to potentially ruin... but also look really nice when painted correctly!

She is going to be a Breyerfest sales piece. I won't be sad if she doesn't sell, though!

Most recently is this semi-gloss dark grulla Fjord. I also did him in earth pigments, but I like the arab better.

Lastly, here's a classic roan mustang. This one is being difficult for me... but he's coming along.

And that's it! Be sure to read my post on Two Cowgirls And A Jumper this week!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Update + Namopaintmo!

February has been a rough month in more than a few ways. It's just been super busy and stuff has happened.

The main thing was my dog went In For Training. For those that don't know, my family raises and trains Guide Dogs and PTSD dogs. We keep them for about a year then they go back to the guide dog school for advanced training. This dog, named Captain Hero (or just Cap) was mine and my responsibility to train. Boy, he's been a challenge... but I'm gonna miss him so much. We bonded so quickly, I'm getting emontional just writing this.

Me being awkward as usual but bye bye Cap! Be a good boy!
Of course I know he's off to do great things, but I needed a bit of a break. <3 However, I'm still here and I've done quite a bit in the process!

First up I completed my Namopaintmo horse! If you don't know what it is it is a challenge by Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Custom Saddlery to paint a horse in one month.

My official horse was this Breyer merrylegs, and I wanted to paint him to look like Lil Sebastian from Parks and Rec.

I tried a totally new technique and only used a brush. No pastels, no airbrush, just a brush!

He turned out really nice IMO. Not LSQ by far... but still cute! :) 

I also completed the first of many horses for a big commision and started two more!

This one has had more progress made, this is just the very base coat. I've stripped her 3 times so far... not gonna do it again! Some horses just don't like me.

Thanks for sticking with me all, stay tuned for more! I'll also be posting a TCAAJ exclusive post this week. :) 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Factory Goofs + No Self Control

About a week ago I ordered a SM American Pharoah direct from Breyer. I needed a bit of retail therapy but couldn't be bothered to get one at our local tack shop... so direct it was.

He came in the mail this morning and as I took him out of the box, I thought that he looked quite glossy... but passed it off as the plastic from his blister pack. In general Emma style, I completely destroyed the package.

I had a small heart attack when I saw him. GLOSSY!!!!

He isn't sticky, no weird texture... his gloss is identical to an intentionally glossed model.

Different lighting.

I'm pretty sure he's just a factory goof who wasn't matte sprayed before he left the factory. But still super cool!

Another model I need to show off is my new Moxie resin. She was sculpted by Sarah Rose and painted by Austin deSheilds.

She's unfortunately super hard to photograph... I apologize for the bad photos!

Her face is just <3

I keep telling myself no more minis... but I couldn't resist!

She's really lovely. I just haven't come up with a name for her. She's shown under the name Tautology... but I might change it.

Again... I apologize for the lack of posts. I post everyday on my Instagram, @emmasmodelhorses. (we are so close to 900 followers I can't even.) I've also started Breyerfest prep, and along with school that takes up a ton of time. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Favorite Things

Shading on stallions..
RRS Starving Artist, resin painted by EVR
And dapples on mares..
Welfare Cadillac owned by EVR
Bright bay pintos and geldings with flair..

Safari TOOB pony painted by EVR
Big brown jumpers tied down with string..

"Fluffy," the giant inflatable Breyerfest horse. :)
These are a few of my favorite things. 
Cream-colored ponies and lil nameplates..

Lonestar owned by ?
RRS Here Comes Dat Boi wearing a Five Paws Studio halter
Doorbells and delivery trucks..

And saddlebreds that gait..

Custom by EVR
These are a few of my favorite things..
When there's drama..
The model horse Instagram community is pure drama.
When you get scammed..
Or I'm feeling sad..
I simply remember a few of my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad.
I really enjoyed writing this as a change from more formal posts. Those more formal posts are soon to come! :) Hope you enjoyed.