I closed my Etsy shop
for two weeks over Christmas,
and had myself a little Sabbatical.
During this sabbatical
I mostly slept and ate chocolate;
it was very good and I
highly recommend having
a little sabbatical if you
can possibly squeeze one in.
I also painted a horse.
I try and tell myself it's actually
a prop for doll photographs,
but it's really a toy for me!
I didn't sculpt it!
This is a Battat horse I bought
on eBay. I think they're sold
at Target or Toy'R'Us.
It was a nice horse, but very yellow
with a frizzy mane and tail.
So I took those off.
Underpainting. Or, how not to paint dapples.
Dapples. Not apples.
I sculpted pointed tips to his ears, a tail-bone
and added some depth to his jaw
(This is the third attempt to paint dapples.)
I looked at so many references, and so many horses
I decided that dapples can look any way you want.
So mine look like this.
Then I added a mane and tail.
A suri alpaca mane and tail,
which is pretty luxury stuff
for a plastic horse.
Here he is, posing.
He doesn't have a name yet,
so I'm going to have to work on that.
And he insists I make a lady in a riding habit
so I suppose I better get on with that, too!
(Suggestions for name gratefully received.)