Sunday, February 17, 2019

NaMoPaiMo - National Model Painting Month - 2019

The month of February 2019, I am participating in the Facebook group NaMoPaiMo - National Model Painting Month - this is a model horse painting group and it's always great to see what people do! (very image heavy blog).


Here are the Rules - if you are interested - NAMOPAIMO RULES


I registered on January 2, 2019.


January 3rd I posted my picture to the "Resin Nudie" folder to show me and my official entry. 


My donation to NaMoPaiMo prize pool. 


Small paint brushes to do the detail work I want to do on my model. 


Reference photos of what I want my model to look like when completed. Not completely sure which I will use or a combination of both but I loved both of these horses and wanted to try to at least emulate them. 

I shared info about my art space - 

I have seen a lot of posts about not much room for painting space. I live in a 600 sq ft apartment. My painting-space is a desk. I spray sealers and primers outside as weather permits or use the mud room with the door open and stick the model in a tote. I live at 8,000 feet in elevation and like today it’s 5° right now. With small spaces and cold places you just have to trial and error to figure out the best thing for you. And don’t judge your space on what someone else has just because they can use a whole room or garage. It’s like painting; emulate your favorite artists but only judge your work against how your work has improved not against their works.


This is my first custom in 1985 and one of my most recent ones in 2018. There was a version of the 10 year challenge on the NaMo group page. 

And February 1 - I managed to primer my main horse and my secondary horse! Of course I did this when I should have been sleeping because I had to work that night. 

The Battle of the Butts has begun!!! The battle of the Butts has begun. Thunderbutt one (right) is my official NaMoPaiMo horse who will be Appaloosa marked. While thunderbutt two (left) wanted in on the fantasy action. #battleofthebutts #namopaimo2019 #kittycantrellresin #thunderbuttresin #elkstarranchartwork



This is the "nudie" group shot of all the entrants with their "naked" unpainted pieces. Can you find me?? hahahah


And I managed today to work on them on Sunday February 3, 2019.

 



 


February 9, 2019 - NaMoPaiMo Party at Fabian's!! Photos taken by various people at the Party


I had to leave the party early to go to work. But on Sunday February 10 I did a LOT of work on both my models. 

 

 

 




February 11 - Completed the Fantasy Thunderbutt Resin and made great progress on my Appaloosa Thunderbutt. 



February 14 - this horse is irritating the crap out of me! Can't get his blanket WHITE and want to chuck him in the trash. 

 

February 16 - Managed to get the blanket where I want it. This is like layer 25 of white!

 



February 17, 2019 - I DID IT!! After staying up until 2 AM in the morning - I managed to complete my 2019 NAMOPAIMO Horse!! WOOO HOOO!!!!















Sunday, January 13, 2019

I Don't Have Space to do Art

Being part of a painting group, I have seen a lot of people talk about their art space and not having enough room to do art or comparing their art space to other people's art space.

For the last 10 years I have lived in small 1 bedroom cabins or apartments - none larger than 650 square feet. Having a space for art is not easy.

Previously I always had a folding table and a crappy folding chair and most of the time had to put things away in totes and hide them in the closet so no one could see. In September 2018, I moved into my current apartment and now have a real desk and storage cubby.


This is the first time I have ever had a space that I actually like and works well for me. I only have the desk. To primer or seal models, I have to go outside as weather permits or use the mud room with the door open and stick the model in a tote. I don't have any fans and heaters and painting booths - just a $2 tote from the thrift store.

I live at 8,000 feet in elevation and like today it’s 5° right now (at 7 AM when I started this blog).

With small spaces and cold places you just have to trial and error to figure out the best thing for you. And don’t judge your space on what someone else has just because they can use a whole room and afford cool gear that helps vent things or have a garage where you can set up fans easily and have lots of space. If you truly want to do the art, you will make the space and make due with what you have.

It’s like painting; emulate your favorite artists but only judge your work against how your work has improved not against their works.