Saturday, September 19, 2020

Monthly Model Horse Painting Challenge - September 2020

Model Monthly Painting Challenge - Facebook Group

I skipped the August Challenge because I don't like Paints/Pintos that well, but when September's challenge was posted I HAD to do it. 

I started out with a Breyer SM Croi and I decided on representing Rocky Mountain National Park/Park Rangers.

I then did a diorama to make the mountains, a blazing sunrise and the lake valley. 

This was one of the most fun challenges and I was so glad that I had this idea for it. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Monthly Model Horse Painting Challenge - July 2020

Model Monthly Painting Challenge - Facebook Group

July Theme๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–️ 
Summertime! It's that ridiculously hot & humid(at least it is here in the southeast) time of year that we all love and hate! Create a model that reminds you of summertime. This will probably learn more towards being a decorator type, but it's not required. Is there a summer sport you enjoy? A seasonal fruit you love(or a fruity drink๐Ÿ˜œ?) Bright colors you always wear to the beach? Will you choose sunblock or tanning oil? A certain place you vacation at often? These are just a few ideas for you to brainstorm, but I'm sure you guys will all have unique pieces in the end!

My creation is a horse enjoying the beach! She's got her bikini and shades and her volleyball and she's ready to hit the sand and surf!! 

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Starting Life as an Ertl Rearing Horse

Sculpted with her bikini and shades with her volleyball!

Sadly, I had to start from scratch - I primered the above horse and left her outside and forgot about her. Let's just say rubber horse in heat - well her legs, etc will not work again and she made it to the trash. After I dumped the trash I thought I should have just kept her and made a funny about melting in the heat. Oh well. 

I picked my second victim to do my beach scene. When I pulled him out of the body box, a commercial on TV was playing Danger Zone and it totally reminded me of the Top Gun volleyball scene. So I decided to run with that

Here is my beach boy showing his stuff. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Breyerfest 2020 A Virtual Experience

This is the first year that I have ever been able to "attend" Breyerfest. Usually I am in Wyoming at Longmire Days around this time or just working. I have never had the urge to be in Kentucky in the middle of the summer. Heat + Humidity = Melissa in a hospital. 

This year because of Covid-19, Breyer was holding Breyerfest Virtually. I bought the 4 pack SM single day ticket. Mostly because I work on Sundays and can't always do stuff. 

I really hope Breyer considers this as an option every year for people that can not attend the live event. I would gladly do this again every year!!

I went to work on the night shift in the ER in my Celtic stuff (as much as I could get away with)

I had my friend Molly Pengra getting my things for me online because I was working and sleeping (being that I work the night shift), but the great part for me was that I could see all the goodies via video link. These I could watch in the background while working or on my breaks. 

I was happy to get the SM set - that was all I wanted was the 4 single day stablemates and the stablemate SR set. The only thing I missed out on was the ceramic mug ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

I was able to watch part of Kylee Parks' sale but my video feed cut out, so I couldn't order anything or try to win a Tatu that I want desperately. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ  I am happy to get a Toshi though! 

I was also able to catch a Bantam Hazel - I just love her and wish that Morgen would shrink Johann down as well! hahahah

I fell in love with the DARE Voodess - I am sad I could not afford her - she is PINK and weird - of course I would love her - she is so cool and one of those grail horses for me to get a DARE piece. 


On a positive note - I WON something from Morgen Kilburn!! OMG!!! 

And I got a fun fantasy horse!!

Overall, for me the virtual was a great experience and I really, REALLY hope that Breyer will consider adding it as an option every year!! I would love to do this next year from the comfort of my living room!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Medallion Madness Month June 2020

Medallion Madness Month - Facebook group

This is a one-month-per-year painting event. However, this group is specific to medallions! Every June we will all come together to paint our medallions, share our painting tips and tricks, learn, and most importantly, have fun!

This painting challenge was in June and because I was working on my Albert and Victoria Resin for the Monthly Model Painting Challenge (blog here) and it worked for this challenge too.

Started them June 1 and completed them on June 8, 2020.

The final product was Kylo and Rey - Darkness Rises and Light to Meet It. 

Monthly Model Horse Painting Challenge - June 2020

Model Monthly Painting Challenge - Facebook Group

This was great for me because at the same time - Medallion Madness Month was going on at the same time and I had a great idea that worked for both challenges! 

My Albert and Victoria Resin set had not been painted and I was excited to paint them with my idea. 

On June 1, I started my project. It went quickly as I am done today (June 8) - it all just fell into place. 

With the help of some friends, I worked on the plaque and this is how Kylo and Rey came to be - Darkness Rises and Light to meet it. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Monthly Model Horse Painting Challenge - May 2020

Model Monthly Painting Challenge - Facebook Group

I skipped the April challenge because it was titled "All about Me" and was pretty much what I had based my NaMoPaiMo horse on. So I waited eagerly for May's challenge. 

I managed to find all of my painting supplies after my move and get my art table set up and I managed to complete 2 items for this challenge - they are both the round medallions from The Jennifer Show 2019. 

Monday, April 27, 2020

International Model Tack Month, Pandemic and Moving - April 2020

Put my registration in on Sunday, March 15.

I decided to do a Medieval Jousting Costume for my SM G1 Drafter. This was a Renaissance Faire Style Costume based on images from Kansas City Renaissance Faire when I worked there in my teens and twenties. 

And then everything changed on April 1, 2020  - besides the pandemic - I received a text message from my landlords that they "had a change of circumstances" and were giving me 30 days notice to vacate the premise. There was a notice at the top of the stairs (I lived in a basement apartment.)

That started a friend networking of finding a place to live. I managed to get a storage unit on April 3 and start moving all my stuff to storage. It's very stressing to be moving by yourself during the middle of a pandemic! 

I managed to find a WONDERFUL place with the help of friends. A cabin in the woods with a view of the  mountains out my living room window!! 

I am just very thankful for the help from Pam, Kathleen, Morgan, Candy, Deidra, Ellen, Renne and for everyone's well wishes and support. 

Sadly, I have not gotten to work on my model horse project and am working the next 3 days, so will not be able to even start it. It's been an interesting month. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Circle C Artist Challenge 2020 - Microbe Challenge

Circle C Artist Challenge - here

The people have spoken! We will have not 1 but TWO contests... one for the kiddies who need to be busy and one for the rest of us.
First is PAINT YOUR FAVORITE MICROBE!! Inspired by everyone's new rule maker COVID 19, you can choose a healthy or dangerous microbe...
Two categories, one is repaint only and one is CMd. No limits on what you use or how you do it and to be more fun lets make the deadline 4/15 Tax Day! Wheeeee....
Prizes? I will find something... maybe plush virus? Early bird entries will vie for prizes like a bar of soap and a roll of toilet paper!
Seriously, no rulz! Doesnt have to be a model if you dont have a body, use an empty tp roll! Make it fun folks, this is not to downplay the seriousness of the world around us but a chance to occupy some time and give yr brain a break.
Fantasy Microbes and made up microbes are allowed.

So I made up my own microbe. It's called Equum Noxia Amabam which is Latin for Toxic Hobby Horse.

The Equum Noxia Amabam (Caballo de Aficion Toxico in Spanish) is the microbe that enters model horse hobbyists and makes them spew toxic rhetoric into the world. The Equum Noxia Amabam comes out of the toxic waste of the world and transforms into a beautiful horse or item in the hobby that makes everyone covet it and it makes people spew toxic words about other hobbyists and collectors. When Equum Noxia Amabam is done, he sinks back into the toxic ooze from which he came. The microbe can last a long time in the world and there is little known defense against it. 

 This was a fun event to do!