Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Model Horse and Action Figure Monthly Art Challenge - July 2022

SUMMERTIME! WOO HOO! Let's see if I can get this one done and catch up the other ones! 
And I still didn't. I have been picking projects that are large and working a lot of hours at work and being far too exhausted to complete them. 

I hope to do a catch up blog of all the monthly challenge pieces and get back to completing them in a month's time and not 6 months time. 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Model Horse and Action Figure Monthly Art Challenge - June 2022

We shall see if I can get this one done and catch up on my other two challenge projects. I had hoped to do a really cool medallion set, but alas, this challenge was another one I couldn't meet due to work. 🙁

 And I did not get this months challenge completed or even started ☹️ I have the items out and hope to complete before the end of the year.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Medallion Madness Month - June 2022

Medallion Madness Month takes place in June 2022. I signed up on June 1, 2022 and I am doing my Splendid Medallion sculpted by Ashley's Equine Artistry. 

First I sculpted on some scales using Magic-Sculpt and a scale making tool. 

Then I started painting and making a "display" out of a seashell. 

I am very pleased how he turned out! And finally glad to complete a challenge. 


Thursday, June 2, 2022

Indian Paintbrush Live Model Horse Show - May 2022


YEAH for model horse shows!! I am so excited to attend my first one since September of 2019. 

Indian Paintbrush Live was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming and hosted by Anna Miller. Held May 21, 2022 at LCCC Pathfinder Building. There were 29 entrants from five different states, not including Wyoming. 

I was working off an old classlist, so I left a lot of show horses at home sadly. I did get Buttercup the Yellow Ford Ranger loaded pretty well. 

The weather was snowy and icy and rainy in Estes Park when I left on Friday afternoon. The drive down Big Thompson Canyon (Hwy 34) was slow, but when I reached Fort Collins it started to clear and then by Cheyenne, it was very nice out. 

I stayed at the Days Inn. It was an interesting hotel room on the BASEMENT level floor. Nothing like looking out of my truck at the undercarriage. It was clean and had no carpet which I liked because I hate carpet, but just a little weird. 

I ws up early the next morning so that I could drive over to the show hall. I was very early but talked to my mom while I waited for it to open. 

Once the show hall opened up, I brought in my models and we started the day!

I want to thank all of the judges for a great day! 

OF Breyer: Fabian Tashúnke Ska
OF Peter Stone: Alex Aarons
OF Mini: Courtney Sadar
OF China: Cheryl Ellison
Artist Resin: Anna Kerns
Custom Plastic: Dana D'Ippolito
Medallion: Heather Malone

And I wanted to share my best placings and a surprising championship. 

I can't wait for the next show! 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

International Model Tack Month - April 2022 - Tack is my Nemisis


International Model Tack Month (abbreviated IMTM to avoid confusion with other annual challenge groups) is a community of model horse hobbyists focused on helping each other complete a self-determined tack project between the dates of April 1 and April 30. This is not a contest or a competition; there are no prizes. Everyone who completes their project as described in their registration form and uploads a finished photo to the specified location will receive a personalized completion certificate in the form of a PDF that can be printed at home.

IMTM strives to create a kind, welcoming community where we can all learn. We focus on support and education for tack makers of all skill levels, remembering that we all started somewhere. Community members are encouraged to tailor any advice, suggestions, or critique to the skill level of the person requesting it. All criticism should be positive and focused on education.


I have entered this challenge for like 5 of its 6 years - my first year (2018) - I did not complete my challenge - see this blog. Then I did 2019 challenge and completed my project - here. 2020 was a suck year because I had to move DURING the pandemic and IMTM - here. 2021 I failed again to complete the challenge - HERE

This year I am trying it again. I am going to try to do a circus costume for a Stablemate - AGAIN. 

And this month - I have to say was a rough month for me and as I look at the mess of my art table, I know that today being April 30, I will not be completing my project and haven't even done the basics for it. One of these years, I will succeed at this challenge - 2022 is not the year. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Model Horse and Action Figure Monthly Art Challenge - March 2022

 The March 2022 Challenge was Meteorlogical Phenomena!

I started with a 1:32 scale plastic model that was grazing. I did not get pictures of him before I started because, I honestly forgot! haha! 

Explanation - the HORSE LATITUDES - here is the description taken from the National Ocean Service - here.

The horse latitudes are located at about 30 degrees north and south of the equator. It is common in this region of the subtropics for winds to diverge and either flow toward the poles (known as the prevailing westerlies) or toward the equator (known as the trade winds). These diverging winds are the result of an area of high pressure, which is characterized by calm winds, sunny skies, and little or no precipitation.

According to legend, the term comes from ships sailing to the New World that would often become stalled for days or even weeks when they encountered areas of high pressure and calm winds. Many of these ships carried horses to the Americas as part of their cargo. Unable to sail and resupply due to lack of wind, crews often ran out of drinking water. To conserve scarce water, sailors on these ships would sometimes throw the horses they were transporting overboard. Thus, the phrase 'horse latitudes' was born.

Little Rider Doll Making Challenge March 2022 - Let's Try this Again

So I didn't complete the 2021 challenge for the Little Rider Doll Challenge, so I decided I would try the 2022 edition. I am doing the same models that I didn't complete last year. 


The moved arms were as far as I was able to get last year, so my judge doll is going to, hopefully, get completed this year. 

I didn't start working on the models until March 6. I managed to get the arms sculpted and primer on the judge model. 

Then I didn't get pictures of the sculpting and adding the hair and the painting, because I just started working on him in chunks of time. 

And then I managed to complete him before the end of the month - I am so excited!!