Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Monthly Model Horse Painting Challenge - May 2021


There was no April challenge posted. This month's challenge has to do with Mothers in celebration of Mother's Day!! 

I decided to be adventurous and do a medallion for my mom. Using a gift shadow box from a friend - I painted the friendship Medallion by Ashley Stollberg of Ashley's Equine Artistry to my mom with her 1/2 Morgan 1/2 Quarter Horse gelding Pat. Pat was my mom's favorite horse besides her miniature William and I just had to do this gift for her! 

I learned to ride at about 1 year old on Pat and he was great with children and ornery with adults. 

Photo by Ashley Stollberg

My mom's gelding Pat

I used pastels and earth pigments as well as acrylics. The background is a Kansas sunset photo with the words "And God took a bit of Southerly wind and created the horse." 

The final piece looked so good to me. And I shipped it to my mom - she loved it. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

International Model Tack Month - April 2021 - Facing Failure Once Again

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 4 of its 5 years - the first year - 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

This year I am trying it again - I hope to complete 2 Stablemate western bridles to go with saddles that I have that need bridles! 

As of April 17, I had not worked on my tack projects at all. I think I was having a bit of OMG can I do this left over from March. 


Today is May 1 and I did absolutely nothing for this challenge. Every time I sat down to work on it, this little nagging, ugly voice in the back of my head said, NOPE, it won't be good enough. 

This is something I struggle with tack making - my first attempt at IMTM (here) really showed me that I was being a bit arrogant about tack making and now I have gone to the other extreme of fighting it every time I sign up - either a life crisis happens or I find something else to do that isn't a challenge. 

I will continue to do this challenge each year. It's a good challenge and it's great to see everything that people complete. I am hoping to work on tack through the rest of this year and see what I can do so that I prepare myself for next year. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Favorite Artist Series - Model Animal Artist Karla Zdroik


Karla is a talented artist and sculptor. She does some of the most amazing animal sculptures, as well as customizing model dogs, cats, horses, etc. and painting animals as well.

I have known Karla for several years online, but have never met her in person - again, one of those artists I hope to meet someday. 

Here are some of her amazing pieces: 

The dog was made from this cat figurine! 

This is sculpted on a ROCK!

I have managed to get several pieces from Karla over the years, and I love all of them. 

My favorite of course being the sculpture she did of my beloved HEARTCREST SEMINOLE WIND (aka Bria)

I have several other dogs and goodies too: 

You can check out her artwork at:  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Little Rider Doll Making Challenge March 2021 - A Failed Attempt


The Little Rider Doll Making Challenge invites model horse hobbyists of all abilities to create a rider, driver or handler during the month of June. The project can be of any scale. 

 There are no prizes. Your completed rider of handler is your reward. 

Make it FUN and be kind and helpful.  Nothing is more discouraging than negative criticism. This is a safe place. Everyone starts somewhere! There are NO dumb questions.
1) Decide on your project
2) Post a pic in the "Project Album" and make a statement about what you are doing
3) when done, place a photo of your finished work in the "I did it" album.

I am doing 2 Stablemate 1:32 scale dolls - the male will be a judge and holding a clipboard and the female I hope to make into Ahsoka Tano! 

And as of March 15, 2021 I have been putting off working on these because I am having an ADHD moment of they will never be good enough. 

I never completed my Little Rider Doll challenge - I did get the judge's arm's moved but that is about all I did. 

I think I psyched myself out and made this challenge far more challenging than it really was. I got into my head and really stressed myself out to the point I couldn't look at the two dolls and complete them. 

I think instead of letting myself just go with the experience - I was watching all of the other challengers actually making clothes and doing other things and I let myself listen to that nasty voice in my head that tells me that I am not doing the right thing. 

There was no rules about dressing dolls, but just completing one. I will post another blog when I complete them and I will try again next time, because I do want to complete one in a month's time under the challenge criteria. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Favorite Artist Series - Model Horse Artist Shauna McDaniel


Shauna McDaniel runs Epic Fail Studios - aka Glittertastophes by that Canadian. Like Sara Gifford, she is one of the most amazing fantasy artists. 

While I have not met her in person, I have chatted to her online for some time now. She is very helpful and supportive, as well as talented. She is always willing to share her insights on customizing  and help a person out with hints, compliments, sarcasm and humor. This earned her a NaMoPaiMo Champion of the Day in February 2021. 

Her fantasy models have some of the most vibrant and wonderful customizing and colors. 

Breyer SM ASB, Abbey Inc wings and finish work by Shauna

Carla Baker? Medallion - finishwork by Shauna

Breyer Classic Draft - finishwork by Shauna

Kitty Cantrell Resin - finishwork by Shauna

Kylee Parks medallion - finishwork by Shauna

Kitty Cantrell Resin - finishwork by Shauna

I did own a piece by Shauna, but sadly had to sell it due to life circumstances a couple of years ago. I hope to be able to commission her one of these days for another piece. Check out her page and enjoy the fun things she "fails" at doing!

Monday, March 15, 2021

Monthly Model Horse Painting Challenge - March 2021

MARCH theme‼️ 

Paint a model that has a single or double dilution: Buckskin, palomino, Smokey black, cremello, perlino, smoky cream. OR if deco is more your style, paint your model pastel colors. Any medium as long as you use the pastel version of a color(pastel pink, pastel green, pastel blue, etc)


I chose to do a Breyer SM Driving Horse (trotting warmblood?) that had sculpting work by Heather Kapica and make her palomino.

I was painting her and she was doing so well. Then I went to seal her and she popped off her base and landed in the dirt ๐Ÿ˜ญ

So she went into a bath of Pine-Sol and I chose a different horse because I was frustrated with her. 

This horse gave me problems too - the pan pastels and sealer lifted on his chest, but I managed to fix them. He turned out okay I think. 

So another monthly challenge down!