Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Resins are Coming! The Resins are Coming!

Hello friends!

I just heard from the lovely Lynn Fraley that her husband, Barry, is finishing up "Batch B" of the Toot Sweet resin run! Yes, folks, 15 silky-smooth resin castings will be on their way to me soon, which means that it won't be too long now, before they are offered on my Yahoo group! And what's even cooler, is that Lynn snapped some pretty pictures of these ponies in production and placed them on her blog. So go check them out, and if you are interested in Lynn's sculptures or Barry's casting services, take a peek at those links too!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010


What did one tomato say to the other who was lagging behind? Ketchup! Yes, yes, a poor joke- I know! But it does well describe my perpetual state this year. Too many projects, too few hours in the day! But little by little, I make my way through them. I'm finally getting around to posting a teaser pic of the chestnut sabino Toot Sweet I'm working on for the next batch of shiny Sweeties. Lots of fiddly work on this gal! I'm not going to estimate anymore, just when she (and her dun sister) will be ready! These mares just seem to take a fair bit longer than my previous offering, Jellibaby (I'm missing having a smaller horse right now, can you tell?). Though there are advantages to having a bigger canvas to work on- things like ticking and scritching come across slightly more believable in a larger scale, and there is a lot more you can do with other details like hooves, muzzles, etc. Still, I think I'd better amend my website to read that there will most likely be 1 ceramic Toot Sweet batch a month, rather than 2; just because of the rate I've been going! But I am hopeful that in the next couple of weeks I will get a little more caught up on everything, and that will make offering new shiny things easier. Please think productive thoughts for me! Thanks!


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring at Santa Anita

Hello, everyone!

I realize winter has been a bit harsher for the rest of the country- but even here it has been rather cold and rainy for a good chunk of the time! We had much more rain this year than in past years- but this was all good, as our droughty dessert conditions really needed it! Still, I'm very grateful that this weekend promises to be more spring like, after several in a row with rain; especially as I've company coming from a rather gray WA!

Walking my dog around the neighborhood, I've been enjoying our hints of spring- irises and daffodils are popping in neighbors' gardens, and one of my favorite flowering trees, the saucer pink magnolia, is now in bloom (it is nearly done, actually!). Last year I took some good close ups of this lovely plant, while over at Santa Anita. I came across them again recently, so I thought I'd share:

Seeing Santa Anita has got me thinking about my never-finished thoroughbred sculpture! I really hope I can pick her back up again soon- it has been so long! Part of the reason I stopped and set her aside was that I realized her proportions were off (and on a race-horse, that is not a good thing!). So, there's a lot of scrapping & re-working that will have to be done, before I can really progress on her. But maybe in a month or two, when I'm more caught up on my projects, I can pull her out again, and see what needs to be done!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

This is only a Test

I'm checking to see if my new FeedBurner email subscription thingy is working! If it is, that means I finally figured out how y'all can subscribe to my blog via email. I'll let you know if it is!


Friday, March 5, 2010

I'm Ready for my Close-Up...

It's up! The auction is up! Toffee & Butterscotch are ready to begin the process of finding a new, loving home! And to help with this process, I made a page with close up pictures of the pair (particularly, Toffee), to show off her subtle dapples & hand-painted details even more:

Toffee & Butterscotch Page

And the auction, you ask? Why here's the link! It ends Tuesday, March 9th, at 6:00 p.m. PST. Best wishes to all of the bidders & please let me know if you have any questions!

You do? You're wondering about the resin batch being released today? Yes- that's still the plan! I'll be releasing it at a random time (to help ensure fairness), and selling them 1st come/1st serve until that batch is all gone. That will basically be the motis operandi for the run. I'll tell ya'll the date, but the actual time will be secret (and will be varied), and the message releasing them will come via my Yahoo Group. After one batch is sold, I will order another batch from my caster, and keep repeating the process every few weeks until the mold is spent. So there you go!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Resins are Ready!

Good Tuesday evening, folks!

Save a walk with my dog today, I've been at the computer all the live-long! Ugh! But I did what needed to be done... I shot, edited, cropped, color-corrected, color-corrected some more, and yes, just a little bit more, my models for the Resin Run photo shoot! And now I'm pleased to bring you this (click to see her larger):

Hurrah! The resins are finally ready to be sold! When will this first batch be offered, I hear you ask? Why, some time Friday. I plan on offering the 10 pieces I have, 1st come/1st serve from my Yahoo Group. They will be priced $120 ppd (domestic). So sign up, if you haven't, and stay in the loop! And what about those Resin Run models, I also hear you ask? (I'm hearing a lot today!). Why, they will go to Auction Barn, also some time Friday! But here's a sneak peek of them, for the curious. I've dubbed them "Toffee" & "Butterscotch" to go with their original candy-themed names!

That's all the news for now. Stay tuned for auction links- coming Fri!