Three new Holiday Painted Ponies for 2015 from me!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Trail of Painted Ponies, in conjunction with The American Paint Horse Association, is having a design contest. All the designs were judged by The Trail and the Top 20 were chosen by the APHA. My design, Paint Me A Masterpiece, was selected!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I can't take full credit for this Pony, my husband came up with the idea of sea monsters and a compass rose like you would see on an antique map.
Since I love history and mythical creatures, I ran with it !
This is my own take on those mythical monsters that cartographers and sailors would dream about hundreds of years ago. The pony is painted to resemble old parchment paper. The compass on the base is drawn in metallic gold paint. Numerous beasts are handpainted on the sides from a giant octopus surging up out of the water to garb the Pony's head to a sea dragon, sea horse, Loch Ness-type creature and a narwhal-esque monster. I think this pony appeals to the explorer in all of us.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Antiquity - any period before the Middle Ages, but still within the period of human history or prehistoty.
My newest Painted Pony for 2012 is inspired by an ancient Etruscan horse sculpture.
The Etruscan people lived around present day Tuscany, Italy. The horse held a special place in their culture and warriors were often buried with these small figures.
I love researching equine art and history and this image stirred something deep inside me.
"Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it."
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
My newest Painted Pony, now on ebay. Click here for auction.
On a recent trip to Cooperstown, NY we went to the Fenimore Art Museum. As we desended the main staircase, I nearly fell over because at the bottom was an original, life-sized Painted Pony, Thunderbolt Colt.
I couldn't believe how beautiful this Pony looked in person. The other wondeful thing about this museum is their large collection on Native American art. One of the pieces that struck me was a Mimbres hand painted bowl. I knew there was a Painted Pony brewing in my heard after seeing that wonderful design.
So here is my newest Pony, Mimbres Animal Dance. Inspired by the designs I've researched from the Mimbres culture. Not much is known about these people but they left behind some amazing pottery.
Mimbres bowl at the Fenimore Art Museum.
Original Lightning Bolt Colt
Saturday, July 30, 2011
My Distelfink Pony has cantered off the watercolor paper and onto an original Painted Pony figurine.
Now available on EBAY - Click Here.
To read more about my original design, Click Here.
Placed in the top ten in it's category in The Trail's last competition.