Just an update since it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything. I have had tons and tons going on. Expanding my creative skills into new areas and planning out and prepping new costume builds, working on dioaramas for display pieces, making artwork, and messing with the horses now that the weather has turned finally sunny and beautiful. Only took until June!
First things first, the horses are all just doing awesome. My little gang is likely to be going be experiencing some major new changes if all goes as planned towards the end of
the year. Fingers crossed!
It’s hard to believe, but I have owned Dixie the longest. I bought her in April 2006, which means not too long ago, we had our 11 year anniversary. I didn’t bring her flowers. LOL. But I did bring her carrots. She is 22 years old and she is showing her age and out of shape-ness from not being worked in at least 6 years. Dixie doesn’t do much, but she does whatever she wants. She’s getting gray through her face, and her top line is getting pretty thin, but the old lady will still be an uncooperative pain in the butt. Still, it’s hard to believe it’s been 11 years. Her foaling date is, I believe without looking up her records, June 6, 1995. So, Happy Birthday Dixie.
Jesse I’ve now known for 8 years, and I’ve been driving him since 2011. He was just about 10 when he came to the barn, which makes him around 18 or 19 now. All of my horses are getting old! Jesse is still working and going strong, but you can see the grays on his head now too, and his top line is getting a little weak. He was off all winter, so he’s just getting back to work this summer now, with his teeth recently floated, and coggins pulled and shots/worming done, he’ll be headed to his first (and probably only) show in 2017 in July.
And the next horse I purchased was Luke. I brought him home in January 2007, and he was also around 10. I’ve never been much of one for young horses. I prefer them over 10, so every single one of them was at least 10 when I bought them. Luke looked nothing like he does now when I brought him home. He was a scrawny, thin, unmuscled little thing, but he was a driving machine then, and a driving machine now. He is approximately 20 this year, I don’t know his exact foaling date, so I just gave him the honorary birthday the same day as Chewbacca’s, which is April 25.
Luke has been with me, and working every step of the way, for 10 full years now, and he has countless hundreds of miles on him. He knows his job, and although Jesse has only been working with me for about half that time, the two of them are experts at their jobs, with the same training and experience. Luke doesn’t love going through water, but he will do it after a while with a lot of coaxing and a lot more fighting. Jesse will practically swim for you, so that’s the only real difference between them.
And Chewbacca, who I purchased in August of 2010, is 18 this year. He’s been retired now since about April of 2015 unfortunately due to suspensory degeneration and lameness in his hind legs, but there are moments he has where you’d never know he’s lame. He’s doing great, holding his weight, unlike last summer when things got pretty hairy for a while, and is just a wonderful and happy go lucky kind of dude. Every once in a while when I hang out with them, Chewbacca will decide it’s my job to scratch/massage him, and he will stand there for half an hour and let me do it, without even moving. If I dare stop, he will follow me and present whatever area he wants done and gives me the “you’re not done yet” look. I feel so privelaged when he gets into a lovey mood. LOL!
So anyway, some of the artwork I have been getting into trying to do some different things, include painting canvases and making some display pieces for a diorama for toys.
First up, two brick building facades I made for my boyfriends’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures. The addition of a street and sidewalk will be coming in the near future.
Above is a painting I made for him, since he likes Back To The Future, too. Well, it was my first – and probably only- attempt and painting a person, so hey, I’m no artist, but I tried.
Above, the first canvas I painted this year and below are a couple vases I painted up too. They all have Bible verses on them. I’m pleased with how they came out.
Above and below, my next couple of canvases I painted. I decided to paint some of my photos I’ve taken over the years so I started with the Great Blue Heron in flight and then tried a green heron.
After that, I just haaaad to paint this, after watching the movie 😀
Back to birds, I painted up a little Goldfinch next.
Then I painted up a downy woodpecker, and I think I see improvements now.
The most recent canvas I painted, I actually just finished up a few hours before posting this photo, was another green heron. I can definitely see major improvements but of course I also see the mistakes. Either way, I’ll be painting more and more over the summer, I have to hit up Hobby Lobby again for canvases. I’ve even gotten a request for a Sandhill Crane painting, so I’m happy to say I’ll be working on my first commission piece.
All of these paintings will be for sale soon, but first I might enter a few into a fair. I never thought I would ever be the type to paint, but it’s super enjoyable! Love doing it. Sooo many projects this summer to look forward to!
Have a great day!!!