It’s Show Time!

Last month I posted the patriotic bucket I made that a friend bought from me.  She then asked if I would paint six more for the upcoming horse show her Quarter Horse organization was putting on in May. They were for the Small Fry classes (basically kids classes) and they would have the class silhouette on the front and the show logo on the back.  I said I would and worked on them diligently so I would have them done in plenty of time before deadline, which I did.

My friend invited me to the show, so I snapped a few photos of the buckets and the kids that would receive them.

Here are the photos from the Lucky 7 Classic Quarter Horse Show held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee this year:

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Front of the buckets

These show the buckets that were used for the trophies for the Small Fry classes at the show.  Each one is hand painted in latex house paint.  They filled the buckets with horse treats and peppermints.

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Back of buckets
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Awards on display in show office

 

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And the winner is…

Here are the entrants to the Western Pleasure class awaiting the judges decision.  It was hectic in the awards area, so I did not get a good shot of the winner, but they were quite happy!  Again, you just never know where something may lead…

 

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You Never Know Where Something Might Lead You…

It has been a while since I have posted anything!  We hosted a wonderful birthday party for a dear friend of ours who turned 80 years young!  Since we decided to have it at our place, there was a lot of cleaning and preparation to do, which has kept us very busy.  However, I have been making art as well, just not posting it.

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First side of the small pail

One of the projects I created was painting with latex house paint on a small metal pail.  I decided to paint it with a patriotic theme, of red, white, and blue,  I then painted a silhouette of a girl and her horse in a showmanship or halter class at a horse show.  As for the other side of the bucket, I had no idea what I would put on it.  The bucket sat in the studio for about a month, when a friend of mine happened to see it and inquired about it.  Just another project I am working on, but not sure where I am going with it just yet, I told her.  She asked if I could paint a name on the other side, and I told her I could.  She gave me a name and she purchased it for a little girl who was leasing one of her horses.

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Kendyl’s bucket

My friend then asked if I could paint about six or seven of them for their upcoming Quarter Horse Show.  So, I have been working diligently on them, and will post them soon.  Till next time, happy painting!

God’s Little Miracle

     The Lord loves to show us miracles.  Last Sunday morning was just that.  We received a phone call from a neighbor about 6 am.  His wife and daughter were at a horse show, so caretaker of the 5 or so horses at the farm.  One of their boarders had a Quarter Horse mare in foal in the back pasture.  She wasn’t due for another month.  He awoke to their dog frantically wanting outside, so he let her out and went to get the morning chores in motion.  He noticed the mare down the fence at the back of the pasture, where it meets the woods then drops down into a ravine.  He walked out as she was pacing and calling out, as if there was another horse in the woods.  He arrived to find she had given birth right at the fence, which happens to seven strands of high tensile wire, not barbed or electric.  Suddenly, the foal cried out.  It was out there someplace in the woods!

      He phoned us to see if we could help find the foal.  We drove over and he called out from behind the house in the woods.  We met him and he had a beautiful brown filly in his arms.  Apparrently, after she was born she rolled under the fence.  When she stood up, she was on the wrong side, which also slopes heavily to the bottom of the ravine.  The ligh was probably not good at the time, and in her struggle to get out she crawled up the other side and ended up behind the house.  We started to carry her, but it was going to be quite a distance to get around the ravine, down the drive to the barn.  We decided to guide her, so the neighbor guided her back while I gently held and rubbed her neck.  My husband worked gates and moved branches.  Finally, we were back in the pasture.  She called to Mom, who came running full speed.  Miraculously, she did not have a scratch on her!  Thank you Lord!  The vet came out and did all the checks and there is now a new, healthy subject to paint.  Some photos have already been taken, more on the way, I’m sure.  Drawing, pastels, or should I try acrylics?