Congratulations on being the randomly selected winner of the naming contest!
And the winning name is:
Yes, this name received a whopping 69% of the vote. Spiritoso was second with 15%, and Animato was third with 14% of the vote (those two were pretty close!).
Thank you so much to all of those who entered! It was a large group- 96 of you! I'm so tickled to see all of the interest in these pieces and so thankful for all the nice comments I received about them. I look forward to getting pieces in the hands of collectors this coming year!
And now I leave you with 'The Fluffers' and her first time in the snow last month:
2014 is nearly over... but look... I am getting one post in this year! Yeah, it has been that sort of year. I think I am going to call it my 'lost' year. My spring and summer were kind of lost to surgeries (a quality of life thing- not a life-threatening disease thing, thankfully!) and to our new Golden Retriever puppy. Still, I am so very grateful that I was able to get done as much as I have, in spite of it all! On that topic, if you have not already heard- I have new horse sculptures! Well, new-ish... they are my little Historical Lippizaner Stallions. Version I, the braided "Adagio," was unveiled in September, and one finished glaze custom was auctioned. Version II, the wilder, more fantastically follicled brother was revealed shortly thereafter, and I've yet to glaze any (I still need to make the production molds... winter hit early and it has been too cold/wet!).
Below you can see the finished masters for the resin run! How fun!
Yes, both versions are slated for resin runs and CM glaze runs. I was pondering OF ceramic runs, but the difficulty of putting the cast pieces together may prevent that (both have one leg & their tail poured separately, and it is a nightmare trying not to break him while cleaning him and making sure everything is aligned and balanced!). Anyhow, look for both resins and CM's to start appearing in 2015 (stay tuned to the Brightly Hude Yahoo Group & the Brightly Hude FB group for sales details!).
And now for the FUN part! Version II of this little guy needs a name! As I understand, the original Lipica stud was originally part of Italy (now it is part of Slovenia), so I decided to go with Italian musical terms for names. "Adagio" is a tempo meaning slowly; I've got 3 ideas for a faster-tempo name:
Animato (lively, animated)
and Arpeggio (pronounced Ahr-pej-ee-o; notes in a chord played quickly).
To help me decide, I'm doing a Give-Away!
Yes, it is simple to enter- please only enter ONCE! To enter, leave a comment here, OR on the FB page, OR email me (adalee [at] brightlyhude [dot] com) by December 17th! Indicate in your comment which name you like best- the winner will be randomly selected from all entries (you need not pick the winning name to win!).
The most popular name will be given to Version II. One entry per person, and only enter via one method. The prize is your choice of *either* a resin Adagio or resin Version II! I will contact the winner.
Now, I leave you with a picture of Miss Puppers at 8 weeks:
Happy Holidays to all, and especially a Happy Advent & Merry Christmas to all who celebrate them!
It's been a while, hasn't it? Let's see... February was the last post... March, April, May, June... four months! Zowie! Well- it was a busy four months. In March, I was drawing like mad and gearing up for visiting family and a trip to Ireland in April. After Ireland, I went back to drawing, then I attended the SCWBI children's book conference in May, in Portland, OR. My husband and I are working on a children's book, the reason for all of that drawing (some sample pages can be seen on my website here... though from all that I learned at the conference, there will be some changes to them... eventually!). After that, a studio re-haul (see more below!). I had more company at the beginning & middle of June... But now I'm back in action! For the most part. Actually, it will be a summer full of company for us, but seriously, who can blame them? The Pacific NW is known for its lovely summers with temperate weather and crystal blue skies (makes up for all of the gray and rain the rest of the year!), so I welcome my hot and weary friends and family.
Okay, the art I'm working on is probably of greater interest, so I'll get to that! I'm sculpting again- yay! The same ol' horse I've been slooowly working on for mmmhbm months; my goal is to finish him by the end of summer. I will share more about him soon (it is the little Levade fellow).
I want to add some more, new and exciting stuff to my Etsy store soon, well- because sculpting doesn't pay until you are done! My new goal is to work a little on store inventory in the mornings, then sculpt all afternoon into the evening. Actually, while that is in progress, I've decided to have a little sale on the Brightly Hude website. I dug through my (mostly) ceramic baubles and trinkets and picked out a few that I could (slightly) reluctantly part with. I really have more than I need to display, so they truly could go on to new homes. Check out that sale here:
Lastly, as I mentioned to have a freshly reorganized studio in which to get creative! Nothing like a clean space. :) Sadly, it won't last, but before it fades, here are some shots of the newly redone areas (you can see the "befores" in this post from last year: New Studio- A Little Tour).
Okay! I hope to be blogging a bit more here as the rest of the year progresses. I wish all of you a very happy summer & look for more to come!
The Ravenhill progress continues! Just a little bit this week- it has been a busy one (aren't they all, though?). I'm happy to say that he has his missing ear back; it's not quite finished yet as I ran out of super-glue, but it is getting there!
It needs a bit of carving down & filling, and then the whole broken section of his neck will get primered, and then painted to match the rest of his coat. I do like the color/pattern he has, so I'm going to work with that. I'm looking forward to adding in more details & fiddly areas though, because I can! That will also include a fair bit of mottling on his nose, etc. Can't wait to get to that part!
Of course, I had to put in a reminder for the auctions!
Check them out before they end tonight at 5:54 pm, 6:08 pm & 6:14 pm PST!
And for my next trick... putting Humpty-Dumpty back together again! Yes, I felt it was finally time for me to pull out this poor bone china Ravenhill (sculpted by Hilary Hurley), that I broke back in 2010, while trying to work in too tight of an area in my parent's garage. It was just a couple of weeks before my wedding (I was trying to go a bit too fast). I did find another body & do a similar glaze job for the friend I for whom I was painting him (after the wedding!), but seeing as it was only his head that fell off, I figured I could do something with him someday. And that day is now!
As Joan Berkwitz always says (though maybe it was Kristina Francis who originated it),
"It was fun until the head fell off."
So here he is thus far! Lots to be done to him (including re-sculpting an ear that got lost), but I hope to make him a beauty once again. He will be finished with cold-paint, like a resin. Here's hoping it all works!