Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spotty Goodness

I guess I am a sucker for spots.  I own a very spotty dog.  I keep finding myself painting spotty horses.  I guess it all began when I discovered that I could do a decent sabino, way back when.  I got excited and wanted to do more, so Joanie of Pour Horse let me paint a run of Black Sabino Clydesdale pins.  After that, I turned my sights on the tobiano pattern, and started practicing that more.  The VA Black Jack Davy run really helped me to polish my skills with tobiano, but also let me work more on my sabino patterns, as well as the other various overo patterns.  It wasn't until I did a CM run on Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig's Spinnaker that found out that I had a knack for the Appaloosa pattern as well.  I don't think I'd really tried it up until that point- but I was glad I waited, for the previous horses under my belt made it more attainable.  I was excited that Miniature Horses came in appy and pintaloosa, for that meant I could keep practicing with Jellibaby and Toot Sweet, which I delighted in doing.  And then of course, when I discovered that Irish Cobs/Gypsies came in appy- I just had to give Callahan a whirl!  Fun Stuff.

Now that I've finally sat down to paint a few Toot Sweet resins, it was an easy call to try to do an appy one.  But man, what a difference!  The choice was easy, the execution... well, it is proving to be a bit harder with this different medium.  Thankfully, some of my techniques are applicable.  But others- not so much.  With my ceramic appaloosas, there is the additive process in airbrushing the shading and hand painting the spots- but so much of it is subtractive- scritching, erasing and sanding.  Here I'm finding more, that I need to add in the little hairs to get the look I want, which is testing my skills & challenging my brain more.  But 'tis a good thing!  I'm always game to stretch and push myself.  I may even discover something that I can translate and apply to ceramics- who knows?!  In any case, I thought this Sweetie was coming along enough to share.  She still has a way to go, but I thought y'all would like to see her in-progress.  I'm kinda happy with the way some of the halo-ing on her spots came out. That was an interesting thing to play with- the halo effect is something I find challenging in ceramics, and I've never really been able to get it the way I want yet.  A few of these acrylic spots have hit the mark, in my mind (now to make them all do that!).  Anyways, I hope you enjoy the pictures.  I'm working on a resin Jellibaby to go with this mare- she's not quite as far along, but I will post pictures of the two of them together when they are both done!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Callahan Resins to Delight and Please

The bisque Callahan master was sent off to my resin caster the other day! Yes indeed, there will be Callahan resins for sale in the future! I need to wait for my quotes to come in before I can give any idea of pricing, but as soon as it is all decided, I will pass that info on to the members of the Brightly Hude Yahoo Group, which will be the primary venue for selling the castings.

In other news, a big thank you to the many people who participated in the sculpting poll! It was looking pretty close there for a while, but a clear winner turned up in the end. Hmm... looks like I'm going to have to point my brain in a more American Indian Horse direction! I've got a few ideas already... now to flesh them out!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

And the Winners Are...

ArabsRule (who gets "C") & MAO (who gets "B")! Or, as the number generator from decided, #3 and #12 (I didn't count my one comment in the mix!). Handy thing, that random number generator. Thanks to everyone who played & made a comment! Thank you also, to those who've participated in the poll. The numbers are all pretty close right now! If you haven't voted and still want to, the poll will be open for 5 more days.



Monday, March 14, 2011

To Sculpt, or Not to Sculpt...

Callahan needed his back lengthened, at one point...

Hey folks!

I thought I would try out the poll feature on this blog, just because I could! You will find it on the right hand side of the main page. I've been looking at reference pictures of breeds and poses over the past few weeks; I am hoping to hit the clay soon! Right now, I'm just wondering which of these ideas I should begin first- a couple of them have been floating in my brain for a while, and one of them is new. So, if you choose, you can voice your opinion & see if this helps to inspire me to get going on one or the other! I think I'd like to do all of these breeds at some point, but right now I've been going back & forth on which one to initially tackle. The breeds are: A Neapolitan Stallion in Levade (an extinct, historic, 'Baroque' breed), a Foundation Morgan Mare (probably running or trotting), or an American Indian Horse (a svelte stock breed that comes in every color!). So, what'll it be?


Friday, March 11, 2011

Brightly Hude is Here!

Greetings to all of my friends who followed Velasquez Artistry, and a big welcome to all of the new folk! Finally, Brightly Hude Studio is in business- the paperwork's all squared away, the website has been re-vamped, fun new electronic media was created, and lo, even some art work was produced, in the midst of all that!

I am very proud to announce that this year marks my 10th Anniversary in business! Sure, the name has changed, but the shiny goodness continues on! In honor of that, and to kick-start all of this bright new stuff, I thought I'd begin with a few giveaways, and a couple things for sale! While I'm waiting for my kiln to be delivered up to my new home (via a pair of wonderful parents), I started on some Toot Sweet & Jellibaby resins, and I've begun to plot out upcoming sculptures. In addition to that, for a while now, I'd been wanting to produce some ACEO cards ("Art Card Editions & Originals); I figured that now would be the perfect time! Hence I give you these brightly hued, Art Nouveau inspired originals. They are done in pen, acrylic and colored pencil (click for a larger image):

Wanna win one of these? There are 2 ways! You can enter both of these ways, or pick the one that best suits you. One entry per person, per site. To enter this giveaway, you can:

1) Leave a comment on this blog post with all 3 cards listed in the order that you prefer (a,b,c, or b,c,a, or c,b,a, etc.).

-) Well, I was going to do something with my new Facebook Fan Page - but there were just too many restrictions on promotions there! Anyhow, I will just draw 2 names from this blog post. But you can still "like" my new fan page, if you want!

2) Sign up for my new Yahoo Group.

That's it! I will be drawing one name from each site via random number generator on Tuesday, March 15th, at 6 pm PST (which will mark the end of the giveaway). No purchase is required, and I will contact the winners for their mailing addresses, and mail the card won to their home; anywhere in the world! Neither Blogspot, Facebook, or Yahoo have any affiliation with this promotion.

But wait- there's more!

Today, up for sale are 2 more art cards! My first items to be offered under the moniker, Brightly Hude! These cards for sale at $32.50 each including postage, an acid-free protective sleeve, and hard-plastic display case. They are first come/first serve- email me at: sales (at) brightlyhude (dot) com if you are interested in one!

And just because I can, here are a few pictures of the cards in their cases, along with some in progress pics. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope to someday do more in the future (and you will see, I've a couple of designs did not get finished in time!).

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