October 3, 2019

Encanto released, yay!

Encanto is now available for ordering! Get your own beautiful Iberian stallion on the Sculpture Shop page.

The edition is limited to 100 pieces + artist's copies.  

UPDATE 10/3: Encanto sold out in less than 48 hours! A very big 'Thank You' to everyone who placed an order!

September 28, 2019

Encanto photos

Ever since I made my first curio scale Iberian, Faran, my dream was to create a similar sculpture in traditional scale. For some reason, this turned out to be the most difficult thing I’ve ever tried. I started the armature in 2012, worked on the sculpture off and on, but it wasn't until the beginning of this year that things finally started to 'click'. And here he is, exactly as I envisioned him to be: Encanto!

Limited to 100 pieces + artist’s copies. Sales info coming soon!
Click here to see the complete photo album. 

September 19, 2019

The fifth sister

Ever wondered what the cobra mares seem to be looking for in the distance? Their fifth sister!

Preciosa, sculpted by Brigitte Eberl. She is on her way to join her four famous sisters.

They (and their owner) are looking forward to the family reunion.

August 30, 2019

"Lady Joe"

Photos and finishwork by Joyce Savage

Joyce Savage just finished painting her Miss Lizzie, and made my day by sharing the result. Joyce: "She is a portrait of a paint gelding I owned as a teenager. His name was Gentleman Joe so I named my Lizzie Lady Joe. I just love her."

Thank you so much Joyce, I love seeing my sculptures come to life like this!

 *Please note, Miss Lizzie's edition will close on 30 September 2019.*

August 29, 2019

Encanto: sneak peek!

Standing PRE stallion, traditional scale. Like my curio scale Iberians, but big! :)
And of course he has his own personality. Pre-orders available soon.

August 19, 2019

Gorgeous grey Gabriel

Photo and finishwork by Jaime Castleman

Proud owner Anne Hudson just shared this pic with me, isn't he beautiful? It's my little Friesian sculpture Gabriel, painted by Jaime Castleman to a bay going grey.

If you are interested in acquiring an unpainted copy of Gabriel, email me. I have one copy left. ;)

June 29, 2019

More Miss Lizzies

My own personal copy of Lizzie, painted by the amazing Caroline Boydston!

And a wonderful splash pinto by Angelica Nelson (Elk Horn Stables Studios), with a custom short mane by Tempestwind Studio.

June 21, 2019

Lizzie painted by Mindy Berg

Have you seen this amazing appy Miss Lizzie by Mindy Berg? I just had to share these pics here too. :)

Instead of completely closing the edition this month, on June 30 only the 6 month time payment option will disappear. This means you can still order Miss Lizzie throughout the summer! Until my next sculpture becomes available. 

June 15, 2019

Breyer Premier Club Rhian & Cadell for sale!

Great news! I have several sets of the lovely Breyer PC welsh mare and foal, Rhian & Cadell, available for sale. The sculptures are designed by me, as well as the finishwork.
They are €155 per set plus shipping. They come in their original packaging, with velvet pouch and COA. Breyer has done a fantastic job recreating these guys in plastic! Read here how Jennifer Buxton of Braymere Custom Saddlery fell in love with her set.

Prices are in euros and the ponies ship from the Netherlands. You will receive Rhian & Cadell in their original, unopened box, so you can have the pleasure of unpacking them. :) Unless you would rather have me open the box for you and check the models first, just let me know. 

Shipping: EU countries €10, Netherlands €6, USA/world €24 with tracking (€18 without tracking).

Edit: All sets have been sold, thank you!

May 31, 2019

Inspiring finishwork

Jools, painted by Nikki Button
Long Mane Lola, painted by Meghann Lorei
Abrantes, painted by Nikki Button
Jools, painted by Anna Dobrowolska (Horse and Bird studio)
Lola, painted by Sarah Bieber

May 19, 2019

Some recently finished commissions

Carlito, sculpted by Brigitte Eberl, in sooty buckskin. Owned by Carol Johnson.

Fred & Ginger, Artist's Proof #1 in bay roan and blue roan, owned by Carol Johnson.

Faran, Artist's Proof #7 in chestnut, owned by Whitney Bishop.

Sorry folks, no new commissions accepted until all current ones are finished.

April 16, 2019

Miss Lizzie painted by Nikki Button!

Photos and finishwork by Nikki Button

The amazing Nikki Button has done it again! A perfect palomino Miss Lizzie. And doesn't she look great in tack? I am one happy artist here, so great to see my sculpture come to life!

This lovely mare is available for offers, you can find Nikki's ad here on MH$P.

March 15, 2019

How it's made: sculpting in epoxy

The original Miss Lizzie sculpture is made of two-part epoxy clay*, sculpted layer by layer over a lightweight armature. Epoxy turns rock hard only a few hours after mixing, which is a curse as well as a blessing. It takes a different approach than working in soft clay or wax. Here are some things that I have learned over the years: 

- Always wear gloves when working with epoxy, frequent exposure can cause a nasty allergic reaction to it (like your skin falling off, trust me, I've seen it). Try powder free nitrile gloves, they last long and don’t smell bad like the latex ones.
- Build the sculpture up in layers (like an onion) instead of working on one body part at a time. I find it easier to get the proportions right this way. 
- Don’t sculpt any details until you’ve got the overall shape and depth in all dimensions. If you need to correct an area (you probably will), it will hurt less if you don’t have to destroy many hours worth of detailing.
- A sculpting stand is not your friend when working in epoxy. Putting the sculpture on its feet regularly helps keeping the symmetry and balance on the right track. 

* I use Milliput Superfine White. Favorite sculpting tools? See here.