Off To The Races Live 2018 has come and gone just this past weekend, and what a show! The competition was extremely tough and I have to say, it was definitely one of my least successful shows. I brought mostly resins and ended up with only three ribbons from that entire division. Every horse there was gorgeous, I'm sure the judges were having just as tough of a time deciding when so many of them were deserving of ribbons.
Regardless of my not-so-good placings, I still had an incredible time and I did actually walk away with two placings that meant a lot to me. As I mentioned in my last post this was going to be the first show where I brought and exhibited my own paint work. This was mostly done on customs but I did bring one resin I painted myself - the first time I've ever painted a resin - and I was both excited and nervous to see how it did. That resin was Sarah Rose's new saddlebred, Reveler, that I painted a couple months ago to a classic dark shaded chestnut that saddlebreds often have. I was prepared to be excited if he was awarded a 6th place ribbon, especially knowing he'd be up against mostly Sarah Rose's other widely popular Independence and Mini Independence resins. But my heart stopped when I walked up to the table and saw a first place ribbon next to him, and I was even more ecstatic when he ended up pulling a reserve champion in the light and gaited section:
Another notable placing came from the likes of one of the only OF Breyers I brought along with me. I have diminished my OF traditional plastic collection to nearly nothing and the only three Breyers I brought to show were a classic haflinger mare, a black PAF, and my Shannondell. I was really looking forward to showing the Shannondell in particular. He is one of the nicest of his run I have ever seen, with extra dark and dynamic shading especially on his head. He also has the most crisp and nicest mapping and masking I have personally ever seen. Everything about him was nice - but not his price, that I paid quite a pretty penny for. I have only been holding onto him for this long instead of selling him like the rest of my Breyers because I wanted to show him so badly, knowing he would do well. And do well he did!
Alas, like the rest of my OF Breyers, he must now move on. I was able to show him and receive the results I was hoping for, so I am selling him in hopes that he can move on to a more active show home where he can do just as well for them. I really would prefer to collect resins and minis only at this point and he is one of just a couple left that has to go. He's certainly been a pleasure to own in the mean time! He's up on my Ebay right now, which is linked to on my contact page.
Other than that, the show was a blast. I saw so many gorgeous models, talked with many people, and had a great time. I even won a raffle item - this time a "mystery bag" that ended up containing a Breyer Smokin' Doubledutch, a SMC Wolfgang, a Stone Chips friesian, a bunch of fun Breyer buttons, and a really great horse breed reference book. What fun! I was more than happy with the memories and things I walked away with from that show.
My total ribbon count was 20 and 6 fresh NAN cards, plus the reserve champion and champion rosettes. Not my best, but still not too shabby! As far as other show plans, the other two shows that usually happen in the spring have been rescheduled to fall and I'm not sure where else I'll be able to show in the meantime. I will be overseas for all of May and likely visiting family in June or July, and by September I may even be moving. We'll see if I can get to another show in the meantime!
Off To The Races Live is happening again this year (and yes, it did have the name before this year's Breyerfest theme was ever announced) and I, of course, will be attending. This will be the first time I have live shown since June of last year so needless to say, I am super excited! I have greatly downsized all of my OF traditional models and upsized my resins and customs, so I'll be bringing roughly the same amount as last time but most of them will be resins. I also will be showing my own paintwork for the first time. I haven't really talked about it here before, but I have been practicing and working on painting model horses myself. I use primarily earth pigments and acrylic paints. Here are a couple examples of things I've painted recently:
I've painted a couple of other things along with these that will be tagging along with me at the show, so we'll see how they do! I'll be pretty thrilled no matter what if they place at all. I did paint something a long time ago for someone else that has apparently NAN qualified for them once, so I guess I can say I'm already a "live show proven artist," but I have so much to learn. I am itching to get my hands on more bodies to practice more, as well as more earth pigments since I only have 5 colors at the moment.
After the show has concluded, I'm downsizing a bit more, and maybe will purchase some bodies in the meantime. I am not confident enough yet to take on commissions - far from that, actually - but I can work on my own pieces for now.
Anyways, the next blog post I make will be my show results from Off To The Races, which is just a few days away. Here's hoping I bring home a couple big rosettes!
I have started (and gotten through most of) the process of updating all of the photos that I use to catalogue my horses. The originals were taken with a phone camera under an unnatural yellow light with various mismatched backgrounds like pillow cases and posters. Now, though, I have found the best naturally lit spot in my apartment and I have an actual professional camera. Needless to say, the before and after differences are quite stark! Here's an example of my Fausto resin who got absolutely no justice in the original photo I took of him. Compare it to the new photo that shows the depth of his color, shading, and details very well:
Isn't that crazy? I feel bad that he and other resins of mine were being so badly portrayed for so long. You can barely even see that he has dapples in the original photo, and his color is obviously washed out by the bad lighting and phone camera. Not to mention there is a jump of quite a few megapixels from the phone camera to my new Sony. The original is very low resolution and you can easily see the difference in the fuzziness of the first and crispness of the second. His true color also comes through a lot better under natural light without a massive glare, too.
Most of my models have gotten the update, although a few are still missing. My traditionals haven't been touched at all. Unfortunately, my nicely lit natural spot is not big enough to fit a traditional model so I will have to figure something else out for them. In the mean time, feel free to check out the new and improved views of my resins, CM and OF minis :)
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