Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thumbs Down for Horsemania


I have been oh-so-patiently waiting for a letter from Lexington, Kentucky on the Horsemania 2010 project but it still has not arrived, so I bite the bullet and phoned them. After speaking to the wonderful Tanya, I found out that my design was not accepted for this project.

Bummer.

Horse mania 2010 is a re-visit of an earlier project Lexington ran in 2000. They got lifesize acrylic pony statues that individual artists painted. It was so successful that they chose to do it again, this time running the event through the World Equestrian Games.

I'm not going to be there. Bummer.

Over 450 entries were submitted and the judges had to par it down to 79. That must have been difficult...

I have posted my design and think I will have a go at painting it on a small resin horse form and see how that turns out. I really liked it, but it might have been too illustrative for their purposes. I know there were some great designs(graphic) submitted.

The horse form was the "Grazing Horse" I was going to paint a group of girls pouring over books on a library shelf. All the girls are horse crazy and sport the ubiquitous horse-crazy-girl pony tail.
The books they are looking at would have been individually titled using the great stories that h-c-g grow up on: Black Beauty, the Black Stallion, Bonnie (the Thoroughbred) Billy and Blaze, the Saddle Club etc. It would have been a little interactive trip down memory lane...

And the title? PONY TALES!

4 comments:

Linda Shantz said...

Sorry to hear that, Kim, but it is a great design!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

What a great idea! I love the title too. I'm sorry they didn't go for it. I've always wanted to paint one of those life sized ponies. Maybe someday!

Kim Ratigan said...

Thanks Linda, Thanks Jennifer; I still really would like to try it on a resin pony, so maybe a summer project...

Susan said...

Their loss, Kim. I love all of the symbolism and thoughtfulness that you put into your design.