Tuesday, May 17, 2011

TOPP Competition Entries

Another project finished (for now)...
The Trail of Painted Pony people put out a call for entries and I managed to get 2 finished. I had two additional ideas but they just didn't translate well once I got them sketched out over a pony. I only wish I had more time to paint these two on real figurines.

Anyway, TOPP will be taking all the entries, picking the best 10 in each of the six categories and will put them online for voting. I've seen some of the other entries and they are awesome so we'll wait and see....fingers crossed mine get in!


This pony began as a blast of color, with brilliantly hued parrots bursting out of dark, lush rainforest foliage.
As they "flew" along my pony, I couldn't help but be reminded of the circus horse pageantry, and the way they too "burst" out of the darkness into the circus ring limelight, adorned in their own finery and bling, ready to delight and dazzle us with color, beauty and power...from there it was a natural progression for my design to morph the pony into a tattooed, feathered performer ready for his cue!
I most definitely want to paint this design on a blank pony in the future


Pure fun, this pony is the ultimate play on words...I've taken a number of creative words that are used to describe a perfect pony type but then rendered each word in a different style of type face (font)!
I've made the words in black on a warm cream dun colored pony with her own white bling (socks and blaze). In contrast to the design above, colors were kept fairly muted to keep attention on the words and meaning of the figurine.
Will this make it to a hand painted original? Not sure, doing justice to all those typefaces will take some care.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy (Belated) Mother's Day

I ♥ U Bear
5"x5" Coloured Pencil on Pastelmat

Happy Mom's Day!

Playing catch up here with my celebrations....all that special treatment over the weekend must have got to my head!! Seriously, had a lovely, lovely time and hoping all the other moms out there did as well.
In honour of our special day, I have finally completed this commission for an extremely patient client....Thank you so much Linda!

(I'll post the second half to this pair tomorrow)