Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
|I've darkened the leaves [too much on that bottom one], and started on the petals using permanent rose and quin. sienna.|
|Much more glazing has been done on the petals. I have done two washes for the background, and it looks like it will need many more.|
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
|I have most of the foreground and mid-ground buildings in place.|
|The boys are in place.|
Sunday, April 20, 2014
|Bruno, in his shed, having a quick munch.|
|I wonder what we are doing today?|
Blanket coming off, fastenings undone from back to front of horse.
|Ready for a good grooming.|
|I use a small, soft brush for his face and ears.|
|For a great massage and to remove excess hair, I use a round, rubber grooming pad. I go all over his neck and body, carefully over the bony and sensitive spots. You can see it is most effective at removing loose hair.|
|Then I go over Bruno with a short-bristle brush, to remove the loosened hair and dander. The metal comb is used to clean the brush, and sometimes for really heavy muddy patches.|
|Tools for cleaning his legs and feet.|
|Before picking his feet ...|
|... and after.|
|Now, we are getting tacked up.|
|Here, I have buckled the girth on one side. I gradually tighten it over several minutes. A snug girth is a MUST - I have had a saddle swing around the horse's belly with me in it [not for long].|
|Here we are - starting to lunge. Lunging is done for several reasons. In Bruno's case, I do it to let him warm up, and for me to see what his frame of mind is that day.|
|Here he is, at a lovely trot!|
|The frothy bit - I use a light French double-linked snaffle. Again, as with saddles, the fitting and use of different bits is a LONG story.|
|Finally, after the tack [saddle and bridle] are off, Bruno gets LOTS of healthy goodies. Then he is allowed out onto the back lawn for some grass.|
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
|Kind of a wild-in-the-wind sort of look.|
|Here he is - trimmed up.|
Mr. Przewalski needed a mane and tail, so, courtesy of Bruno, he got them. I used a glue gun to attach the hair to the mane and tail areas, and then trimmed the mane to get the standing-up look for which this breed is known. I think he's adorable, and am giggling away to myself [not in madness] at how he came out.
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PS - Bruno does not miss the hair at all. His tail was so long he was almost stepping on it.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
|Owl, not yet varnished. I had to make one eye closed, as it was lower than the other ... improvising all the time.|
|Awesome Possum has had one glaze of varnish. It really brings out the color and texture nicely.|
|Froggy needs varnishing.|
|... started out from humble origins ...|
|Mr. P. will be getting a mane and tail made of real horse-hair, courtesy of Bruno.|
|Mr. Przewalski's beginning.|