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With an art show coming up in less than a month, things have been busy around here!  This will be my first indoor art show, and I am really looking forward to it!  It’s called the Banbury Art Crawl, and you can read up on it at if you’re curious.  It sounds like a fun show.  I attended it once just as a visitor and I was so inspired by the fresh, unique artwork that was on display by many talented artists.  I am so looking forward to being a part of the show!

So aside from working on my drawing of Norman, I’ve also been trying to get more sculptures going.  Here is one of my recent pieces.  Last fall, there was a clearance sale with all sorts of fall-colored items, including wire.  I snatched up some spools of orange wire (it is not copper…just orange colored).  When I bought them, I was thinking of bird legs and beaks, but the more I looked at it, the more I saw a bay colored horse.  So this is my result.

I am pleased to say that even though I was working on my inventory for the art show, this little guy has already sold.  At our family Christmas party, my aunt saw him and couldn’t resist, so she bought him as a Christmas gift to herself.  She promptly named him Checotah.  She and her husband once drove through Checotah, Oklahoma and she decided that if she ever had a horse, she’d call him Checotah.  Thanks, Jurine! 🙂


-Made with some 19 gauge dark annealed wire and some 22 gauge paddle wire just for the “bones” of the horse.  Once the piece was secure with heavier wire, I added layers of finer black wire for the legs and muzzle, and the orange wire for the body.  Though the wire looked bright orange on the spool, it looks quite convincing as a bay color on the horse, don’t you think?  The tail is a tiny bit of very fine chain.  The mane is a piece of an old earring.  Those black and silver spear-like pieces on the earring looked like an interesting horse’s mane to me, so I went with it.

-I did not have a chance to measure this piece before it sold, so I’m guessing on the size.  It is approximately 3 inches long x 2 3/4 inches tall x 1 inch wide.  Yes, this guy is pretty tiny.  I wanted him to have the heavy build of a draft horse, so he’s pretty stocky.

I photographed him in a hurry on the day of our Christmas party, so the photos are not the greatest quality.  But here they are, anyway.

Thank you for looking. 🙂


Posted by on January 10, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media


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Draft Horse Finished

At long last, after working on this for the last six months, I am finally calling this piece complete.  It was worth the time…I had a lot of fun with this drawing, and I’ve learned a lot, too.  The variety of textures in the reference made this very challenging, but as I’ve said before on this blog, I do love a challenge. 🙂

Draft Horse

– 8×8 inch Ampersand scratchboard.

– Tools used: Mostly an X-Acto Knife with a #11 blade, and also two sizes of fiberglass brush, and Faber-Castell Pitt pens.  I used the black pen for correcting mistakes, and various gray shades to add depth and dimension.  The leather and fabric textures were done by “whitening” out the shape with a fiberglass brush and X-Acto Knife, and then going over them with pale gray pens to obscure the individual marks and give the surface a soft, even texture.  In the leather parts, I went in stages.  White out, soften with pen, white out, soften with pen, and finally ended with bright, worn spots where they were needed.

Draft Horse Finished CR

Some close ups for those interested in seeing the details. 🙂

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - Crop 3 CR

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Draft Horse 12 - Finished - crop CR

Thank you to everyone who followed along and commented along the way.  The company makes me happy.  I hope you’ll join me for the next work in progress!


Posted by on July 8, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard


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Draft Horse WIP 10

Here’s another update.  It’s been interesting trying to get the textures of the leather right.  This certainly has been a learning journey!  The leather needs to be toned down a bit in value, and things are a little messy at the moment.  The fiberglass brush makes big, streaky marks, so additional corrections and details need to come yet.  But it’s coming along.  I’ve got to finish this before my show in August.  I thought I’d have plenty of time.  Funny how a deadline can sneak up! 😉

Draft Horse WIP 10 - CR

Thanks for looking!


Posted by on June 24, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard


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Draft Horse WIP 9

Well, I can honestly say I’ve been keeping right at this drawing, but the update doesn’t look much different than my last one. 🙂  I estimate that between the last post and this one, I’ve done around 12 hours of work, all spent on that complex and intricate harness.  I am amazed by the detail in horse harnesses and tack.  The loops, straps, buckles, and rings are so beautiful, and so numerous!  It’s amazing to think of the people that invented such a thing!

Anyway, here’s my update.  The metal parts of the harness will really gleam in the end.  I’m purposely leaving them a little unfinished so that the ink “dust” won’t stain them due to my hand rubbing those areas.  Scratchboard is actually rather dusty.  If you cut deeply into the clay, you’ll see dust and bits of clay and ink sift down as you work.

Thank you for looking. 🙂

Draft Horse WIP 9 CR


Posted by on June 16, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media


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Draft Horse WIP 8

I was looking back in my journal last night and realized that I wrote about the day I started this draft horse drawing…it was way back in February.  Not sure why it’s taking so long with this drawing, but I don’t mind.  Just as long as I can get it done before my upcoming art show in August!

So, what else can I say about this drawing?  The neck is mostly in place, and now I’m working on the leather collar part.  The smooth texture is a bit difficult to get right with my X-Acto knife, so I’m using a fiberglass brush for that.  For anyone unfamiliar with this tool, this is what it looks like.  It’s a sort of fine sandpapery texture that rubs the ink off the scratchboard in a softer way than a blade.

fiberglass brush

I’m not thrilled with the way the leather and fabric looks, but with some more layers, I think it will get better.

Draft Horse WIP 8 - CR

I hope you like it.  Thanks for looking! 🙂


Posted by on June 3, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard


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Draft Horse WIP 7

It’s time for another update on my draft horse.  I’m working on the neck now, which at first felt like a big, boring mass of one value, but as I have worked on it, the range of values seems quite varied.  It’s been fun.  Next thing comes all of the elaborate harnessing on the neck and chest.  Even though most of the horse is in place, there is still much to do in this drawing.

Draft Horse WIP 7 - CR

Thanks for looking. 🙂


Posted by on May 25, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard


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Draft Horse WIP 6

Here is a little update on my horse.  I’ve had a busy month, being away from home much of the time, as well as working on a couple of other art projects.  I’ve got a new wire sculpture to share soon, and a pen and ink drawing that I’ve not shared here yet.  Stay tuned. 🙂

Just moving along the top of the head, finally getting both ears in place.  I’m now making my way down the neck.  I’m having fun with this one.

Draft Horse WIP 6 - CR

Thanks for looking!


Posted by on May 17, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard


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