A little postscript to the Silverwood show last weekend. I had been looking at bling browbands ever since I started doing dressage in earnest last winter. But they were all very expensive and I couldn’t justify the cost considering my day job(s) were pretty much going away. So, in a nutshell, it looks like the recession has had an effect on the folks who make and sell these little treasures, encouraging them to make versions with less fancy stones and lower prices. I saw this one and couldn’t resist. So instead of making money at the horse show, I was spending it! But I showed Billy his gift (he’s such a good boy he deserved it) and he approved, so now I feel better about it.
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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Alli with Charm. Billy is behind me, wondering why he is in horse jail.
For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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