Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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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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Category Archives: horse show vendor progress
Richland Park Horse Trials & CCI*** !!
This was, as Ed Sullivan would have said back in the ’50’s, a r-e-a-l-l-y- BIG-SHOW! Fortunately for me, Richland Park, which is just north of Kalamazoo, MI, is not that far from me. And in spite of its size, the … Continue reading
A Kentucky Horse Park Adventure
I had not, until this past Thursday, set foot in Kentucky other than a brief stint awaiting a flight change at the Cincinnati airport–which ought to be in Ohio but is really in Kentucky. Go figure. Given how unadventurous I … Continue reading
East Lansing Adventures
I spent three days last week at my second appearance at the Michigan Horse Council’s Stallion Expo held each spring at Michigan State University in Michigan’s capital city. My booth is not getting any bigger, but it is getting fuller. … Continue reading
Inaugural appearance at the stallion show
Got back late yesterday from the Michigan Horse Council’s annual Stallion Expo. This one happened to be celebrating their 30th anniversary. Gotta say something for longevity! It was well run and well attended, two things that please me immensely as … Continue reading
And now, the news you’ve been waiting for
I’m back from the big 3-day expo. Only problem was, it turned out not to be as big as advertised. From past experience, I know what a crowd of only 1000 looks like, and the promised attendance of 8000-10000 did … Continue reading
Perfect day for a horseshow at Harvard Milk Days
Perfect, that is, except for the sudden gusts of wind that threatened to blow everything away. Otherwise, sunny and pleasant. I thought I’d just make this post mostly a picture show, short and sweet. This was my third year at … Continue reading
Kalamazoo 4-H Tack Sale–Shop until you drop!
Over 2100 people through the door. Here are a few of them– And that was only one corner of one room.
How to spend 3 days at a rodeo and not see a thing!
Here’s the main attraction (at least for me) at the Michigan State University Spartan Stampede Rodeo this past weekend. This baby goat was born on Thursday evening and had problems with his legs–couldn’t stand up and nurse–so he came to … Continue reading
West Michigan Winter Horse Fest coming up…
Anybody within 100 miles or so of Grand Rapids, MI, here’s your official invitation to stop by my booth next Saturday, December 3 at the inaugural West Michigan Winter Horse Fest. Full details on their website, http://www.westmichiganwinterhorsefest.com/ I’ll just echo … Continue reading
Friesian and Gypsy are stars at Horse-A-Rama
It looks like the decision to go with a Friesian (especially) and a Gypsy Vanner as the next sample portraits in my booth was an excellent one. The two of them drew people in like magnets. I liked both paintings … Continue reading