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: silly stuff
A short tour to (sort of) warmer weather
Christmas holidays rolled around and Greg (the SO) and I took a bit of a “catch up with people we haven’t seen in years–or even decades–trip”. We started in Michigan, stopped at the brother’s house in Ohio for Christmas, then … Continue reading
The Box Factory reception
This evening the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan held a reception for its latest exhibit, the Michiana Annual Art Competition (of which I am a part). There was lots of food and a few awards. I … Continue reading
My first Christmas parade (or any parade, for that matter)
I’ve been a spectator at quite a few small-town holiday parades but yesterday was the first time I was ever a participant. I expected it to be fun, and it was as soon as we got over some of the … Continue reading
Procrastination at bay, for now
Just finished this one–only 3 days later– in spite of spending most of the last two days fighting with Christmas decorations. My least favorite situation with Christmas lights: I plug in the strings, check that all the lights actually light, … Continue reading
Winter in Summer
Sometime probably around last May, after six years of lazing around, I finally addressed my personal belief that every fireplace needs some sort of painting above it (unless you put your flat screen TV there, of course). I pulled this … Continue reading
4-H Fun Show
Went to the “Fun Show” sponsored by the local 4-H Club at Willow Tree yesterday. I was looking for the opportunity to practice photography, but I also ended up having a great time. There was absolutely nothing serious about … Continue reading
All play and no work at the dressage show
I was supposed to set up my portrait booth this weekend at Billy’s barn, Willow Tree Equestrian Center in Bangor, Michigan. They are hosting a 2-day dressage show, and I would have been at my appointed place ready to talk … Continue reading
Team penning, antiques, and…an escapee
A cold, foggy day dawned for my second year appearance at Harvard Milk Days. Fortunately the gloom didn’t keep the crowds away and I had a nice bit of traffic at my booth. This year they changed the format of … Continue reading
Results are in
Yup, Nikwax Rug Proof is a wonderful product! I threw some water on Billy’s newly treated blanket this morning and it beaded up like a champ. I really must see if the company wants to pay me a few skajillion … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again
Time to what? you may ask. Wash and waterproof horse blankets, of course. One of the gals at my barn recommended Nikwax rug wash and rug proof (2 separate products). I had never heard of either of them. But considering … Continue reading