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: Willow Tree
Stamina isn’t just for horses
Yesterday morning started out with icy roads and overturned cars. Fortunately I wasn’t among them, but I came close to it. My destination was a seminar on horse and rider biomechanics, presented by my trainer Karin Bielefeld. In spite of … Continue reading
First EmyLou, now just Lou
A couple of posts back I showed you EmyLou. I can now reveal–since the gift”er” can’t seem to wait until Christmas to hand over presents to her gift”ees”–the first painting in my previous post A Pair of Puzzles. This painting … Continue reading
2018 Quadrille is here
This performance almost didn’t happen. On Saturday one of the horses slipped her stifle right before we went in the ring. Our Wonder Woman barn manager manipulated everything back in place and thankfully on Sunday the mare was ready to … Continue reading
We’re in costume for our Hawaii 5-0 music themed quadrille at last weekend’s horse show. Charm has enough mane for two horses plus part of a pony, so it’s been a challenge to find a faster yet indestructible method for … Continue reading
From Secret Agent to Pink Panther
A little notice: this embed from Facebook starts playing with sound muted. At this point I can’t change that, so you will have to turn on the sound by clicking on the little “speaker” icon in the lower right hand … Continue reading
The long-awaited…2017 Rockin’ Riders Quadrille video
No, I wasn’t lazy. Even though this performance was in early July (after our rather dismal performance in June) and I promised video of it “soon”, I didn’t get the complete set of two video camera angles until a couple … Continue reading
A Saturday date with Charm
This past Saturday I took temporary leave of my senses and rode Charm in the first of Karin Bielefeld’s two annual spring dressage clinics at Willow Tree. These events are valuable because they give you practice riding with an audience … Continue reading
Chardon Valley results, and then some
I can thank Charm for all of the above. We won in the musical freestyle quadrille class and Training Level test 3, then flamed out fifth out of five in the First Level test 2. Interesting side note–our losing … Continue reading
Slowly but surely
Charm and I are the tortoise, not the hare–but we are getting there all the same. Here we are at this past weekend’s annual 2-day dressage show at Willow Tree. And here’s our collection of weekend swag. We did quadrille … Continue reading
A little walk (and jump) through the woods
Breezy and I took a little trip to the woods with Wendy and Rain. This was not our usual walk through the woods… Here’s what Breezy and I usually do: Tanya, another trainer at Willow Tree, went to an enormous … Continue reading