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
A special thank-you portrait
Yesterday was the third and final performance of the Rockin’ Riders dressage quadrille (see previous post for info on the quadrille) and the other three of us had decided that our quadrille leader, Kim, deserved some really cool recognition for … Continue reading
Back in early spring four of us formed a dressage quadrille team. We had never done this before, and it was “fraught”! I had just acquired my new mare, Charm, and she was not fond of drill team-style riding. … 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
Cheatin’ Bill gets honest
It’s been a while since I’ve had anything new to say about Billy. Probably not since he picked up a couple of blues at Intro level in the Willow Tree Dressage Show last July. My trainer Karin and I have … Continue reading
Things are looking up for Spirit and Dakota
The painting is complete, and the horse continues to improve. We still don’t know what happened to Spirit out there in the pasture, but we do have a hunch now. A likely scenario is that he tied up (a type … Continue reading
A triumph of Spirit
We had a crisis at Willow Tree a couple of weeks ago. One of our younger horses, Spirit, was found down in the pasture and he couldn’t move his hind end at all. Wendy, our barn manager, got him into … Continue reading
Stonie watching over Valor
A couple of months ago I posted a little winter scene Aquabord™ of Roz and Stonie, which was a gift from our barn manager to Roz after she lost her beloved Stonie earlier this year. Since then Roz has adopted … Continue reading
It’s winter already!
Here we have another little Aquabord™ commission just completed. I didn’t know how long I would have to wait to post it, since it was commissioned as a gift. The catch was, would it be a birthday gift (post sooner) … Continue reading
Some things are not what they seem
Meet Bounty, who has been rehabbing with my trainer Karin for a couple of years now. You would never guess by looking at him that he just turned 30 last March. My job is to ride him about once a … Continue reading
The Mackinac Island Adventure
This is going to be one heck of a long post, but at least I don’t go on and on very often! It was a 2-day whirlwind adventure, although some of it was definitely not planned or needed! Four of … Continue reading