But it's always like that.
I thought you might like to see the galley proofs of the latest Nudie Selfie photo shoot. By now this pattern is nicely settled in: This will be my fourth National Model Painting Month. As is traditional, my husband takes my Nudie Selfies. Also traditional, I'm standing in the TSII tack shop and pony room, a delightful place (if I say so). What is Not traditional is the hat. It's cold out there!! Fear not, when it's warm again the Tilley will reappear... *
To round out the Orlik shots, here is a different perspective of the room. This is the corner just to the right of the above shot: The horsiest corner, where the two longest walls of shelves meet.
Because he's a bit more attainable, a little more do-able. He's not a leap off the cliff into something I've never done. Believe it or not, I'm still healing right now, spiritually if not physically. I'm recovering from an awful year -- one whose terrors are not over for us, nor likely to be for a while. Yes, I said I was ready for diversity. Both dapples and roan will be new for me, although I'm not at all planning on a hair by hair... :) Orlik chose his color when I fell in love with this photo.
Another reason for choosing Orlik is the faint, although quite real, vision of a Troika. I already have two similar horses finished, one with the neck turned --!! I have long wanted to get back into harness... a 'failing' made apparent by my accepting a harness order...
Ziggy Stardust has not chosen his color to such a detailed depth yet, so that's why it's Orlik by a nose. But this decision is not cast in stone: Ziggy is not far behind. He's closing in, on both a color and a name (gold-point Siamese)(Coney), and I was so comfortable with the idea of painting him that he got some Selfie Nudies too.
I have not yet signed up for NaMoPaiMo. But it's only a matter of time. I thank in advance the tack customers and the letter-readers: I appreciate your understanding.
* I name my hats. The silver-and-rawhide Tilley broadbrim is named Coondoondah the 11th (this is an Australian aboriginal word meaning "hat"). The blue-and-purple tassel hat was called an Inca hat and this has rendered down in the family to "Inkerhat."