A Painting a Day

Painting is not always fun. For whatever reason, some of us are compelled to just keep on doing it. But when you are painting model horses, some kind of madness takes over.

There are people who collect these things. Breyer, Peter Stone. Some people collect the factory models and don’t do anything to them. Others strip the paint and sand the horses down. Some even change the position of head, ears, legs and feet, or add thicker manes and tails.


My friend Gina likes to revamp the plastic horse bodies this way. She gave me a few out of what she called her “body box.”

The idea is to make the horse look as much like a real horse as possible.

Some people use airbrushing. Others paint with a brush that has like, one hair. And a magnifying glass. I just started treating the horses like canvas. I put a kestrel on the first one. On another one I did a border collie complete with a few sheep.


I had ambitions of doing a painting a day through the month of April, but the month is already five days in.

This is not to say I have neglected the effort. However, I got sidetracked with painting model horses, and I am not really sure that counts. Even though it is an awful lot of work! That is a topic for another post. Although, just as if to prove the state of obsession, I see they are already hijacking this one.

BTW all these paintings are for sale. If you don’t like my art enough to buy it, feel free to donate to the paint bucket so I can improve. Ha.

Today’s project is called “Fast Food.” It’s acrylic, 11×15″. The piece is an exercise in shapes and texture, and actually what I was really working on was background. I am trying to establish a more painterly style of background that would be more compatible with oils. To me it kinda looks like a children’s book illustration.


Yesterday’s effort is, “In The Hour of Truth.” Again, an exercise in textures. I like the “Pi” shape of the composition with the raven and sun dial.


Prior to these two was my spring watercolor, The Blue Jay hanging out with the forsythia.

bluejay forsythia.jpg

That’s the extent of my April flat work. This is only because I have painted up all the model horses.


About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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