Make: Ertl Farm Country (Collectible Animals)
Scale: Stablemate-ish
Mold: Shetland Mare
Color: Chestnut Tobiano
Gallery: Tobiano
Medium: Acrylics
Status: Painted 200? and Sold 200?

This little gal came in a set with Splatterpaint and signals the point at which I gave up on oil painting. She’s a horse of a lot of firsts and I don’t think she came out too badly in retrospect.

Shenandoah was the first non-Breyer soft plastic horse that I tried to customize, as well as the first horses that I attempted resculpting on, plus the first horse that I painted in acrylics. That’s a lot to load on a critter!

Her poor tail is a result of two part epoxy that I grabbed from the plumbing isle in Walmart. It was greasy, messy, and hard to sculpt… I swapped over to ‘real’ epoxy as soon as I could after that. Thankfully the epoxy didn’t discolor the primer—I ended up waiting a week between priming and painting just to make sure.

She was painted to match a Chincoteague pony from one of my horse books, so at least the pattern is realistic. I do wish I had put more shading into her, but she was my learning curve from oils to acrylics and was only the second or third horse that I had painted.

One of those horses where I really wish I had a ‘do over’ button!

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