Chasing Down The Last Of The Herd

Almost Done!

There’s eighteen days until the new business goes live and I still have a lot to do!

I’m finally putting the last touches on the color galleries, although there is a lot of interlinking that still needs to take place. Tracking down the last of the missing photos is proving to be more of a challenge than expected and I have a feeling I have more horses painted that I just haven’t stumbled over yet.

265 horses are a LOT of models… how on earth did I manage to paint all these little guys??

What Came Before

Hoarding: Not Just For Cats

My goal is to have every horse in the gallery and every completed horse with an individual post by the time the New Year rolls around. I still have a handful of draft posts that I need to get sorted out and a whole passel of bodies and WiPs that need to get in front of a camera. Now that the new and improved lightbox has been finished, it’s time to get my camera into gear.

With luck I’ll also be able to suss out my old notes and figure out where in the timeline each of these little guys was painted. *pokes old models* I may have to settle for ‘when they were sold’, but I’m hoping to find the actual born-on date.

What Comes Next

Need New Logo!

It’s also time to start planning out my 2012 painting schedule. I’m hoping to finish a horse every two weeks on average, but it will all depend on how well I can hold to the plan. The nice thing is that I can work on multiple horses at once, thanks to drying times, so it’s not as linear a process as you’d think.

I’ll be doing more donations to Our Mims, although I’m waffling right now about doing a second Elmo. They have a new mare medallion coming out in January that I’m itching to get my hands on and I’m not sure if I want to do another Elmo while waiting for her to arrive. *bounce*

I’ll also be taking commissions for 2012, starting in February, but at the moment I’m still not planning on doing portrait horses. Once I’m back into my groove, this may change, but I’m just not confident enough in my skillset to give them a go right now.

January Storefronts

I’ve got a handful of horses and a metric ton of catalogs and magazines that will be hitting the shelves in January. If all goes well I should be adding a new horse once a week, at least until my current stash of ‘mostly done’ customs are finished off.

It will be interesting to see how well using non-PayPal methods work with Etsy. As I mentioned in this post, I’d like to avoid using them if possible. Which means I might be selling more heavily through personal sales (website and MH$P), but I want to make sure folks are comfortable dealing with me. The fact that I’m a registered business should help and I’m trying make sure folks have plenty of ways to get ahold of me if anything goes wrong.

Eighteen days and counting!

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!