Friday, September 27, 2013

Married, AAEA Board Appointment, Pixel & more..!

I have a large number of big announcements here so brevity would probably be best... but these brief summaries below are in no way reflective of how excited I am about each! 

First and foremost, on Mon Sept 23rd at sunset in the front yard of our farm I married my best friend, a man I've been with since January of 2004.  I will be taking his name but professionally I will still be "DBA" (doing business as) "Morgen Kilbourn".  As we are both practical types we had a short honeymoon at a local state park, and I hope that absolutely nothing else changes! :D It's been a great 9.75 years so far and I'm looking forward to many many more equally wonderful decades with him! :)

Second big announcement:  on Sept 14th I was elected to the American Academy of Equine Art's board as the Dean of Sculpture! This is such a tremendous honor but also an equally weighty responsibility.  For those not familiar with the Academy, (AAEA), one of their stated goals is that " AAEA serves to educate and encourage a broad awareness and appreciation of contemporary equine art as a specific and distinctively worthy segment of fine art in America".  Many commercial and model horse sculptors have had their work featured in past AAEA shows, this isn't surprising to me as often a well done sculpture can be appealing in many mediums and venues.  At any rate, I would like to take a bit more time to compose a more thorough outline of some of my goals to bring into the roles of helping to oversee the shows and implementing some old and new teaching venues.   I also hope to bring some new technology ideas to the table and help in small ways with the website as well.    I will be doing another workshop in the spring, this time I believe it will be held in the Kentucky Horse Park.  Details are being worked out on that and also will be forthcoming in the next month or so!  For now you can see an updated list of all board members and a short biographical of the newly elected president here;

Speaking of upcoming engagements:  next weekend (Oct 7th) I will be a guest judge at Laura Behning's 26th annual (wow huh!!!) SouthCon show in Covington GA.  Then  on November 2-3, 2013 I'll be a judge in my old stopping grounds of New England at the Region X Regional Championships.

Lastly, my little Andalusian mini now has a name:  "Pixel"... I loved this name the moment I saw it!  Thank you to Jordan B (please contact me Jordan if you see this!) for the suggestion... there were so many great ideas and my list of possibles kept growing and growing, most were Spanish in origin.  However I wanted something unique that grabbed me and embodied "tiny" too, which this did right off the bat for me.   Anyhow, back to working on him at the moment!  I'm hoping to be wrapped up in a few weeks here!

Wishing everyone a lively fall as well!  All the best!!!

Kilbourn Studios

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Still Taking Name Ideas..

Since I haven't decided fully on the tiny Andalusian's name, I just wanted to let folks know it's still open.  I have several names here as final choices but another could still sway me.  It's unbelievably hard to decide (in general, for me it always is with any sculpture).  They're all great ideas.  It just has to speak to me in ways I can't quantify or explain. 

I'll post a couple more pics here if it helps any.  I use these to decide on many things.. such as where to continue to refine.  With minis this small you almost can't refine them enough.  Soooooo back to it..
Please submit name ideas on the last post though, not here.   Tx guys and sorry to torture you with my own personal torture!  At least I can make it worthwhile to someone though!!! :)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Andy Needs a Name...

And he's not really the Andrew type. :D

I don't know what it is about the 15th that finally reminds me I need to post to this blog once in a while but yet again, a post a whole month later.

This time for something fun!  So this Andalusian sculpture is getting closer to completion here.. and I'm still at a loss for names.  I could use some fun input and am very willing to give the FIRST person who gives me the name I go with a free copy (postage on you but otherwise free).  :)

  • The name must begin with a "P"
  • It must be posted in the comments below to win, I will (maybe repeatedly) post "done" when I finally decide on one.  There isn't really a time frame, I just need to go "omg I love it!"
  • Keep it clean please!  
  • Not a rule but PLEASE look through the previous names submitted so you don't waste your effort! :)  
I may not have time to answer questions (and it might get confusing), so just give it a go.

I'd better turn the moderate comments feature off this time otherwise it will cause GREAT angst I'm sure..  that moderated comments thing is a frustrating feature that I only decided to use when some scammers started posting links to smarmy stuff that had nothing whatsoever to do with anything horses or art related.  Lets hope I can get away with a few weeks without that though! :D

Blahblah - SO here he is hanging around in my studio.. his legs are setting after some intense reconstructive surgery.  Those are my blinds behind him at a weird angle.  He has work left to go clearly.. but it's more fun to work on a pony when he's named. 

I confess I was photoshopping the feet to see what I wanted to do next when the apoxie hardens here...  eeeee! (So hard to wait but I sort of consider that my "to do" list in sculpting. Plus it's a lot less trial and error to work it out virtually first typically - yay for instant gratification 2x!)

I inverted the photo just because it might help some folks see him better.  He's an Andy cantering along at liberty and wildly tossing his head - his ears are missing but they will be pinned a bit.  He's a stallion strutting his stuff!

It was really hard to take this pic actually but hopefully you can see that his mane's flip comes up to about 2.75 inches.

He is WEE!!!

And he needs a "P" name soooo GO!!! :)

 Adding one more of his face in here in case it helps anyone to get a feel for his character.  I wish I could comment on the names submitted but I want to remain impartial until I'm certain!! :)