Thursday, August 25, 2011

All that glitters for PPF


"My Brass Horse"



Recently I found a large brass horse at a yard sale, it was huge, and must be at least 2 feet long by 2 feet high.  I couldn’t resist so I bought it. I knew it could be fantastic but it was dull with years of tarnish.  So I got out some brass cleaner and stole some of my hubby’s underwear (it makes the best cleaning rags) and scrubbed and rubbed and worked on it for hours.  I ended up with black fingernails to the point where I looked like a country auto mechanic minus the overalls.  I washed and scrubbed and scrubbed some more.  Finally, the horse was shiny, my fingernails were clean and my hubby was only short a few pairs of underwear. 

Well, it looked so nice that I figured why not take on the challenge of painting brass!  Never one to shy away from a challenge, I whipped out this little acrylic of “My brass Horse.”  He is shiny now but I know that all that glitters is not gold…only brass and if I keep him he may end up needing more upkeep than a French poodle.

Think I’ll go buy husband dear some extra underwear just in case.



Mother nature is beating us down…with a one-two punch, first an earthquake, and then a hurricane on the way.  I am supposed to leave for a much-needed vacation on Monday…we will see what comes of that.  Anyway, I will be visiting all the  PAINT PARTY FRIDAY  art and amazing artists (Providing I have power!)  before I leave and you should too!!!  

40 comments:

craftattack said...

Your poor hubby! Did he notice that his underwear was gone! Love the painting of your brass horse, looks like it was a great find, never seen such a big one. Hugs, Valerie

Rona Gregory said...

Wow! He's gorgeous isn't he? Glad you weren't affected too badly by the quake and hope all your animals are recovered! Hope, too, that Irene doesn't give you too much trouble. Keep Safe.

Ro

Carol Blackburn said...

Your horse is beautiful Crystal. Can you show us a photo of the real thing, too. Or are your fingers too sore from all that polishing?

Netty said...

Oh wow your horse is gorgeous, such brilliant work.
Stay safe and hope you manage to get away for a break. Annette x

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Awesome horse! Wonderful!
namaste, Carol Happy PPF (Share the Creative Journey)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Painting metal is so hard and you did a great job challenging yourself! Never saw a brass horse that large--I would have snapped it up too! Good Luck with the storm-I'll be thinking of you up here in NY as it heads up the coast!

Carol Blackburn said...

Wow, he is splendid, Crystal. I see why you just had to have him. Thanks!

EVA said...

You did a fabulous job! Both of the revitalization and of the painting! Hard work but it looks worth it.

NatashaMay said...

I first thought the painting was a photo. :) Lol! Love them both.

Gerri Herbst said...

Be safe!
Loved yr painting and that brass horse sure was a treasure! I hope your husband thought so too afetr you stole his underwear! take care, gerri

izzy said...

What fun I couldn't have resisted either!
never have too many horses in their many forms and colors- thanks!

Roban Studio said...

Wonderful painting....as always! Be safe in the hurricane. Let us know how it went for you next week. My prayers are with you. Happy PPF!

Janice said...

Love your beautiful brass horse! Good luck with Irene. Yes, you have had a 1-2 punch. Awful. Hang in there.

LadyCat said...

I love the horse...what a find! You did a great job cleaning it up and the painting is perfection : )
Stay safe!

Crystal Cook said...

Beautiful work Crystal! I think you've captured the look of brass perfectly. :)

- T.W - said...

Wow, you really captured that shiny look in your painting! It's beautiful!

// - T.W -

Christine said...

you've done a great job capturing your brass horse! Thanks for sharing.

maddyrose said...

Wonderful painting, you did an excellent job. I love brass and silver pieces but hate the upkeep and the black strained fingers and nails.
Stay safe and hopefully you'll be able to get away for that much needed vacation. Have a calm uneventful but pleasent weekend.

Theresa said...

You did an amazing job on this piece! Just lovely~ Happy PPF!

carlarey said...

I am so impressed by your painting of the metal. It's really difficult and you did it so well.

Good luck dodging the hurricane.

Kristin Dudish said...

Such a wonderful painting! I love yard sales and your brass horse is the perfect find for you... Score!

Wishing you a SAFE and happy weekend!

xo
Kristin

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE your brass horse- he is wonderful!
Stay safe in the storm!

Steph said...

beautiful painting!! I actually tought it was real....happy weekend to you and keep safe...

Leovi said...

We have been delighted, as much as this little sculpture. Good job!

Carol said...

Great job cleaning up the pony and then that is one awesome painting of it too.

KAT said...

wow your good at that I thought your painting was real brass pony... Wow wish I could be brave enough to try it...
KAT

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow, the horse is beautiful and so is your painting! Be safe with the weather!

Geckostone said...

Wow, you pulled it off wonderfully!!!It'd be fun to see a photo of the horse too! Deb

Geckostone said...

Just saw the photo too, wow you did a great job on shining it too!!! I have a little tiny one like this and it was much easier to clean,lol!!! Deb

Sophia said...

Holy cow! Talk about stunning!! :)

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Fabulous shadow for the brass horse! Great volumes.
Very cool find and awesome work on making it so shiny again.

Rosie Kaplan said...

Polishing that horse would have been, as you say, a lot of work but worth it. Great likeness in the painting of it.

Dawn said...

What a wonderful find for you and all the elbow grease paid off it looks FAB! and I love the off shape of it which you have captured in the painting ;0) Dxx

Diana Evans said...

I love this!!! had to do a double take on it....thought it was the real statue!!! great work!!!

and I hope you will join us every Saturday on my blog for Sweet Saturdays.....

Have a great weekend!!!

Joni Nickrent said...

Never Underwear estimate what you can accomplish with a little elbow grease! Great painting...inspired for sure! POP ART MINIS

Melisa said...

Cool find! The painting is excellent. I hope you get to go on your vacation!

angelself said...

Beautiful painting of your horse, Crystal. Excellent job! Kathryn

Heather said...

I swear I put a post up on this before but everytime I use my laptop it doesn't keep a post. I love your bronze horse and your interpretation!!! I guess I will not see you for a week or so I will be on holiday for Labor Day! Happy PPF in advance!

SHERI C said...

What a brilliant find and challenge for you. So you had to sacrifice hubby's panties...look at the results! LOL! Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

What a beautiful horse!
Your work is brilliant!

I want to thank you, too, for joining my art blog hop and posting a button on your site.
So glad I found your blog through the hop...
I am your newest fan! :)

All the best,
Mary

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