Spring 2015 Painted Ponies


NEW Summer 2017 Painted Ponies

A winged horse named "Night Flight," made of exquisite tinted translucent resin, was inspired by clear cold nights when the stars and constellations shine brightly and beautifully.

The first Painted Pony to feature a baby, "Papoose" tells the story of a young Indian mother with her infant son, loyal dog and trusty horse.

Dreams and visions are an important part of Native Americans' spiritual life, and these dream symbols are expressed in "Native Dreamer."

In the Native American belief system, horses and bears have a strong spiritual connection. "Spirit Bear Pony" was intended to serve as both guardian and protector.




Shipping in late August 2017

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Night Flight
by Melodi King

"Night Flight" is made of exquisite tinted translucent resin. Gazing up on clear cold nights at stars and constellations shining brightly and beautifully is the most inspiring time of day for this artist. It is a time when she feels she is no longer bound by the restraints of earth, ideas appear out of the blue, her dreams can take flight, and as though carried on the back of a mythical winged creature, she is transported to lands where amazing adventures await.

Melodi King's interest in drawing started with How-to books she received as a child. From there she turned her focus to drawing her favorite animals: horses. Drawing these beautiful creatures was the key reason that she continued drawing throughout her childhood.

Melodi wasn't very serious about her artistic abilities until she went to college and chose to pursue a degree in Graphic Design. Currently, she is working at her local newspaper as one of the Graphic Artists.

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Melodi King






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Shipping in late August 2017


Blue Ribbon Edition refers to the very first twelve castings of a particular figurine. First Editions, Numbers 0001 through 0012. Blue Ribbon Figurines are available exclusively on the Official Trail of Painted Ponies Store. Shipping in late August 2017.

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Papoose
by Alanna Donohue

Every Painted Pony has a story behind it, and the tale that inspired the artist who created “Papoose” involves a young Indian mother who is out gathering berries and firewood with her trusty horse, her infant son in a cradle board, and her loyal dog, in preparation for a Rite of Passage ceremony for her younger sister.

Alanna has always loved art and horses, since she was just a little girl. Her first figurine for The Trail was the Dixie Stampede exclusive "American Spirit." Alanna has spent 17 years in the home decorating field, which has enhanced her design abilities and resourcefulness.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alanna Donohue




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Shipping in late August 2017

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Native Dreamer
by Fabienne Leydecker

Dreams and visions are an important part of Native Americans’ spiritual life. From them, strength is drawn to meet challenges, future events are seen and instructions received that are guides to wisdom. Often these communications take the form of dream symbols that find their way into elaborate artistic expressions on pots, baskets, weavings, buffalo skins… and are painted on horses.

“Ask me to paint grace and power in motion,
and I will paint you a horse,” says
Fabienne.

Born in the Pays Basque region of France… surrounded at young age by animals, and especially horses…. a graduate of Chantilly in equine studies… an artist gifted in animal portraits and the ability to capture the essence and spirit of horses in any style, from realistic to abstract…the FIRST female jockey in all of France…Fabienne moved to Canada to ride horses and to develop her passion for art.

Recently a life-long dream came true when she moved to the charming little village of Berwick, Nova Scotia with her husband, horses and dogs, bought a farm and remodeled a room into an art gallery – Copper Fox Gallery – and began painting Custom Painted Ponies for collectors in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

“Here, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, nature and my animals, I find my inspiration.”

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Fabienne Leydecker

 


 

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Shipping in late August 2017


Blue Ribbon Edition refers to the very first twelve castings of a particular figurine. First Editions, Numbers 0001 through 0012. Blue Ribbon Figurines are available exclusively on the Official Trail of Painted Ponies Store. Shipping in late August 2017.




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Spirit Bear Pony
by Maria Ryan

In the Native American belief system, horses and bears have a strong spiritual connection. Using traditional colors, and decorating sacred bear fetish shapes with symbols of strength, courage, power and long life, this Colorado artist, acclaimed for her artistic interpretations of spirit guide animals, has created a “Spirit Pony” intended to serve as both guardian and protector.

Parallel to Maria's business endeavors were her artistic activities and ambitions. After graduating from the Graphic Arts Preparatory School of New York, she received formal art schooling at C.W. Post College. She attended 540 workshop hours at Huntington Fine Arts School in New York, and numerous other workshops in the United States and Europe. This is not to overlook her major research trips to the Everglades, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Or her stint as an Art Specialist with the US Army in Europe.

The list of accomplishments and awards she received for her art is extensive. Her paintings have been exhibited in art galleries both here and abroad. She has designed for two major tabletop companies in England, producing hard surface placemats and coasters.

She also designed coffee mugs for a Hong Kong company, fabrics for a New York company, and greeting cards for a Baltimore company. To learm more about Maria, Click Here.
Maria Ryan





Winter 2017 Painted Ponies

Some Thoroughbreds like to show off their will-to-win at a young age, as seen in this charming depiction of a frisky filly challenging her proud mother to try and keep up with her. Meet "Born to Run."

The Hohokum were known for decorating their pots with a stunning and distinctive style that was defined by red geometric designs repeated in small motifs over buffware, as remembered in "Ancient Dreams." 

When you ride into a show ring on an Arabian horse to appear in the Costume Class, the objective is to stand out and be noticed, just like "Arabian Splendor." 

The Lipizzan was developed as a breed that could be taught to do difficult motions on command and with balletic grace and precision - including highly controlled, stylized jumps known as “airs above the ground.” Enter "Dance of the Lipizzans."





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Born to Run
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody


Beauty of the Breed

Thoroughbreds are an elite horse breed famous for their agility, speed, spirit, and for winning races under saddle at a gallop. Some Thoroughbreds like to show off their will-to-win at a young age, as seen in this charming depiction by an acclaimed equine Arizona artist of a frisky filly challenging her proud mother to try and keep up with her.

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent 26 years creating animal sculptures for Breyer, Hartland Collectables, DaBar Enterprises,and Safari  Ltd. as well as her own line of resin horses.

Kathleen is the designer and sculptor behind a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series, and now "Born to Run" and "Arabian Splendor."

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Artist/Sculptor
Kathleen Moody





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Order Signed Figurines directly from the artist. Click on the button above for more details.



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Dance of the Lipizzans
by Lori Musil

Beauty of the Breed

The story of the Lipizzan has many dramatic twists and turns, starting in the 1600s when it was developed as a breed that could be taught to do difficult motions on command and with balletic grace and precision - including highly controlled, stylized jumps known as “airs above the ground.” - and almost ending in World War II when the breed was saved from extinction by American troops. With “Dance of the Lipizzans,” a masterpiece by a New Mexico equine artist, the legend lives on.

We caught up with Lori in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was sorting through the contents of an architectural antique store she had inherited from her recently passed great-aunt. Although there was sadness to the occasion, in a way it was the perfect time and place to catch Lori in a reflective mood, because “the roots of my art are in this place.”

Lori grew up in Tucson, the daughter of a handyman and a kindergarten schoolteacher, but from the age of five she spent her summers with her great-aunt in Lincoln. There, to keep her occupied, she was given the job of touching up the antiques that needed to be repainted. For diversion, Lori would sometimes let her imagination take over and paint designs and scenes on old milk cans and coal scuttles.

One day a customer purchased one and, according to Lori, “That gave me my start in the art world."

To learn more about Lori, Click Here.


Artist Lori Musil




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Blue Ribbon Edition refers to the very first twelve castings of a particular figurine. First Editions, Numbers 0001 through 0012. Blue Ribbon Figurines are available exclusively on the Official Trail of Painted Ponies Store. 

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Arabian Splendor
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody


Beauty of the Breed

When you ride into a show ring on an Arabian horse to appear in the Costume Class, the objective is to stand out and be noticed. To catch every judge’s attention. To be the crowd favorite. So, the way you are dressed should be eye-catchingly imaginative and elegant. Dramatic with colors that dazzle, tassels that shimmy, and rhinestones that sparkle in the show ring lights. Looking like “Arabian Splendor,” the creation of an acclaimed Arizona artist, in other words.

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent 26 years creating animal sculptures for Breyer, Hartland Collectables, DaBar Enterprises,and Safari  Ltd. as well as her own line of resin horses.

Kathleen is the designer and sculptor behind a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series, and now "Born to Run" and "Arabian Splendor."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist/Sculptor
Kathleen Moody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 




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Ancient Dreams
by Robert Rivera

In ancient times, a small group of Indian people occupied remote villages along river drainages in the desert Southwest. Climate change and warfare caused them to disperse, and they effectively died out as a tribe. When Spanish explorers arrived in the New World, the only things left of the Hohokum were the elaborate irrigation canals they had dug, and pots and shards stunningly decorated with a distinct style that was defined by red geometric designs repeated in small motifs over buffware, and is remembered by this award-winning New Mexico painter.

When we say we are attracting the finest artists of our time to The Trail of Painted Ponies, we have in mind such artists as Robert Rivera, who is arguably the finest gourd painter in the country.

This gifted artist was working as a welder in Los Alamos, New Mexico when providence corrected the course of his life. On a road trip to California, he noticed a field of gourds out the car window. For some reason which he cannot explain, even today, while other people would have driven by without a second thought, the sight of their pale bulbous backs hunkered into the earth seemed to him to be a field of endless possibilities.

So he pulled the car over, knocked on the door of the nearby farmhouse, and brought a bunch of gourds home with him.

To learn more about Robert, Click Here.

 

Artist/Painter
Robert Rivera