Spring 2015 Painted Ponies

 

NEW Winter 2019 Collectors Choice Ornaments

Holidays aren't the only occasion for adding decorative ornamental accents to your home….

The "Eye Dazzler" style rug weavings not only offered Navajo artisans the chance to express their individual artistry, freedom and ceremonial musings, they also influenced others who drew inspiration from these rich and colorful designs, and incorporated the aesthetic into other mediums, such as "The Eye Dazzler" Painted Pony.

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, like "Native Dreamer."




Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in March 2019



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The Eye Dazzler Ornament
by Sarah C. Geis

Before the turn of the 19th century, the Navajo switched from making traditional Native American blankets to weaving brilliantly colored tapestries with hand-spun wool that featured fantastic geometric shapes and bold color palettes never before seen. This groundbreaking shift gave birth to what is now known as the Eye Dazzler rug. These weavings not only offered Navajo artisans the chance to express their individual artistry, freedom and ceremonial musings, they also influenced others who drew inspiration from these rich and colorful designs, and incorporated the aesthetic into other mediums, such as Painted Ponies.

I am a largely self-taught artist, and have always been transfixed by the intersections of color, texture, and shape. Art is also a way I can take commonly overlooked elements in the world or in nature and highlight the inherent beauty within them. My full-time job is a philosophy professor, but before that I spent years training (and cleaning up after) horses. I currently own, train, and --when conditions are right-- show my own horses in reined cowhorse and ranch events. These horses, along with the western lifestyle and people I know and love, provide daily inspiration for the artistic side of me.


Sarah C. Geis





Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in March 2019

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Native Dreamer Ornament
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.”

- Fabienne Leydecker

Born in the Pays Basque region of France, Fabienne was surrounded at young age by animals, and especially horses. She graduated from Chantilly in equine studies, and is an artist gifted in animal portraits and the ability to capture the essence and spirit of horses in any style, from realistic to abstract. Interestingly, Fabienne was also the FIRST female jockey in all of France. She now lives in Canada, where she moved to ride horses and to develop her passion for art.


Fabienne Leydecker



NEW Holiday 2019 Ornaments


Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in August 2019

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Gloria Ornament
by Emily Overman

Church bells can be heard ringing softly in the distance. The cold, icy wind picks up. Shimmering gold dust fills the night sky. A beam of light shines down from Heaven. And Gloria appears soaring through the clouds, surrounded by angels singing, “Glory to God in the highest, come, adore the newborn king.”

I’ve loved to express myself artistically ever since I was a child. I really enjoy finding ways to incorporate creativity into my everyday life, and I like to pay close attention to aesthetic and small details. Drawing has always been a favorite hobby of mine, and it’s something that allows me to give my ideas life and share them with other people. I feel strongly about freedom of self-expression, and art is my outlet for staying true to that. With a strong love for animals and nature, I like to use these subjects in my artwork and combine them with fantasy elements. Horses are a favorite subject of mine, and I work to capture their beauty and emotion when drawing them. My primary goal as an artist is to enjoy the process and create works of art that represent the visions in my mind.


Emily Overman




Spirit Bear Pony Ornament
Shipping in August 2019

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Holiday Ice Ornament
by Kami Wahl

Asked to recall a vivid image from Christmases past and to create a unique Painted Pony that captured that memory, the artist responded, “I remember looking out my window on cold winter days and seeing glimmering icicles sparkling in the sunlight. As they melted in the sunshine, drop by drop, I would marvel at the translucent shades of blue and white that the icicles reflected off the freshly fallen snow.”

I loved drawing and painting as a child and have always had a great passion for horses. I took art classes in middle school up until my graduating year of high school. My focus in high school was detailed, realistic paintings and drawings. I also had an enormous passion for ceramics throughout high school and often incorporated my interest for horses into my artwork.  My grandmother collected Trail of Painted Ponies and passed some on to me so that I could start my own collection. It was always a big fantasy of mine to create my own Painted Pony.


Kami Wahl

 



Spirit Bear Pony Ornament

Shipping in August 2019

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Jingle All the Way Ornament
by Lorna Matsuda

The beautiful chiming bells on this Pony ring merrily as he trots along, bringing love and warmth and the holiday spirit to the Season. His flowing mane and tail glisten with silver as he shares his beauty with friends and family, a symbol of those special feelings that make the Christmas season so magical.

Being a realist artist I strive to capture the true spirit and character of each subject I paint. The eyes are a very important factor when I do a painting. I work in many different mediums such as feathers, rock, leather, bone, as well as traditional canvas and acrylic based mediums, along with my beloved painted ponies. I also do commissioned work for clients. My art has been a life long journey and will be with me as long as I am able to paint, it inspires me and takes me to a place of peace and tranquility in the many hours I spend painting.


Lorna Matsuda




Spirit Bear Pony Ornament

Shipping in August 2019

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Sleigh Ride Ornament
by Laurie Cook

Muses the artist behind "Sleigh Ride": “If I were Santa, this is how I would deliver my local packages. It’s so much more genteel than sneaking down chimneys in the middle of the night! What better way to bring presents and cheer on Christmas than to glide through the beautiful countryside, watching cardinals flit from tree to tree, the only sound the musical jingle of sleigh bells accompanied by an occasional snort from my horse, whom I shall name Gingerbread?”

Raised in Southern California, one of Laurie's earliest memories is of drawing horses on the underside of the family coffee table. While still studying at Art Center College of Design she was recruited by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri so at age 22 she moved halfway across the country, not knowing a soul in her new city. Her plan to work there for a year or two somehow stretched out to nearly two decades and by the time she left she had attained the highest level possible, that of "Master Artist,"designing everything from home decor items to Christmas gift bags; from thinking up new toy ideas to painting idyllic garden scenes. Some of her clients include Google, Mohawk Industries, Leanin' Tree, Carson Home, Current, and Hasbro. On the rare occasion she's not in her studio, she can be found hiking with her German Shepherd and two Labradors, or tending to her butterfly garden. Laurie has returned to Southern California and now freelances for a variety companies.


Laurie Cook