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One Hundred Horses: Number Twenty Four

Meet Pizazz! He's my first custom on the mini Brishon mold.

Pizazz is a Gypsy Vanner in claybank dun with sabino markings.
If you've worked in pastels you know that the color evolves from light to dark, so a bay might look like a palomino for the first layer or two, then maybe a chestnut before it becomes bay. And sometimes plans change. This boy was one of those models. I had a sandy bay sabino reference photo in front of me, but I changed course when his body color hit on claybank dun.

I have a soft spot for claybank duns. My first job as a teenager was as "Hack Staff" at Camp Seven Hills, a Girl Scout Summer Camp in Holland, New York. That summer a big quarter horse mare named Dolly was one of the horses in my care. She was blind in one eye and had a mare-y attitude. She was the most beautiful warm dun color with a red mane and tail. I spent the summer doting on her and hoping she felt loved.

So, long story short, Pizazz isn't bay.

A splash of warm white and blue eyes on this chunky boy!
This mold is a joy with all his playful swagger and wild hair. But I feel that his fine build through the barrel and hip are at odds with his heavy feathering--so for Pizazz I added more bulk. For me, this fit my vision of the Vanner breed.


  1. Love this story! I think you stopped at a great colour. Beautiful work.


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