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Hello Purplecooers

I hope you are all well. It sounds like I missed an almighty party last night and lots of tomfoolery! I'm sorry but I was busy at the sewing machine-This will be my busiest week for Christmas orders. However you will be pleased to know I am just about on top of things and intend to close down by the end of next week so I can work on my own preparations and enjoy the build up with the boys.

And well done again UPL lady-you are very clever and deserve all the success in the world...

Right, friends. Still on a crafty note-I need your help please:-

I have been commissioned to do a jewellery box/trinket box for a little girl for Christmas. I attach a photo of the type of box I will be painting.
The lady has asked me to paint a Welsh pony (grey colouring) for her little girl.
I didn't like to admit that I don't know the difference between a Welsh pony and a Shetland! So I wonder if any of you are an authority on horses and may be able to enlighten me?
I could do with a description please of what a Welsh pony looks like so I have a 'feel' for painting it.

I am very grateful in advance for any advice you can give me.

Bye for now

Country Craft Angel
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Posted at 4th Dec 2007 - 12:34PM   Posted by Country Craft Angel   ADVICE ABOUT WELSH PONIES PLEASE Comments: 19

Mountainear's Avatar .....the 'null' is meant to read 'here.'

Posted by: Mountainear on 4th Dec 2007 at 12:46PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar I was going to suggest a google image search its what I use if I have a commission for something I dont know much about. I presume teh girl has a pony so why dont you ask the client to email you a photo to work from?

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 4th Dec 2007 at 12:56PM

Hello Mountainear and UPL

Thank you so much for that-Duh!! I hadn't thought of Googling to get photos and clip art brought me nothing of any use!!

I did ask the lady for a photo but they don't have a camera-but it just made me think maybe I could pop down to where the pony is in the daytime when little girl at school and get a couple of my own photos.

Thanks again.

Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:00PM

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sometimes I find if you have to do a cartoon style drawing its easier to work from a toy or model would this one help or see

Do let us see the finsihed result!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:01PM

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If you get past the 'cheesy' music on this link they have a good selection of pics and several of 'gray' markings...
Welsh Mountain Ponies have a slightly dished face, a bit like an Arab, and they are also prone to large tummys and they are cheeky!
Good luck with the commission.

Posted by: Mootia on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:02PM

I see what you mean UPL-That does give a good idea of shape to work from-it is the shape of the pony I need to ensure is correct, I can do the detail (I think!) -would hate to go and paint the little girl a donkey or a shetland!

Thanks for that advise Mootia-it is those specific points that I need!
There are so many varieties of horse and pony's and I thought a 'cob' was a bread roll!!


Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:06PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Other thought CCA, if you do a painting first e mail it to the client then she say fine then as long as she is happy with the result you at least wont have to worry that she will get it and say uhh yuck no it shoudnt look like that.! Some of my large commissions take a month to get it jsut right for the client and I dont start work on the real thing until I have an agreement in writing on the rough work! Saves a lot of stress!

Good luck!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:08PM

I have just been looking at some of the photos-that's a lovely website Mootia-what gorgeous little ponies they are-can see the appeal to young children of Welsh Ponies-very charming and see what you mean about their little tummies!
There are some lovely greys on that site too-apparently the little girls is a light grey and quite 'pretty looking.'

Good advice UPL, thank you for that-I have told the lady I will do the box and e-mail her a photo for her to check it first before I varnish it! I do that with most of my orders, especially e-bay (even my named PE Kit/Gym bags) That way people can check before I post that I have their order right and they are completely happy.

Right-I think I may have enough there to make a start at least-will let you all see once it is complete

many thanks

Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:14PM

Here are some pictures of Welsh Mountain Ponies They are usually broken in to 4 catergories depending on their height and stockiness. Section A and B types are small lightweight ponies, and
Section C and D types are more cob types, heavier build and taller.

Lots of pictures to help you with the build and colour. They ALWAYS have a fine inteligent head though, almost Arab like.

Hope they help.


Posted by: ZoŽ on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:18PM

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This is a picture of my daughter Welsh Section A Pony I know he's chestnut but there are many like him that are grey.

Blossom x

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:30PM

They really are pretty horses aren't they-thanks Zoe and Blossom

Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 4th Dec 2007 at 01:32PM

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These are my two - a Section A on the left and a Section B on the right. This was taken in March, unfortunately, so they are both in their winter woollies.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 4th Dec 2007 at 02:42PM

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This is them again in May. I've taken really rubbish photographs of them this year! Usually they look like rocking horses without the rockers. But it might help give you some idea of what a grey Welsh pony looks like! (Ignore the brown one at the back - it's a foreigner from Exmoor!)

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 4th Dec 2007 at 02:54PM

What beautiful Ponies PM. I have quite fallen for these welsh ponies, they are really very pretty and I think the resemblance to the old fashioned rocking horses suits them well.

Thanks to your descriptions I know what the lady meant now when she described them to me. I do at least feel inspired enough to be able to be able to make a start...
They would look quite wrong if I had just have painted any old horse!

Thanks very much for your efforts-you can always be relied on Purplecooers.

Country Craft Angel

Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 4th Dec 2007 at 05:03PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Here is a picture of Jenny, painted when she was about 15 buy the Alderson sisters. I had her from the age of 5 - each of us
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Posted by: Withy Brook on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:08PM

Withy Brook's Avatar by* the Alderson sisters. forgot to say that Jenny was a Welsh mountain pony 11.2 hands.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:09PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Gorgeous ponies - would love to see your drawing when it is done CCA

Posted by: Westerwitch on 4th Dec 2007 at 09:26PM

Camilla's Avatar You are so clever CCA, would love to see jewellery/trinket box when finished with little pony. There are some lovely pics here of Pony's.


Posted by: Camilla on 4th Dec 2007 at 10:59PM

Bless you all!

I have a good ideal for the shape of the pony now-really looking forward to doing this order, even though I'm not very good at horses!

My designs tend to be more commercial-fairies, teddies, dinosaurs, etc etc!
But so many children like horses that it will be good to put more into my ranges.

Thanks again for the photos and advice

Kind regards to all

Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 5th Dec 2007 at 11:50AM

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