Friesian Horse Head Wreaths

Horsehead Wreath

My Friesian inspired Horse Head Wreath made with REAL pine!

Available now for the holidays! Inspired by my Friesian mare, these horsehead wreaths are made of fresh REAL assorted pines, balsam, firs – most of which I find and collect while I’m trail riding with her! Now that’s how to mix business with pleasure! The wreaths are great for the home, the barn, driveway entrances, fences and tack rooms – anywhere can be livened up with a festive holiday horse! They also make unique Christmas gifts for horse lovers, trainers and barn owners!

I custom create each wreath by hand so no two are identical and each horse is made with love, attention to detail and portrays an air of holiday elegance. They smell great too!

These do sell quickly and there is a limit to how many I can create, so ordering now will avoid disappointment. For more details and to order, see them at my Mystic Mare Etsy shop here or order directly from me here. New designs will be posted on Facebook on my “Horse Head Wreaths by Professional Equine Artist” page and  “Kathy Morawski – Artist” page so be sure to “like” those pages to be among the first to see them!

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My Friesian muse and partner after gathering some fresh real pine for the Horse Head Wreaths!

Thanks and Happy Horsey Holidays!

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Past & Present

Past & Present by Kathy Morawski

Both sides of my entry “Past & Present” in the Trail of Painted Ponies Military Horse Art Competition

It was an honor and a thrill that my design entry for the Trail of Painted Ponies Military Horse Art Competition was a Top 10 finalist as mentioned in a previous post. I named my horse Past & Present as it’s dedicated to my late father and other vets as well as to those currently serving. The competition also benefitted two wonderful organizations, Horses4Heroes and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) that are dedicated to providing support to veterans and their families. It was a true honor being involved with such good people for good causes. The competition drew in so much attention with a huge volume of votes that the voting deadline was extended TWO times! When it finally ended and the votes were tallied…

Past & Present was announced as the winner!

Screenshot of the winners announcement on the Trail of Painted Ponies website. Shown is my "Past & Present" Military Horse design as well as my Friesian mare muse, a descendant of medieval war horses!

Screenshot of the winners announcement on the Trail of Painted Ponies website. Shown is my “Past & Present” Military Horse design as well as my Friesian mare muse, a descendant of medieval war horses!

I want to thank everyone who voted and supported Past & Present in the Military Horse Art Competition. From long time collectors to the new friends I met from being in this contest, everyone was truly amazing and I appreciate and am grateful to you all. I hope that figurines will soon be made of my design, much like my Painted Ponies Quarter Horse was, and that I can then use them to bring more attention to and help military and horse organizations. Please be sure to check out all the artist winners from the competition here!

Thanks again!

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Military Horse in Top 10!

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Exciting News!

My design entry for the Trail of Painted Ponies Military Horse Art Competition was chosen as a Top 10 finalist! Out of over 100 entries, only 10 were chosen and online voters from around the world are now voting until Thursday Oct. 31 to select the final winner! I didn’t even realize I was in the Top 10 until someone had posted congratulations on my Facebook page. I was afraid to believe it at first and thought if they were teasing me, I would have to hurt them! So I’m excited!

The Competition also benefits two wonderful organizations,  Horses4Heroes and TAPS  (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) that are dedicated to providing support to veterans & their families. It’s a true honor being a part of this!

I’ve had a life long horse armor obsession and many of my custom Painted Ponies are armored steampunk horses, so designing a Military Horse was something that resonated with me. I created my design to look as it’s made of metal, and dimensional, similar to how my Quarter Horse was, with the colors resembling enamel, such as found on military medals. Called “Past & Present”, it’s dedicated to my late father and other vets as well as to those currently serving. I hope you like and will vote for it! It could be crafted into a figurine in the future and would be a great companion pony to the Quarter Horse!

Online voting runs through Thursday, October 31 so vote now!
My design is:
“Past & Present”
By Kathy Morawski
Click here to vote for it!

Thank you! – Kathy

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7 Award Winning Things About Me

MeAccepting my WordPress Versatile Blogging Award requires sharing 7 things about myself most people aren’t aware of. So here goes:

1. I spent most of my childhood raised in a cult. It was the apocalyptic Worldwide Church of God (now defunct) that terrified me into thinking that God was mean and out to get me. When I was old enough to stay home alone, I refused to attend services anymore and was branded as a black sheep by the church. But I’m grateful I experienced all that as it forced me to find out for myself what I believe in instead of what others told me I should believe in. I remember exactly how I started my own personal spiritual journey years ago. I saw a quote in a magazine, ripped it out, stuck it on my laptop and my path began: “If you don’t trust your sources of information, how do you know you’re right when forming your beliefs?”

2. I talk a lot. I also gesture non stop with my hands when I talk. The more enthusiastic I am, the faster and more my hands move. It’s actually not possible for me to talk unless I’m moving my hands. Once, at a restaurant, a friend dared me to sit on my hands during our conversation. I thought I was going to explode. I. Could. Not. Talk. At. All. According to Forbes, great leaders talk with their hands. I’m just practicing great leadership!

3. It was 1999 and just like the Prince song, I was partying like it was 1999. I concluded the year by being arrested for a DWI. This is not something I’m proud of, but I’m glad it happened as it was a big wake up call I needed. The entire ordeal cost me over $15,000 in fines and higher insurance costs but I was grateful I didn’t hurt or kill anyone and the lessons learned were worth it. I changed who I was hanging around with and was saved from becoming an alcoholic. Everyone always asks me, so I’ll just answer it now: Yes, I was handcuffed during the arrest. And no, I definitely was not talking then.

4. Everybody knows of my horse obsession but I can’t adequately explain why it exists. I think it’s just encoded in my DNA. And the universe made it obvious: I was born during a Chinese Year of the Horse in NJ, which claims the horse as its state animal. My high school mascot was a horse. I got my first horse in another Year of the Horse and was accepted to create the Quarter Horse sculpture for the Trail of Painted Ponies during yet another Year of the Horse. And virtually everyday as a kid on the school bus, and then later after graduating and working, I’d stare as I passed by a local restaurant – it was my favorite because they had a life sized horse statue in their front parking lot. I always wanted to take it home.
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5. One of the most surreal experiences in my life happened in a movie theater. It wasn’t art imitating life or vice versa. It was both at the same time. Some friends took me to a movie to help distract me when I learned I wasn’t going to marry the guy that I and everyone else assumed I would. I wanted to see a certain comedy because the local paper made a big fuss that my favorite restaurant with the horse in front was actually used for a scene location! How cool was that? What I didn’t expect was the mind bending parallel universe feeling of watching on screen exactly what I was going through at exactly that time in my life. When the audience laughed during the scene inside my horsey restaurant with a wedding dress clad Joan Cusack bemoaning “I’m too stupid to live” and then running outside screaming “Is everybody gay? Is this a Twilight Zone?” it was all I could do to keep myself from screaming “It’s NOT funny when it’s really happening to you!” Talk about a Twilight Zone. If you never saw In & Out with Kevin Kline, it’s worth renting, it has some very funny moments and Joan did a stellar job playing me.

6. I’ve seen all the Harry Potter movies dozens of times. OK, the truth is I mostly only fast forward to certain scenes, just to hear Alan Rickman’s voice as Professor Snape. At first I thought I was odd to be obsessed over the sound of a voice, but it turns out I’m not alone. It was even scientifically proven with a mathematical formula that Alan Rickman has a perfect voice. I find it strange he hasn’t narrated audio books and while there are imitation Alan Rickman voice impressions for GPS units, they don’t make the cut. I also heard he’s happily been with the same woman for decades. I wonder if she doesn’t talk a lot just so she can listen to his voice more.

7. I didn’t know the full story behind Lady Godiva until I did some research and then she instantly became my personal hero. She believed people needed to have more leisure time to spend on activities such as the arts but everybody was too busy working so hard to pay all the king’s excessive taxes. He was her husband and when she said something to him, he dared her to ride naked on her horse in exchange for him cutting out some taxes. I bet he didn’t think she’d do it. But she did, the king kept his word and all the townspeople loved her. And a little known fact: Her horse’s name was Aethenoth, which means “noble audacity”.

Noble audacity. Now that’s a trait I’d like to be known for.

– K

I’d like to thank the very cool writer Tom Lucas for nominating me for the Versatile Blogging Award and congratulate him on publishing his first book! You rock! The award also involves awarding others so I’m passing the torch on to these fine folks:
northierthanthou.com
bendequinesolutions.com

thebettermanprojects.com
lesleycarter.wordpress.com
destashio.wordpress.com
cristianmihai.net
readtomlucas.com
eagleeyededitor.wordpress.com
fortyteencandles.com
happyhollyproject.com
gnosticbent.wordpress.com

versatile-blogger-award-imageThe Award rules are:
Display the Award Certificate on your blog. 
Announce your win with a post. Make sure you post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.
 Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers. 
Leave them a comment to let them know after you have linked them to a post.
 Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Have fun and carry on!

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“Horse of the Muses” New Limited Editions of 3D Art!

Collectors have been asking for it so I’m now offering rare hand cast 3D Limited Editions of my sculptural horse art! ONLY 1 special Artist Proof & 10 editions are cast from my original “Horse of the Muses”, each edition is mounted in a 9″ x 9″ shadow box w/ glass, is signed, numbered & comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Thick frame can stand upright on its own or hang on the wall.

Shown below is the rarest & only Artist Proof (in natural & direct sunlight) $100, Limited 3D Editions of only 10, $75 each, custom background colors available. US ship $10. Edition #’s sold in low to high order – contact me for lowest #’s available & PayPal info!

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The Trail ride isn’t over…

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Original Quarter Horse Maquette Sculpture by Kathy Morawski. Photo by Walter Gilligan

I began my Trail of Painted Ponies ride with the Quarter Horse, followed by a herd of one-of-a-kind custom Painted Ponies. The ride isn’t over, but change is in the air…

Selection of steampunk & armor theme custom Painted Ponies by Kathy Morawski

Selection of steampunk & armor theme custom Painted Ponies by Kathy Morawski

Being detail oriented and extremely picky about the quality of my high end custom one-of-a-kind Painted Ponies, I’ve created most of them on the original running horse forms manufactured by Westand in 2005. After Enseco took over the manufacturing of the blank forms, I had hunted done and bought cases of the original Westland blank ponies where ever I could find them. They were rare and more costly, but better proportioned and of higher quality than the newer Enesco versions. It feels bittersweet that now, many custom ponies later, I am down to the final last ones.

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Last rare original blank pony forms for OOAK Painted Pony customs

Shown below are the last two of my most rare blank forms available for custom Painted Pony commissions. If interested in reserving a one-of-a-kind custom, contact me, because after these are gone, that’s it! (I’ll still be able offer custom Trail of Painted Ponies but they will be on the newer Enesco based forms.)

And the ride goes on…

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Proof #6

I’m now working on a sixth version of the same piece of commissioned art. The client is actually cool, just not clear about what she wants. Though I’m intuitive (but obviously not quite yet a mind reader) it’s now apparent she truly doesn’t know what she wants.

For her latest version of analysis paralysis I imagined that if I was a mind reader or even God, I could still say “I gave you everything you asked for, only then did you realize you didn’t want it. Decide first what it is that you really want.” Then an aha moment, realizing how the big picture of life works the same way! If I’m not clear myself in deciding and expressing what it is I really want in my own life how can I expect to experience it? Ahhh… funny how the messages get through, even if it takes a few attempts…

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What do you want your Big Picture to look like?

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