Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I thought I would share something I should have posted last night!

Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all over the land
Was the hustle and bustle for the gifts most in demand.

Out at the ranches and down on the range,
All was quiet, nothing was odd, or even a little strange.

Tonight is a night for them like any other
Finish the chores then go in and help mother.

The stock was all fed and bedded down for the night,
It was really a quite peaceful and very serene sight.

Up in the mountains with fresh snow on the ground,
Wild hoof prints could be seen, not making a sound.

Then came a snort, a stomp and a neigh;
Something had startled the quietly grazing bay!

Sensing something not right, the stallion took a stand
Upon a high cliff where he watched over his band.

Sometime after sunset, but before the moon was high
Came a strange apparition right out of the sky!

The wild pounding of hooves could be heard all around
As the horses came racing in great leaps and big bounds!

The young in the center, they circled and pranced,
Worried and nervous, the wild ponies danced.

What was this thing, landing here in the night
Causing a stir and not just a little bit of fright?

The snow whirled and swirled and then seemed to settle
Then came a whistle like the noise from a kettle!

The horses spread out, noses close to the ground
Hoping to discover the source of this sound!

Sensing no peril, and seeing no danger
They all came forth to meet with this stranger!

It was quite a sight, indeed a true puzzle
One by one, they reached out to touch with their muzzle.

When right before them stood a tiny little man,
Glowing and smiling, as only Santa truly can.

“Don’t fear, wild ones, I mean you no harm,”
He said in a voice meant to disarm.

Ears flickered, eyes softened, throaty neighing was heard
As one by one, they came and trusted his word.

His team was a curious sight for them all
For none had ever seen a deer quite this small!

“I have a problem and I’m hoping to find help,”
Said this kind and quite saintly jolly old elf.

“You see, my reindeer have taken quite a fall,
And I need some help from you each, one and all.”

One by one, as if on some invisible command,
The wild ones lined up, ready to meet the demand!

Santa laughed and cheered and wept with joy
For these wild ponies were going to help the old boy!

Quick as can be, he got the lines all set
Hopped on his sleigh and yelled “Now let’s GIT!”

With a sprinkle of magic and a little bit of show
The wild ponies rose to the sky, all set to GO!

All thru the night, the Christmas ponies did fly
Prancing and parading as big reindeer on the sly!

Christmas cheer was delivered to all on that night
Thanks to the wild horses given the gift of flight.

When the night was all spent and toys were all gone
Santa returned the tired ponies by the crack of dawn.

Soft pats, tasty treats and a great big “Thank You!”
Was seen and received by this special crew.

But now you too, know the story of Santa and his sleigh
Delivered Christmas gifts with just a whinny and a neigh!

~Andi Harmon

Friday, December 4, 2009

Prints and Cards for sale!

Hey everyone!

We have prints for sale! Woo Hoo!

I have a bunch of prints of the book cover, that look simply awesome, signed by both Michelle and myself, 11x14 on heavy stock, suitable for framing, for only $10 + shipping!

I also have 1 print of Coyote Lakes and 1 print of Mesteno, both 11x14 on heavy stock, same as above, also only $10 + shipping!

The cards are at the printers now and should be here the first of the week. $25 cards with envelopes for just $25 + shipping! You can't even begin to touch a Hallmark card for that! These are nice, quality cards, with Coyote Lakes, Big Summit, Mesteno or the book cover on the front, blank inside. Great for Christmas or gifts or just everyday stuff!

We now have a price list of all the higher quality prints available ... check it out!

Pearl prints, very high quality paper, won't fade or crack, available for any of the artwork:

11x14: $30
15x15: $40 (cover art only)
22x28: 100
30x30: $145 (cover art only)

Giclee Canvas prints:

8x10: $20
11x14: $30
16x20: $60
18x24: $75
22x28: $95
24x36: $150

The prices are without stretcher bars on the canvas prints; add another $10 for stretcher bars.

We also have frames available, in all types and shapes and sizes, starting at $35 and up.

All of the prints are also available on the lesser quality paper (heavy poster stock) for just $10, like Mesteno, Coyote Lakes and the book cover.

Prices do not include shipping.

Order now for great gifts for the horse lovers on your list!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


We have posters now!

Accepting orders for posters of the book cover, Mesteno, "Horse With No Name", Coyote Lakes, or any of the other paintings as they are completed!

These will make wonderful Christmas gifts!

Posters are 12x18 on heavy poster paper, and good enough for framing or just hanging without a frame!

They are only $10, plus $3.50 to cover shipping and handling!

If you would like to order a quantity for your group or club to resell, contact me and I will give you a great discount.

And as an extra incentive ...

Pre-order the book and get a poster for just $5!

And if you want to purchase the book as a gift for someone, since it won't be out before Christmas, the poster makes for a great gift to put under the tree and I will include a certificate indicating a book will be sent hot off the press!

You just can't go wrong!

You can use PayPal or send me a check or money order ... it's that simple!

I will be updating my web site, tonight if the storm doesn't knock our power out, with handy PayPal links as well.

Order now before the Christmas rush!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Christmas Cards!

Order yours NOW!

The Coyote Lakes cards are now ready for ordering and the Big Summit/Ochoco cards will be ready to order in the next day or two!

All the cards come with envelopes and protective sleeves, are blank inside with a blurb on the back about the art and the book.

Cards are $1.25 each or 25 for $25! We're taking orders now and will ship them out in plenty of time to mail for Christmas!

Prints are also available now. The prints of Mesteno, A Horse With No Name, Coyote Lakes, Big Summit are all 11x14 on pearl paper and sell for $25 each. The cover art is 15x15 and we will be doing posters of the book cover as well, for $10 each!

We are still figuring out the shipping charges but it will be minimal ... check back in a day or two!

Here is the book cover, ready for posters and ready for the book!

And in case you forgot what the other prints look like, here they are!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cards for sale!

While we're waiting on the first printing of the Christmas cards from the paintings for the book, I thought I would offer some pen and ink cards Michelle drew back in 2003 of the wild herds. There are a limited number of these and when they are sold out, they won't likely be printed again!

There are 8 designs total:

South Steens herd, sage colored cards

Warm Springs herd, pale blue cards

Palomino Butte herd, light pumpkin colored cards

Burro jenny and foal, sage colored cards

Kiger herd, tan cards

Kiger trotting stallion, tan cards

Kiger stallion head, tan cards

Kiger mare and foal, tan cards

There are 6 of each of these cards available for $1 each or all 6 for $5, plus shipping. I also have 4 sets of mixed Kiger cards, 4 per set. I'll sell all 4 sets, 16 cards total, for $12 plus shipping. All the cards come in protective sleeves and have envelopes.

On the back of each of the cards, except the burros, is a short description on the herd they represent, with a small map of Oregon showing the HMA's. Michelle's name, address and phone number are also on the cards.

Here is what is printed on the back of each card:

America's Living Legends
Kiger Mustangs of Oregon

Symbols of our western heritage, wild horses are still found in most of the western United States. Each herd has its own unique characteristics of size, color and conformation. Nowhere is that more true than in the Kiger herd management area. These horses exhibit Spanish mustang characteristics, and are thought to be one of the most pure herds in the wild today. These wild horses have been managed by the Bureau of Land Management since 1971. All herds are gathered periodically to remove excess numbers. These are made available for adoption. For more information about adopting a wild horse, call the BLM 541-573-4400 or check the web page


America's Living Legends
Palomino Buttes Wild Horse Herd

The Palomino Buttes Wild Horse Herd Management Area is located in Harney County Oregon. It can be reached by traveling on Highway 20 approximately 16 miles east of Burns and turning south on the OO Road. The major landmark in the area is Palomino Buttes from which this herd received its name. The Herd Management Area contains approximately 71,668 acres. The Appropriate Management Level for the Palomino Buttes Wild Horse Herd is 32 to 64 head of horses. The Palomino Buttes Wild Horses are known for their palomino and red dun colors. For the most part, these animals are thought the be more on the gentle side than horses from some of Oregon's other wild horse herds. Because of their gentle nature, travelers going down Highway 20 often mistake them for domestic horses. Palomino Buttes horses are of saddle horse conformation.

Two large colorful stallions who have left their mark on the Palomino Buttes Herd are Red Dunny and Imposter. Both stallions were red dun in color, had stockings on three of their legs and had blaze faces. The Imposter received his name because it was impossible to determine who he was from a distance because he possessed the same color and white markings as Red Dunny.


America's Living Legends
Warm Springs Wild Horse Herd

The Warm Springs Wild Horse Herd Management Area is located in Harney County Oregon between State Highways 205 and 395 and lies about 15 miles south of State Highway 20. The Herd Management Area contains approximately 508,391 acres. The appropriate management level is 111 to 202 head of horses. The Warm Springs Wild Horse Herd is known for its colorful Appaloosa coat patterns that are seen on many of the horses. Some of the Appaloosas found in this herd are referred to as "old time Appys" as they have very little mane and tail hair. These horses are of saddle horse type. The most noteworthy stallion that has left his mark on the Appaloosas of Warm Springs HMA is Dollar. Dollar is so named because he is said to have a million "dollars" worth of color being black and having a white blanket with black peacock spots.


America's Living Legends
South Steens Wild Horse Herd

The South Steens Wild Horse Herd Management Area is located in Harney County Oregon, westside of the Steens Mountain in the area of Donner and Blitzen River. The HMA contains approximately 154,000 acres. The appropriate management level is 159 to 304 head of horses. The Steens Mountain Wild Horses are mostly noted for their vivid colors, pintos both overo and tobiano color patterns. Of course, other common colors seen are sorrel, bay, black, brown and grey. Most of the horses are of saddle stock conformation. The bands of these horses seen in their wild state are truly breathtaking.


So there you have it!

All total, there are 64 cards and envelopes. Nice sized, blank inside, great for any occasion! They are standard "A6" size, 4-1/2 x 6-1/4 in size. These would make great Christmas gifts for anyone and especially horse lovers!

To order, go to PayPal and order thru my email of and let me know which ones you want and how many. Shipping will be minimal; add $1.50 per pack of 6 cards and we should be fine. You can mix and match any quantity you want, that we have in stock.

Soon, we will have the current, full color, Christmas cards and prints available from the new artwork for the book!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Giclee Prints

And others ...

Some of you may not have heard of "giclee" (pronounced gee-clay) prints before; I never had until this year. I have one hanging in my living room now, of Mesteno, that Michelle painted. The print looks so much like the original that unless you have the original next to it, you have no idea it's not an original.

The giclee prints we will have available of the artwork from the book will be printed on canvas and put on stretcher bars, just like the original oil painting. We will have them offered for sale either framed or unframed.

We are going to offer a limited number of giclee prints of the various pieces of work, on a pre-order basis. Once we reach the finite number of prints (to be determined shortly), no more giclee prints of that piece will be available. They will be numbered and re-signed by the author.

Explain "Giclee"

I searched on line and found some explanations of what exactly a giclee print is, why it is different, and why it is more sought after, and more expensive, than traditional prints on poster board, water color paper, etc.

The Term : The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
Another, slightly less technical description:

In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. However, it is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is much larger. Giclee prints are a little over a metre wide and are often affectionately referred to as a “knitting machine” as they look very similar.
The quality of a giclee is astounding. The colors, the texture and appearance are so similar to the original and well worth the extra investment!

Once you place an order for a print, either giclee or on poster board or other media, it will take approximately 2-3 weeks to get the print to you. The printer will ship it to Michelle, she will sign it and ship it off to you. If you want it framed, add another week or so to the delivery date. Michelle has a source of some wonderful barn wood frames that are very fitting and suitable for this art!

Prints will be available in a couple different sizes as well. The original size, which in most cases will be 18x24 (I think!), or smaller sizes, like 11x14 or 8x10. The cover art is a different size that the other, standard sized paintings; it's 30x30 in it's original format and will be available in 15x15. We will also be making some posters suitable for framing of the cover art, which will look identical to the book cover, with the title and author/artist names. Those will also be available in custom sizes, on quality paper.

The Christmas cards we will be taking orders on this week. We would like to get a large, pre-purchased order in advance to help cut down the costs. Each card comes with an envelope, will be full color, blank on the inside and will have information on the back describing the scene on the front. They are perfect for any horse lover to send out their Holiday Greetings on and they will be much cheaper than Hallmark cards!

Check back soon ... this will be updated again shortly with prices and information on how to order your prints and cards! A giclee print for that horse lover on your list would be the perfect gift!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A work in progress

Ah, Michelle sent me a photo of the Coyote Lakes painting she is doing.

It's about 75% done. She had to get all the background pieces and colors and shadows in first, then will add the snow. It is snowing on the painting now as I type!

So I thought I would show you what it looks like ... so far ...

Isn't that cool? The chestnut gelding in the middle with the star and the snip is Dusty, the gelding we adopted from that gather (and who is in the original photo) and the black mare and foal out front is Ranger and his dam. Ranger was adopted by my friend Karen and their story is in the book.

I'm so excited! I can't wait to see the finished product! The painting, and the scans for the Christmas cards, should be done in about a week and the Christmas cards will be ready in about 2 weeks! YAY!

And no, I still don't know yet what the cards will sell for but it will be reasonable and there will be a break for quantity buying! So check back here and on the web site and on Facebook for updates!
Oh yeah ... I'm Facebooking now ... and twittering ... and I think all the Facebooking and twittering and blogging are connected ...