Horses, Horses, HORSES!

My daughter Hannah has loved horses since, well… forever! She is now 15 and has never grown out of her horsey passion, today she owns two horses and rides daily. And though she is now a teenager she also hasn’t grown out of a love for colouring. (Okay – I admit it – I haven’t grown out of my love for colouring either!) 😉

HorseCover_CompleteThe other day she had a friend over and they coloured some pages out of our new Horse Colouring Book – thought I’d share one of Hannah’s completed pages with ya.

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If you haven’t yet checked out our horse and dragon colouring books – HAVE A PEEK BY CLICKING HERE!

Happy Thursday!
Micheline

The DRAGON and HORSE Colouring Books are here!!!

Oh man!!! The books are SOOOO beautiful and so affordable – only $6.50 each! We are so excited! YAAAAAYYYY!!! They are available for sale on Etsy and on Amazon both (links are below). And we’ll be doing some local fairs this fall – we’ll be sure to announce when and where. HorseCover_CompleteFrom the brute strength of the Draft horse to the speed and agility of the Arabian, horses have plowed fields, pulled carriages and ridden faithfully into battle for humans throughout the centuries. This collection of beautifully crafted drawings invites young and old alike to re-create the beauty and majesty of the faithful horse – and it’s mystical cousins, the unicorn and Pegasus – in vivid colour. Designed to delight and inspire, artists Micheline Ryckman and Hayden Wolf also include a step-by-step guide to budding artists and horse enthusiasts everywhere to create and colour their own loyal horse companions. Our horse colouring book is NOW available for sale on ETSY! Here are a few more peeks inside this book >>>Horse_04 )neHorse_LogoCenterPageSpread2BuyNowEtys SneakPeek2From Saint George and the Dragon to Puff the Magic Dragon and Cressida Cowell’s modern-day book series, How to Train a Dragon, the lore of dragons passes from one generation to the next. Fearsome, magical and majestic they still have the power to thrill us, scare us and entertain us. This collection of beautifully crafted drawings invites young and old alike to re-create the beauty and ferocity of dragons in vivid colour. Designed to delight and inspire, artists Micheline Ryckman and Hayden Wolf also include a step-by-step guide to budding artists and dragon enthusiasts everywhere to create and colour their own magical creatures. Our dragon colouring book is NOW available for sale on ETSY! Here are a few more peeks inside this book >>>Dragon_19 Dragon_18 )ne CenterPageSpread1BuyNowEtys

Have Horse, Can Colour

From the brute strength of the Draft horse to the speed and agility of the Arabian, horses have plowed fields, pulled carriages and ridden faithfully into battle for humans throughout the centuries.

In addition to contributing to human success, horses have an intriguing role in mythology, represented as unicorn, Pegasus and centaur. That’s why Micheline and I have chosen the horse (and it’s mystical cousins) as a follow-up to our mystical dragons colouring book.

Designed to delight and inspire, this book is also illustrated by Micheline Ryckman and newcomer Hayden Wolf and will include a step-by-step drawing guide along with a collection of stunning, ready-to-colour drawings.

Enjoy the “sneak peek “ inside our new colouring book and be sure to check back for details of how you can win a copy of it, due out this fall.

Cheers 🙂

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The Art of the Humble Horse

I’ve known Micheline’s daughter, Hannah since she was about four years old. In the decade I’ve known her I’ve watched her grow and into a lovely young woman. While it’s normal to outgrow the things you loved as a child there’s one love Hannah has never outgrown; her love of horses.HannahRiding Hannah 13 years_02If you’ve been following our blogs you already know this. You’ve probably seen pictures of Hannah’s horse, Lady and pony, Babe. Maybe you’ve even read some of Hannah’s stories or seen some of her beautiful drawings.

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Hannah isn’t alone in this passion; there’s something special about horses that continues to draw us to them from a very young age. We devote shelf space to Classic books like Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty and watch timeless movies like National Velvet. Famous artwork owes its inspiration to this gentle beast from the stunning The Large Blue Horses painting by German artist, Franz Marc to the bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington.Booksthe-large-blue-horsesWhimsical Publishing has also been inspired by the simple horse. In fact,  WE’RE PUBLISHING A HORSE COLOURING BOOK! With original artwork by house-artist Micheline Ryckman and newcomer Hayden Wolf, this book will also include a step-by-step guide for budding artists and horse enthusiasts everywhere to draw and colour their own stunning horses.

Stay tuned for a sneak peek inside the book and details of how you can win a copy of our new colouring book due out this fall! In the meantime, check out this cool website from Horse Channel on their 30 favourite children’s horse stories: Horse Channel. 🙂

~ Trina

Summer Pastimes

Me, Kayla & Babe

HEY – it’s me, Hannah, I’m back! (That’s me pictured above with a little friend and one of my ponies.) If you have never seen my previous posts please check them out by clicking here >>> How to Draw a Dragon & Our Crazy Animals!

I did it! I finished grade 8 (and part of grade 9 actually… there are some perks to home schooling like; going at your own speed 🙂 ). I’m so happy school is finished and that I am on summer holidays! HOORAY!!! What do you do during the summer – when there’s no school to distract you?

Playing video games is all very well, but in the summer??? No, I think summertime is for getting outside for a walk, going for a bike ride, jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath or… you could simply drop a water balloon on a friend when they aren’t paying attention! 😉 The possibilities are endless!

Summer pastimes may vary, but in my opinion it is the best season!
For two reasons;
1: No school!! :}
2: and well…. NOOOOOO SCHOOL!!! (Hee hee! 😉 )

So what do I do during the summer?

Well… usually I go camping with my family at some point but because we live on a farm far away from downtown and a little distanced from most friends then one needs to get creative; I can train the pigs, play with the chickens, give the horses a bath, go for a walk with the dog, or give the barn cats some attention.

This is one of our newest barn kitties – her name is ‘Mrs. Norris’.
(I know, a very grown-up name for such a little girl!)
This is our other newbie – his name is ‘Eragon’.

I really like to  listen to music and hang out with the animals – sometimes daydreaming, sometimes drawing, or thinking up new ideas for a story. (I actually find that a farm also has its own type of music too: the horses are the beat, walking along, the chickens are the guitar chords, clucking and crowing while the dog is a singer barking at the cats. 😉 ) You could ride in the wood-shed wagon down a hill and have it tip with you still in it and fall – hands and knees – into a puddle. Or you could carry a hen around and see if she eats more grasshoppers than your brother’s hen. You could jump into the horses’ water trough when you’re hot and run – barefoot – around their pen, jumping, playing, rolling in the dirt and then getting back into the water… who knows?!  (Just so ya know – these are all based on VERY real experiences! 🙂 )

This is one of our piglets – her name is ‘Squirt’.
This is my favourite hen – her name is ‘Sweets’.
She is so tame that she’ll eat out of my hand and I can carry her around with me anywhere. 🙂

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!!!!!!!!!
Hannah 🙂