Friday, November 13, 2009

Christmas Signs

When I left my job and started selling on Ebay 10 years ago my user name was horsesigns and that's pretty much all I did. I don't paint as many horse signs now but my favorite time of year to do them is Christmas. I love to paint horses with wreaths, decorations, Christmas trees, snowmen, galloping through the snow...

My first one of the Season this year is an elegant dark bay hunter. He reminds me a bit of my thoroughbred Duncan that I had to sell 3 years ago to buy our house. With money being tight we couldn't justify the expense and you know how expensive horses are! I really do miss him. Raised him from the second he was born until he was 4. I hope where ever he is now, he is being loved.

Duncan standing for the first time.

Duncan as a 4 year old.

I will probably have this sign up on Ebay tonight or tomorrow. However, if someone would like to save me the ebay fees, I will offer it today on my blog for the price of $75 plus exact shipping cost to your area.


Split Rock Ranch said...

Beautiful sign (as always!) and Duncan is a gorgeous boy.

Heather said...

Awww, so cute!

We board breeding Quarter Horses... and my Dad calls all the foals "puppies" and is so happy when we have a yard full of "puppies" lol!

Was it hard to decide to leave your job to sell art? How did you know it was time?!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Duncan is so beautiful! I am sure he is being well cared for. The sign is absolutely gorgeous. I love that he's holding a Christmas ornament and wearing a wreath. Lovely. :) Theresa

Akira/Mistress Rose said...

Such a handsome horse! Love the sign as well!


what a gorgeous duncan he is! beautiful work!

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

Handsome fellow that Duncan boy! And a most beautful sign as well. What disipline were you schooling him in when that photo was taken?

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Thank you so much for all the kind comments.
Deborah, I was hoping Duncan would become a nice English pleasure horse. Something I could take on the trails, pop over some jumps and compete in a few local shows.

Heather, It wasn't hard for me to start out on my own. I was working for a company handpainting furniture and selling some on my own when I discovered ebay. At the same time we moved to a thoroughbred farm where I traded feeding the horses for rent/electricity/horse board. So without having to pay for a place to live and only having to feed horses AM & PM, it gave me lots of time to paint during the day. I was lucky! Also fortunate enough to be married to someone with a decent steady job to pay the bills.

Tammie Lee said...

your art is gorgeous! I can see how your signs would be sought after.

Julia Guthrie said...

Hey Jennifer! Thanks for your comment on my blog, good to hear from's so weird, you popped up in my mind only yesterday...I was wishing I had more time to read all my friends blogs more often, & I thought that I hadn't spoken with you in wayyy too long! lol

How weird is that?

My book... 'the company of liars'...amazing book! I finished it today in fact, I've had enormous trouble putting it
I mentioned it on my facebook fan page actually... are you on facebook? I must go check....
(my fanpage is )
Right.. off now to read her 2nd novel ! hehehe

PS. Duncan!! WHat a sweetie :)
And I love your header for 'The night Mare' LOL :) Genius

Kathleen Coy said...

Cool sign, Jen! Duncan is so beautiful, it must have been so hard to sell him.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh he is soo ever did you part with that hunk of horse?
Your work is gorgeous...the Appy in the side bar looks like my sissy's mare Pantz!

I am thinking of having you make me a sign for my Washashe mare...what would you need from me? Fav picture?
Let me know and the Price too.
My Email is:

Thanks so much my dear creative soul!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I'm a horse fan and that sign is gorgeous! We raised many horses and after moving out to the Dakotas...only one remains. I miss them all terribly. Your boy was gorgeous!!

Linda said...

So Sad you couldnt keep Duncan, I regretted selling all three of my ponies, and even handing back on trial ,loan ones. Hes very handsome. Lindax

Janine said...

I love that sign.
I am sorry that you had to sell your Duncan. That must have been hard.