CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 21
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Twenty One ~ Released Summer 2011
There hasn't been a herd this eclectic since series 5 way back in 2005! With a hat trick of running ponies and one rearing beauty this herd hit the starting
gate at full bore and hasn't looked back. Lynn Bean's stunning Appaloosa Peacock leads the way with a Westward Ho, a Hippy and a Native American Passage.
Alas, all are resin again with nary a ceramic to be seen. It's nice to see a couple of new artists in the stable and we welcome them gladly and look forward
to seeing more from them in the future. This entire herd is a must for any collection.
- All of these figurines will have a brass name plate on the front of the base.
- All ponies will have the artist's name stamped on the base. The Trail's designation is Inc.
- All of these ponies will have their edition numbers as well as "Handcrafted in Thailand" stamped on their base.
- The Enesco logo is stamped on as well.
- The copyright date is 2010. This is correct.
- These ponies will all come in a crimson box with a picture of the pony on the front and a write-up by the Trail on the back.
- None of these ponies have been made into life size models.
- All of these ponies are still in production.
Still in Production
This pony is a stunner and an absolute must have for any herd of Painted Ponies. Lynn really raised the bar with this piece. It's done on the rearing
form with the design being all raised resin. The base color is a luminous, pearly white this is simply gorgeous. The peacocks are, for the most part,
identical on both sides. The coloring of the bird is uniform however the positioning of the details, such as the "eyes" of the plumage, are different.
Done in the traditional peacock coloring of iridescent blue-green with tawny underpinnings. The head of the bird rests on the neck of the model and is
bright blue with both an elongated eye and beak. The crest feathers are a triple on the dominant side and a quad on the back side. The front side bird
sports a much larger array of dark blue body feathers followed by the train of flowing tail feathers. The "eyes" are clear and exquisitely detailed and
continue down the entire form of the piece to the tail and down it just a bit. The light tan underfeathers are banded quite nicely. The flip side bird,
as mentioned, has a much smaller formation of dark blue feathers on the top of the body with a bit larger underside of light tan. The trailing feathers
of both birds converge and mingle on the rump and flow together down the tail. What a beautiful effect! Wispy feathers sweep the sides of the model.
Blue-green streaks trail down the tail of the model to the base. Blue-green "eyes" are scattered around the birds on the body, neck and rump of the pony.
The face, which is predominantly pearly white, has small blue-green spots on the cheeks and around the eyes. The ears and nostrils are very lightly outlined
in the blue-green as is the forelock. The eyes are tri-colored. The mane is a lovely blend of blues and greens that have been feathered on with hints of
white underneath. All four hooves are the lightest blue with darker blue banding and details. The legs and underside are pearly white. The base is again
in the pearled white with a single, gorgeous peacock feather resting beneath the hooves. The feather is raised resin giving it texture. The detailing
on this base embellishment is incredible. The outer edges of the base are blue-green. The brass nameplate is in place. Peacock presents with no problems.
Displays best under direct lighting.
Amazing piece, Lynn.
Janee Hughes and Rod Barker of TOPP
Still in production
Westward Ho is a nice piece, a bit like Route 66, but still a nice piece. It's done on the popular running mold which suits the theme very well. The
base color of the pony is a buckskin/tan with dark points. Unfortunately it has come to be known as "the sticker pony" and I'm afraid that will follow
this piece throughout all it's many travels. And apparently it does travel considering the "sticker" art on it. There are too many different icons to
detail them all but a few should be mentioned. I should also point out that the model is completely smooth, nothing raised on this pony. The dominant side
features a large, postcard-like embellishment that reads "Greetings from TEXAS" printed in the 40's style font. A few other notable images include "Navajo
Trail", the head and horns of a Texas longhorn, a cute pair of boots and a Wyoming tag with a beautiful silhouette of a bucking bronco on the hindquarters.
There are several other smaller images on this side. The back side has a completely different set of "stickers". The one I find the most interesting is
a horsehoe shaped one with "Death Valley" stenciled in pink. Yep, pink. One features the "National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City" with another
wonderful silhouette of a horse and rider. "Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona" is represented as well as the "Nebraska Rodeo" and a six shooter. On the chest
of the pony is the "Westward Ho" wagon wheel circled by a lasso. A dramatic "Pony Express" rider rests on the rump of the model. As mentioned, there
are many other little works of "sticker art" on this piece. The mane and tail are a pretty chocolate brown. The forelock and shading of the muzzle and
around the eyes is chocolate brown as well. The eyes are solid black. The legs darken to the brown below the knee and end in four identical dark brown
hooves. Truthfully, the base of this pony is the show stealer. It is fashioned to look like an old traveling valise in a weathered tan leather. It has
four raised resin darker leather colored straps that extend over the side and to the bottom. The corners are made to look like they are reinforced with
plating as do the sides. It even has tiny rivet holes. In the center of the base is a tooled leather colored raised resin valise handle. What a wonderful
touch! Just above the handle is a lone sticker, "Fort Worth...WHERE THE WEST BEGINS" with the third and best silhouette of bucking horse and rider. The
brass nameplate is in place. Westward Ho presents with no known issues but I can see where that nifty handle on the base might break off if handled
roughly. Displays best under indirect lighting to show off those chocolate points.
Peace, Love & Music
Still in Production
Well, this pony is certainly colorful. The artist is a newcomer to the Trail and makes a splashy debut with Peace, Love & Music. It's the second running
mold in this set. I like the piece, it's free spirited and fun. The colors are strong and vibrant and flow nicely in bold strokes and gentle swirls. I
cannot possibly describe this pony in detail but a few things should be noted. First it has texture, all of the different segments of color are outlined in
a bold, raised resin, black line. An odd choice of color for a hippy pony. The front side features a large, red heart right on the barrel that is encircled
in a green, pink and yellow outline heart. The neck has a funky yellow musical note and the flank has a pink peace sign on it. Stars, circles and trailing
strokes in green, blue, orange, purple and blue adorn the rest of this side. The flip side features different designs but the same base primary colors.
The barrel of this side has a line drawn blue and white dove on it with it's abstract head resting on a small red heart. The dove has the only deviation
of design on it. The body color is dark blue, the wing is lighter blue with tiny blue spots that fade to white. The head is white with the same tiny dots
that darken to the blue. Another yellow musical note rests on the back flank. The mane is a kaleidoscope in bold swipes of color, the tail is long, flowing
strokes of color with a white star on each side. The face is a myriad wash of color in small segments. The cheeks both have white stars and a yellow circle
rests in the middle of the forehead. The forelock is bright red and one ear is green, the other yellow. Groovy! The legs have larger blocks of color
running down them, with interesting little blocks scattered on them. The hooves are solid in color, just four different colors...pink, yellow, lavendar
and red. The three hooves situated on the base are in a puddle of their same color. The base is a wonder of psychedelic mystery and magic with a yellow and
red road with multi-colored circles and a hop scotch of hues. The colors continue down the sides of the base. The brass nameplate is in place. This
pony is probably not for everyone but at least give it a good look and then decide. PLM presents with no problems and displays quite well under direct
lighting or out and about the house.
Rites of Passage
Black Pinto Horse, Monte Yellow Bird Sr.
Still in Production
Rites of Passage is a complicated piece. It's a combination of sacred colors and symbols that are a bit overwhelming at first glance. This is the third
and final running pony of this series. The base color of this model is a tree frog green. The front side is dominated by a shoulder shield of raised resin
with a dark red draping cloth with green and white end bands. The shield itself is blue and yellow with hoofprints on the top blue section and a red
handprint on the lower yellow section. A pair of bold black bands flank each side of the handprint while a single resin feather extends down from the palm.
Two pieces of red cord dangle from the end of the feather. The neck of this side is banded with a shaded white that is edged in the lightest of green. This
color also runs from the shield back to the rump and down the barrel. It looks like a flowing river. The neck band features three blue squares, these blue
squares are repeated on the barrel section along with four hoofprints. The back leg flank has a sparse tree of life etched on it with the four colors of
direction flying from the branches. The back side has another shoulder shield that is again draped in a dark red resin cloth with the ends banded in dark
blue. The top of this shield is again light blue with a single star in the middle, while the midsection is striped tan and cream with alternating hoofprints
followed by a lower section of tan. A single resin feather drops from a blue circle just under the star. Four additional feathers dangle from the bottom
section, two on each side of the top feather. Red cords extend from the bottom of the four feathers. Light yellow banding on this side meets the white
on the underside of the model. The light yellow again flows from the shield, across the barrel and over the rump. The two colors meet on the underside
of the barrel and under the tail. The neck banding has four blue circles in a straight line while the barrel banding has four lovely, etched butterflies
gliding among a series of three blue spots. The mane and tail are a mix of smokey brown and white. The tail has resin feathers on each side that are
anchored by small, circular shields of black, red, blue and yellow. Red cords extend from the bottoms of these feathers as well. A small circle of the four
directions is on the chest of the pony. The front legs are banded in red on dominant side and blue on the back side. Red and yellow flame-like designs
extend from the knees to the red hooves. The dominant side back leg has the red/yellow blend starting at the knee and flowing down to the red hoof. The
back side hind leg again has the red/yellow coloring but is encircled with thin, multicolored band from the knee to the ankle. The hoof is red. The face of
Rites is masked with half being blue and the other half being, oddly enough, pink. The front blaze of the mask is blue, black and red horizontal stripes.
The mask does encompass the green ears of the pony. The blue side has a yellow circle around the eye with a green inner circle, this is repeated on the other
side. The eyes are bi-colored. A resin feather extends from the edge of the mask on both sides. Black resin quills poke out from the underside of the
mask toward the throat. The muzzle is a dull light grayish brown color. There is a lot going on with this model. The base is multicolored with blue along
the front edge and pink along the back edge. In the middle is a large feather that covers the entire mid-section of the base. The feather is quite striking
in it's simplicity. Hoof prints march along the front edge of the base and twin triangles cover the back edge. The brass nameplate is in place. Rites
does have problems, mainly those quills. They break easily so beware, they are NOT bendable. Display under direct lighting.
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