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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 10, 2012 06:53

Smartphones are a new way of taking your information with you, accessing it at a moment’s notice, and sharing that information in a convenient manner. Styles and name brands vary, but the point of a smartphone is to be able to connect with people through up to 3 ways:

1) Web Browsing – This is the easiest to understand, since it is like opening a web page on your computer and surfing the internet, except you can do this right from your phone to look up a product’s website, look up a phone number or address, or look up your favorite news site.

2) Apps – This is short for applications, and these are small parts of software that do various singular tasks. Some of them connect to the internet, and some do not. Facebook is an example of an app, but so is a simple app like a calculator.

3) Email – Smartphones are a wonderful way of streamlining all of your email accounts into one device for easy reference and replying. They are so convenient that you can access them with a touch of a finger. Darryl Tanasychuk,

Mobile Department Visions Electronics 2731 Faithful Ave Saskatoon,

Saskatchewan S7K 7C3

kiosk19@visions.ca 306-664-3666 Phone 306-664-4441 Fax

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Equine Enterprise Profile: Thunderfoot Studio with Vivian Harder by Carol M. Upton

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 3, 2012 14:45



Drawing and painting horses has come naturally to Vivian Harder and is always at the heart of her work in Thunderfoot Studio.  She has owned horses her entire life, knows their anatomy intimately, and strives to bring their spirit and power to every painting she does.

Harder’s artistic talent appeared in early childhood and she sold her first horse painting at age 14.  After graduating art school, she started out by freelancing logos and brochures.

“It was a job but I had no passion for it.  I decided I wanted to work in the horse industry and paint horses.  I live in Langley B.C., where every farm has horses, so I was lucky that a market for my work existed here.”

Harder describes the development of her equine art business as an “ongoing dance”.  This dance includes attending endless trade and art shows, handing out brochures, getting into galleries, volunteering, networking with the equine industry, and painting, painting, painting.  No two days are ever the same.  She may be creating packaging graphics for horse treats one minute and finishing a commission of galloping horses the next.

“I always start my equine paintings with accurate illustrations, drawing inspiration from photos, memories and reference material from my horsey lifestyle; then I put those things aside and let my free spirit take me where it will.”

Harder’s joy is working with horses and their people, learning something new each day and finding creative freedom.  Her greatest challenge is in marketing, as it is for so many equine businesses.  She would prefer to just paint and not have to work the business side, but she knows that is unrealistic.

Overcoming such a challenge is not easy.  Harder has joined equestrian and artist groups whose members offer support and networking opportunities.  Aside from talent, the advice she offers to those who would like to start a career in equine art is to be outgoing, find your market and introduce your work to them.  It is important to be visible.

Future plans for Thunderfoot Studio include seeking more representation.  Harder feels that the less time she spends on marketing, the more time she can spend in her studio, where luminous colors and sleek equine images bloom, and she can continue creating the fresh, imaginative work that is uniquely hers.

Vivian Harder’s life-long joy has been sharing her art with others and she is known for her unique style of painting, which combines realism with the creativity of vibrant, sensual strokes of color in oils and watercolors. A love of animals and nature, combined with a compelling desire to draw and paint have been the artistic driving forces in Vivian’s life since she was a young child. Visit Vivian at www.thunderfootstudio.com

Carol Upton (604) 886-8951
Dreams Aloud Promotions
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