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Talk about recycling!! A horse made from TIRES!

You all know that I am amazed by artistic talents.  Floored.  How do people think this stuff up?  I can barely think about what I have to do in a day – let alone figure out how to make a horse out of TIRES!

But, some people are just wired that way.  Creative types (I’m smiling as I write this).

So I saw this photo of Blake McFarland and his horse sculpture made from tire parts.


Hmmmm, I thought… that is very interesting, I wonder what else he has done…

So, I found the Blake McFarland website.  And this is what I saw:


           Recycled materials artist Blake McFarland uses recycled rubber tires to create amazing life-like sculptures of tire animals. Each Sculpture uses strategically placed tires which are woven and secured, creating amazing muscle-like definition of the animals. Each recycled  tire sculpture takes around one month to complete and has amazingly detailed features. Blake McFarland loves being able to be eco-friendly by using 100% recycled tires to make his distinctive tire sculpture art. To see the animals in person is a true visual experience but until then check them out on the tire sculptures page.

               Blake Also uses 100% recycled natural wine corks to create mural pictures of amazingly detailed pictures or words. Blake uses between 200  to 4,000 wine corks in each of Picture. They have a very natural and sophisticated feel to them that look great in any setting.

              Blake began his art career painting ocean scenery with acrylics. After a couple of years he longed for something more unique.  Blake combined one of his passions, surfing, with art by painting local Bay Area scenes on surfboards.  To expand his artistic resume he also crafted aged wine barrels into wine and glass racks. Inspired by the current “green movement”, it was not until 2013 he finally found his calling in tire sculptures. These tire sculptures are by far the most detailed oriented and fondest art pieces he has ever created. It takes over a month to create one sculpture due to the amount of detail put into each piece. Blake loves the fact that tire sculpture art is not only visually appealing, but also eco-friendly. Each tire is 100% recycled and would be sitting in a landfill if not for this specific art. Blake portrays the animal’s muscle structure and fur using tires with different treads and widths. It is safe to say that Blake has finally found his niche in art, one in which he is extremely passionate about and is looking forward to what the future brings.


Yup, in his spare time, Blake McFarland is a major league pitcher!!  That’s baseball…

From the website:

               Blake was born and raised in beautiful San Jose, CA and is proud to have his art showcased in a local settings. Blake excelled in athletics during high school. Blake received a scholarship to San Jose State University for baseball where he was named Rookie of the Year and First Team all WAC conference pitcher. Blake graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in Psychology, achieved many athletic accolades and was on the presidents honor roll.   In June of 2011 Blake began his professional baseball career with the Toronto Blue Jays

organization as a pitcher. In 2013 he was named a Mid-Season All-Star in the High A affiliate for the Blue Jays in Dunedin Florida. In 2014 Blake posted a 2.89 ERA between High A and Double A in New Hampshire. During the Fall in 2014 Blake did not allow a single run in the highly competitive Arizona Fall League. Blake was added to the Blue Jays 40 man roster following his outstanding 2015 season. Artwise, Blake was named “Artist of the Week” by Gallery 85 in 2013. In 2014 his Cougar sculpture won best in show at the Pal Alto Art League competition. Blake had his most recent artwork featured on the national stage at the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Blake’s artwork has been showcased in many art galleries around California and various online galleries as well. Blake is currently still playing for the Toronto Blue Jays organization and during his off season devotes an abundance of his time into being the best artist he can be. Blake currently resides in San Jose with his wife Jessica, where he enjoys being with family and friends, surfing, training for baseball, and pursuing his artistic future in tire sculpture.


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Our art gallery in Paso Robles is a co-op where local artists rent their section/space where they display their work in a museum/retail environment.  If the artist is there, you have an opportunity to chat and often watch them work.  I love going there!

Well, on Friday, I was downtown and had time to kill… so I ran over to the art gallery to check out what was new.


I am in love and covet this enormous charcoal drawing of mini donks.  I think the drawing is actually bigger than lifesize.  It is 8ft x 6 ft.  HUGE.

THIS charcoal drawing is 8ft x 6 ft. It is HUGE!!! I LOVE IT AND I COVET IT.

A closer view.

He also had a cat… it was huge, too! After I spoke to the artist, he said he was still perfecting this one…

Up close…

This is a photo I grabbed from a small video on his website. My photo is small but the drawing is HUGE.  Bunny in a basket.  Perfect for Easter.

THE ARTIST – JOE THOMAS from Fat Goat Farm!

This photo is from the website. It is kinda small and hard to make-out… but it is the artist, standing in their fruit orchard, drawing on a huge sheet of paper.

The artist was not in the room, but there were cards.  I grabbed one.   Joe Thomas from Fat Goat Farm. 

I ran to my car and texted him – I was so excited about the donkeys.  I asked how he protected the drawing (charcoal on paper) and if he knew of a framer that could handle his work carefully.

He told me that he puts glassine paper over them and rolls them up for transport – easy.  And, there is a local framer who works with his pieces all the time.

Covet. Covet. Want.


So when I arrived home,  I ran to my computer to look up the Fat Goat Farms Facebook page.

Lo and behold, I saw the models for the drawing I love – Klaus and Frankie.

I am thinking that he captured the expression of the donks so well because they are his donkeys and he knows them…

This is the artist with Klaus and Frankie.

Could you imagine being able to work on a huge canvas (paper) like this, in your beautiful orchard?!

Also on the Fat Goat Farm FB page, I saw that they grew grapes for a wonderful restaurant/vintner in the area.  And, they grow organic fruit.  Yum.  But the best part by far, is that they also have a bevvy of little animals and huge dogs!  Of course I love this.  When I retire, I will have another set of English Mastiffs and as many mini animals as we can afford!


I love this Shetland! What a great drawing that face would be, eh?!

Sunning mastiffs. Reminds me of our English mastiffs, Nomar and Nadia.

He looks a bit unhappy – a Maine Coon! Another great face!

Beautiful figs.

Pomegranates, my fave.

CONTACT THIS ARTIST – Joe Thomas (no affiliation – I wish!)

Here is the contact information to see more of his work or purchase what I’ve shown you!

Joe Thomas:  310-804-5091


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