Monday, August 31, 2015

Feeling The Beauty Of Color and Form

"As the sun colors flowers, 
so does art color life."
~ John Lubbock

30 Paintings in 30 Days - 9/2015 -Sneak Peak

Tomorrow I will be starting my 6th
30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.
So you'll be seeing a lot more blog posts here from me in September!

September 2015 - 30 in 30 Challenge sign up

I  have started "painting ahead" for the challenge. It's allowed and as a five time veteran, I highly recommend it because it really takes the pressure and stress away. It's such a great feeling knowing you have a few extras in your arsenal that you can post when life gets in the way or the day's work is a disaster. 

As you can see by my sneak peak, my theme this time around will again be abstracts painted in alcohol inks. 

Everyday I'll also be posting a picture of my art hanging in an exclusive penthouse setting, with a link to order your very own affordable print of the painting. Each piece will be offered in a wide variety of sizes and on lots of different surfaces from cards and canvases to shower curtains.
My goal this time around is to continue to feel the flow and experiment with the beauty of color and form. I'd also like to connect with old friends and make new ones too. And of course, I look forward to getting my art into the hands of some new collectors! You can see my current abstract print offerings from
my last 30 in 30 challenge and beyond, on my website, here.

 If you are an artist, up for an incentive to paint a lot more this coming month, GO AHEAD AND GIVE IT A TRY! It really turbo-charged my painting career
back in January, 2013! You've got ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO LOSE!
 Find out all about it here.

Here's an overview of my past challenges:

The January 2013 Collection:

September 2013 - Second Challenge Series:

January 2014 - Third Challenge Collection:

September 2014 - Fourth 30 in 30 Collection:

January 2015 - Fifth 30 in 30 Collection: 

Wishing each and every one of you all the best in life.
Thanks so much for following along and cheering me on again in my journey.
Happy creating and/or collecting!

"Life beats down and crushes the soul and
art reminds you that you have one." 
~ Stella Adler

X ♥  O

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Purge, Emerge and Flourish

"If we go for the easy way,
we never change."

~ Marina Abramovitt

Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile

My September Alcohol Ink Workshop
is now more than half filled.
Don't get shut out! For information and to register,
please go here.

Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile

AND new workshops have just been added for 2015.

Including a Watercolor Workshop on Sat., October 3rd.
We'll be painting trees on cotton rag and Yupo paper!

 Enjoy what's left of your summer.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating!

X ♥  O

Monday, August 17, 2015

Color Your World

"Art is the only way to run away
without leaving home." 
~Twyla Tharpe

"Mesmerized" Alcohol Ink Abstract Prints
It has been nearly a month since my last blog post here! The summer just kind of got away from me. I've been immersed with painting, planning and holding classes, workshops and Drink and Ink events. And there are so many hungry hummingbirds to feed (2 gallons of nectar a day) here at The Sandarosa. Then there's grass to cut, flowers to water and manicure and dozens of other critters to care for. Needless to say we have been occupied.

Amid the hustle of summertime life here on the farm, I did manage to finally get twenty-seven of my alcohol ink abstracts, including the one pictured above,  uploaded to a print-on-demand site. Many favorites are now available for purchase as art on canvas, paper, metal and acrylic in many sizes and 72 varieties. Pillows, shower curtains, tote bags, greeting cards and cell phone covers are also now offered. Numerous items would make affordable, unique gifts. It's not too early to get a head start on holiday gift giving either. Please take a look! I'd love to hear your feedback. You can browse my large selection of abstract prints-on-demand here.

I hope what's left of your summer is going well everybody.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating!
 X ♥  O

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Real Secret Is ...

“This is the real secret of life; 
to be completely engaged with 
what you are doing in the here and now. 
And instead of calling it work, 
realize it is play.”
~ Alan W. Watts
a. "Rising" ~ 8 x 10" matted original a.i. painting

Today I played with an alcohol ink color combination I had never tried before. It is packaged together by Ranger Industries, so I wanted to give these three hues a workout. These two paintings were both done with blowing the ink around - (painting a - with canned air) and (painting b - with my new mini air compressor). Both were done working with the same three colors: Cranberry, Lettuce and Eggplant. I found it to be an interesting mix of colors and plan on continuing my search for knowledge of what we can do together.

b. "Same High Moment" ~ 8 x 10"original a.i. painting

The piece below is one I've had on my table for a week or so. Today, subconsciously I added some highlights with white to the totally abstract background. I think spirit is trying to tell me something here.

"Ancient Spirit" ~ 10 x 8" a.i. matted on Yupo
What do you see?

BTW  - My horse, Rita, is doing very well, in case you were wondering.
Thanks again to all of you for rallying for her recovery from Potomac Horse Fever.

I'm patting myself on the back today for completing another blog post here
within a week instead of two this time! LOL ...

I hope your summer is continuing to go well everyone.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating!
X ♥  O

Sunday, July 12, 2015

We Are All Part Of A Great Whole

"None of us is as smart as all of us." 
~ Kenneth Blanchard

"Follow Your Bliss" ~ Original 10 x 8" Matted A.I. on Yupo
 It's been a hectic, (mostly good) two weeks since my last blog post here!
I'm going to recap in blog order from most recent to oldest news.

The painting above, was one of many done yesterday in alcohol inks
using my new toy  tool.

What fun it is to blow the inks around!

"Rendezvous" ~ Original 5 x 7" Matted A.I. on Yupo

The alcohol ink workshop here at the studio on July 9th was so much fun
and overall, I think speaking for everyone, a wonderful learning and sharing event.

The next scheduled Alcohol Ink Workshop here at Sandarosa Studio
will be on September 10th! Most of the artists said they're coming back.

 I had a scare with my mare, Santa Margarita. She got real sick early last week, had a fever and was not eating.  She was treated with IV antibiotics for Potomac Horse Fever and seems to be recovering from the ordeal. Yesterday was the first day all week she ventured out into her pasture to eat some grass. Thanks to everyone on facebook who sent out caring, healing thoughts and prayers.

Braveheart is such a joy and is integrating into the family nicely.

Here's Braveheart's very first portrait. He's definitely part of the family now!
(Braveheart - 12 weeks old) 10 x 8" dbl. matted and framed alcohol ink painting.

I hope your summer is going well.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating!
X ♥  O

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Summertime Blues

"You ought to have seen what I saw on my way
To the village, through Mortenson's pasture to-day:
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!"

~ Robert Frost

Hand Painted, Signed 4 x 4" Ceramic Tile with Display Easel

We had a humdinger of a storm with tornado winds here in South Jersey on Tuesday, June 23rd. Along with thousands of others, we lost power for three days, which seemed more like a week. The strong winds brought down lots of trees on our property, but all our buildings and animals were spared.


We are lucky. The power is back on here but clean up continues to the distant sound of chain saws and generators.  

Some of our neighbors are not so fortunate. Many huge trees took down electric lines. These folks are still without power, waiting for assistance.

The tornado had a field day at the home of a neighbor of my friend. Their insurance company has yet to return their calls and they were told by a contractor that there is well over 100,000 in damages to this old log cabin.

Sometimes there just
"ain't no cure for the summertime blues". 

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe and happy creating!

X ♥  O