Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday / Small Business Saturday 50% OFF SALE!

"Anyone who says you can't see a thought 
simply doesn't know art." 
~ Wynetka Ann Reynolds

I am celebrating BLACK FRIDAY / SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY this year with an incredible end of the year sale! From 12:01am on BLACK FRIDAY, Nov. 28th until 11:59 pm on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, Nov. 29th, I am offering 50% off ALL ORIGINALS on my website! 

Please stop by my website ahead of time and see all the original artworks that may interest you. Art purchased during this sale will be gift wrapped free of charge, at your request and is guaranteed to get to you or your recipient by the holidays. (Full price will be charged at PayPal check-out, but I will promptly send back a refund for 1/2 of the price of the painting.) You can also call me at 609-268-9106 to order over the phone with a credit card or visit my studio to see the art in person.

I am also offering a free 2015 desk calendar to accompany every original painting purchased! 

Don't know what to buy? I now offer Gift Certificates that can be used for paintings, prints, calendars, classes and workshops. A 25% refund of the purchase price will be applied during this sale. 

Thank you for your support. Please spread the word and help keep small American businesses like mine alive! 

X ♥  O

Monday, November 24, 2014

Only 30 Days Until Christmas!

"Time is a dressmaker
specializing in alterations."
~ Faith Baldwin

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Twilight Friend~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper

Yikes! Where has this year gone? I can hardly believe how fast the time goes anymore. There are only thirty days left until Christmas and after that, 2014 is as good as gone.  I constantly feel like I'm playing catch up these days. As a friend of mine always says, "The faster I go, the behinder I get." Oh well, I guess I'm not alone. I hear this sentiment more and more these days.

I spent the day designing and ordering some more calendars and I hope you'll take a look. I've always found if I can find some unique gifts and buy in bulk, it helps reduce the stress of gift giving. (ie: This year, everyone is getting calendars!) There's a reason that vendors set up all those calendar kiosks in the malls. Calendars really are an exceptional gift because it is something one can use and enjoy the whole year through! They are great for those hard to buy for folks too!  Please take a look and consider my desk and wall calendar offerings this year. I think they are a good deal and will have a wide range of appeal for many people on your gift giving list.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying life!
Thanks for stopping by!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do You Doodle?

“Man is so made, 
that he can only find relaxation 
from one kind of labor, 
by taking up another. ”
~ Anatole France

alcohol inks on Yupo paper

I think an important part of the creative process is allowing the "right brain" to dominate and take control of the matters at hand. Too often, I hear that critical "left brain" voicing it's know-it-all opinions when things start to go wrong. The annoying, detractive, subconscious mumblings seem to take pleasure in trying to undermine my intuitive, creative muse.

Nowadays, when I start to hear that destructive chatter, I can usually refocus and settle back into "the zone" fairly quickly. One of the sure fire ways I regroup is to take a deep breath and do a little doodling. Mindful doodling has been proven to relax the mind and encourage creativity. There are many videos and information online on "Zentangle", a somewhat new, more methodized and commercialized form of the art. The truth is, you don't need a kit, a manual or any special supplies to get started. Just look at some of the great doodle art other people are doing out there and get inspired!

This painting started out as an experiment and I thought a probable reject. Near the end, I got a phone call from a friend and started doodling on it with a white pen. After relaxing, doodling and letting the piece tell me what it wanted, I was very happy with the end result. I posted it online yesterday and it is already sold! Yay! Lesson learned. Listen to your intution and get into "the zone". It might just save the day, or at least the painting of the day!

What do you do when that "left critical brain" rears it's ugly head? How do you relax? Can you offer some tips on what works for you?

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy creating!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


"Trees are sanctuaries. 
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
and whoever knows how to listen to them,
can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach, undeterred by particulars,
the ancient law of life."
~ Hermann Hesse

2015 Wall Calendar by Spiritartist Sandy Sandy
Order Yours HERE 

This beautiful 8.5 x 11" wall calendar is spiral bound on premium heavy weight glossy card stock, (with a mat surface on the calendar side) and features 20 tree paintings by yours truly. These vibrant paintings were all done in watercolor on Yupo paper and each image is accompanied by the unique quote that inspired it. Order one for yourself and all the tree lovers on your holiday gift list!

They are available for a limited time only, at $19.99 each,
through January 31, 2015 or until supply lasts.

"I bought one today and it is truly awesome!" ~ Lee Gates

Thanks for stopping by!

X ♥  O

Monday, November 10, 2014

Going With The Flow

“Planning is helpful. If you don’t know what you want, you’ll seldom get it. But, no matter how well you plan, you will fare better if you expect the unexpected. The unexpected, by nature, comes unseen, unthought, unenvisioned. All you can do is plan to go unplanned, prepare to be unprepared, make going with the flow part of your agenda, for the most successful among us envision, plan, and prepare, but cast all aside as needed, while those who are unable to go with the flow often suffer, if they survive.” ~ David W. Jones

The Flow of Nature

I've been neglecting my blog lately and I apologize to anyone who looks forward to their regularity. After a hectic October, going with the flow here at The Sandarosa has me enjoying a more relaxed appreciation for life and nature's seasonal glory. Late autumn is a perfect time to reorganize, recharge and reflect. 

I gave my first Alcohol Ink Workshop at the Center for the Arts of Southern NJ on Saturday and it was a huge success! I have been asked to hold another one there and have plans to offer a workshop again in February.

I'm excited to announce that I am publishing my first ever, wall calendar for 2015 ~ FOR THE LOVE OF TREES! It is 8 x 11", printed on glossy card stock and features 20 tree paintings with the quotes that inspired them. They are already on their way and as soon as I receive them, they will go on sale online and at my studio for the introductory price of only $19.99 each! 

A great gift for tree-lovers!

Keep a look out for my calendar announcement.
Quantities are limited!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope everyone reading this is well and enjoying life.


X ♥  O

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ARRRRRR, It 'Twas A Jolly Good Month!

It was one of those joyful, eventful months, 
full of autumnal days which occur even 
more perfectly in memory than in life.

I didn't do much painting this month, except for the past
 week, when some Halloween images were just begging
to be released from their alcohol inky backgrounds.

Paintings inspired by the season. Email for purchase info.

And WOW! I didn't expect this award from the Alcohol Ink Artists Group on facebook. 

I'm touched and have never won a medal before.

"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, 
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, 
sermons in stones, and good in everything." 
~ William Shakespeare

See price and specifications here.

When witches go riding and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,‘tis near Halloween.

From "The Birds" / 1963 Horror film
"I think we're in real trouble. I don't know how this started or why, 
but I know it's here and we'd be crazy to ignore it... The bird war, 
the bird attack, plague - call it what you like. They're amassing 
out there someplace and they'll be back. You can count on it... 
Unless we do something right now!"

See price and specifications here.

Here's a short explanation of why you haven't
seen many blog posts from me lately . . . .

October was a month full of fun and excitement here at The Sandarosa.

It started off with my parents' two week visit and our annual art event here at the studio. Then my sister, Gaile, from Florida, visited in the middle. And our friends, Dorrie and Dave's visit topped off the end. There were so many laughs, games, celebrations, great food, day trips and adventures along the way! 

Cap'n Happy and Scallywag Sandy Celebrate The Season With Piratude!

ARRR! Cap'n Happy an 'yers truly was out spreadin' the Piratude and celebratin' the season this year at both Harrah's and Borgota Casino parties in Atlantic City! The costumes and decorations were phenomenal.

I've got lots of photos taken over the past month on facebook here. If you can't see them, send me a friend request.

I hope you are enjoying your fall season too. 

Happy creating and remember to enjoy the little things!


X ♥  O