Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Fill Your Life With Love

"If you don't fill your days with love,
you are wasting your life."
~ James Broughton
Learn • Love • Create
FUNdamentals of Alcohol Ink

Online Workshop Starts September 2016
(Registration Opens in August)

We all come from different places and have unique experiences in life.
That's what makes you - you and me - me, and I think that our art should reflect that.

It's not just about techniques . . .
By sharing my journey, my way and my inspiration, I encourage you to
explore your passions more fully and find your own "love driven" way of creating.

Make a written list of everything you love, then let your art express that list.

and receive FUNdamentals of Alcohol Ink ECourse Updates.

Thanks for your friendship.
Happy Spring and Happy Creating!!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Drawing is FUN!

“Drawing is a frame of mind,
a loving embrace, if you will."
~ Susan Avishai

Do 8 Drawings in 15 minutes!
Discover how you can drastically increase your drawing skills,
when you sketch for just 15 minutes a day!
Models at Sandarosa Studio

Everything has a gesture!
Although often used as warm up for a life drawing session,
gesture drawing is an important exercise in developing skill in drawing.
Drawing from life uses different "muscles" than drawing from a photo does.
The brain processes 3D objects differently than when viewing flat, 2D reference. 
See more about gesture drawing  here:

Models. Timer and 2 Minute Sketches

I downloaded a Simple Interval Timer for my iPad and
set up 16) sets of 2 min. each with 10 sec. in-between.

8 Drawings in 15 Minutes

Start the session and sketch for 2 minutes,
then turn (the model) 1/4 turn every 2 minutes.
For 16 sessions, I can draw 4 views each
of four different models in just 33 minutes.
If you only have 15 minutes to spare, just do 8!

A Quick Watercolor Wash is Added

"Draw, as much and as often as you can.
When drawing lies fallow,
the skill diminishes."
~ Gene Black

Gesture drawing is not just for figure drawing anymore!!
See more about 6 step sketching here.

Thanks for your friendship.
Happy Spring and Happy Creating!!

X ♥  O

Monday, March 14, 2016

Celebrating 1,000 Blog Posts with a Painting Giveaway!

“A purposeful act or extension of kindness
to another is never wasted,
for it always resides in the hearts of all
involved in a chain of love.”
~ Molly Friedenfeld

I wanted to do something special to commemorate my 1,000th blog post here. Since I started blogging over eight years ago, the online landscape has really changed. My SandySandyArt.com art blog has grown and evolved along the way. To celebrate, I would like to "pay it forward" and offer a giveaway of an original painting. Pictured below is a selection of some recent black, ceramic tiles, hand painted with alcohol inks by yours truly. Some are done with stencils, some using canned air and some are a combination of both. They come ready to exhibit, with hooks on the back for hanging and an acrylic easel for table top display.

Alcohol Inks on Black Ceramic Tiles by Sandy Sandy

Today's winner is a caring, positive, generous lady who has paid it forward, many times over, to others in the community. The first person I would like to nominate is Molly Gummerson.  She's a busy mom and artist who always finds time to help out at the local art center in Medford, NJ, MAC. Molly is unselfish with her time and her talents. Thank you Molly for your kindness, recent referral and your altruistic spirit. Congratulations! Please be the first to pick out the tile you would like to own, then email me at: sandy@sandysandy.com with the tile letter and description along with your mailing address or to make pick up arrangements.

Here is a photo of our inking group that was here over the weekend for the St. Paddy's Day Workshop. You can see that we were all having a grand ole time!

Sandy Sandy's 2016 St Paddy's Day Alcohol Ink Workshop
Below is the work produced by students here on Sunday. I am impressed with such a high caliber of results even though three of the participants were complete newbies! Everyone was helpful and encouraging to each other and so much fun and progress was experienced by all.

Alcohol Ink on Black Tiles - Student Creations - 3-13-16
 Thanks for stopping by and for commenting if you did.

If you'd like to nominate someone deserving of my 1K blog post "pay it forward" award,
please leave a comment with a link to where we can see more about their good deeds.
Thanks again, please pay it forward and Happy Creating!!

X ♥  O

Thursday, March 3, 2016

What is in a Name?

"Manipulative people do not understand
the concept of boundaries.
They are relentless in their pursuit of what they want
and they have no regard for who gets hurt along the way."
~ Lifehack

A couple of days ago, I got a message from Facebook that I had to confirm my name.
They required that I upload various documents to confirm my ID. Although they say; "The name you use on Facebook doesn't have to be the name on your government-issued IDs.", they seem to have an issue (after eight years) with my name, Sandy Sandy. They also state; "We understand that the name you use in everyday life might be different from your legal name. We want you to be able to use the name you most identify with on your Facebook profile." So far I have sent them a copy of my driver's license with my legal name, Sandra Sandy, and 6 other scans of documents with my "everyday" name SANDY SANDY. They are supposedly reviewing my documents and all my facebook accounts are still locked - my art page, my studio page and groups I administer. I am unable to get onto facebook at all and I really feel like I am being harassed. 

The information I found on the web states that "As it stands, the authentic name policy too often is used as a tool of harassment, and Facebook continues allowing that to happen.
The fake name reporting process is opaque and imperfect. Facebook has said it does not use algorithms to crawl through usernames and instead relies on snitches. When an account is flagged, the company says a real person with two thumbs looks into the report and decides whether to lock the account and request documents. Unfortunately, this means a lot of legitimate, legal names often end up flagged.
What Facebook has done is create a system that forces compliance or isolation. And worst of all, it places the power with harassers—as if the Internet needed more of that." ~ Nadia Drake

I can only hope the issue will be resolved soon. It is a shock to be the victim of such a malicious act where over eight years of building online friendships and relationships can be destroyed overnight. I don't know if this was just a random act of cruelty or some kind of "throw a major roadblock up to my art career" kind of jealousy. I'm hoping it was random.

So beware, because just about anybody is at risk! Any enemies known or otherwise could change your Facebook presence overnight. Although Facebook is "free" I may now be paying for using it, big time.

A Rainbow of Love • Sold

Thanks so much for your friendship and please wish me luck.

X ♥  O

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Joy Is The Feeling

“Happiness is part of who we are. 
Joy is the feeling.”
~ Tony DeLiso

"When you are joyful, when you say yes to life 
and have fun and project positivity all around you, 
you become a sun in the center of every constellation, 
and people want to be near you.”
~ Shannon L. Alder 
Hummingbird Happiness • Sold

Joy is in the Air • Sold

King of the Yard Sold

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.”
~ Ashley Smith

Thanks so much for your friendship. Have a joy filled day!

X ♥  O

Sunday, January 31, 2016

One Opportunity Leads To Another

“We often miss opportunity 
because it's dressed in overalls 
and looks like work”
~ Thomas A. Edison

As you can see, and probably already know if you're reading this, my theme this time around was black tiles painted in alcohol inks. I learned a lot and grew in skill and knowledge during this challenge, which in my mind, is really what it's all about. It is a wonderful opportunity and I would encourage anyone reading this, no matter what your age or temperament,  to roll up your sleeves and dig in the next time a challenge comes your way. Just Believe you can do it, and you will succeed!

IT"S THE END of the Jan 2016 - 30 in 30 Challenge! Only three days to save 33% on the purchase of any of the elegantly framed paintings in this collection! See the complete alcohol inks on black tiles collection here.
No matter how old you are now. You are never too young or too old for success or going after what you want. Here’s a short list of people who accomplished great things at different ages:
1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Comăneci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream."
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and 49 years old when he wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote "The Hunger Games"
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote "The Cat in the Hat".
40) Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats
45) Nelson Mandela was 76 when he became President”

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

"The intelligent man is one
who has successfully fulfilled
many accomplishments,
and is yet willing to learn more."
Ed Parker

X ♥  O