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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Six Steps to Sensational Sketches

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

Come learn how to draw a hummingbird
in the Six Steps to Sensational Sketches Technique

6 Steps to Sensational Sketches from Sandy Sandy on Vimeo
Happy Father's Day & Summer Solstice!

X ♥  O

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Art, Visitors, Flowers and a Kitten

“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy,
but I couldn't find the time to do it."
~ Todd Stocker

My parents are visiting and we are having fun creating with alcohol inks.
Look how nice mom's first alcohol ink tile turned out!

A happy family adopted two of Sally's Kittens.
The look on these boys faces' says it all.
Love at first sight!

And we adopted the third. Meet Braveheart.
We are really smitten with this kitten!
He has moved into our hearts and our home
after a clean bill of health from the vet on Thursday.

We finally caught feral mom cat, Sally, with the help of this drop trap.
We are thrilled that we caught the kitten's
mom after trying for almost a year!

We're caring for an array of flowers, the horse and outside feral cats. 
 There is always lots of work to be done
here at the Sandarosa, but I guess
we wouldn't have it any other way!

 Hope your summer is going well. 
It's been really hot here the past couple of days. 
Stay cool, happy creating and have a nice weekend!

X ♥  O

Sunday, May 24, 2015

To Dream of Kittens

“A kitten is,
in the animal world, 
what a rosebud is in the garden.”   
~ Robert Sowthey

Feral cat, Sally's kittens just came out of hiding.

We were starting to get nervous
and had even discussed ripping up the hay shed floor
to get to them because we knew they were underneath. 

They were 6 weeks old on Wednesday
and they are ever so precious. 

We already have an adoptive family for two of them.
I have been spending time with them everyday
and today one of them even sat on my lap!

Hopefully we can catch them
and start the socializing process this coming week.
I'll keep you updated.
Wish us luck!! 

Happy creating and have a nice holiday weekend!

X ♥  O