Saturday, February 4, 2017

Believe In Magic


“The world is full of magic things, 
patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” 
~ W.B. Yeats

Magical Things by Sandy Sandy SpiritArtist

Testing out some new (for me) paper. Stonehenge Aqua Cold Press 140# from Legion Paper. I mostly work on Yupo these days, but have also exclusively used Arches for over 4 decades. Really feel rusty working on the cotton, but liked the soft, forgiving, absorbent quality of this sheet. Trying the same image on the Hot Press Stonehenge next. Of course, after using Yupo, these colors really look washed out to me, but I'm getting used to it. This was done wet-in-wet, first wetting both sides of the paper. Your comments and any recommendations for improvements and for working on the HP paper is appreciated.

Have a great weekend and happy creating!!
Thanks for stopping by.
X ♥  O

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Trees Are Not Serious

“Take hold of your own life.
See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious.
The rivers and the oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is fun,
everywhere there is joy and delight.
Watch existence, listen to the existence 
and become part of it.”
― Osho
30 Paintings in Alcohol Ink by Sandy Sandy - Jan. 2017

As some of you who follow my work already know, I've been knee deep this month in creating #30paintingsin30days. I decided to revisit the theme of my very first 30 in 30 back in January of 2013 - Paintings Inspired by Quotes About Trees.

You can see each one of my 2017 alcohol ink paintings close-up on my website blog.
And some of my favorites have already sold, YAY! 

The 30 in30 is a great way to jump start the year! This is the 9th one and 
I highly recommend it if you're not afraid of a little pressure!

Now I'm looking forward to painting something other than trees!
Happy creating!
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and Happiness!
X ♥  O

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Yupo Demo Opportunity

ARTIST OPPORTUNITY - We are looking for someone who's somewhat accomplished with watercolor and/or alcohol ink on YUPO paper who lives in the Salt Lake City, UT area. If you are interested in a paid demo opportunity, at the NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Show), please send a few samples of your work to me at: ssandyssan@gmail.com. Thanks.

Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper by Sandy Sandy
Day 25 - 30 Paintings In 30 Days - Only 5 days to go! 
See all images for the January 2017 Challenge here.

There are still two spots open for my Feb. 5th Alcohol Ink Studio Workshop.
See details here.

“We often miss opportunity because
it's dressed in overalls and looks like work”
― Thomas A. Edison
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and Happiness!
X ♥  O

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Live Your Life's Purpose

“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being.
An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans
and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite 
wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force 
of All that is, will be and ever was.”
~ Anthon St. Maarten


I am so happy to see so many peaceful demonstrations around the country this weekend.  A heartfelt thanks to all the caring women, men and children who participated. We have come so far, to turn back the clocks on knowledge and compassion in place of misinformation and fear.


I am still participating in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge and have painted and posted 22 tree paintings in alcohol ink so far. You can see my daily entries on my website blog here.

First 20 Trees in the 30 in 30 Painting Challenge
  
There are only two weeks left before my Valentines Alcohol Ink Playshop!
I still have three spots available and I am keeping the Early Bird Discount Price until it's filled.
I have some very special projects planned and of course, there's all the usual extras!

"You can do anything if you want it enough.”
~ Cherise Sinclair

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and Happiness!
X ♥  O

Sunday, January 15, 2017

You and Me

“Sometimes the smallest things
take up the most room in our hearts.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh

Here are two of my regular student's paintings, based on my class demo today.
It was their first time using masking fluid on Yupo paper and they both loved the technique.
I don't use masking very much, but have been utilizing it recently for a few of my 30 in 30 pieces.

We used slate and black for the birches. I wrote down the colors that
were used for the backgrounds and listed them under each piece.

Ranger Inks - Bkgd. - Terra Cotta, Pool, Slate
  "Thanks It was fun. Happy with my piece today. ( : Time flies when we are so focused on our art. Never enough time. Grateful that your willing to share your talents." ~ Buck
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I really love how the unique, individual personalities of the makers
always shine out in these alcohol Ink pieces.

Ranger Inks - Bkgd. - Lettuce, Bottle, Denim, Slate

"Thank you Sandy, I was thinking today how blessed we are to have you in our lives.
What wonderful creators we are to have manifested the perfect art teacher and friend." xx ~ Lynne

My colors (see tomorrow)  - Ranger Inks - Bkgd. - Sunset, Willow, Meadow, Latte, Slate

See today's painting, Day 15, now
and my finished painting for "I'll Always Be With You" - Day 16
tomorrow here on my website blog.
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Thanks For Stopping By And For Your Friendship,
X ♥  O

Friday, January 13, 2017

An Old Acquaintence

"I frequently tramped eight or ten miles
through the deepest snow to keep
an appointment with a beech tree,
a yellow birch or an old acquaintance
among the pines." 
~Henry David Thoreau


I based today's painting on one I did for the first 30 in 30 in 2013.
I used masking to preserve a few white areas in the painting.

See today's painting, Day 13, now
and the finished painting for "An Old Acquaintance" - Day 14
tomorrow here on my website blog.
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Thanks For Stopping By And Thanks For Your Friendship,
X ♥  O