Monday, March 2, 2015

A Wonderful Surprise!

"There is magic in long-distance friendships. 
They let you relate to other human beings in a 
way that goes beyond being physically together 
and is often more profound." 
~ Diana Cortes

"Birds & Bees" by Sheila Delgado
Matted 8 x 10" Original Mixed Media

Today I received this amazing belated birthday/early spring gift in the mail from my online blogging buddy, Sheila Delgado. She had asked me for my address a while back and I didn't give it a second thought until this morning when this beautiful original painting arrived at my door! This painting, "Birds and Bees", was one of my favorites by Sheila from the January 2015 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Sheila and I met online a few challenges back and have been communicating ever since. I am so excited to own one of her gorgeous paintings! I have it right here on my desk on a display easel by my computer. It is so nice to have something so special and physical here from her to remind me that our virtual friendship goes beyond the boundaries of distance. Thank you so much Sheila girl! You are loved and appreciated more than you can ever know!

"Flower House" by Pam Schoessow
5 x 7" Original Watercolor with display easel

I also traded art pieces with another dear online blogging friend and received this awesome whimsical original from Pam Schoessow on Saturday. Thank you so much Pam! I adore your paintings!! It also is right here in front of me by my computer, right next to Sheila's. 
With original artwork by a couple of my favorite artists and online friends, I really feel the love and inspiration!!

Thanks to Sheila and Pam and to all of you
for your continued friendship and feedback.

Happy creating everyone!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Into The Light

"Oh yes! He loved yellow, did good Vincent.
When the two of us were together in Arles, 
both of us insane, we were constantly at war 
over beautiful colors."
~ Paul Gauguin

"Into The Light"
~~~~~~~~16 x 12" Alcohol Ink On Yupo, matted to 20 x 16"~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~     ~~~After Vincent van Gogh's "Undergrowth"~~     ~~~~~~~~
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For the past couple of weeks, I seem to be obsessed with Vincent van Gogh's paintings. I've been seeing his works and reading stories about him everywhere online. I really enjoyed working in his color palette and interpreting his painting "The Undergrowth" on ceramic tile, posted here, earlier this month. I decided I wanted to try to paint the piece again only larger and in a vertical format, so here is my second attempt at it. You can see my first painting and Vincent's lovely painting here.

Thank you for your continued friendship and feedback.

Happy creating everyone!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birthday Wisdom

"Youth had been a habit of hers for 
so long that she could not part with it." 
~ Rudyard Kipling

"On The Night You Were Born"
4 x 4" Original Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile w/ easel ~ SOLD
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This month's A.I. workshop Complete your own version of the painting above. 
$30. - Ceramic Tile and Display Easel Included.

Yesterday, Fat Tuesday, was my snowy birthday. Birthdays have, of course, lost some of their charm at my age. I must admit, it feels really good to be warmly treated and remembered by so many friends and family members though. 

Jerry and I spent the later part of birthday afternoon at the Borgota Casino & Hotel in AC playing $5,000 Bingo, surrounded by about 5,000 other senior folks. It was a good way to feel young on a 61st birthday. We weren't lucky at Bingo but had a delicious meal at the buffet and made just enough on the slots afterwards to pay for the Jeep window that had to be repaired this morning. We had to stuff cardboard in the track so it would stay up on the chilly ride home.

I saw an interview on TV recently of an elderly couple that had been married for 81 years. What struck me most about them was their joyful attitude towards each other and cheerful take on life in general. Although they were both approaching 100, they had not forsaken that idealistic, youthful glow. Their enthusiasm was inspiring.

"It is through the idealism of youth
that man catches sight of truth,
and in that idealism he possesses a wealth
which he must never exchange for anything else."
~ Albert Schweitezer

Thanks so much to you all for your birthday cards, emails,
wishes and especially your friendship,
X ♥  O

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happiness Is A By-Product

"If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day." ~ W. Beran Wolfe

"Nature's Voice"
6 x 6" Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile w/ display easel
$55.00 - $67.00 Click here for more info. or to purchase

"Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product." 
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy creating everyone!
Thanks so much for your friendship,

X ♥  O

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Very Vincent Day ~ How Lovely Yellow Is!

"How lovely yellow is! 
It stands for the sun." 
~ Vincent van Gogh

The Day started with my usual social networking and web cruising. My meandering ended up bringing me to my old blog post on Vincent van Gogh from 2012, when I attended the exhibit of his work in Philadelphia. I made an album on my facebook art page with some of his works from that post and got inspired all over again. Using his color palette from one of my favorite VVG paintings, I did these three paintings on ceramic tiles today.

"You're In My Dreams"
6 x 8" Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile

"On The Road to Arles"
4 x 4" Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile

"Out Of The Woods"
6 x 8" Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tile

Painting by Vincent van Gogh

Happy creating everyone!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued friendship and feedback!

X ♥  O

Monday, February 9, 2015

Alcohol Ink Workshops ~ An Artistic Adventure

“The purpose of life is to live it, 
to taste experience to the utmost, 
to reach out eagerly and without fear 
for newer and richer experience.” 
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Mind-Blowing Moon Dance"
8 x 10" Dbl. Matted Alcohol Ink on Yupo
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The Alcohol Ink Workshop went really well at CFA on Saturday. It was a great group and a fun-filled, stimulating experience for everyone; myself included. I provided the instruction on techniques and the participants dove right in with their creative interpretations. It was wonderful to see how each artist approached the exercises a little  differently, with their own panache and style. This created excitement as we worked and shared. There were lots of laughs and OOhs and Ahs! 

Sandy Sandy's Alcohol Ink Workshop at CFA - 2-7-15
You can see more photos from this workshop on

My next workshop at CFA is scheduled for May 9th. See all my workshop information here.

I've also decided to add a couple of two hour Alcohol Ink Mini Workshops to my itinerary here at Sandarosa Studio each month. I've scheduled two for this month on Thursday, Feb. 26th.


Happy creating everyone!

As always, thanks so much for your friendship and feedback!

X ♥  O