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

Friday, May 15, 2015

Workshops Can Help Unleash Creativity

"It seems to me that the whole purpose 
of workshops is really twofold. 
One - to help people make better pictures
and two - to unleash their creativity  to
the fullest amount that they possibly can."
~ Freeman Patterson

 Announcing my next alcohol ink workshop! 
Attendance is limited to eight artists, so don't delay.

Happy participants from the 5-9-15 alcohol ink workshop.
"You can't use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have."
~ MayaAngelou

"Alcohol Inks offer an exciting artistic future
for creative people to interpret in they own style,
with the skills that Sandy shares with them!
~ Irvane S.

Happy creating everyone!

As always, thanks for your friendship and feedback!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Learning And Artistic Growth

"Learn and grow all you can; 
serve and befriend all you can; 
enrich and inspire all you can." 
~ William Arthur Ward

10 x 8" Yupo -Watercolor (left) and Alcohol Ink (right)

8 x 10" Yupo - Watercolor (top), Alcohol Ink painting (bottom)

I have been painting in watercolor since childhood and added alcohol inks to my skill set only 15 months ago. Each painting, process and medium is a doubling back, a spiraling process of regrouping and building on what has been before. Continuing to repeat previous paintings and studies, I believe each piece is a building block to the next. Criticism for changing my "style, substrate and medium" and for leaving behind what some have loved, comes with the territory. To me, being a life long student of art means constantly learning, growing, changing and evolving. One of the reasons I don't do many commissions is that I learned a long time ago, that the surest way to my unhappiness is to try to please everyone else. 

I believe:
"One of the worst things an artist can do is
stagnate into a certain style or genre for life. 
It's all about growth, and the growth
of the artist should never stop"
~ Dorenda Crager Watson

How do you readers feel about this topic?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Have a great day,

X ♥  O