Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Loving Embrace

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

I love this quote about drawing. It is one of my favorites. Ok, I'll admit, I'm a quote junkie and I've got hundreds of favorites! But this one sort of sums up how I feel when I'm drawing something I love and I'm in the *zone (*the place or state of mind you are in when youve made that right brain shift).

Today's little watercolor sketch was done from multiple reference photos and sketches in my many reference folders; collected over the decades; some of which I still have from childhood.  Often when drawing or planning a painting, I use many images to come up with a final design.

We've got hummer action here non-stop now and they are keeping me busy cleaning and filling the feeders. And of course, I'm taking multiple hummingbird breaks during the day, just to indulge in the sheer joy of being in their presence; feeling the rush of air as they zoom by; watching the acrobatic displays, listening to the excited chattering and being enchanted by their never ending magic.

X ♥  O

Friday, June 16, 2017

Assisting Fellow Travellers on the Dreamway

"Loved ones are released to become travellers
on their own Dreamway."
~ Robert Genn

that I just announced two days ago,
is already half filled!

A little note about the art I create for teaching purposes - When I design a theme and a project(s) for one of my workshops, I do lessons with my students in mind. I often teach complete beginners right along side of others who have moderate or even extensive art training. This means keeping steps as simple as possible, going back to basics, stepping back, evaluating, using a more predictable technique(s) and coming up with a subject that most students will have success with. Everybody needs to feel that they learned something and created a beautiful (or at least satisfying) piece. So, for instance, I know everyone loves my loose, white horse, (posted above), but this is not something I would try to teach at a one day workshop! We'd probably have a few disappointed attendees to say the least.

Art is a noble quest with no set in stone, end destination.
I help people just starting out on the path and those who've been on the Dreamway quite a while.
With an art career spanning over four decades, I have a depth of knowledge
and experience that can help guide artists in all phases of the art voyage.
The main thing is to motivate them with love, accomplishment and joy to
just keep taking one step after the other and never give up the dream.

Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sketch With Me For FREE!

“The more you express your skills,
the more experienced you become and
the closer you get to excellence.”
~ Israelmore Ayivor

Come hone your drawing, sketching and watercolor skills with me this summer as I indulge in my 8th Summer of Drawing Everyday from June 1st - August 31st!

Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Yupo Paper Giveaway!

Announcing a Yupo Paper Giveaway Sponsored by Legion Paper! This contest will be open to Yupo Artists in the USA and Canada. Complete details will be released soon. There will be six prizes, each totaling more than $70.USD in retail value! To become eligible and receive all details as they become available, join the YUPO ARTISTS GROUP ON FACEBOOK HERE. #DoItOnYupo  #LegionPaper  #YupoWithSandy

 Good luck and happy creating!

X ♥  O

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Art Of Play

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some people are so serious all the time! Maybe they never really learned how to play, or the skill was just stunted as a kid.  Perhaps they stopped playing at a certain age and were told to "grow up", be serious and stop acting "like a child". The sad part is that these people are missing out on a lot of fun in life. Acting silly once in a while is good for the mental well being and soul of all earthly beings.

“A little nonsense now and then,
is cherished by the wisest men and women.”

Jerry was thrilled with my surprise birthday gift; his very own website for his yard art.

“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
We all let loose, played and acted a little silly this weekend at the
"Inspired by van Gogh Workshop" here at the studio.
See a slideshow of the event here:

Inspired by Vincent Playshop ~ 5.21.17

"Be silly, be honest, be kind."
~ Emerson

Thanks for stopping by!

X ♥  O

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Jerry's Yard Art

“Logic will get you from A to Z;
imagination will get you everywhere.”

~  Albert Einstein
My husband, Jerry has really been on a roll with his yard art lately!
He has so much fun with it. And people just love it!

His birthday is this Saturday and I'm going to surprise him with a website for his art.
Shh! It's a secret though...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother, As Sweet As A Flower

"If love is as sweet as a flower,
then my mother is that sweet flower of love."
~ Stevie Wonder

HAPPY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you moms; of humans and fur babies!

Please enjoy this FUN time-lapse #video of painting #Lilac-Like flowers in #alcoholink on #Yupo paper using #RangerInk's products. The mini ink dabber and the (controversial) BLENDING PEN were the main tools used to create this painting. Work in progress photos, with a detailed description of each step of this project is scheduled to appear on the Ranger Ink Blog on May 15th. I hope you enJOY this video, check out the #stepbystep pics on Monday and give this technique a try. Please pardon the cross posting, but I wanted to get this gift message out to all my creative online friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for helping me celebrate.
Have a great Mother's Day and happy creating!

X ♥  O

P.S. Don't forget, registration ends and the May 14th Spring Session 
gets rolled out this Sunday!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Alcohol Ink on Yupo Demo Sponsored by Legion Paper

"I value a "don't know" attitude highly,
because it's ambiguous, and fosters a 'beginner's mind'
in which there are more possibilities than in an 'expert's mind'."

~ Theresa Bayer 

I had the pleasure of doing an alcohol ink on Yupo demo
sponsored by Legion Paper at a local art club on Monday.

I was able to view the awesome art that these dedicated

seniors were working on when I first arrived. I could see that
the group was comprised of some very accomplished artists.

All were very attentive and eager to learn something new.

There was so much enthusiasm and so many great questions.
I just love those qualities!

OMG! I LOVE my job!!
Thanks to Marc Schotland and Legion Paper
for making these demonstrations possible! 
And thanks to the inspiring group of artists from the
Leisuretowne Art Club for having me.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing."
~ George Bernard Shaw
Thanks so much for stopping by and for
helping me spread the joy of painting on Yupo paper!
Have a great day and happy creating!

X ♥  O

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Artistic Vision

The vision must be followed by the venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps;
we must step up the stairs." 
~ Vance Havner

The Hummingbirds Are Here!!
Only 9 days to Mother's Day!
Give the gift of love that outlasts the present!!

Week - 2  Hummingbirds is going to carry you into the joy of the right-brain shift and of
really seeing value and better understanding color. Introducing more tools and inking
techniques along with some basic drawing lessons.
See More ....

Included in week two are four complete step by step bird lessons
(3 hummingbirds and a cardinal), 27 videos, 19 PDF print outs,
access to view or purchase the starter kit, Blick U supply list and printouts,
all resource links - for one full year, a
nd a lifetime membership
in the private FUNdamentals of alcohol ink facebook group.

More Week Two Details and Supply List ...

Happy Creating!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Awaken The Joy!

"It is the supreme art of the teacher  to
awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."
~ Albert Einstein

Getting excited about this weekend's Spring Alcohol Ink Workshop here at the Sandarosa.
I have done numerous test demos, trying to whittle my time down to 30 minutes.
Here are the steps taken to achieve the dark background on this one. 

"I'm convinced that the best way to learn is by teaching."
~ John Ferrie

Have a great weekend and Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Rating Hummingbird Feeders From My Reject Pile

The 2017 Ruby Throated Hummingbird Migration
is Underway! 
Get Your Feeders Ready and Avoid These Blunders!

Here is a snapshot of some of my Hummingbird Feeder

discards and disasters.
 I'm sharing them with you, so you don't make the same mistakes!

Going from left to right (clockwise) . . .
Bottom Left:
A. Perky-Pet Brand Hummingbird Feeder - I'm not sure where this came from or when. Pros: Made in USA, Cons: The picture on the box shows the dreaded red-dyed hummingbird nectar which the company still sells! It is common knowledge that at best the dye is totally unnecessary and it may even be harmful to the birds. This feeder would be a
nightmare to clean for various reasons. You don't even want to get me started! To tell you the truth, I can't ever remember even opening the box before. And from my experience with flocks of hummers, they prefer the saucer feeders. 

Top Left:
B. No-Name Arty Hummingbird Feeder -Pros: A gift. Unique. Cons: Made in China. Hard to clean, too many parts, not my type. (Probably goes for 70% of all pretty feeders too.)

C. Best One - Giant Hummingbird Feeder - Pros: Made in USA. A half gallon capacity and eight ports! (See bottom in center of basket.)Woo Hoo! Could last me more than 24 hrs. in an emergency situation. (ie: I couldn't be home to monitor the nectar situation 24/7.) Cons: Hard to clean and fill. Very Heavy when full. Top loop broke off from weight and hubby patched it. Plastic has discolored. Too ugly to put back up. I still have good feelings for this object though and will keep it on hand for back-up.

Top Right:
D. The Droll Yankee Window Feeder - Pros: Made in USA, Very cute, Really Close-up Viewing, Fun,
time consuming project. Cons: Doesn't hold much nectar. Messy sticky windows from hummingbird poo. Many little parts.
Far Right:
E. Perky-Pet Brand - Oasis Feeder - Pros: Made in USA, Hummingbirds love these feeders! I used them for years and just retired my last few. I have phased them out for several reasons. Cons: The company stills sells red nectar. The little yellow flowers are unnecessary and create a lot more work in the maintenance department. They fall off and get brittle and are a bitch to clean. (Please pardon my French.) Loop on top of hanger is smaller, making connector "S" hooks necessary when attaching to a shepherd's hook.

Bottom Right:
F. Aspects Oriole Feeder - Pros: Made in USA, Quality product, Easy to clean. Nectar recipe on bottom of lid. Cons: I can't seem to attract Orioles. They pass through occasionally, but quickly move on. Only four ports. Not optimal for hummingbirds, but would do in a pinch.

G. Not Pictured
(All in use.):
HummZinger - Aspects - Pros: Many! Cons: Few! - I now almost exclusively use Aspects HummZingers. I have many of their various sizes and models and love them for many reasons.
See yesterday's post's photo of a 16 oz. HummZinger. There is too much information to go into today, but I promise to tell you more about them, list their features and rave about the benefits of owning these in a variety of sizes in an upcoming post! Until then, Happy Humming! (See HummZingers in video below.)

The Humm of Summer