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 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Watercolor on Yupo Class at Rehoboth Art League, Delaware

 “Life remains unchanged till a leap of faith
runs towards heaven.”

~ Santosh Kalwar

Saturday, June 10th,  1 - 4 - The Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Come discover how forgiving and fun painting on tree-free Yupo paper is! Paint a "rainbow feather" (or two or three), in transparent watercolor on synthetic Yupo paper. The basics of painting on Yupo will be discussed while the instructor demonstrates. Students will then have the opportunity to create their own with the "tricks and tips" and hands-on guidance.

Watercolor sits on the surface of Yupo paper, so you don't lose 30% of the brightness like you do on regular rag watercolor paper. You will love creating these feathers. It is simple, fast paced and done without any preliminary drawing! It is fun for all skill levels.

All Yupo paper will be supplied by Legion Paper. Students will only need to bring their watercolor supplies. Instructor -- Sandy Sandy  See more information and register here.

"A person’s mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions."
 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

See supplies needed for the class here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Free Painting Demonstration Event Tomorrow - March 21st!

“Engagement with creative activities has the potential to
 contribute toward reducing stress and depression 
and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating 
the burden of chronic disease.”
~ Heather L. Stuckey
Alcohol Ink Painting on Yupo paper by Sandy Sandy
Live Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper Demo - Open to the Public
Where - One Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ 08055
In the Holly Room - Across from The Art Gallery
When - 11am - Noon  / on March 21st 2017

I will be demonstrating the new, exciting, fine art medium - Alcohol Ink
on this amazing substrate! Sponsored by artist paper distributors, Legion Paper.

Free Yupo Paper Samples to the first 30 attendees!

"Sandy's down-to- earth, warm, generous and inspiring style
created the most enjoyable and delightful atmosphere." ~ Chris P.

"I learned so much in such a short time.

Sandy provides a wealth of information!" ~ Steve L.
See more about Sandy's Demonstrations here.
About Sandy - Experimenting and playing with alcohol inks has brought more fun into life, turbocharged the imagination and sparked my creative soul. My wish is that through learning, loving and creating, it will do the same for you! The launch of my e-course ushered in new beginnings and adventures. My advice to the artists I teach is to lighten up, be your own best friend, enjoy your art and focus on the process of creating. As Emerson said; "Scatter joy!" See more about Sandy here:
and receive special offers to subscribers only. Feel Free to contact me about my art
 or services at: 609.268.9106 or by email at:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Is In The Air!

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries
of the earth are never alone or weary of life."
  ~ Rachel Carson
April 9th- Sandarosa Studio Workshop

"Nature is my medicine."  ~ Sara Moss-Wolfe

Thanks for stopping by and
Happy Creating!

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: 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
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.
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.
Thanks For Stopping By And Thanks For Your Friendship,
X ♥  O

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Oaks Ignored Their Pleas

"There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

 ~ Neil Peart
I based today's painting on one I did for the first 30 in 30 in 2013.
This is one of the many stages this piece went through.
I wanted to revisit the theme of this favorite, very visual quote.
And after squinting at this for a while, I realized that the light sky value at
the bottom right was distracting, taking emphasis away from my focal point.
I decided to try to make it better, so I changed one thing, and then another ...
Please check it out and let me know if you think I achieved my goal.

See today's painting, Day 12, now
and the finished painting for "Unrest In The Forest" - Day 13
tomorrow here on my website blog.
Wow, we are quickly coming up to the half way point of the challenge.
It's all down hill from there my friends!
Thanks for stopping by. Wishing You Much Happiness,
X ♥  O

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Ancient Law Of Life

“For me, trees have always been
the most penetrating preachers.
I revere them when they
live in tribes and families,
in forests and groves. And even more,
I revere them when they stand alone."

~ Herman Hesse

I based today's painting on one I did for the first 30 in 30 back in 2013.
Penetrating Preachers - Watercolor on Yupo - Sold
Willow - in progress - I flipped the painting and just winged it.
After letting this rest for a while, I realized it was missing something.
See the finished painting for Day 10 tomorrow on my website blog.

Wow, we are already 1/3 of the way through the challenge
and I haven't even broken a sweat yet, lol!

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Friends Forever

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?,
asked Piglet.
"Even longer,” Pooh answered."
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Here's a few in-progress shots of the second "Love Birches" painting in alcohol ink
on Yupo paper in my 30 paintings in 30 days I Love Trees series.
Background painted over masking and colors noted.

Masking Removed
Small Branches and heart added - Ready to ink the trees.

See the finished painting for Day 6 
on my website blog.
FYI - It's the last Day to sign up for
 The January 2017 - FUNdamentals of Alcohol Ink E-Course which starts tomorrow!

Hugs and Happy Creating!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I Love You!

"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."
 ~ Albert Einstein

Here are some of the 30 paintings in 30 days tree series, in-progress shots for my eighth challenge. I've learned to work ahead a day, so this was actually what I did today - Day 4, but I'll be posting it as Day 5.   I've already got tomorrow's painting finished, photographed, blog post written and scheduled for the morning. It's a big load off my mind doing it that way.

I'm revisiting some of my trees on Yupo from my first challenge, back in January of 2013. I'm using masking fluid on some of these, and usually don't use it, but we'll be covering its use - among other things, in the 5th week of my fast approaching FUNdamentals of Alcohol Ink E-Course, so I wanted to experiment and have some fun with it.

Making a record of the colors that I used for future reference was achieved with  a photo of each one with a color recipe post-it note. If I remember, I'll also write it on the back, very lightly in pencil.

Here's the piece after the background was inked and the masking was removed. Check out my blog post here tomorrow to see the finished painting for Day 5 of this month's 30 paintings in 30 days, inspired by quotes about trees.

Thanks for stopping by and
Happy Creating!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Thirty Paintings In Thirty Days - Day Two

"If you observe really happy people,
you will find them building a boat,
writing a symphony, working in the garden,
educating a child, or painting in alcohol inks.
These people will not be searching for happiness as if
it were a button that has rolled under the radiator.
He or she will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.
They will have become aware, that they
are happy in the course of living life -
twenty-four crowded hours of every day."
  ~ W. Beran Wolfe

I decided to participate in Leslie Saeta's January 2017  30 paintings in 30 days challenge this time around. I have participated in every one except the last one in September because I was launching my first  FUNdamentals of Alcohol Ink E-Course. The second session of this online alcohol ink workshop starts this Saturday, January 7th and registration is still open!

I wanted to show you how I added the stag to this winter scene using one of my sketches which I scaled to size on my copier, then transferred using grey transfer paper.

My sketch was scaled to size on the copier.

Then it was traced onto the tile with transfer paper.
You can see this finished painting and all my daily 30 in 30 paintings for this challenge on
Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!!