Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Key To Motivation

"Desire is the key to motivation,
but it's determination and commitment
to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal
- a commitment to excellence -
that will enable you to attain
the success you seek."
~Mario Andretti

Paintings and drawings created everyday in September 2019

12 x 12" Acrylic Pour with Alcohol Ink • Available by Sandy Sandy


#2 - 'Parisian Window' ~ 6 x 6" alcohol ink on ceramic tile.


#3 ~ Pearlescent Alcohol Ink on black vinyl


#4 - Pearlescent Alcohol Ink on black vinyl


#5 ~ 'Anniversary Bouquet' ~ 9 x 9" watercolor in 140 lb Coldpress


#7 - 5.5 x 7" Watercolor on Med. Wt. Yupo paper


#6 - 5.5 x 7" Watercolor on 140 lb Arches coldpress cotton rag


#8 - 5 x 7" Metallic Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black


#9 - 5 x 7" Metallic Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black


#10 - 5 x 7" Metallic Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black


#11 - 5 x 7" Metallic Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black


#12 - 5 x 7" Alcohol Ink and Ink Pen Sketch on Yupo Paper


#13 - 5 x 7" Alcohol Ink and Ink Pen sketch on Yupo paper


#14 - 11 x 14" Metallic Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black


#15 - 5 x 7" Metallic Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black


#16 - 5 x 7" Watercolor and Pen & Ink Sketch on Coldpress Cotton Rag
"I’ve found that there have to be at least three prerequisites to motivation for the artist.
They are; challenge, process, and the feeling of progress.
Without challenge the muse dies. If an artist underestimates capability
or goes too long with outworn motifs, interest fades and motivation fails.
Complexity, nuance, even novelty, need to be consciously added to the mix."
~ Robert Genn


During the summer of 2019, I drew everyday. Once you make it a habit, it's a breeze.
You can see all 92 drawings and paintings that were created and posted here


At Ithe beginning of September,  signed up for another challenge for the next 30 days.

It's called the 30 Day Creative Gathering.

You can find out more about it on facebook here.
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P.S.
All my paintings and drawings are available for purchase.
Contact me with your inquiries and I'll get back to you with details and prices.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Be Active, Energetic And Faithful

"When you do a thing,
do it with all your might.
Put your whole soul into it.
Stamp it with your own personality. 
Be active, be energetic and faithful,
and you will accomplish your goals."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

#DrawingEveryday • 8-31-19 • Watercolor Sketch on Cotton Rag

The whole summer of sketching every day 2019 has passed. For 92 days,
from June 1st - August 31st, I drew and painted as part of my daily routine. 
The benefits are immense. The skills of seeing and hand-eye coordination are
developed and refined by daily practice, in my opinion, like no other can.
See my daily attempts in reverse (blog) format on SketchingEveryday.com

"Among all the accomplishments of life,
none are so important as refinement;
it is not, like beauty, a gift of Nature,
and can only be acquired
by cultivation and practice."
~ James Ellis

 
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P.S. I am not done sketching and creating every day though!
I have signed up for another challenge for the next 30 days.
It's called the 30 Day Creative Gathering.
You can find out more about it on facebook here.
Maybe you'd even like to join us!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Be More Than Ready

"Be prepared! All of your gear should be in a state
of readiness so you can concentrate on painting.
Choose your supplies as you would
choose weapons before battle."
~ R. Schmid
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#DrawingEveryday • 8-27-19 • Watercolor and ink on 140lb Coldpress

"Be more than ready. Be present in your discipline.
Remember your gift. Be grateful for your gift
and treat it like a gift. Cherish it, take care of it,
and pass it on."
~ A.D.Smith

Sketch done while waiting with limited supplies.

If you carry reference material and pocket-size supplies,
you'll seldom waste time waiting again!
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This sketch was started at the dentist's office
this morning and was finished at home today.

Supplies Clockwise - paper towels, kneaded eraser, Pentel Aquash Water Brush, soft or 2B pencil, (I forgot my Pigma Micron pen, but a plain ole black ballpoint pen worked just fine), Field Artist Pro travel box, with additional half pans from the Dainayw Watercolor Set (optional), and 
6 x 6" Global Arts WC Journal. The reference is a free image from Pixabay.com

These supplies can be purchased through my Amazon Store here.

"Isn't it amazing how 'lucky' the people are
who put in countless hours of preparation?"
Stay Inspired and Positive My Friends!

See more sunflower paintings here.

 
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Monday, August 26, 2019

Keep Following The Sun

"Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see the shadows. 
It’s what the sunflowers do."
~ Helen Keller



There is nothing that celebrates life quite like the sunflower. It follows the sun's position in the sky like a satellite dish all through the day. Wherever the light is, even if it is dim and obscured by clouds, these flowers will seek out the sunshine. We humans can learn a valuable lesson from the symbolism this flower represents. Even in our darkest hours, we should attempt to make an effort to look for the good things that life offers us every day. Lets try to be more like the sunflower and follow the sun, even on our most overcast days.

The Symbolic Meanings of Sunflowers: 
• Happiness  • Magic  • Good Luck  • Healing  • Focus  • Opitimism  • Faith
• Spirituality • Friendship  • Loyalty  • Strength  • Longevity  • Celebration

“Today, I will strive to be more like the sunflower,
inspired by its strength, charm and sunny disposition.”
~ Sandy Sandy

Stay Inspired and Positive My Friends!

See more sunflower paintings here.

 
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