Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sitting Pretty - Camouflage, Patience and Observation ~ SOLD

Sitting Pretty

5.5" x 7.5" original watercolor on Yupo paper matted to fit a standard 8" x 10" frame


Do you have animal totems? Or should I say, do you believe in animal totems? Since I got very little response to yesterday's post, I was wondering if anyone here is interested in the subject at all.

Regardless of the lack of interest or feedback online, the fox has still been with me all this month. Although no real life individuals have showed up here at The Sandarosa, I find myself being lured by fox's charm and now have two more of these watercolors in progress. I want to make a collage of my foxes like the one for the 30 in 30 Challenge when I'm done with the set. A nice comment on my Animal Spirit Lens today sent me there for a long overdue visit. Although I've learned a lot about photography and Photoshop the past four years, I fear that delving too deeply into the world of stock photography has had a toll on my watercolor art and marketing. The fox is a very suitable totem for me at this time because of all the industry shake ups that are presently going on in the world of micro stock. Current events leave me questioning my path, evaluating options and altering my career path yet again. Sound familiar anyone? It hasn't got me worried though, because I know that when one door closes, another always opens. Fox is here to remind me of the virtues of camouflage, patience and observation.

I started painting on synthetic Yupo paper about fourteen years ago, but switched back to regular cold press Arches in an effort to consolidate my style. Profoundly influenced by last month's challenge, Yupo paper has been the vehicle of choice for my paintings so far in February. After all this time, 
some of the  Yupo pieces I've done in the past, remain some of my favorites. Here are a few from my archives. What do you think of them? Your critiques are appreciated.

Be sure to visit my last post and leave a comment if you are interested in having your name added to the drawing for a free copy of my Animal Spirits book.

Thanks for reading and please share 
my book giveaway with your friends.

Best Wishes,


  1. Fox is one of my animal below totem actually and he guides my footsteps always. I've seen two in my life...both on spiritual sabbaticals and some years ago I was gifted with a beautiful fox head from a Native American man. I treasure it more than I can say. Your painting very much captures Foxes character and personality. :) I'm also very much enamored of your White Buffalo Calf Woman...she is just beautiful! Well done my Sister/Friend!!!
    I'd love to be put into your drawing...
    Thanks for the chance Sandy! :)
    Happy Valentine's Day to You,

  2. You are in Akasa! Remember, the more you comment between now and the drawing date, the greater your chances are for winning. Good luck my friend! Thank you for your lovely and encouraging words. I am happy to hear that fox is at your side offering you guidance and protection. Wishing You Many Blessings Always, Sandy

  3. VERY interesting post, Sandy! I am glad I came back to read it.
    Animal totems - I'm not sure I have one, though I have been likened to a cat more than once.
    Your works on yupo are very, very good!! I especially like the landscape and the sunflower. I am reacting solely on an artistic and personal level. I have never been a great fan of symbolism in either contemporary art or literature, though I do appreciate it in older works. Why ... I don't know?

    1. Thanks as always for your feedback Kathryn. Reacting on personal / artistic levels are good and appreciated. I respect your opinions. Do you want to be entered in the Animal Spirits book giveaway?

    2. I would love to be ... thank you so much, Sandy!

  4. Sandy; Here's my entry into the March drawing as per your discussion. Ibie have a copy of the book so don't put me in that one. I'm looking forward to picking up my Fox painting. I'll enjoy it for a while until I gift it to Kate in April. Love Bob

  5. OK Bobbie, you are entered in the Tree Painting Giveaway!! Thanks for taking the time to comment here.Thanks also for your purchase and of course for your friendship and the lovely birthday lunch!
    Hugs, Sandy P.S. I'll have the painting ready for pick up this week! :-D


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