Sunday, November 30, 2014

Art Touches Our Emotions

"Don't be surprised if you find me sitting in 
one of the rooms with a cup of coffee, staring at a wall. 
I'm just looking at a picture, and I'm closer to heaven 
than I'll ever be in my life." 
~ Jack Warner

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sweet Reminder~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
See painting specifications and price here.
Because it has been so successful, 
has been extended!
Take advantage now, until Midnight, Cyber Monday, Dec 1, 21014!

"Art should not be purchased to fill a space on a wall nor to match the color of your drapes, but to fill an emotional space in your heart." 
~ Tommy Thompson

"Buy art because you like it and because it moves you, 
and because it enhances your life." 
~ Dan Fear

Thanks for taking a look at my available work and supporting
small American businesses like mine!

X ♥  O

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cherished Art Is Not A Product

"Cherished art becomes a portal 
through which we may enter the universe . . .
a glimpse, a sliver, a hint of our very own heaven. 
Artists are providing a personal journey 
to an emotional state of mind. 
Art is a service, not a product."
~ David Rodman Johnson 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Ancient One~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
See painting specifications and Price Here

We all need less stuff these days. I know all about wanting to de-clutter and live in a fresher, less complicated, more relaxing environment. The question is really more about how I can enhance my life, by getting rid of the things that no longer "do anything for me", except take up space. Your living spaces will look and feel so much better, when you finally replace those decorative chachkes, posters, photos, kid drawings, faded prints, etc. that you got 20 years ago as a gift from so-and-so on your wedding day. You've hung it for 20 years or more. Your obligation is over. There's no better time than now to move on! A fresh start with inspiring art that YOU CHOOSE for yourself, can change the whole look and feel of the rooms you live in. Look around you. Do you see things that are taking up space on your walls, without paying you back anything in return?

To love a painting is to feel that this presence is ... 
not an object but a voice." 
~ Andre Malraux

"Art is a living river that runs through our time 
and will run on as long as art is created and appreciated. 
To purchase a painting is to take a dipper full of the river home 
to constantly be refreshed with the energy of life."
~ Stewart Turcotte

Please take a look at my available work and support small 
American businesses like mine! Thank you!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday / Small Business Saturday 50% OFF SALE!

"Anyone who says you can't see a thought 
simply doesn't know art." 
~ Wynetka Ann Reynolds

I am celebrating BLACK FRIDAY / SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY this year with an incredible end of the year sale! From 12:01am on BLACK FRIDAY, Nov. 28th until 11:59 pm on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, Nov. 29th, I am offering 50% off ALL ORIGINALS on my website! 

Please stop by my website ahead of time and see all the original artworks that may interest you. Art purchased during this sale will be gift wrapped free of charge, at your request and is guaranteed to get to you or your recipient by the holidays. (Full price will be charged at PayPal check-out, but I will promptly send back a refund for 1/2 of the price of the painting.) You can also call me at 609-268-9106 to order over the phone with a credit card or visit my studio to see the art in person.

I am also offering a free 2015 desk calendar to accompany every original painting purchased! 

Don't know what to buy? I now offer Gift Certificates that can be used for paintings, prints, calendars, classes and workshops. A 25% refund of the purchase price will be applied during this sale. 

Thank you for your support. Please spread the word and help keep small American businesses like mine alive! 

X ♥  O

Monday, November 24, 2014

Only 30 Days Until Christmas!

"Time is a dressmaker
specializing in alterations."
~ Faith Baldwin

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Twilight Friend  SOLD~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper

Yikes! Where has this year gone? I can hardly believe how fast the time goes anymore. There are only thirty days left until Christmas and after that, 2014 is as good as gone.  I constantly feel like I'm playing catch up these days. As a friend of mine always says, "The faster I go, the behinder I get." Oh well, I guess I'm not alone. I hear this sentiment more and more these days.

I spent the day designing and ordering some more calendars and I hope you'll take a look. I've always found if I can find some unique gifts and buy in bulk, it helps reduce the stress of gift giving. (ie: This year, everyone is getting calendars!) There's a reason that vendors set up all those calendar kiosks in the malls. Calendars really are an exceptional gift because it is something one can use and enjoy the whole year through! They are great for those hard to buy for folks too!  Please take a look and consider my desk and wall calendar offerings this year. I think they are a good deal and will have a wide range of appeal for many people on your gift giving list.

Hope you are doing well and enjoying life!
Thanks for stopping by!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do You Doodle?

“Man is so made, 
that he can only find relaxation 
from one kind of labor, 
by taking up another. ”
~ Anatole France

alcohol inks on Yupo paper

I think an important part of the creative process is allowing the "right brain" to dominate and take control of the matters at hand. Too often, I hear that critical "left brain" voicing it's know-it-all opinions when things start to go wrong. The annoying, detractive, subconscious mumblings seem to take pleasure in trying to undermine my intuitive, creative muse.

Nowadays, when I start to hear that destructive chatter, I can usually refocus and settle back into "the zone" fairly quickly. One of the sure fire ways I regroup is to take a deep breath and do a little doodling. Mindful doodling has been proven to relax the mind and encourage creativity. There are many videos and information online on "Zentangle", a somewhat new, more methodized and commercialized form of the art. The truth is, you don't need a kit, a manual or any special supplies to get started. Just look at some of the great doodle art other people are doing out there and get inspired!

This painting started out as an experiment and I thought a probable reject. Near the end, I got a phone call from a friend and started doodling on it with a white pen. After relaxing, doodling and letting the piece tell me what it wanted, I was very happy with the end result. I posted it online yesterday and it is already sold! Yay! Lesson learned. Listen to your intution and get into "the zone". It might just save the day, or at least the painting of the day!

What do you do when that "left critical brain" rears it's ugly head? How do you relax? Can you offer some tips on what works for you?

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy creating!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


"Trees are sanctuaries. 
Whoever knows how to speak to them,
and whoever knows how to listen to them,
can learn the truth.
They do not preach learning and precepts,
they preach, undeterred by particulars,
the ancient law of life."
~ Hermann Hesse

2015 Wall Calendar by Spiritartist Sandy Sandy
Order Yours HERE 

This beautiful 8.5 x 11" wall calendar is spiral bound on premium heavy weight glossy card stock, (with a mat surface on the calendar side) and features 20 tree paintings by yours truly. These vibrant paintings were all done in watercolor on Yupo paper and each image is accompanied by the unique quote that inspired it. Order one for yourself and all the tree lovers on your holiday gift list!

They are available for a limited time only, at $19.99 each,
through January 31, 2015 or until supply lasts.

"I bought one today and it is truly awesome!" ~ Lee Gates

Thanks for stopping by!

X ♥  O

Monday, November 10, 2014

Going With The Flow

“Planning is helpful. If you don’t know what you want, you’ll seldom get it. But, no matter how well you plan, you will fare better if you expect the unexpected. The unexpected, by nature, comes unseen, unthought, unenvisioned. All you can do is plan to go unplanned, prepare to be unprepared, make going with the flow part of your agenda, for the most successful among us envision, plan, and prepare, but cast all aside as needed, while those who are unable to go with the flow often suffer, if they survive.” ~ David W. Jones

The Flow of Nature

I've been neglecting my blog lately and I apologize to anyone who looks forward to their regularity. After a hectic October, going with the flow here at The Sandarosa has me enjoying a more relaxed appreciation for life and nature's seasonal glory. Late autumn is a perfect time to reorganize, recharge and reflect. 

I gave my first Alcohol Ink Workshop at the Center for the Arts of Southern NJ on Saturday and it was a huge success! I have been asked to hold another one there and have plans to offer a workshop again in February.

I'm excited to announce that I am publishing my first ever, wall calendar for 2015 ~ FOR THE LOVE OF TREES! It is 8 x 11", printed on glossy card stock and features 20 tree paintings with the quotes that inspired them. They are already on their way and as soon as I receive them, they will go on sale online and at my studio for the introductory price of only $19.99 each! 

A great gift for tree-lovers!

Keep a look out for my calendar announcement.
Quantities are limited!

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope everyone reading this is well and enjoying life.


X ♥  O