Monday, August 27, 2018

Sharing His Song

"In spite of everything, I shall rise again; 
I will take up my pencil, which I have
forsaken in my great discouragement, 
and I will go on with my drawing."
~ Vincent van Gogh

This drawing is from my Sketching Everyday Blog. It is from a photo taken at Cedar Run, a local wildlife refuge.The owl in the scene is a beloved male barred owl named Squam.


cedarrunwildlife "It is with heavy hearts we share the news of the passing of our great friend, beloved teacher, and loyal ambassador, Squam. For many of the tens of thousands of people who know Cedar Run, chances are, they know Squam. Squam was a true ambassador and educator. He engaged tens of thousands of our members, neighbors, school children, visitors, volunteers, staff and community members with his sense of calm and endearing looks. It was hard not to feel love when looking upon Squam. A true teacher to the end, his lessons will continue on far into the future. Squam first came to us in 2002, when he was about two years old, he packed a lot of living in his 18 years on this earth. He lived a grand life with us, and will be missed by many. One of his favorite things to do was to share his song with us. He loved to sing in auditoriums, where his song would soar and fill the space, or he would sing to the female barred owls in the wild and try to call them to him, sometimes he would sing to the passing fire engine or to the music he heard on the radio. Sometimes it seemed he would sing simply to share his song."

This is a drawing by student and friend, Judy Scott, who worked at the wildlife center
rehabilitating birds and other animals for many years.
 Judy wrote; "  I have access to Squam and I combined two pictures. This is a sketch of Squam and a fledgling Barred Owl. In 2007 Squam was a foster parent to a young Barred Owl that came into the refuge. Although Squam is a male, he was a great surrogate, teaching the young one to eat and fly. Eventually the fledgling was released back into the wild. Thanks for all your support of Cedar Run."
“When the owl sings, the night is silent.” 
 ~ Charles de Leusse
May your spirit continue to soar dear Squamie.

Please add your own recollections about this awesome wildlife ambassador in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week.

X ♥  O


 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Surprise and Growth

"Unless you try to do something beyond
what you have already mastered, 
you will never grow."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I took off a couple of months from giving studio classes to pursue acrylic pouring. It is always exhilarating to expand the artist's toolbox and learn something new!! You never know how these babies are going to turn out! 



"The experience of surprise is a sign of one's readiness to grow."
~ Sidney Jourard


Thanks So Much for Stopping By and Happy Creating!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Come Sketch With Me!

"Drawing is the only thing I've found
in which I can lose myself Completely."
~ P. Capaldi


Small objects you love, make great models for quick gesture drawings.
This sketch was done with a quick gesture *holding the pencil like a wand
and then details were added, **holding the pencil like you would to write your name.
*** See Drawing Tips Below

If you are strapped for time, just do one set of 2 minute gestures everyday.
You'll be surprised how much even that little bit will help!

The brain processes 3D objects differently than when viewing flat, 2D reference. Drawing from photos is good practice too, but there are some real benefits to to starting off the summer season with drawing from life!

Here's a photo of the nest which was drawn from life, at a slightly different angle. 


***Some Tips on Drawing two minute gestures from life.

• When drawing small objects, it helps to get the item closer to eye level, so I set them up on a box or a large coffee can.

• It also helps to isolate the subject with a solid colored background.

• Closing one eye often helps if you are having difficulty.

• When drawing, try to keep your body and head in the same position or your view will change.

• Prop your drawing pad up at an angle. Use a Beanie Baby, or something similar.

• Squint to see large shapes as you start to draw quickly.

• Hold your pencil *In Position One - like a wand (*Like you were conducting an orchestra) It's the complete opposite position from **Position Two (**the position we use to write our name).

• Block in large shapes. Use the side of the pencil. Look at negative space. Make comparisons.

• Then, if you still have time, turn the pencil to **Position Two  and add a few details.

• You can see a short video on sketching gestures and how to hold your pencil here.

Follow this link for more tips on how to go about doing quick gestures. http://www.sketchingeveryday.com/…/in-starting-gate-and-the… 



"Sometimes the very best of all summer books is a blank notebook. Get one big enough, and you can practice sketching the lemon slice in your drink, the hot lifeguard on the beach or the
vista down the hill from your cabin." 
~ MM. Dirda

Happy Creating My Friends!


X ♥  O
 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Proven Formula For Increasing Skill

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

Do 8 Drawings in 15 minutes!
Discover how you can drastically increase your drawing skills,
when you sketch for just 15 minutes a day!
 
Models at Sandarosa Studio

Everything has a gesture!
Although often used as warm up for a life drawing session,
gesture drawing is an important exercise in developing skill in drawing.
Drawing from life uses different "muscles" than drawing from a photo does.
The brain processes 3D objects differently than when viewing flat, 2D reference. 
See more about gesture drawing  here:

Models. Timer and 2 Minute Sketches

I downloaded a Simple Interval Timer for my iPad and
set up 16) sets of 2 min. each with 10 sec. in-between.

8 Drawings in 15 Minutes

Start the session and sketch for 2 minutes,
then turn (the model) 1/4 turn every 2 minutes.
For 16 sessions, I can draw 4 views each
of four different models in just 33 minutes.
If you only have 15 minutes to spare, just do 8!
And if you are really strapped for time, just do one set.

Even a very small amount of time that is
allotted everyday will make a huge difference
over the course of the summer. Think of it as homework.
However, "I must warn you that the more you draw,
the more time you are going to want to spend doing it."

A Quick Watercolor Wash is Added

Gesture drawing is not just for figure drawing anymore!!
See more about 6 step sketching here.

Thanks for your friendship.
Happy Summer and Happy Creating!!
X ♥  O

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Quality Time Memories

"In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E."
~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I had SO MUCH FUN creating with my nephews visiting from Colorado last Friday!
Alcohol Ink Paintings by Nephews, Dillon & Cody Yates - First-Time Inkers!

We covered a lot of ground, did a bunch of different techniques (on tiles, Yupo and black vinyl),
had a lot of laughs and created some wonderful memories.

Cody and Dillon were naturals.
  I only had to explain things once to them.
They both quickly grasped all the techniques I shared.

Not bad for first timers!

 They are very pleased with their accomplishments and I am very proud of them!

Cody and I pose with the Sandarosa Sentry
Dillon and I with the Yard Guard
So grateful I was able to spend some real quality time with two super great guys. 
 Maybe someday they will find time from their mountain biking and snowboarding
and take up art. I know they both have a real aptitude for it!

"Spending time with your family and your real friends keeps you grounded."

And Don't Forget About -

Summer 2018 Class Opens June 6th

Thanks So Much for Stopping By

X ♥  O

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Be Yourself, and Accomplish Your Goals

“To be yourself in a world that is
constantly trying to make you into something else
is the greatest accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hummingbird symbolizes joy and love
and accomplishing that which seems impossible.

ANNOUNCING A
 Just LIKE, COMMENT or SHARE - ANY OF MY HUMMINGBIRD PRINT POSTS
for a chance to win two prints in this #Hummingbird #Print #Giveaway … 
On #MemorialDay, May 28th, I will pick 3 winners
of two unmated 5 x 7” hummingbird prints each (of your choice). 
These will fit into a standard 8 x 10” mat and frame.
Open to everyone - world-wide! See print selections here:

Spring/Summer 2018 Class Opens June 6th

Thanks So Much for Stopping By

X ♥  O

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Drive to Strive and Overcome Struggle

"All artists struggle to some degree with their emotional and creative output."
Michael Fantuz

6 x 6" Framed Alcohol Ink Tile ~ $129.

I have heard some instructors state that learning is painful. No pain, no gain and all of that. I have been serious about my art for very long time and know this struggle to be true. There were times when I'd had a bad painting day that I wanted to scream or just rip my hair out. But in hindsight, what did this feeling, this attitude, this anguish accomplish? Very little, I'm afraid. 

Since then, I've learned that struggle needn't be so painful if you adopt the right attitude. I've come a long way since then, and I want to tell you that it just isn't all that serious! Setbacks and throw aways are to be expected in the learning process, especially during the first thousand paintings or so, lol. It usually takes time, and lots of just doing it; again and again and again.

When we are struggling and making mistakes, we need to understand that it is all part of the learning process. I continue to learn so much more from my re-dos than from my keepers. And, we can't be afraid to take risks and "ruin" what we are working on; because that step beyond OK is usually what separates the good from the great. Yes, it's a struggle to get there, but it needn't be painful when the right attitude of accepting the process, experimentation and discovery are in place. Instead of asking; "why didn't this turn out?", it may be more helpful to ask, "what did I learn?".

My philosophy and teaching appeals to people who want to learn new approaches that free them from limiting thoughts, fear of failure and anxiety. Focusing on the process and embracing the joy of creativity, my students move into that happy place where time fades away. Here, we are in touch with a universal spirit, truly living in the moment.  Here there is no struggle, only go with the flow, create and learn.

Without putting too much emphasis on the end product, making mistakes, solving problems and building on positive experiences, the learning process isn't painful or frustrating. With my guidance, I see creativity, achievement and fulfillment blossom. When the right foundation has been laid, living with art and experiencing the joy of creativity can help us to live life now, with more engagement, love and enjoyment. See more ...


Friday, April 27, 2018

The Germ Of Happiness

"Growth itself has the germ of happiness."
~ Pearl S. Buck

To me, art is, and always has been, an endlessly exciting experiment.  I am fascinated by the exploration of a world with such diverse, limitless possibilities. Continuing to stretch my physical and mental boundaries as an artist and instructor, keeps me feeling young, alive, engaged and energized. 

Alcohol ink has certainly turbo-charge my peregrination over the past five years! Now, painting almost exclusively in alcohol ink, except for an occasional watercolor on Yupo paper, doors have opened up to me that never even existed before. I am so grateful to be one of the pioneers in the alcohol ink, fine art world. I feel so lucky to live in a day and age when I can connect with a whole community of others traveling the same art "dreamway" with a tap of my finger. The work and journeys of lots of awesome artists online and in person, is a continuing form of enjoyment, growth and inspiration.

After days of editing my video for our spring a.i. conference, I'm (understandably) in a Vincent van Gogh state of mind ... Thanks to Sharen Ak Harris, here's my first attempt on blackout film - "Starry Night Lighthouse" on modeling film and on black vinyl. See my discoveries and comparisons below!

Below is an experiment I did in alcohol inks on
Modeling Film (on the left) and Glossy Vinyl (on the right)
Starry Night Lighthouse on Modeling Film and Glossy Vinyl
*My Opinions and Discoveries

Modeling film                                     Vinyl
Wipe Back -                 didn't wipe back clean                        vinyl wipes back clean

Ink w/ Snowcap -           soft, creamy texture                                 harder lines

Color -                             softer/ more muted                            brighter/ more contrast

Application -                    Less surface glide                             Inks slide on surface

My Cost -                   $15. for 6) 8 x 10" sheets                   $19. for 40) 12 x 12" sheets

*These are my personal findings and not necessarily that of  the majority of other users.

Learn how I achieved this look by watching my 45 min. video - STARRY NIGHT IN ALCOHOL INK
- Make sure to catch my 'INSPIRED BY VAN GOGH' presentation (on Yupo paper) (along with 11 other presentations) at the SPRING 2018 ALCOHOL INK ART CONFERENCE - LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE!!!
  This is a Virtual (online) conference - watch the sessions from the comfort of your own studio or home 
- All sessions streamed on a private FB group 
- Lifetime access to replays of sessions and access to materials
- win wonderful door prizes compliments of our SPONSORS! (Ranger, Jacquard, Legion Paper, Marker Supply and Art Resin)

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a really great day!

X ♥  O


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Have Courage, Take A Leap Of Faith

"The most salient mark of a creative person... is not physical courage...
it is a personal courage, a courage of the mind and spirit,
psychological or spiritual courage that is the radius of a creative person:
the courage to question what is generally accepted; the courage
to be destructive in order that something better can be constructed;
the courage to be open to experience both from within and without;
the courage to imagine the impossible and try to achieve it;
the courage to stand aside from collectivity and in conflict with it, 
if necessary; the courage to become and to be oneself."
 ~ D.W. MacKinnon



This is a very short video showing a couple of shots of my new gallery at 33 South Main St. #HomeTownUSA #ArtOnMain in Medord, NJ 08055. The work in my #currentartshow will be coming down soon to make way for my new show, in #May2018 - #Hummingbirds #Hummingbirds_MagicIntheAir. If you are interested in viewing this show before it comes down at the end of April, email me at: Sandy@SandySandy.com. We are #medfordartwalk in #artsytownusa, #destinationmedfordnj. Many of the paintings in this show, BOUNDLESS BLACK AND BRILLIANT WHITE are demonstrated in the 6th Week of My ECourse. Registration closes April 20th! #aiecourse #Fundamentalsofalcoholink at: learnlovecreate-courses.com

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a creative day!

X ♥  O

Monday, March 26, 2018

Shine Your Light!

"Those who are at times described as being
“too emotional” or “complicated” are the 
very fabric of what keeps the dream alive 
for a more thoughtful, caring and humane world.  
Never be ashamed to let your feelings, smiles 
and tears shine a light in this world."
~ Marc Chernoff

'Shine On" ~ 5 x 7" Matted Alcohol Ink Painting on Vinyl

 I love working on black substrates but the tiles limit us to a small size. This is one of my first attempts on mat black vinyl. The inks work good on the mat vinyl too. I ordered the 40 pack of glossy 12 x 12" vinyl and it's a great deal.  I'll cut them to various sizes - with 4 x 6"'s I'll get 6 pcs. out of ea. sheet for my studio classes. I'm gonna try it with my students on April 7th! I also ordered some black boards from Blick that I'm going to try too.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a really great day!

X ♥  O