Monday, July 29, 2019

Spontaneity and Gesture

"I am motivated to find the essence of my subjects
through spontaneity and gesture.
Viewers can interpret as they wish... 
Thus they become more personally involved 
with what they see before them."
~ S. Flaig

#DrawingEveryday - 7-29-19 • Watercolor and Ink

Make It An Inspired And Productive Summer
Join me for 2019 sketching everyday! 
X ♥  O

Monday, July 15, 2019

Give Yourself A Chance

"If you give your Self a chance,
your Self will give you all the chances."
~ Yogi Bhajan

5 x 7" Pen & Ink with Alcohol Ink Sketch on Yupo

"When you let go of fear and resistance, a whole new world opens up. Opportunities for growth and enrichment are all around us. We have to be careful not to over think it,
rather just roll up our selves and dig in."
~Sandy Sandy

8 x 10" Pen & Ink with Alcohol Ink Sketch on Yupo
I'm really enjoying this technique and it's given me a brand new approach to SketchingEveryday.
I will be demonstrating this technique and others this coming weekend on July 21, from 11 -1:00,

Stay Inspired and Productive My Friends
Join me for a summer of sketching everyday! 
X ♥  O

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Become Who You Are!

"The person who has acquired the habit of study, 
for only one hour every day in twelve months, 
and who keeps to the one thing studied till it is mastered,
will be startled to see the progress made at the end of a year."
~E. G. Bulwer-Lytton

"One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more."
~ Washington Irving

7 Tips for a Productive Life
"1. Make a to-do list. ...Give yourself small rewards for completing big tasks. ...
2. Find ways to break up your workday (or night). ..
3. Avoid addictive time wasting activities. ..
4. Get as much done as early in the day as you can. ..
5. Tackle that really tough to-do first. ... 
6.Showcase your success. ...
7. Tell someone your goals."
~ Emma Chapman 

Stay Inspired and Productive My Friends
Join me for a summer of sketching everyday! 
X ♥  O

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Inspiration From Everyday Life

"The MOST important source of inspiration for painting
ideas is our own lives... and what we like the most."
~ Jack Dickerson

Look at this 36" live flower beauty Jerry saved from the trash and brought home
for me to photograph, sketch and paint!  

"One need not travel the world for inspiration.
If one is receptive it meets them half way, everyday."
~ Sandy Sandy

This Sketch is done in my Field Watercolor Journal from the photo I posted above.

"When you do a sketch from life or a photo, don't be
afraid to move things around, use your imagination
and employ some artistic license!" 
~ Sandy Sandy

  This is why people throw out fresh flower wreaths .... They just don't last 🤔 But, I made use of the best looking blooms of these short stemmed beauties and made up several bowl arrangements,
which I photographed and will draw and paint. 

"Opportunity is missed by many people because it is
dressed in overalls and looks like hard work."
~ Unknown

Keeping them safe from flower loving cats in the bathtub. 

Artists - Please feel free to use these as painting reference. 
Stay Inspired My Friends!
X ♥  O

Sunday, June 2, 2019

My Sunflowers Are His, In A Way.....

Sunflower Symphony • Sandy Sandy • Tabernacle, NJ 2016
“The sunflower is mine, in a way."
~ Vincent van Gogh

Sunflowers • Van Gogh • Arles, January 1889
The painting is part of the Van Gogh Museum Collection in Amsterdam.

“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must,
without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh 

A large print of this painting hung in the house of one of my childhood friends.
I found myself admiring it every time I visited.

A few years ago we had a sunflower workshop. See the video HERE.

X ♥  O

Friday, May 24, 2019

Very Van Gogh

“I feel such a creative force in me:
I am convinced that there will be a time when,
let us say, I will make something good every day,
on a regular basis....
I am doing my very best to make every effort because
I am longing so much to make beautiful things. 
But beautiful things mean painstaking work,
disappointment, and perseverance.”
Vincent Van Gogh 

Vincent van Gogh ~ Starry Night 1889
I have been inspired by van Gogh since I was a kid and I'm sure he has influenced
my work in more ways than I realize or more than any living artist or teacher has in my lifetime.

I have given several workshops (Live and Online), using Vincent as my Muse.
I LOVE YOU Vincent! Thanks for your continued inspiration for my journey!
See a VERY short demo on YouTube HERE.

Have a Very Inspired Day and Happy Creating!
X ♥  O

Friday, March 29, 2019

Believe In Your Dreams

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite,
and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life,
a new friend, a new love, a new country."
~ Anais Nin 

Come create 'The Eiffel Tower at Night' in metallic watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua Black! 

What a wonderful class we had!!

X ♥  O