October 17, 2010

June 01, 2010

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sandim

I am in the process of getting my art seen by people who are interested in my style. Wow! who knew it would be this hard to figure out where to start? Any help, opinions, leads, etc. will be greatly appreciated. These painted pieces are in gouache and the other pieces are in pencil. I am in the process of painting larger acrylics. And I'm also doing lovely nude drawings for sell in my Etsy shop.




Sorry, some of these pieces are already sold, but I'm always painting others and I am also open to doing commissioned work.

May 19, 2010

Signs

Have you ever received a sign that you could not ignore? The Tiger Swallowtail is my chosen trademark  because a few years ago my life was touched by three individual lovelies. The first was an elderly tattered and torn butterfly that chose to alight on my patio table, which I believed at the time had come there to die. After several hours of protecting her from becoming lunch to a passing bird, she miraculously decided it was not yet her time to leave this world. With fragile wings she took to the air and flew off to a place unknown.


A second tiger swallowtail came into my life just a couple of days later by way of a chrysalis that had wintered over in my garage on a flower pot. Upon bringing the pot outside to clean and plant with my annual lantana, which is known to attract the tiger swallowtail, I discovered that the "dried leaf" that I could not easily brush off the outside of the pot was none other than a butterfly or moth chrysalis. My daughter and I kept close watch on the chrysalis throughout the day, and even though we were not there to witness the emergence of this second lovely, we were witness to her first few hours of life as a brand new butterfly. She was bigger than most of her kind that have visited my yard before. Maybe from wintering over? This I don't know. As you can see in the photo, we were able to closely admire her for quite awhile before her wings were dry enough to fly off into her new beautiful life. That is her chrysalis just above her.

The third lovely came into my life the very next day. While walking around my front yard garden, I came upon a tiger swallowtail walking on the ground. Now this I had never seen before, and so I thought that maybe it had been injured. I put my hand down in front of it, and to my delight, she walked right up onto my hand. I held her for a little while to check her for injury. Although she looked to be a "middle-aged" butterfly, she appeared to be okay. I was wondering what I should do with her. and just as I was about to offer her a place on a nearby bush, she took off to a tree in my yard. I watched her fly, and wished her a safe journey.

 This all happened within one weeks time, and I thought about a saying that I had read somewhere not that long ago, "First God whispers." This triple occurrence has touched my life, and it will stay with me for ever.

Have you ever had something happen that spoke volumes to you? Do share.

May 16, 2010

What is your passion?

Do tell what your passion is, what makes your soul sing?

Living happily into old age

Find your passion. Whether it is creating, teaching, adventure, or any other calling, so to speak, find a way to experience it. Take a class, search the internet, join a group. However you do it doesn't matter. That you do it does. There is not better day than today, but if that is impossible, make a date with yourself, and do it.

March 28, 2010

Female Artists

"The entire visual world, was dependent on the emotional world. The power of painting depended not only upon technical skills but also upon emotive powers. Line, perspective, composition and technique would supply only half of a painting's real power; the rest would derive from spiritual content."
Taken from, Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life,  a biography by Roxana Robinson

March 20, 2010