A recent invite by Carolyn Edlund to be a featured artist for an article on Artsy Shark was a real honor for me. Her firm focuses on helping artists build a better art establishment; regularly offering hundreds of useful articles, resources and courses on the business of art. This week, two other artists and myself share some thoughts on teaching. The feature touches on our focus, professional experiences and personal approaches. You can see this well written piece, which is part of Carolyn's on going series on How Artists Earn, here.
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Thanks For Your Friendship and Happy Creating,
Mark Your Calendars! Join Us at 11am, March 21st in Medford, NJ
Live Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper Demo - Open to the Public
Where - One Medford Leas Way, Medford, NJ 08055
In the Holly Room - Across from The Art Gallery
When - 11am - Noon / on March 21st 2017
I will be demonstrating the new, exciting, fine art medium - Alcohol Ink
on this amazing substrate! Sponsored by artist paper distributors, Legion Paper.
Free Yupo Paper Samples to the first 30 attendees!
"I highly recommend you attend one of Sandy Sandy's wonderful demonstrations,
workshops or classes whenever you have the opportunity." ~ Mary Stenson
See more about Sandy's Demonstrations here.
It is art therapy in an itty-bitty bottle!
Alcohol inks are dye based, vibrant pigments that can be used on non-porous surfaces like plastics, glass, ceramic, gloss papers and metals. These inks were originally used in scrapbooking and various other craft projects. This medium has been used in fine art creation for only a short time; the first documented account being in 2006. The main substrates for painting with this amazing medium are Yupo paper, now available at art material suppliers and on ceramic tiles, obtained through home improvement centers. Yupo paper is a synthetic, plastic paper that has been on the market for over twenty years, but has only recently become known and popular with fine artists.
Available in many different colors from several manufacturers, the most extensive collection of ink hues, tools and accessories comes from Ranger Ink, a craft oriented manufacturer based in Tinton Falls, NJ. Alcohol based pens and markers are also used seamlessly with the liquid inks. Other manufacturers include Jacquard - Piñata, Copic and Spectrum Noir.
Creating with alcohol inks is a fun, liberating and exciting experience! The vibrant colors, extensive techniques, varied approaches and happy accidents create interesting effects, patterns, designs and outcomes. The inks teach people to go with the flow and let go of their tight fisted grip on their art and on life. Beginners and seasoned artists alike, benefit from more joy and enhanced creativity. The inks are an avenue to really experiencing the moment. New found inspiration is discovered through experimentation and exploration. I have seen students experience an increased exuberance in life through getting involved with the inks and experiencing art their own way through this enjoyable art process.
You can see my artwork done in alcohol ink here on my blog and in various sections on my website. Find out more about working in alcohol inks, the tools, supplies and benefits through my website pages on physical classes and workshops. More information is available about online courses and you can see a short time lapse video showing some of the various tools and techniques used in creating with alcohol inks here.
In taking a workshop, we learn from trying new things. We also learn from the other artists participating. Seating charts promote more interaction. I want to encourage the newbies to observe the more experienced inkers and the more accomplished to share their skills and processes with the group. I am learning and growing all the time and each successive event seems to be the best one yet!
There is very little idle chit chat once we get started at these workshops. I have been blessed with such a wonderful, focused, dedicated group of attendees. They can get so intense, that sometimes I have to crack a joke or two to get them to lighten up.
I like offering a home cooked meal at lunch time. It gives people a chance to relax, recharge and refocus. The menu this year Included Homemade - Garden Salad, Jerry's Specialty - Fresh Caught Sea Bass and Stripper, Scallop Potatoes, Green Beans Amandine, Mushroom Garden Quiche, Maple Walnut Oatmeal Pie, Ginger Snaps and Sugar Cookie Hearts.
Thanks to all my students! You all bring such joy to me, to others and most importantly, to yourselves.
Until next time - HAPPY CREATING - xo ~ Sandy
“Always believe in yourself and always stretch yourself beyond your limits.
Your life is worth a lot more than you think because you are capable of
accomplishing more than you know. You have more potential than you think,
but you will never know your full potential unless you keep challenging
yourself and pushing beyond your own self imposed limits.”
~ Roy T. Bennett
The January 2017 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge has come to an end. I was unsure if I would participate in it again until the last few days before it started. I have been so busy that the month has jet packed by! The challenge entails a lot of focused energy, but the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks in my book. And, I am glad I have an understanding partner that is fond of take out food! I am really glad I did it again, although I must admit, I am really getting anxious to paint something other than trees! Thanks to everyone who purchased some of my art and to all those who just stopped by, took an interest in what I was up to and gave me some moral support this month! You can scroll through the blog here to see all the paintings as they appeared in the past 30 daily posts.
“All religions, arts and sciences
are branches of the same tree.
All these aspirations are directed
toward ennobling man's life,
lifting it from the sphere of
mere physical existence and
leading the individual
~ Albert Einstein
30 paintings in 30 days
Original ID # A-30-17 - Signed 16 x 20", Matted Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper
"I never get tired of the blue sky."
~ Vincent van Gogh
30 paintings in 30 days
The Winter Time Blues
Original ID # A-29-17 - Signed 8 x 10", Matted Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper
"We're riding on the carousel of time."
30 paintings in 30 days
Life is a Circle
Original ID # A-28-17 - Signed 8 x 10", Matted Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper
“To be creative means to be in love with life.
You can be creative only if you love life enough
that you want to enhance its beauty,
you want to bring a little more music to it,
a little more art to it, a little more dance to it.”
30 paintings in 30 days
In Love With Life
Original ID # A-27-17 - Signed 8 x 10", Matted Alcohol Ink on Yupo Paper