Ishtar – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Here is my new painting titled, Ishtar.   While exploring the symbolism of the number 8, I learned that the 8-pointed star represents the ancient Babylonian goddess, Ishtar. I have a vague memory of hearing the word, Ishtar either in a song or poem years ago and loved how the name sounds when spoken which is why I was drawn to learn about her meaning now. Ishtar is associated with the planet Venus; and like Venus, she represents beauty and the fullness of womanhood.  

Her association to Venus is why the star has 8 points.  The planet Venus in her dance around the sun with earth takes 8 years.  Venus’s movement with the sun and earth is in a 1.6 ratio pattern which is the golden mean ratio and one reason why Venus may represent beauty.  

I thought that information was interesting and so I was inspired to paint an 8-pointed star.  I started with small center circle and then a large cross and next add the diagonal cross and then put in the triangles to complete the star. I added the other elements to take some focus away from the symmetrical focus of the star. It was fun to paint and turned out fairly bright, like a star.

Expanding Spiral

Expanding Spiral – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

After the last painting where I researched the Golden Mean Spiral, I thought about doing a new painting based on a sea shell that follows that same pattern.  Expanding Spiral is the result. Although I wanted it to be somewhat moody by using darker colors, I always end up with the rainbow colors, regardless. This one is quite vivid. I began with painting a large seashell shape diagonally across the page but quickly it started looking more like a DNA strand. I kept working on it adding layers of spirals. I like the three-dimensional quality of the shape. I then added overlaid more elements to complete the painting.

My husband and I are into a getting into a nice rhythm now with our adult daughter living here at home. In September, she starts graduate school at the University of British Columbia. We’re very proud of her; she applied for their linguistics program and was one of only eight students accepted, the program is free for her. Unfortunately, Canada is not processing student visas at this time so she’ll be starting classes online. Hopeful the COVID situation with improve in 2021 so that she will be able to move to Vancouver then.

Well, let’s enjoy August as much as we can considering all the craziness going on!

Golden Mean Spiral

Golden Mean Spiral – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

In many of  my recent abstract paintings, I’ve painted spirals.  After the last painting while looking at the two spirals, I began thinking of the Fibonacci spiral which is an expanding spiral seen in nature, such as a nautilus seashell. This idea led me to my new painting, Golden Mean Spiral.  I decided to be somewhat subtle by starting with small yellow circles that grew in size as they moved out in the spiral though out the page and then I used overlays of other shapes and colors.

Years ago, when I was a park ranger in Brooklyn I developed and led a tour on Art  in Nature.  I remember investigating the golden mean as seen throughout nature. On the tour we looked at examples in the park and sketched them.  Below are a  few sentences written by Donna Marie that I found while googling the Fibonacci Spiral that explain the concept better than I can.

The Fibonacci Spiral is the series of numbers 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34… each number is comprised by adding together the previous 2 numbers. This is important because the spiral that this mathematical equation makes can be found in all living things including human beings, plants, animals and even our galaxy, The Milky Way.

Spirals are one of the most common forms of natural geometry, being a product of the sacred mean. Spirals and vortices are natures’ way of gathering energy.

Here is the link:  Fibonacci, Leonardo, Spirals, and Structured Water.



Dragons -acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

I’ve just completed my second abstract painting titled Dragons. With this painting I chose not stick with the square shapes and to use a different color palette than my usual.

I decided to have an idea in my mind to help me with the structure of the painting. I had read something about dragon and reptiles in a blog post that struck me and decided to paint with them in mind, hence the name. It’s more intense and darker than my usual work, but my favorite colors peek through. I’m enjoying doing these abstracts and will start a new one soon.