Darkest Before Dawn is my new painting. Each year around the International Day of Peace I like to paint a dove of peace. I’m a little behind the curve as the date was on September 21st but better late than never. I decided to paint a dove flying at night as lately it seems that there is a continuous stream of bad news in regards to world and national events. It is my feeling that the negativity that we are seeing and that many are experiencing will pass sooner rather than later and that actually many positive things are happening under the radar of the sensational news.
With the new season I seem to be settling down and better able to focus on painting which feels good. May this new season bring with it more hope and peace to everyone.
My daughter is away for a month, she is at the Georgia Governor’s Honor’s Program where she is studying German at Valdasta State University. I’m very pleased for her, it was an quite an honor to be selected and she is getting a taste of what college life will be like. She is having a great time and thrilled that the German soccer team is doing so well in the World Cup. Last week I got away to visit with my very good friends who have recently moved to Asheville. They were our closest friends when we lived in California and it’s great they are now living so close! My friend inspired me; she is a very creative artist. Her home was lovely and the mountain setting was breathtaking and very refreshing.
I’ve just completed a new painting. Two Golden Sparrows. I’m pleased with the color and fanciful quality that evolved. Looking at it now, I can see how the visit to Asheville inspired me. I’ve started work on a new painting today. It’s too hot to spend much time gardening and without our daughter around I’m much less distracted. Hope all are enjoying this season.
I chose to put up Red Dove on a Bowl today since I think the colors are fun and springlike. I’ve always liked this dove painting because instead of my usual complimentary colors, I used a primary color theme which really pops. It’s Spring break here in Atlanta, my daughter and I will be heading down to visit my twin sister and her family for a few days. We haven’t seen each other since the new year so we are really looking forward to our visit. Plus they have a very nice naturalistic backyard pool that I’m sure my daughter will brave to swim some while I’ll enjoy sipping wine and relaxing with my sister!
My blogger friend Renate Bell has a thoughtful blog that I enjoy following for creative inspiration: Pisces, Where Dreams Become Real. I was honored that she chose to interview me for her monthly column where she interviews “creative souls”. I very much enjoyed her interview questions, they got me thinking and I also appreciated her kind generosity and support! Please go visit and take a look around her site and check out the interview. Here is the Link: Where Dreams Become Real: Interview with Artist Heni Sandoval. Thank you again Renate!
Spring is here! The cherry tree blossoms are out along with the early flowering shrubs and bulbs. It’s lovely and the weather is forecast to be mild this weekend. I plan to get some gardening in. Here is my most recent painting, TheDove and the Crow. I got the idea to paint these two very different birds together because I’ve been thinking about how our world needs more balance. The white dove symbolizes peace while the black crow symbolizes wisdom and magic. I’ve painted them looking back at one another as if they could make a connection.
There are many conflicts now between the West and East, rich and poor, progressives and conservatives, religious and secular… After a while you wonder why there is so much extreme polarity and why people don’t work together in a balanced way. The Spring equinox brings with it balance with the day and night being equal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could work together through these differences to solve the challenging issues before us. Happy Spring to All!
Late one night in the wee hours I awoke to a strange shrill cry outside the window which is just above our bed. I looked up and saw a crow staring at me from the ledge who then flew away; it was very startling and a bit frightening. I had heard crows can be omens of death; luckily nothing bad came to pass. The crow in this painting seems to me like he is standing on a window ledge somewhere in a Mexican Village looking down on a festive evening, perhaps the Dia De los Muetos.
I learned about the Day of Dead years ago when we lived in Oakland California. Each year the Oakland Museum had a wonderful Day of the Dead exhibit of colorful alters done by various local groups. The Dia De los Muetos is a Mexican holiday celebrated on this day where families gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Happy Day of the Dead to all!
I wrote my first blog post a year ago today. I was nervous about starting a blog because I’m a pretty private person. I consoled myself thinking not many would read my writing anyway, we are all so busy, so I went ahead and decided to try it. I posted a crow painting and wrote a very personal piece in memory of my dad who was born on this date. What I’ve discovered surprisingly is that it has been fun to write and express the thoughts and stories behind my paintings. It’s been like jumping in to cold water, it starts warming up after a while. I’ve enjoyed connecting with other bloggers and following blogs that catch my interest. I feel a sense of community with people all over the world. I’m glad I took the plunge.
Speaking of my dad, I think he has been a big influence on why I enjoy writing. He grew up during the depression in Virginia before television. Time was slower then and his family would hang out playing music and listening to stories. He got the story telling gift; he was perfectly at ease being the center of attention and could tell a story that would keep anyone interested. My sisters and I heard fun stories about my dad’s childhood: like hunting for squirrels, or how he pretended to hate whipped cream because he got special attention for that, the way he swept mom off her feet when they first met, their fun first years together and on and on. My oldest sister was an english major in college and is a natural writer, she writes an excellent monthly astrology column, Heavenly Messages, which she posts on her website here. My twin sister is a gifted poet and is planning on publishing a daily Christian devotional soon. I think dad would be happy about his influence on us and I wonder what he would have thought about blogging. Happy birthday Dad, thanks!
Phoenix Rising is a new painting for my Heni’s Happy Paintings etsy shop. The phoenix is a powerful mythical bird that recreates its own life from the flames and ashes of the past and arises to be reborn to fly again. Lately some of my friends and family members have been going through some very tough times including; serious health, relationship and financial issues. It helps me to think of the phoenix myth and trust that they will be OK. We have all been and will go through very challenging times in our lives. Those big challenges can help us grow to become clearer and stronger in our lives. From these experiences we can go forward with a new sense of ourselves, like the fiery phoenix rising from the ashes.