Triangles

Triangles – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Triangles is my most recent abstract painting. After painting squares and then circles, I thought to myself, “Why not triangles?” Once I painted the large triangle on the center of the page it brought to mind the great pyramids in Egypt so I painted two more. I was painting over the July 4th weekend and started thinking about what I had learned while painting the Lion’s Gate in relation to the Giza Pyramids a few years back.

The ancient Egyptians viewed the star Sirius as the bringer of new life because Sirius was newly visible in the sky at the time of the yearly flooding of the Nile River.  They depended on the flooding to fertilize their lands. From July to August, Sirius lines up directly with the pyramids in Giza. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, it follows Orion, the hunter in the constellations and is sometimes called the dog star.

Secret societies, such as the Masons, have used Sirius as the symbol of their directive; to guide, protect and lead those who seek light. Many of the United States founding fathers were Masons, perhaps that’s one reason that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th. As the brightest star in the sky, it represents the highest aspiration to truth and service to others, in short, the best we can be.

In the painting I painted rays from the star streaming down. Certainly right now in the USA, we need all the help we can get. The COVID numbers keep going up here in Georgia. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the dog days of Summer!

Neptune

Neptune – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Here is a new abstract painting titled Neptune. In keeping with the idea of outer space that I started with my last painting, I decided this time to paint a planet using cooler colors. I chose Neptune because of it’s blue green color. Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and is one of the gas giants which has no solid surface, instead the gas transitions into slushy ice and water. Neptune is named for the god of sea because of it’s blue color.

Unlike the Venus painting, this time I wanted Neptune to stand out but still have a lot of action going on around it which I think I succeeded in doing. The serpentine lines are fun as that brought to my mind dragons passing by.

About Time

About Time – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

About Time is a new abstract painting. I’ve been thinking of how we move through time and decided to paint a cross splitting the page with each square symbolizing one of the four seasons of a year. I also put in the white spiral as we go round and round through the seasons as we move through time.

Last week here in the USA it felt to me that something monumental happened in time, like a big gear clicking into place. I get the sense now that the majority of us are not going back into the same old patterns. It feels like it’s now time to heal ancient wounds and move forward, away from the mistakes of the past, into a fresh diverse future.

Particle or Wave

Particle or Wave – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Particle or Wave is my latest attempt at abstract painting. I started out with the theme of duality and began by painting two large squares side by side filling the page, from there I continued overlaying more elements. Last Friday I went to get the painting scanned but while there realized then it wasn’t quite complete. I left and ended up working on this for two weeks.

As the painting got more complex and began looking less dualistic, I started thinking about the concept in quantum mechanics where matter is either a wave or particle depending on how the viewer sees it. It’s called the wave-particle duality and is the central concept of quantum mechanics. I then started adding more circles and spiraling waves. I added the sun in the center and the white stripe to help the composition and overlaid more waves and particles and called it complete!

Well it’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States, the traditional start of summer. I’m thinking back to all the fun times we had at the neighborhood pool. This year is quite different. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

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Dragons

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.

Squares

Squares – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Squares is a painting that I finished up this weekend. It’s my first experiment with abstract painting which is something I had been thinking of doing for a while now. To have a focus I decided to paint squares in continuing the idea of 2020 being a 4 year because squares having 4 sides. I started painting squares of various colors and sizes and began overlaying with more squares and scratching back to show the colors underneath. It was challenging since I wasn’t quite sure of how to proceed and began to look muddy but I moved through the frustration and was able to pull colors out. I found myself wanting to expand squares to rectangles but stuck with the equal sided square. After a while it started coming together and I like the result.

The overlay of the colors making new colors along with the the scratch back through the colors reminded me of batik wall hangings I made for friends and family years ago. One thing I loved about batik was you never know how the colors would blend and end up. In this painting I ended up with these vivid colors which I love. I think I will start a new abstract now with colors I don’t generally use as another experiment and skip all the squares.

They are slowly starting to open things up here in Georgia, I have mixed feelings about that and am hoping that the vulnerable don’t pay the price. Take care everyone!

Fish and Pitcher Plants

Fish and Pitcher Plants -acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

I did this a painting in late January of this year. I had been thinking about the collage art I see from friends on social media that move me. The artist cuts out images and puts them together in a composition that is meaningful for them. As a painter I decided to play with that idea of collage by painting various images in a composition. Fish and Pitcher Plants is the result.

When I look at it now, it seems my unconsciousness was picking up on the Coronarvirus situation we find ourselves in. The fish swimming down from two major tree branches that look similar to lungs. Fish can’t breath out of water. It was the first time I painted orbs in the air instead of my usual swirls, the orbs are the small air particles. The pitcher plant is a beautiful, unusual plant that kills it’s insect prey by drowning them; that’s somewhat creepy.

I looked up the meaning of dragonflies and read this from the website, WhatismySpiritAnimal.com which I quote. “Did life change in the blink of an eye? Is it challenging to zig now that life is zagging? Do you need help seeing the big picture or finding truth in the underbelly of a person or situation? Dragonfly as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal can help! Dragonfly teaches you flexibility and how to take in the big picture.” Wow, life has changed in the blink of an eye for all of us. Today I am going to start a new painting with the focus on dragonflies. Hope you and your loved ones are staying safe!

Sooner Than Later

Sooner than Later – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

We’ve been sheltering in place for about four weeks now. It’s getting tiresome, but at least the spring season is beautiful here. With the loud city sounds gone, the quiet brings back memories of an earlier time, a sense of calmness prevails. On my daily walks it’s easier to notice the birds singing and it’s also fun to see so many young families out and about.

Prior to the pandemic I had planned to get more framed prints out into local cafes and yoga studios and also to seek out galleries that may want to show my originals, now with all that on hold, I’ve got plenty of time to paint. Sooner than Later is my newest painting. Can you tell it was inspired by the pandemic?

I love painting both doves and crows and this is my third painting with both together. I view doves as a symbol of peace and crows as a symbol of magic and transformation. It was fun to paint, I spent hours playing with colors of the orbs within the sky. The particles we breathe in and out connect us all, for better or worse.

I wanted to do an uplifting painting using both light and darkness. Covid-19 is revealing dark outdated systems that don’t work for the welfare of all. Hopefully, sooner that later, our world will change for the better; with more peace, less war; more harmony, less destruction of our natural world and more equality for all people throughout the world.

Breakthrough

Breakthrough – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

I’ve just completed painting of a mermaid titled Breakthrough. Here in Atlanta we’ve been under stay-at-home orders for a few weeks; although, Georgia is only now making the order state wide today. I’ve been concerned about the Covid-19 for over a month, longer than most people here.

My daughter who was working for the University of Nevada had made plans to fly to Miami for spring break on March 10th. She’s an independent adult now, so we left the decision up to her but encouraged her not to go. The Wednesday prior to her planned trip, I came down with a mild virus; feeling chilled with no sore throat but lots of pain in my chest. I had remembered that feeling from when I had the swine flu years ago. I took it easy, drank lots of hot liquids, upped my Vitamin C and D and practiced the social distancing; within a few days it had passed. My daughter wisely decided to cancel her Miami trip and then flew home to Atlanta the following Wednesday since the campus had closed for the semester.

That second week of March I was incredibly fearful. I was constantly on the internet googling symptoms, watching YouTube videos about the subject, seeing the horrifying numbers go up in Italy. I begged my husband to stop going to the health club. It was exhausting and by the end of the week I was an emotional puddle. As my symptoms faded and then with our girl home, I started feeling better.

I realized that I needed to stop being so obsessed with the crazy politics and all the scary information floating through the media. It felt like a personal breakthrough and I wanted that reflected in the painting. I wanted to create a hopeful painting of a mermaid rising up from the water with the sun breaking through the storm clouds behind her. This challenging pandemic is creating heartbreaking situations as it travels through the world but also revealing underlying problems which will then eventually bring about solutions. It is also heartwarming to hear of so many of us rising up to join and help in the ways we can.

Mom and Baby Giraffe

Mom and Baby Giraffe

Mom and Baby Giraffe is a new painting of mine for the African animal series in my Heni’s Happy Painting Etsy Shop. Giraffes are so unique and seem like such gentle creatures. I tried to convey their gentleness in the painting.

A few months ago I heard that giraffes have now been added to the endangered animals list because of poaching and loss of habitat; and at that moment I decided to do the painting. A month later at the holiday artist market a neighbor who had traveled to the South Africa Savanna bought my lion and elephant prints to remind her of her trip but told me she really wanted a giraffe image because she had loved seeing them while there and that they were her favorite animal. I told her that the giraffe was going to be my next painting. One day I hope to travel to the African Savannah to view these majestic animals.

It feels good to be back to painting, I hope everyone is off to a good start in this new year.