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.
Yesterday was my wonderful next door neighbor Beverly’s 90th birthday. She has ten children and all of her children and their children and great grandchildren are in to town to celebrate this big occasion with her. Today there is a birthday luncheon in honor of Beverly at a country club. They were sweet to invite me and I’m looking forward to seeing all of her extended family. Beverly is still going strong and lives with her daughter Adele. Through the years we have lived here they both have been so sweet and supportive of us and especially of my daughter. This has meant a lot to me since we don’t have family here and my parents passed away before my girl could get to know them.
I wanted to do something special for Beverly for her birthday so when I found out her favorite flower is the purple iris, I decided to do a still life and also include their two cats, Zig and Zag. The colorful wall hanging behind Zag is one of Adele’s quilts. She and her mom share a love of sewing; their downstairs room filled with sewing machines and they have various creative projects going on all the time.
They have also supported me by buying prints of my art over the years. I wanted them to have an original painting just for them. Happy Birthday Beverly!
Philodendron in the Window is one of my earlier paintings. I’ve always loved it for the colors and because it reminds me of Mom. With spring in full force here in Atlanta I’ve been doing a lot of gardening. My wonderful neighbor helped me by tilling up a 30 foot long patch of grass along our picket fence. I’ve planted flowers and lots of veggies and am mulching heavily since they say it’s going to be a dry summer. Unlike my Mom I was I never into gardening even though my degree is in landscape architecture. Since we’ve been settled in our home for a while the little gardening I’ve done each spring is starting to add up. So here I am after eight years here with a vegetable garden in our front yard.
When my twin sister and I went off to separate colleges, we had different school breaks. On a break early in my freshmen year, Mom showed me how to make cuttings of house plants for potting later to take to my dorm room. That’s when I noticed she had lots of glass jars with various shaped leaves gracing the window sills in the kitchen and sun room. Mom said she enjoyed the years my twin and I came home at different times because she got to know us as individuals better. Now that I have a teen daughter I understand my mom’s comments. Teenagers are very much into their own world as it should be. It’s later they begin to notice more about their home experience. Wherever I’ve lived I always have plant cuttings in jars on the window sills, such as the one in this panting. Happy Mother’s day to all mothers and the gifts they pass down.
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!
I have just completed Pink Seahorse for my Heni’s Happy Paintings Etsy shop. Early this week a woman contacted me through my shop. She liked the style of my other seahorse print listed there but instead of a seahorse family she wanted one pink seahorse. Seahorses are such interesting creatures. Years ago when my daughter was in elementary school I remember taking her to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History where there was an exhibit of seahorses in several tanks. They were so magical with their amazing colors and horse like shapes and the way they skirted through the water. I could have watched them for hours. I decided it would be fun to paint a new one and that it would be a nice addition to my sea life prints which have been popular sellers. I haven’t heard back from the woman yet, I hope she will like it. Regardless, it was fun to paint and I’m pleased.
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!
Lounging Pears is another one of my pear paintings. It’s the most recent one which I painted a few years ago. I was happy with the intense colors and the way the pears relate to each other. Even though it is a still life there is a sense of movement to it.
It’s a beautiful Saturday morning here in Atlanta, clear sky with temperatures forecast to reach the high 60’s. I’m going to advantage of the nice day to get some long overdo gardening done before the next cold front rolls in. I’ve been sketching out some ideas for a new painting which I hope to start today. Inspiration is here with spring in the air! Happy weekend to all.