Through the Storm

Through the Storm - acrylic painting by Heni SandovalEach year around this time I paint a white dove in honor of International Peace Day which occurs on September 21st. On Monday as Tropical Storm Irma was blowing through Atlanta I decided to paint a new dove.

It was a stressful day for my husband as he was in the last stages of finishing up a big job and couldn’t afford to lose time in a power outage.   I have a large studio window upstairs and watched the big trees in the back yard sway back and forth.  The winds felt relentless, with big gusts coming through every few hours.  In our neighborhood alone around seven or so large trees came down;  many of our neighbors lost power.   Half of our county lost power, with the children just returning to school yesterday.  We were very, very lucky to have kept our power and also the internet service which was equally as important for my husband.  It was quite a storm and my heart goes out to all that suffered loss.

I was pondering why the dove is a symbol of peace and thought one reason is the beautiful curves it has, the rounded head and nicely feminine, curved form.    I tried to accent that in this  painting.  I then kept painting curving colors around and through the  dove.  I starting seeing all the curves that I was painting as the wind that I was hearing.  It was a good distraction from our fears of losing power.

I liked the way it turned out.   When I look at this dove it makes me think of  these powerful natural events that touch us and in some ways bring our humanity out as we come together to help and renew.

Spring Break and a Thank you

Red Dove on a Bowl - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Red Dove on a Bowl – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

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!

 

Happy New Year!

White Dove in Flight

White Dove in Flight

Hooray! Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day
– By Kenn Nesbitt

Hooray! Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day!
The day we start anew.
So this year I’ve decided
To become a kangaroo!

Or maybe i will learn to fly,
Or how to walk through walls,
Or how to turn invisible,
Or surf on waterfalls.

I’ll make myself elastic
And I’ll teach myself to shrink.
I’ll turn into a liquid
And I’ll pour me down the sink.

I’ll visit other planets
And meet aliens galore.
I’ll travel to the distant past
And ride a dinosaur.

I’ve got so many wondrous plans.
I’m starting right away.
Yes, this will be the best year yet.
Hooray! It’s New Year’s Day!

Ken Nesbitt’s website for kids: Poetry4kids.com