Lemons in Mom’s Antique Yellow-ware Mixing Bowl

Yellow-ware Mixing Bowl - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Lemon’s in Mom’s Yellow-ware Mixing Bowl – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
     I’ve just completed Lemons in Mom’s Antique Yellow-ware Mixing Bowl in honor of my Mom’s birthday which is on January 27th.   It was fun to paint a formal still life that I think she would have liked.  She had several antique yellow-ware bowls and used them daily in her cooking.  I remember mixing many batches of chocolate chip cookie batters in her large bowls.
     Mom loved to cook and so did Dad.  These days they would have been known as “foodies.”  Our life growing up revolved around food.  Together they made breakfast every weekend which varied from waffles or corncrakes to homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs and grits.  It seemed like most weekends they had dinner parties at which Mom tried out new recipes from her women’s magazines and cookbooks.
     The holidays were always about the special meals.  From black-eye peas, greens and cornbread on New Years; leg of lamb and mint sauce on Easter; and barbeque pork from Dad’s big smoker outside on the 4th of July.   On our beach vacations we had seafood feasts nightly.  Christmas was all about the food.  From the oranges, special cheeses, plum pudding and Virginia ham that arrived on our doorstep to all the special dishes and desserts that mom and dad would prepare.  I have fond memories of going with Dad to the seafood store to pick up our yearly bushel of oysters. On Christmas Eve we had oyster stew, which my sisters and I hated when young but grew to love later.  The big event was Dad making the traditional Virginian eggnog in one of the big yellow-ware bowls.
     Mom was a northern girl and she served cow tongue, corn beef and sauerkraut, and ham with  spoon bread  and lots of casseroles and steamed vegetables that still retained their color.  My southern friends all thought our food was weird. I was not a picky eater and loved it all.  Through Mom I learned that cooking is fun and to enjoy all kinds of food.  Thanks Mom!

Happy New Year!

Mexican Jumping Pears - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Mexican Jumping Pears – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Mexican Jumping Pears is one of my early pear paintings.  I chose the name because the colors and the bowl reminded me of Mexico. The pears look like they are celebrating, almost jumping out of their bowl with the colorful movement all around them.

Today I feel like celebrating, yesterday my girl completed her college applications.  She has already gotten accepted to UGA which is no small feat and has now applied to two private Northeastern colleges.   She worked diligently to get them done.  The teens these days work so hard with their demanding school work and their extra activities. I’m glad that she can now can relax and see what happens.  My husband and I are happy and very proud of her, wherever she ends up.

I’m looking forward to getting back to my painting routine and hope that everyone is off to a happy start to 2015!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Philodendron in the Window -acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Philodendron in the Window -acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

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.

 

Magnolia Flower in Mom’s Ginger Jar

Magnolia Flower in Mom's Ginger Jar
Magnolia Flower in Mom’s Ginger Jar – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Magnolia Flower in Mom’s Ginger Jar a new still life that I painted in honor of my Mom.  Her birthday was on Monday and I try to do a painting with her in mind around this time of year.  The ginger jar was hers.  I’ve always loved it and now it graces our dining room side board.  Mom collected antique ginger jars and I can remember her telling me that the Chinese filled them with ginger and other spices to  export to the West.  This particular jar was made in the early 1800’s.  She also had many pieces of antique willow ware with the blue painted landscape scene depicting a love story.  We heard the story from mom many times of a young couple in love. The wealthy girl’s father would not allow her to marry the poor boy so they ran away together and sailed off on a boat which sank in a storm and they were turned into love birds to live happily ever after.  My Mom was quite a romantic.

I enjoyed working on this painting, it was challenging for me to get the colors to work with the white of the magnolia flower along with the white of the porcelain ginger jar.  It was a fun puzzle, I am pleased with the end result and I think that Mom would have loved it.  Happy Birthday Mom!

willow ware platter
willow ware platter

Happy New Year!

Pint Lotus Blossom - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Pint Lotus Blossom – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Happy New Year! I put up my Pink Lotus Blossom today as the Lotus symbolizes new beginnings after growing up through the muck at the bottom of the pond.  2013 has been a challenging year for some of my friends and family but I’m getting a good feeling about this new year.  Personally I am feeling very upbeat, things are looking up all around us.  A very good friend of mine is relocating from the West Coast to North Carolina so we will be able to see each other more often.  My eldest niece is days away from having her baby, the first in the new generation so we are all excited for her and her husband about this new addition to our family.  My daughter will return from winter break to a brand new state of the art building instead of the trailers where she has spent most of her high school years in.  Lots of good changes going on.  I hope there are good things happening for you and that this new year brings much joy and happiness!

Red and Green Pear

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Red and Green Pear – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

A few  of my creative friends and neighbors had a holiday artist open house at my home  last Saturday.  Our house looked lovely with all the creative items displayed throughout the rooms, most of us made some extra cash for the holidays and best of all I got a good bit of my Christmas shopping done.  I sold the Red and Green Pear original painting to my neighbors who want to hang it with another apple still life painting  of mine that they bought a few years ago.   I joke with them that they are my patrons.  I have always loved this particular pear painting so it was a bit hard to part with.   It’s my only red and green pear and I like the way it’s centered in the blue bowl with the light behind it.   It’s is one of my earlier paintings and has a naive charm about it that I worry that I’m loosing the more proficient I get at painting.   It seems to be a balancing act that I’m still learning.  I am happy the painting is going to be with good friends who appreciate art!

Three Apples in a Bowl - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Three Apples in a Bowl – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Still Life for Mom

Iris in a Blue Vase - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Iris Still Life – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Today is my Mom’s birthday so she has been on my mind.  She died a few years back right before I started painting.  She loved my papier mache bowls and was very supportive of my artistic ventures.  I wish she could have seen my paintings.  Each year I do a painting with my Mom in thought, mainly still lifes.  Iris Still Life is one that is full of her presence.   Almost every object in the painting once belonged to her.  She loved antiques and the color blue.  She also loved to garden and had a flower and herb garden.  My dad built her a white picket fence that served as  a backdrop to all her colorful flowers.  From early spring through fall flowers graced our kitchen table.  I grew up surrounded in beauty and perhaps that’s one reason I’ve become an artist.   Thank you Mom!

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