Floating Mermaid

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Floating Mermaid- acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Here is my new painting, Floating Mermaid.  It’s feels good to be back to painting as I have had a long break.   In early May, I took a road trip with my twin sister up to New York City.  We met up with my two other sisters in New Jersey at my aunt’s home and had such a great reunion, also enjoying visiting with cousins and my aunt.   It had been over ten years since we had all been together.   We then took the train into Manhattan and  got to spend time with my daughter who was finishing up her freshman year at NYU.  She loves being in the city and it was reassuring to see how she was thriving.

Once she came home for summer break,  an opportunity opened up for her to spend five weeks in China teaching English and visiting with Chinese friends she had made at school.  It was all very sudden and with me helping her get ready for her adventure and having her home I found it challenging to focus on my art.

She’s been in China a week now and is enjoying herself and I am back to painting.  This floating mermaid is the result.  In life there are times we have to let go, relax and trust.  As a mom, I was nervous about my 18 year old girl  traveling on her own half way around the world.   At this point, part of my journey as a mom is to let go and trust my   child’s own path in life.    In this painting I wanted to show a mermaid relaxing in the water as the sun shines on her with the white dove of peace soaring above her, knowing all is well.

I hope all are enjoying summer,  whether you are home relaxing or off on exciting adventures!

 

Peace Dove Rising

Peace Dove Rising - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Peace Dove Rising – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Peace Dove Rising  is my new painting.  Each year in honor of International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st) I paint a white dove.  It’s a day is observed by people all over the world to encourage peace within and among nations. Last year’s painting was a night scene which I titled, Darkest Before Dawn because at that time things appeared bleak.  This year I felt like painting a happy, uplifted dove.  It seems to me that progress is being made.  There have been new major agreements occurring between nations.  Leaders, political and spiritual, are shining light on major problems in our world in which we the people can come together and  solve. 

My husband and I took our daughter up to New York City for college three weeks ago and are adjusting to being empty nesters,  it feels good to be settling down a bit and getting back to painting.  If you are interesting in learning more about the International Day of Peace  and events occurring check out this link: http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

Purchase print here:  Peace Dove Rising

Crow at Dusk

Crow at Dusk - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Crow at Dusk – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
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!

The Little Prince

The Little Prince - Acrylic Painting by Heni Sandoval
The Little Prince – Acrylic Painting by Heni Sandoval

The Little Prince is a new painting in my wild animal series that I made for my Heni’s Happy Paintings Etsy Shop..  This little lion cub is relaxed and basking in the sun.  He looks a bit like our beloved cat, Tig, short for Tiger.  Tig acts like a lion, he is full of confidence, easy going and he has strong sense of self love which he graciously offers to all people who approach him.  We got Tig as a kitten for my girl’s fourth birthday and twelve years later they still have a very strong connection.  My girl is a Leo,  she understands and loves cats.   In fact she turned my husband and me into cat lovers, we now have three kitties that keep us entertained.

A print of this colorful little lion cub would brighten any little Leo or cat lover’s bed room.

Print available here.

Into the Sea

Into the Sea - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Into the Sea – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Into the sea is a favorite painting of mine.   August is almost here and my daughter is gearing up to go back to school in two weeks which seems strange to me.   The hot dog days of August during  my childhood is when my family would pack up the station wagon complete with Chocolate, our standard poodle and head to the beach for a couple of weeks.   I have so many fond memories of those beach vacations.   We rented a cottage at St. Simons Island just off the Georgia coast.  Looking back on it, I realize how much work it was for my parents, mom packed all the sheets and towels needed and when we got to Brunswick just prior to crossing the big bridge, we would stop at the Winn Dixie to pick up a week’s worth groceries.  She planned and cooked most of the meals except for our one dinner out at the Crap Trap.  Of course with four daughters mom got lots of help and a big part of the fun was the fishing, clamming and crabbing that led to nightly seafood feasts.

Each day just prior to low tide we would go to a beautiful spot called the Point,  where the beach met the marshes.  Here we would fish, clam and crab.  We’d take turns canoeing way back into the marsh creeks for the best clamming.  The Point was teeming with life; from fiddle crabs, to dolphin that passed through,  herons and cranes that fished near us, and even sea otters that scampered through the rocks.

Crabbing was one of the highlights; we easily filled a bushel a day.    The crabs we caught were tenacious; I was always a bit frightened of them but I must say there is no better eating than fresh boiled crab.  We kept going there for years, my nieces and nephews joined us, in fact my husband and I got married there.  It is such a special place in my heart.

I painted this portrait in honor of the blue crab and all those happy memories.

Into the Sea print available here.

A Gentle Fawn

A Gentle Fawn - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
A Gentle Fawn – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

It’s a gray winter day here in Atlanta but spring is just around the corner.  The daffodils and cherry blossoms are already out.   I’ve decided to post a painting that reminds me of spring.  Years ago when I was visiting a friend in the countryside, he took me outside to a grassy area where he showed me a tiny fawn curled up in some tall grasses..  It  must have been just a few days old, it was quite a privilege to witness.

In this painting,  A Gentle Fawn, he is older and walking out of the woods into the sunny meadow as if taking his first tentative steps to independence..  I enjoy painting fawns;  their gentle yet alert quality intrigues me.

Available here.