It's been a minute since I have published a blog post! That's because over the summer we were busy moving our little family 700 miles north to Hudson, Ohio. I documented my journey a lot via my instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/sarahdalesandro/ ) as well as in my instagram "Story". It has been a role coaster of emotions, but we are finally all settled in our new home in Hudson. I hope to be cranking out some new artwork very soon so stay tuned!
I am part of a BBQ fest team called The Moody Ques, made up of downtown Memphis friends I mostly made when I used to bartend at The Flying Saucer. I worked with them in 2014 on a booth design for the annual BBQ festival that is held here, and was able to help them out again this year. We didn't have as many resources, people or time this year, but we made the best of it and we placed 3rd! Here are some photos, I pulled together stock images and the wrap for the booth was printed by Brunner Printing.
I started a new series of muses that are each based on one of the 4 seasons. Maybe this ties in some with my Weathering Collection...it does seem I am working with a lot of atmospheric things. These goddesses are meant to represent parts of me, but also parts of all women...different sides. Maybe in the summer you are free and full of energy...while in the autumn you are more introspective...then in the winter you retreat further inward...only to emerge fuller and brighter in the Spring. ☀️🍁☃️🌷I just love these ladies so much and their wild hair and abstract environments. I can't wait to finish all these and place them up for sale in my shop...stay tuned 😘
I am so fortunate to have been asked to teach art classes at Co-Motion Studio. I had my first class last May and as I reflect on the past year of teaching, I am filled with gratitude. I never really knew I wanted to "teach" art so to speak...but I always knew I wanted to help "show" people my methods...my philosophy on art. I believe art is what it is...no need to add words to it, try to place it in a box...or try to label it in any way. There is no such thing as "bad" art...I don't believe in art critiques, or trying to tell someone how to make their art. Each of us has the ability to tap into the flow of creativity that is not only innate and available to all of humanity, but it also flowing through all of the Earth...from beautiful sunsets...rivers carving through mountains...the vibrant colors all around us in the flowers that bloom in the Spring...creativity is everywhere all the time. We see it, we can breathe it in...we can own it...become it. It can feel overwhelming at first to tap in to, and to harness it...to really be a part of the creative flow. But I promise you, that we all have access to it, and it you just trust yourself to jump off the cliff, take some risks, and dive in...you will be surprised at what you find. So proud of all these students!
I got to participate in the Broad Ave. Art Walk again! Last Fall was such a fun experience, that I was really looking to participating again. This time I was able to display my artwork up at Lubin Property Management. Everyone there was so helpful and supportive, and I had a cute office to display in with a very large window. I really felt right in the mix of things! Thankfully, my mom was able to help me this ground round, while Nick took care of Vivian at home. It is always a juggle with kids! I was able to haul several paintings up there to hang, and I sold TWO paintings that night! See below for photos:
I started painting two muse paintings this week. I have dabbled in painting women, female figures and portraits on and off for several years. I have been inspired lately by some of my fellow artists on Instagram to really delve further into this divine feminine energy art. I love it...I hope to make more...perhaps a third to this series...and then maybe move and paint some female figures into some of my previous abstract paintings.
I might name the one below "Wild & Free" :) It is 16 x 20 x 2" Acrylic on Canvas
Take a look at this time-lapse process video:
This one I am still playing with titles, as well as still working on it...
And here is another video from my Instagram 'My Story'...sort of a play by play:
This blog post is a little late, the last few weeks have been kind of crazy with Vivian, we are both sick for week with very high fevers...and then she was on Spring Break from school so it was difficult for me to work or even hop on my laptop (She loves to shut my laptop)! Anyways, back in February, I taught my first acrylics class at Co-Motion Studio.
It was SO much fun, all the paintings came out differently. I started off the class with a demonstration of tools I like to use for my own paintings. I am in love with palette knives—both plastic and metal—as well as cheap $.50 foam brushes! I like to apply multiple colors all at once and then see how they interact with one another on the canvas.
My next class is going to be Saturday, April 15th from 2-4PM! Be sure and sign up at Co-Motion's website! http://www.comotionmemphis.com
I finalized my new collection and was asked to put them on display at The Attic in Overton Square! The Attic is located on the corner of Madison and Cooper, visible from Overton Square's main intersection. They carry an eclectic mix of entry to luxury brands.
I feel like I learned so much during the creative process of this series. I tapped into a younger part of myself and just had fun with the art supplies. I used tons of paint, modeling paste, irredecent medium and palette knives. I even finger painted in a few of them. I really just let each piece take on a life of its own in a very organic way.
After I fishing painting yesterday, I laid all the pieces out and picked fitting titles that reflected both the overall tone and mood of each painting, as well as kept to the Weathering theme. Lots of them are from song lyrics. I love them so much!
Here is a gallery of the final Collection on display and for sale:
I am so thrilled! I can't wait to start on my next collection...I am thinking it will also be 'atmospheric'...but perhaps have more gold...stay tuned for more on that next week...
Take a look at the install photos and have a nice weekend :)
I decided to start a new series made up of square canvases and the same color palette of neutrals, grays, metallics and a little bit of aqua. I have been very interested in speed painting as well as abstract painting that gives a sense of motion and texture. I love to work fast, moving my hands before my mind has too much to say. I often begin by just placing the paint directly onto the canvas, grabbing a brush or sponge and then just seeing what happens. I picked up several new colors today, including some Transparent Magic White spray paint!
The clerk at the art store said that the spray paint would help to create an atmospheric tone...muting background colors but still allowing them to show through.
I am just loving where the three paintings are headed, and I cant wait to make more! I think I will call the series, "Weathering"...as each piece reminds me of the elements of nature intertwining together. The weather plays such a big part of our life experience, from our memories to our clothes...the seasons shuffle through year after year...and when we travel around we can experience balmly beaches as well as snow storms...when you look back, all your memories are colored by the weather of your experience... :) Also, the double meaning...of...we are all weathering life together!
This week I started on a commissioned painting that is going to be presented as a wedding anniversary present. The painting is tailored to the couple's unique and personal proposal story. Thankfully, the client gave me free reign to allow my creativity to move me in any direction I want to go!
I started with a sketch and then I added in positive words...such as Peace, Joy, Love, Gratitude, Thank you & Zen. I then began painting with this beautiful blue color on the left, which eventually would blend over into some peach and organge tones...kind of like night and day.
Next, I made some sketches of the elements I wanted to incorporate, fleshed out the blues and greens, and filled in the peaches and warmer tones. After this I added in some Cedarwood oil to add more positive energy to the painting. ✨
Here are a couple other sneak peaks...😚
I've always wanted to paint a unicorn!
Thank you for reading my blog and have a nice weekend!
Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence. -Barbara Marciniak
Last summer, I started to envision this painting. I was inspired by many of the visionary artists I follow on Instagram, as well as many paintings I had found on Pinterest. It had been several years since I had attempted a figurative oil painting, and I honestly had packed up my oil paints in a box.
After a few months of experimenting with acrylics, creating many abstract and ethereal paintings...I really wanted to shift gears and take things up a notch.
I started the underpainting with Raw Umber, because that is recommended for portrait oil paintings to help keep the warmth in the skin tones. At this time, I did not know I would end up making the background of cool colors—mint, aqua, sea foam—looking back, perhaps I should have used some phathlo blue in the underpainting too. Ah well, its a learning process. Most of my oil painting knowledge is from my high school art teacher, books, and Google.
I was pleased with how the underpainting turned out...the hair took on a life of its own! As they say, life imitates art, and wild hair is definitely a constant in my life.
I started to block in the colors, and I fell in love with the cool background. At first I thought perhaps her robe would be like water or a river, and perhaps the background would be like grass or the Earth. Maybe that shows through already, or maybe not yet.
This week I was able to really flesh it out and start on the energy flowing from the chest. I hope to add even more next week. I love the quote above, as it is one of my favorite quotes. I stumbled upon it several years ago, and it has always stuck with me. I felt a distinct shift in my life when it became sort of a mantra for me. Life changes when your inner perception changes...and it changes even more when you start to project yourself into the world.
Have a nice weekend!
I have been meaning to update my website for several months now. Between the holidays, chasing my toddler around, and traveling I didn't think I would be able to revamp it until Spring! Thankfully, I had some time this week to sit down and figure out how I wanted to improve this site. Take a look around and let me know if you have any suggestions! I have tried to make everything as easy and clear as possible, so that you can select the art that speaks to you!