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In the studio

Written by  on November 19, 2018

After the death of my mother, it has taken me awhile to spend extended time on any one painting.  Finishing “Yellowstone Gold” feels like a daze is lifting and my creative side is calling.

The joy of playing

Written by  on June 27, 2018

What a wonderful Christmas present I got last year – bottles and bottles of liquid acrylics!  I spent hours that turned into months of experimenting, joy, and amazement.  One more combination of colors or technique kept calling me until I turned around and realized I had over 80 pieces of art.  Check out the JoJ page to see what was so much fun!  I have had to force myself to quit and work on other things.  After all, how many flow paintings can one person have?  (They’ll be back …)

Watercolors on demand

Written by  on November 19, 2016

When a show goes up at Caramel Cookie Waffles, patrons may buy paintings on the spot and take them along.  That is exciting for an artist but also means that a replacement must be provided.  As the mini watercolors tend to sell well, I am trying to stay one step ahead of demand.  With that, this is short.  The masking fluid is dry on my mini of the rims so I can go put in the sky.  Until next time…

The colors of Fall

Written by  on October 1, 2016

Fall has arrived and the trees are wearing their finest yellows and golds.  Unlike some parts of the country, most of the native orange, red, and magenta in our landscape comes from bushes in the coulees and along the waterways.  The bright colors against a crisp blue sky makes this my favorite time of year.

Someone asked if I was a professional writer.  No, I’m not but I was a teacher and English was one of the many things I taught.  I have also had a few things published which was for my entertainment.

I hope all of you are enjoying the vivid colors of fall and are doing entertaining things also.

Questions for my readers

Written by  on July 25, 2016

Recently someone who had looked at my website said that I should put more about me on it – that people wanted to get to know the artist, also.  Is  that true?  What would be of interest?  Thoughts?

Playing a bit.

Written by  on July 25, 2016

After 6 months with my brushes and easel calling to me like sirens in the sea, I am playing a bit to get back into painting.  There is nothing like the freedom of an abstract to get moving.  Unfortunately, I like to splatter my paint now and then which means I’ve been removing paint from everything between the walls and my toes.  Check out “Going with the Flow”.

JoJ additions

Written by  on April 11, 2016

Life has been busy here with other than painting.  In an effort to make sure I remember how to change my website, I’m adding some Orts to the JoJ page.  Nothing like experimenting and letting loose now and then.

February update

Written by  on February 9, 2016

This is an update on what’s happening in the world of sjominiart.  The successful show at the Caramel Cookie Waffle came down last Monday.  We went to the opening reception at the Yellowstone Art Museum.  It was pretty heady to see “The Fire Poppy” hanging in the live auction section which will be March 5.

Right now I’m working on projects other than painting – a quilt designed by and for our son, crocheted baby present for our daughter, and “argh” paperwork for Uncle Sam.  I have a sense of urgency to get those things done as I hear my brushes and tubes of paints calling me … “Come play with us, Sandy!”

Update to backup

Written by  on January 13, 2016

All the website said was that a newer version of WordPress was available and to update now.  Sounds simple, right?  Until you  discover that you should backup your site first.  That wasn’t covered in the class and an online search was like following a foreign language.  (In fact, computer programming counted as a foreign language for college graduation requirements at one time.  Wonder if it still does?)  An email to my instructor said to go through GoDaddy.  Three phone calls to GoDaddy tech support (they had a lot of faith in my abilities) and 3 + hours later, sjominiart is updated and backed up.  Life is good.

Business cards

Written by  on December 28, 2015

Son Paul created the most wonderful business cards for me when he was here.  They’re two sided, showing my sjomini art on one side and the JoJ on the other.  Can’t wait!  Thanks for all your time and effort, Paul.  Happy New Year all!