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High Desert Falls

This system will automatically create a harmonious color palette and simplify your choices as you paint. Give this system a try today, I think you will find it will expand your color choices beyond attempting to copy the colors of your photographic reference. […]

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Cannon Beach Stormy Weather Festival

Stormy Weather Arts Festival November 6-8, 2015. This year I’ll be representing my gallery, Haystack Gallery throughout the weekend events. Friday night is the Art in Action event where the public gathers to watch artists create their works of art with an opportunity to purchase directly from the artist. Saturday, I will be demonstrating “Anatomy of a Wave” in pastel at Haystack Gallery. Please come by and visit if you are in the area, or consider making a trip to Cannon Beach for this fun weekend filled with Art, performances and a special concert. www.cbgallerygroup.com www.cannonbeach.org/stormy-weather-arts-festival   […]

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Family Farm

What could be better than spending a fall morning painting at a family farm, Pennington Farms in Applegate valley near where I live in Southern Oregon? penningtonfarms.net The renovated rustic barn on their large berry farm produces a wonderful variety of berry jams and home baked pies and cookies. The Pennington family welcomed our painting group, PASSO who worked diligently to represent an aging barn brought to life. I painted this pastel directly on Wallis Belgium Mist surface using a variety of hard and soft pastels. I sketched the image first in my notebook with pencil, doing a rough value study. Then I […]

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Aboriginal Ochre

The Aboriginal Ochre Wars There was a time when all of Australia was a network of trading posts. And good ochre was one of the most prized items to trade. “Wilga Mia” in Western Australia is one of the most sacred ochre mines on the continent. If viagra online canada you want to collect any […]

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Customize your Greeting Card Art Purchase

Details, or Pin It here                         About my greeting cards online:Awkwardly cropped image on card5″ x 7″ coated w/UV protect…

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Visual Elixir, Anyone? A Feast for the Eyes…Drink In Sandi Whetzel’s Sensual Wine Art at Umpqua Valley Arts Summer Festival

Through the Eyes of a Child©Sandi Whetzel and Ruby Red©Sandi Whetzel, Details and PIN them from this site:

Sandi Whetzel’s sensual wine images are elevating her artistic status to a “Go To” Sensual Wine Artist.

The image on the left, one of Whetzel’s earlier images, is not one of her wine series, but it vividly illustrates the eye-popping focus of Sandi’s upcoming art event:

In addition to featuring her recent sensual wine originals, she is introducing the most contemporary and most affordable, reproduction print medium available to tickle your senses.  “Seeing is Believing” the incredible, slick, wet-look, of Sandi’s sensual wine images printed on shimmering metal.  You have to see them in person to experience the drama the lustrous shine adds to her images.

Not only are Sandi’s popular wine prints on metal the most economical reproduction media, but they are the most dramatic and most contemporary way to display her sensual wine art.  Metal prints are durable, water resistant, light weight, ready to hang and they will not bend.  Whetzel’s prints on metals are available at her website , but metal prints will be sold at  special introductory prices at the event.

Sandi also has just four of her wine images available on smartphone covers for iPhone 4 /4S and Samsung Galaxy S4 at special introductory savings during the art event. (Any of Sandi’s images are available on phone cases at her website .  Just click on any image and select the “phone case” option to the right of the image.)  To learn more about the metal print options, click on any image at Sandi’s website:  , select the “metal print” option and scroll down the page to see more about metal prints and Fine Art America’s generous Return Policy.

See Sandi’s original art and shimmering metal prints at the Umpqua Valley Arts Annual Summer Arts Festival.  Details Below:

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Sandi Whetzel’s Wine-Inspired Art: A Visual Elixir of Seductive Twists on Wine

Wine on the Vine ©Sandi Whetzel  For Details, click

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The Pacific Northwest’s regard for wine inspires me to celebrate the wine experience in my contemporary acrylic paintings. My images mirror the emotions, romance, fantasies or whimsy that consumption of wine fosters. My passion for sensual, curvy, shapes and scintillating color flows into the graceful wine vessels and alluring human forms infused in my creations.
I explore how to tickle viewers senses in ways they have not seen in typical wine-themed art. I imagine surprising, surreal wine scenarios: Sensual. Seductive. Tantalizing. Romantic. Playful. It’s almost as if I produce advertisements for the wine industry.
Cropping my wine narratives to a close-up of the pertinent elements dramatically zooms-in on an intimate view of the novel event —It suggests an engaging storyline and some mystery for the viewer. I think people are looking for a simple elegance in artwork that separates it from the ordinary. That is my goal in blending fantasy with reality. I aim to grab the viewers’ attention: “Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that!”
Most people don’t realize how much thought, creativity and risk of failure goes into each painting.  Like grapevines selected for wine production, the idea for a painting is nurtured, allowed to grow and take form through pruning and reshaping. As with wine after the harvest, the images are distilled and refined before they are served up for enjoyment. My art is a visual elixirof seductive, unexpected twistson wine.
My fascination with uncommon wine themes began when I competed creatively to promote a premiere wine event. Before this challenge, I created sensual floras, usually from some form of visual inspiration. The only inspiration this time was an imposed“Wine on the Vine” theme. I pondered all the “typical” wine images I had seen, but I wanted an exceptional conceptto illustrate that theme.
As a starting point, I considered abstract wine bottles among grapevines. While sketching some robust, curvaceous wine bottles, I got a brainsmack! I could encase a cluster of grapes inside open wine bottles growing from grapevines! I was juiced!
As I continued sketching, ideas for the painting flowed — glistening highlights, colored reflections and shadows in the grapes, bottles, and leaves revealed form and transparency. I added a pearly textured moon with light radiating around it into an evening sky. The wind-blown grape leaves, climbing tendrils and the skewed placement of the wind-tossed bottles, echoed the radiating pattern of the moonlit sky. It was an elegant, serene, scene that said, “Wine on the Vine” just about as well as anything could, in my opinion.
That experience, creating something entirely from my imagination, taught me what can bewhen I trust my imagination to lead me. Because that painting was so popular, I created more wine paintings. My wine images promoted the 2004 Art About Wine Exhibit, the 2005 Umpqua Valley Wine, Art & Music Festival and the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Greatest of the Grapein 2006, 2011 and 2013. In 2009, one of my wine images won a wine label design contest for the Downtown Initiative for Visual Arts, (DIVA) in Eugene, OR.
When viewers connect emotionally with my art, when they experience it, the art is complete. I hope people feel about my art the way they feel about good wine — I hope it elicits pleasure and enhances your life experience.
See more of Sandi Whetzel’s art here

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Sandi Whetzel’s Wine-Inspired Art: A Visual Elixir of Seductive Twists on Wine

Wine on the Vine ©Sandi Whetzel  For Details, click

(Please PIN THIS IMAGE FROM THE SITE ABOVE, NOT FROM HERE, to properly link it back to that source)

The Pacific Northwest’s regard for wine inspires me to celebrate the wine experience in my contemporary acrylic paintings. My images mirror the emotions, romance, fantasies or whimsy that consumption of wine fosters. My passion for sensual, curvy, shapes and scintillating color flows into the graceful wine vessels and alluring human forms infused in my creations.
I explore how to tickle viewers senses in ways they have not seen in typical wine-themed art. I imagine surprising, surreal wine scenarios: Sensual. Seductive. Tantalizing. Romantic. Playful. It’s almost as if I produce advertisements for the wine industry.
Cropping my wine narratives to a close-up of the pertinent elements dramatically zooms-in on an intimate view of the novel event —It suggests an engaging storyline and some mystery for the viewer. I think people are looking for a simple elegance in artwork that separates it from the ordinary. That is my goal in blending fantasy with reality. I aim to grab the viewers’ attention: “Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that!”
Most people don’t realize how much thought, creativity and risk of failure goes into each painting.  Like grapevines selected for wine production, the idea for a painting is nurtured, allowed to grow and take form through pruning and reshaping. As with wine after the harvest, the images are distilled and refined before they are served up for enjoyment. My art is a visual elixirof seductive, unexpected twistson wine.
My fascination with uncommon wine themes began when I competed creatively to promote a premiere wine event. Before this challenge, I created sensual floras, usually from some form of visual inspiration. The only inspiration this time was an imposed“Wine on the Vine” theme. I pondered all the “typical” wine images I had seen, but I wanted an exceptional conceptto illustrate that theme.
As a starting point, I considered abstract wine bottles among grapevines. While sketching some robust, curvaceous wine bottles, I got a brainsmack! I could encase a cluster of grapes inside open wine bottles growing from grapevines! I was juiced!
As I continued sketching, ideas for the painting flowed — glistening highlights, colored reflections and shadows in the grapes, bottles, and leaves revealed form and transparency. I added a pearly textured moon with light radiating around it into an evening sky. The wind-blown grape leaves, climbing tendrils and the skewed placement of the wind-tossed bottles, echoed the radiating pattern of the moonlit sky. It was an elegant, serene, scene that said, “Wine on the Vine” just about as well as anything could, in my opinion.
That experience, creating something entirely from my imagination, taught me what can bewhen I trust my imagination to lead me. Because that painting was so popular, I created more wine paintings. My wine images promoted the 2004 Art About Wine Exhibit, the 2005 Umpqua Valley Wine, Art & Music Festival and the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Greatest of the Grapein 2006, 2011 and 2013. In 2009, one of my wine images won a wine label design contest for the Downtown Initiative for Visual Arts, (DIVA) in Eugene, OR.
When viewers connect emotionally with my art, when they experience it, the art is complete. I hope people feel about my art the way they feel about good wine — I hope it elicits pleasure and enhances your life experience.
See more of Sandi Whetzel’s art here

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Current Painting Still at my Easel … A PEEK AT MY PAINTING IN PROGRESS/Artist Confessions

Ruby Red Original, Sold–(Prints Available) Her Popularity Became the Inspiration for a Sequel ArtworkRuby Red was practically snatched off my easel by a recent client.  The popularity of this painting inspired me to create a sequel painting — A …

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New Art Venue Joins First Friday ArtWalk LineUp in Ashland, OR March 7, 2014

Strawberry Flapjack 20×20 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel 

Ticor Title Insurance proudly introduces their expansive business quarters during their debut as a First Friday Artwalk destination in Ashland, OR.  Adorned with Sandi Whetzel’s vibrant, contemporary, flora art through the end of April, the business seeks to become a popular art venue. 

The first Friday of each month, the public is invited to stroll the historical downtown railroad districts, exploring the visual and tasty treats at many participating art venues from 5-8 p.m.  Ticor, located at 180 Lithia Way, near the corner of Lithia Way and First Street, is near the center of some of the popular art stops. Ticor will serve wine and chocolates to art observers this Friday and April 4th.

Chantilly Lace 18×18 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

Ticor management requested Sandi Whetzel’s art  via Ashland Art Center’s ART2Business program because they felt her uniquely textured, graceful floras complemented their contemporary, wide-open space.  Sandi is pleased to have her art hanging on the walls of such a spacious, contemporary building.  There is plenty of elbow room to comfortably  browse the exhibit space at your leisure while sipping wine.

Sandi Whetzel says, “I think people are looking for a simple elegance in an artwork that separates it from the ordinary.  That is my goal in blending fantasy with reality.  I aim to grab the viewer’s attention:  Wow!  I’ve never seen anything like that!”

Besides her graceful, sensual floras, Sandi is becoming known for her paintings celebrating the wine experience.  Her wine narratives tickle viewers senses in ways they have not seen in typical wine-themed art.  She renders surprising, surreal wine scenarios:  Sensual.  Seductive.  Tantalizing.  Romantic.  Playful.  It’s almost as if she produces advertisements for the wine industry.  See more of Sandi Whetzel’s art here  .

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