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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

(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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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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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, contem…

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Get an Up-Close, Intimate View of My Art:Wine Art Prints on Smart Phone Covers, Too!

Romance on the Vine 22×28 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel
Full-Resolution of cropped “Romance on the Vine”
Get an up-close-and-personal view of the gold leafed, metallic sheen and texture in this original painting. I professionally scanned this original to reproduce the metallic properties of the gold leaf as closely as possible to the original. However, you won’t see this close-up detail of the image on-line, unless you view portions of the painting in full-resolution, as in the cropped portion above.  I explain how to view full-resolution portions of all my images at my website a little later in this post.  It’s really easy to do.  It’s a feature built-into the site.
You will be amazed at the clarity of prints this high-resolution file will produce.  Photographing art for print is difficult, but reproducing gold leaf has been a real challenge. Prints of this image will reproduce the metallic shimmer and texture of the gold leafing amazingly. Can you imagine how awesome this print will look on shiny metal? 
To see full-resolution portions of my paintings on-line, click on any painting from the home page listingat my  website:  After clicking the image on the home page, the image appears larger on a separate page. Hover your mouse over the image and click on the framed area that appears. In a few seconds, a high-resolution close-up of that portion will appear — you can see incredible details of the image. Move the mouse to different sections of the image for more high-res close-ups. It’s the next best thing to seeing the original in person. 
The High-Res feature can only be accessed by clicking images from the home page— it is not active once you’ve opted to look at the image in any of the print option modes, such as canvas prints or metal prints, etc. Looking at the images in High-Res mode will give you confidence in the print quality the image shows.
I wish I could show you on-line how dramatic the images reproduce on shimmering metal prints, but  photography for the web cannot capture the sleek, incredible shine of prints produced on metal — you have to see them in person to witness the drama, depth and richness of colors.
You can see five of my wine metal prints displayed in the new Artisan’s Gallery at the Roseburg Valley Mall, located at 1144 NW Garden Valley Blvd., #250, Roseburg, OR.  Here’s the link to their website:
More great news!! My metal prints at Artisan’s Gallery are priced the same as they are at my website! (after shipping is calculated for website orders).
Bella di Vino smartphone cover
 
For you or a wine enthusiast on your gift list, Customize your iPhone or Galaxy phone cover with my art! You can order a custom iPhone or Galaxy phone case with one of my wine or flora images printed on it at this website:  (The site mirrors my other website, but the smart phone covers are best ordered at this site.)  Just click on any of the art images and then scroll down to select the iPhone or Galaxy Cover print option.  Then select your iPhone or Galaxy model to fit your smart phone.  You can view just how the image will appear on your smart phone. You can customize the size and position of the image on the case by clicking and dragging the image up or down or to either side and using the horizontal scroll bar to the right of the image to make the image larger or smaller.  The case color (white or black) will only be visible if you shrink the image so that it does not fill the entire case.  A warning will pop up to let you know that.  Each iPhone case comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

A note to save you time when choosing images for your smart phone cover:
Not all the images are going to look well in a smart phone format because key elements of the image may be hidden by the openings on your phone.  I tried a number of them to see how they appear in phone cover format.  Keep in mind where your phone model openings are in relation to the image.  Some of the images can be adjusted to the left or right or up and down to yield a better look.  It’s something you can play around with a bit to come up with a unique image for the wine loving, phone user on your list.  It just might be YOU!  Merry Christmas!

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Get an Up-Close, Intimate View of My Art:Wine Art Prints on Smart Phone Covers, Too!

Romance on the Vine 22×28 acrylic ©Sandi WhetzelFull-Resolution of cropped “Romance on the Vine”Get an up-close-and-personal view of the gold leafed, metallic sheen and texture in this original painting. I professionally scanned this original to repro…

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