Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

Meet Birdie – Our Airstream

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Day we picked up Birdie – my dad joined us and that made it even more special!

I know this isn’t about my art (even though I do have two paintings I did in the airstream so maybe that countsūüôā ) but I thought you guys might like to see this any ways. A¬†couple of years ago Grady got this wild idea to get an airstream. We’ve only camped once together, even though I camped with my dad as a kid, it was not the kind of vacation we take now. I was NOT sold on the idea. But as we searched for an old airstream, visited dealerships and looked at new airstreams, and drove through campsites while we were on vacations I started to get the airstream and camping bug. We thought we’d get an airstream to try – we didn’t want to put a ton of money into something we had no idea if we would even like it. Grady searched for almost 2 years to find this beauty and last summer we went and picked her up! And my dad went with us to pick her up, a memory I will always treasure!

IMG_0830Over the next several months we spent cleaning her, decorating her, and fixing her. Due to life (sickness, work, weather, etc) we just took our maiden voyage a couple of weeks ago! I really really really wanted to take it with my dad and we were able to do that!!! It was the perfect camping trip – we had a total blast!IMG_3914

And Cooper (our wire-haired pointing griffon) was the perfect camping dog. He was better at the campsite than he is at home!!

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I took a short video (it actually ended up being 2 short videos because I didn’t know how to work my camera) of our airstream – you can see it here and part 2 here. Or you can click on part 1:¬†Airstream Part 1¬† part 2:¬†Airstream Part 2¬†IMG_3510Hope you enjoy the video and pics of our little home on wheels. We love her and can’t wait to take our next trip! And Daddy and Pat (and Patches), thanks for a great maiden voyage!

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Type 1 Diabetes and JDRF

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“Marmalade Morning”, 12×12 oil by Sandi Hester

Where to begin? I guess at the beginning of my diagnosis. Last June I was diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. I didn’t think much of it because I was totally clueless about what our lives were about to look like and what we were about to be thrown into. I knew nothing about type 1 diabetes. You may not either so I’d like to give you a little glimpse. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease – basically my body decided to attack itself, for no reason – it has nothing to do with lifestyle or diet, and kill my pancreas. So now I do the job of my pancreas and liver (I won’t go into the details of why I do the job of both organs, just know that it’s a lot of work to do the job of both). What that looks like is a 24 hour job – no days off – no nights off. It means giving myself shots all through the day, it means pricking my finger more times than I can count. EVERYTHING affects my blood sugar – everything – from vacuuming, to shopping, to a headache, to socializing. Having T1D means trying to keep myself alive 24/7. I must take insulin to stay alive but taking insulin also means that the insulin can kill me rather easily. I read a statistic recently that 1 in 20 T1D’s die in their sleep. They call it dead bed. Scary for sure! There’s much more I could share but that’s just a glimpse into what I deal with on a daily basis now. Shots are hard and painful. Low blood sugars are at best a pain in the rear and at worst quite scary. I’m doing good now and I’m managing my diabetes well, BUT it is constant work and hard work – but it’s also life now. Grady has been an AMAZING support! He basically does the math that my pancreas use to doūüôā.

Now to the JDRF part of this blog. This is an amazing organization we’ve recently learned about. They are the leading global organization funding T1D research. JDRF’s goal is¬†to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. They want to make Type One into Type None – and so do I! Grady and I have jumped head first into supporting this organization. The first thing we were able to do is donate a piece of my art for their upcoming gala¬†in their silent auction, and the good part is that you don’t actually have to GO to the gala to bid on this painting at the silent auction. You can just click on silent auction to view the items in the silent auction¬†or here to sign up to remote bid. Thank you for taking time to read this and be part of our lives.

Mothers

The title is appropriate because one of these paintings is of my mother-in-law from a black & white of her when she was young. The¬†flower painting¬†is in memory of my sister’s mother who pasted away recently. When my sister called me to tell me of¬†her mom’s¬†illness months ago I picked out one of my favorite flower paintings to set aside for her mom’s funeral – we knew it would not be long before she passed. I wanted to send her flowers that would last and have something tangible for her to keep in memory of her mom. My sister Jackie is one of my BIGGEST fans (gotta love family that gives you such encouragement!) so I knew it would be special for her. It is an oil bar painting.

For Jackie, oil bar, 12x12, Sandi Hester

For Jackie, oil bar, 12×12, Sandi Hester

 

Lonnie, 5x7 oil, sandi hester

Lonnie, 5×7 oil, sandi¬†hester

Lonnie

Recent Paintings

Here’s a little peek into what I’ve been doing in the studio lately…

Tea time, 11x14 oil, sandi hester

Tea and a Book, 11x 14 oil, Sandi Hester

Mountain Reflections, 5x7 oil, sandi hester

Mountain Reflections, 5×7 oil, Sandi Hester

dc birds, 8x10, oil, sandi hestser

Trio of Birds, 8×10 oil, Sandi Hester

winter day, oil, sandihester

Winter Day, oil, Sandi Hester

8x8, oil, sandi hester

8×8, oil, sandi¬†hester

pink water pitcher, 8x8 oil, sandi hester

Pink Water Pitcher, 8×8 oil, Sandi Hester

Trio of Finch, 12x12 oil, sandi hester

Three Finch, 12×12 oil, Sandi Hester

Figure Painting

Here are some recent figures I’ve been painting. A couple may resemble someone you know (me) – Grady took a bunch of photos of me dressed up in different outfits and different scenes that gave me a large photo collection to paint from for practice. My dad just turned 70 and I gave him this first painting as a gift.

Self portrait, 8x10 oil, sandi hester

Self Portrait, 8×10 oil, Sandi Hester

 

Hot Aftican Day, 12x12 oil, sandi hester

Hot African¬†Day, 12×12 oil, sandi¬†hester

1 min blue dress, oil, sandi hester

1 Minute Blue Dress, oil, Sandi Hester

Basket of Flowers, 5x7, oil, sandi hester

Basket of Flowers, 5×7, oil, sandi¬†hester

New Paintings Added To Boutique

Paintings are selling! I’ve added three new pieces to the boutique. The round piece is on wood that’s been stained and I used a clear gesso for the ground so you could see the grain of the wood for the background. Click on any of these to see the size and more detail.

Paintings Now For Sale At Local Boutique!

IMG_0476For those in Nashville,¬†you can now purchase my art in a little shop in Glenbrook shopping center in Hendersonville! My art is in an unlikely place – it’s in a hair salon’s gift shop. BUT it’s not just your standard salon gift shop – the new owner’s of Rodelle’s Salon (soon to be called Colour Salon Suites – how appropriate is that for my art?!) have transformed the¬†boutique into a beautiful space that has handmade items for sale all from Tennessee. They have soaps, candles, jewelry, lip balm, ect. and ART!IMG_0474IMG_0468

I will be changing out the¬†paintings regularly and my goal is to post the new paintings so you can see what’s available for purchase. There are a couple of other paintings up now on the wall other than these in the picture. Below are a handful of the paintings up close – click on any of them to see more detail. For those that have wanted more access to my art I hope you will stop by the boutique!

 

Poppy Flowers

8x8 oil

8×8 oil bar

This is my favorite time of year when everything’s in bloom! Thought it was appropriate to post some flowers – colorful and fun. These were done with my oil bars.

Whoop Whoop for Spring!

6x6 oil

6×6 oil

I’m so excited that spring is FINALLY here – is it just me, or did it feel like forever in getting here? Here’s a little still life that I set up in my back yard where I could see it from my studio. I will be back soon for an exciting announcement of where you will be able to purchase my art in the very near future.

Video of Pochade Boxes From Alla Prima

Merry Christmas! I just shot a new video that I’m excited to share with you. I wanted to do a video a while back when I purchased a new pochade box from Alla Prima a year or so ago but never did it. WELL, I loved my box so much that I just purchased another one – a smaller version and I did a short video to show you both of them.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with a pochade box it’s a box you take out and about to paint on – it’s a “desk” and easel all in one! This is a BEAUTIFUL and very functional thought-out box. I just love both of them. Ben (the wonderful and creative¬†designer and builder¬†of these boxes) has thought of everything. These boxes are different from anything else out on the market. The craftsmanship is outstanding! They are functional and a pleasure to work with every time I use them.

Hope you enjoy the video and make sure to check out Ben’s boxes at http://www.allaprimapochade.com/index.html

If you have problems viewing the video then try my YouTube page here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py73wP3JXhU