Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

Category: Africa

African Women And Children


Oil by Sandi Hester

A theme I return to over and over and I have painted this in every medium I’ve ever tried. This one went to a new home this week. I’m honored to have this painting hanging in my dear friend’s home.

Same subject – more subdued colors

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Sandi Hester, oil 18×24, African Women & Children

Here’s another version of my African Women and Children but in a whole new color palette – neutrals. This painting may still look very colorful, but every color on this painting is a neutral – meaning every color has red, yellow, and blue in it and is basically a grey. At one point I put a pure color on the painting and it literally looked like a neon sign! That’s one of the things you must know how to do for a painting to be good – know how to make neutrals. Every color on here I would try to “kill” (meaning knock it down – grey it down) – it would look like “mud” on my palette and then I’d put a stroke on the painting and it would look like a glowing yellow or red or blue.

African Women & Children

Sandi Hester oil

Sandi Hester, oil on paper 18×24

African Woman and Children

8×8 oil – SOLD

Those of you who are familiar with my work will recognize this painting – it’s my oil version of this watercolor painting I did a long time ago. It’s still one of my favorite pictures to paint from Africa. Here’s the watercolor version…

Silent Auction

Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.  The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.  Revelation 7:16

My sister and her husband are adopting a little girl from Africa and I’ve donated a painting to help them raise money for the adoption. You can read about their story here and bid in the silent auction for this painting. The painting is matted and will fit a 11x 14 frame and has a hand aged piece of scripture on the mat with the above scripture on it. I painted this long before they were thinking about adopting but it sure is fitting for the adoption of their little girl. We are praying for little Macy and we can’t wait to meet her!

Nile – A River And A Son – Both In Africa

…at least for now – the son will be coming home soon… some dear friends of ours will be bringing home their baby son, Nile, from Africa soon! You can read about their journey here. They had a baby shower and this is what I made for them. The picture is not Nile – it’s another African baby I got from a friend’s website – but I wanted something in the picture part. I LOVE the name they picked out for their precious little boy. I used my antique hand carved letterpress letters to do his name. I wanted his name to look “watery” and I think it turned out like that. You can click on the pictures to see them larger. We can’t wait to meet little Nile, Clay and Tracy!

On another note, I’d like to point out a new feature on my blog. At the top you’ll notice I’ve added new pages where you go see certain groups of paintings together. For instance if you’d like to see all my Africa paintings you can now go to the ‘missions’ page and scroll through and see all those paintings. You can also click on any of the paintings and it will take you to that post so you can read about the particular painting and see the scripture that goes with it.


close-up nile

Unexpected Finds

What do Africa, cigars, packing, and bugs have to do with each other? Probably not what you think. You can probably figure out the packing part – that’s what I’ve been doing lately, but what do the others have to do with packing – well I’ll explain. I was clearing out a bookshelf and I came across this unused cigar journal (yes, Grady used to smoke cigars – not any more though) and I was going to put it in the thrift store pile but after I opened it I really liked the paper in it and the little boxes at the top (I think that’s where you’re suppose to put the cigar wrapper or something). I thought that would be a perfect place to do a little sketch and thought I would hold onto it to use as a sketch book. I even like all the little places to put info. about your cigars – or in my case my sketches. I’ve really liked how the paint responds to the paper too. Ok, so here’s how Africa and bugs come into play. We took some books we were getting rid of to a local used book store and while I was there found a great kids book on insects and I bought it to sketch/paint from. I LOVE sketching bugs for some reason. The first bug I sketched was a beetle from Africa – which I thought was appropriate because my mind and heart and prayers have been in and for Africa after a friend sent me a blog that has been rocking my world since I first started reading it. You will be blessed from reading anything on it – but here are a couple that will make you wonder who does this? It’s a blog started by a young lady who now lives in Africa (she’s from Brentwood) and has around 14 kids and feeds and cares for 400 more. She went when she was 18 – she’s 20 or 21 now. You won’t believe what she’s done with her life. Read here and here and here to get a taste of this young girls servant life for Christ. Her posts are long but more than worth the time. It’s truly rocked my world. I have been addicted to her blog lately and can’t stop reading it! Our dinner time consists of me giving Grady the latest on Katie – Grady says he doesn’t have to read her blog because I’m telling him all about it :). Ok so was this post random or what???

green beetle

beeclose-up bee

pink butterflyclose-up butterfly


Envelopes From Africa

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.  I Chronicles 16:24

This is one of those “old into new” projects I talked about in a previous post.  I took envelopes from letters that were sent to me from friends in Africa and glued and taped them together and painted this map of Africa on them.  I love how you can see notes that were written to us on the envelopes, postage stamps from Africa, and the beautiful pink color of one of the envelopes – I think it adds some character to the painting and preserves some precious things to me in a very neat way.  I added things on the map that are unique to Africa and to some of my friends that are there.  You’ll see some of the creatures and critters (love and hated) from Africa, some of the people, houses, trees, air planes used to bring in supplies and people, and even a hospital that our friends worked at.  If you click on the main picture you can see a larger version of it (after clicking on the large picture, if you’ll place your cursor at the bottom right hand corner a box will come up with arrows on it – click it and  you can see it even larger – all the pictures on this blog should do that) and you can also click on the thumbnail pictures to see some details of the map.

The Whistle of God

I will whistle for them and gather them in.  Surely I will redeem them…Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember Me.  Zechariah 10:8-9 (taken from the NASB & NIV)

This is for my friend Amy who is in Africa.  She is wrapping up her time there and will be returning to the states soon.  My prayer is that the people there will hear the whistle of God and draw near to Him.  We are also praying that as the team leaves to return to the states, that those who know Him will remember Him.  Lord, gather them to Yourself – make Your Name great in Africa!  Amy sent me several pictures to paint from and this is one I was really drawn to.

They Will Soar On Wings Like Eagles

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Thank you for those who prayed for the Crowders.  I received an e-mail this morning saying they arrived safely.  It took quite a bit longer than they expected.  A 31 hour trip turned into 2 days.  They were tired but arrived safely.  I did this quick sketch painting Saturday while Grady fished.  It was interesting timing because this is actually a picture Beverly gave me of the plane they fly in on once they get in Africa.  You can tell by the painting that it’s quite small and the runway isn’t exactly paved.  So this painting is for the Crowders safe arrival.