Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

Category: oil

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.

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Tea, Lemons, and Juice

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Sandi Hester, oil, Tea, Lemons, and Juice

My quick sketch and my finished painting.

Studio Shot - Sandi Hester

African Women & Children

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Sandi Hester, oil on paper 18×24

More on the Process

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Sandi Hester, oil on paper, 18×24

This is all I do for a “drawing” when I start a painting. I use paint and a larger brush than you would expect (not a pencil for my drawing). This helps keep my painting loose. This is the beginning of the largest painting I’ve ever painted (hint – I’m finished with it and I think it’s my favorite painting I’ve ever done – more to come later). Yep, another of my African Woman and Children paintings. I’ve been doing this series all the way back to my watercolor days and I’ve never painted from the original photo since that first watercolor of the African Women and Children (you can see it and read about it here). I paint from the other paintings I’ve done each time.

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The Process

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Sandi Hester, oil

Thought I’d show you some of the process I go through with my paintings. Sometimes I feel like something just isn’t working with a painting- sometimes I know what it is and sometimes I don’t. USUALLY I leave things alone because I USUALLY ruin a painting when I start trying to fix things, but lately I’ve been trying to have more confidence and fix what I feel is wrong. In other words, trying not to let fear hold me back from making an ok painting into a better painting. The painting above is my “fixed” version and the one below is the one I felt like something about the background was off.

One of the reasons I usually just leave it alone is because I’m a TERRIBLE judge of my own work!!! You may agree and feel like the first one was better!

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Sandi Hester, oil

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Playing in the Studio

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Sandi Hester, oil on paper

Sandi Hester, oil on paper

What playing in the studio looks like for me. This is obviously not my normal style, but I love experimenting with different methods and styles.

Blueberries and Begonias

Sandi Hester, oil

I’m going to try and start posting again 😬. I’ve been good at posting on Instagram and am going to try and post at both places (blog and Instagram) each time. Where in the world to start after not posting in SOOOOOO long??? Start with what I posted today in Instagram πŸ˜‰! So here ya go!

Palette, Paints, Tips and Instagram

First things first – I have no idea how to link Instagram to my blog BUT I wanted to let you know that I am on Instagram now and I post on there more frequently since it feels a little more laid back and not so formal as the blog. I think my “name” is sandigrady1. Leave me comments if you can’t find me.

Ok, on to the video! I did this video a couple months ago but just couldn’t get it to work – somehow it just started working so here it is! So, yes, I know, I need to work on my videoing skills – not the best BUT it does contain lots of good info, products, and several good tips I’ve learned along the way. I hope you enjoy it! If the video below doesn’t work here’s a linkΒ AND don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you get updates on when I publish videos.

Video Studio Tour and Recent Paintings!

Soooooo, as usual, it’s been a while since I last posted – sorry about that! BUT I hope to make up for that with a VIDEO!!! Actually two videos – another one will be coming soon. This first video I did a short studio tour and in it you get to see some of my more recent paintings – like a lot of the one’s I haven’t been posting this past year – oops.

The next video will be about the paints (brands and colors) I use and some tips about color mixing and other helpful tips. I also share about a new painting medium I’ve been using lately and loving! Hope you enjoy it and check back soon for my other video. AND just in case any of you are worried that I may have just stuck my finger in a electrical socket – I did not πŸ™‚ – it’s just the product of how my scary hair looked that day and that I forgot to look at it before I did the video – another oops! Or more like – eek! If for some reason the video isn’t working you can also click on this link to get to my youtube channel and find the video there.