Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

Category: Other

NEW YouTube Video! 2019 Studio Update

Make sure to subscribe and like the video and leave me your questions for the question and answer time in the upcoming videos!

Window Christmas Decorating

Quick little video of me decorating for Christmas. Hope you all had a great one! More videos to come in the new year so make sure to follow and subscribe. Instagram (@sandigrady1) and my youtube channel are where you will likely see videos first so make sure to subscribe in those places to get update first. See you in the new year!

VIDEO! Sketchbook Ideas

I did a video on a sketchbook I did for a friend as a gift for Christmas – check it out to get some good ideas for a sketchbook, to see a little bit of what is in this sketchbook and to see my totally messy studio (it’s that time of year that the studio stays looking like it exploded). Hope you enjoy it and expect to see more videos coming – I plan to do more videos in the upcoming year and hope it will be a more common feature on my blog, youtube channel, and instagram (@sandigrady1). Come find me on those other avenues and subscribe to get updates of new things.

Self Portraits


Sandi Hester, self portrait

Sandi Hester, oil

Sandi Hester, oil, self portrait

Sandi Hester, oil, self portrait

Sandi Hester, oil, self portrait

Here are a couple of self portraits. All through history artists have used themselves as subjects to paint or draw – sometimes to portray or “say” something about themselves, but I think often it’s just because it’s a free and available model – I know that’s the case for me. In the past I’ve dressed-up in something I’d like to paint and had Grady take pictures of me around the yard or sitting at a table reading or drinking tea – just so I would have a figure to paint under the lighting I liked. So, it has nothing to do with being interested in self – but having an available subject :)! Hope you enjoy these! The first one is a sketch I did in less than 5 minutes today!

Oil Pastel Sketches

Sandi Hester, oil pastel

Sandi Hester, oil pastel

Sandi Hester, oil pastel

REALLY enjoying these oil pastels to sketch with!

Art Sale & Open House

8×8 oil bar

Some of you are saying, “It’s about time!” I’ve been saying I’m going to have an art sale since spring. Well, I’m FINALLY having one. Many of you have been asking to see our house too so we’re going to do a combo – art sale and open house. We’ve designed a colorful, unique, salvaged house – a one of a kind. We love old things so we built a house to look like a 100-year-old farmhouse. We used as much salvage and old stuff as we could – our floors are from the 1800’s, we have several old doors, every door knob is different, old lighting, etc. Here’s a picture of our little banquette in our kitchen – built for just the two of us (the walls are painted in chalk board paint – I’ve got writing and pictures all over them…)

The sale and open house will be Saturday, November 3rd from 1-3:30. I have LOTS of art. I will be selling my watercolor prints and lots and lots of my original oil paintings. All my original oil paintings will be framed and ready to hang on your wall OR wrap to give as an original Christmas gift. I know I haven’t shared many of my oil paintings on the blog but I’m hoping to post more before the sale so you can get a sampling. Above is one of my little birdies in oils (not the best photo of it – some glaring – took it too fast). I had a friend see some of my birds early on when I started painting in oils and she said she’s going to buy all my birds – so if you want one you better get here before Steph does :).

Feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested. Here are the details…



1:00 – 3:30 PM


(we are about 12 minutes from Rivergate and about 10 minutes from Nashville)

Since this is a post about the art sale and open house of our home I thought I would wrap this post up with sharing two paintings I’ve done of our house. Here are two from the pond side – for some reason I really like painting this view…

8×8 oil

8×8 oil

Cooper – All Grown Up

I haven’t shown you any pictures of Cooper since he was a little pup so I thought I’d do a quick post of some of his “grown up” pictures. Some words that describe him are: fun, lazy, and a big goof ball! The pictures capture a little of that. His favorite things in life are frisbee, sleeping, going running with his dad, and giving big sloppy kisses to EVERYONE. The last picture is of him snuggled up in my lap while I’m having my quiet time – he makes for a good table :). Click on any of the photos to see them larger.

Another Vegetarian in the Family???

These were taken a while back – Cooper is much bigger now but I thought these pictures were cute and wanted to share them with you.





 Today is Grady’s birthday!!! I just thought I’d take a moment and share a little about why I love my man so much. He’s the BEST husband EVER – way more than I deserve! He’s smart, insanely handsome, funny, fun, humble, selfless, loves me like crazy, always puts others first, a great provider, a great fisherman, a great skier – actually he’s great at everything he does, did I mention how good-looking he is??? I love you like crazy Grady – I don’t deserve you at all but am so thankful to the Lord that He gave you to me. May we have many more blessed years together! I hope you have a VERY BLESSED DAY!!! (He’s NOT going to like that I put these pictures of him on here :)).

Meet The Newest Addition…


to our family – Cooper! We started looking for another dog about 6-7 months ago. Grady thought since we were buying property we needed a bigger dog 🙂 – I jumped on the chance to get another dog. So I started researching larger breeds that don’t shed (since I have bad allergies) and that are laid back – I didn’t want a large spastic house dog. We came across a rare breed that seemed to good to be true. Cooper is a Korthals Griffon – also called a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. They are hunting dogs that are low shedding, love people and children, and are couch potatoes.

Before we got Cooper I took my niece and nephew to the pet store to pick out a toy to give Cooper (they’d never been in a pet store so they were fascinated). Of course Hannah would have bought the whole store for him. Here she’s giving love to the “snake dog” she picked out for him and Aidan liked the “snack” aisle (that didn’t surprise me :)) and thought this would be a great treat for Cooper. That’s NOT what we ended up getting for Cooper though :).

We have fallen head over heals in love with this little guy. He is a snuggle bug and a lover boy – he loves kisses, rubs, and snuggling. He’s VERY laid back! And he is beyond cute – seriously good-looking.

The breeder lives in Iowa and were kind enough to meet us half-way. So Saturday we hit the road and met up with them at a rest stop (the happy new parents below). We were on the road ALL day (5:15am – 6:30pm) but it flew by for me :). Cooper slept in my arms the whole ride home. This breeder is top-notch and has 3 more pups (it was a very large litter) if you’re interested let me know and I’ll hook you up with them. You can click on any of the pictures to see that cute little face larger. I’m sure you’ll be seeing paintings of this little guy soon – he seems to like to pose for the camera and hopefully for his artist momma. This little guy is a real blessing to us!

Chirp Chirp

Since this is a bird post I wanted to take the opportunity to share another Christian artist who I stumbled upon lately and was BLOWN AWAY with – seriously you’re going to love this guy and the symbolism that’s in his paintings is over the top good. This is one of my favorites – PLEASE click on the link (the high lighted words) and check out his interpretation of the last supper – read the symbolism below the painting – go, do it now!… ok is that good stuff or what???!!! Here’s his website if you’re intersted in reading and seeing more or purchasing some of his work. I know 2 of my friends who will LOVE his work – Susan and Tina this will bless you I know!

You probably won’t be too intersted in seeing my stuff after looking at all his great stuff – I’m not even intested in seeing my stuff after looking at his! But here are 3 more sketches I did in my bird series.