Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

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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.

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Portrait

Sandi Hester, oil

Oil painting from previous sketch.

My New Website!!!!!!

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WWW.SANDIHESTER.COM

I’ve launched my new website sandihester.com and I’m so excited to share it with you!!! I’ve been working on it for about a year and I’m over the moon with how it’s turned out. I would LOVE for you to check it out and let me know what you think. Feedback would be greatly appreciated! Also, on the contact page you can sign-up to be notified when I update things on the site.

You will find paintings in categories and I will regularly update my studio page with more pics from my studio (there’s already lots of pics there now!). From the website you can get to this blog and to my Instagram site. Hope you enjoy it!!!!!!!

New Art Supplies!

I just got in a whole new box of oil pastels. It’s a medium I’ve dabbled in for sketching but I only have 4 colors and I thought this could be a good medium for sketching this summer – we have a lot of travel coming up. First things first when getting something like this is to do a color chart. I’m a total art nerd and I love nothing more than doing color charts – especially with a new medium or new colors. An artist MUST know her medium and how her colors play together and color charts is a great place to start. Besides the fact that color charts are SOOOOOO pretty – or at least I think so. These pastels are like “painting” with colored butter and they make you stay loose. I love a medium or tool that keeps you from getting too detailed AND something that allows you to make marks and keep those marks is a winner in my book!

This is what they looked like when I first opened the box. Then I rearranged them so they were laid out like my normal layout –¬†¬†color families from light to dark.

Sea and Sky

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oil by Sandi Hester

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oil by Sandi Hester

These are from a couple years ago when we took a family vacation to the beach. I don’t paint like this often but I liked how these turned out. I set-up my easel in the den overlooking the ocean (we were at the top of this majorly tall condo) and the family (especially the nieces and nephews) enjoyed watching my painting process. I have fond memories when I look at these paintings.

Nativity Puzzel

Sandi Hester, oil, puzzle

Sandi Hester, oil, puzzle

This is a nativity puzzle I painted for a precious friend’s baby shower. I’m working on a very large nativity two part painting and this is slightly inspired by it. The larger works aren’t so kid-like but I am doing them from a different perspective than is normally shown. In this scene Mary and Joseph have just arrived to the manger and are “assessing” what their reality is as the ducks and sheep look on.

Breakfast

Sandi Hester, oil, 18X24

Large Still Life

Sandi Hester

Sandi Hester, oil 18×20 still life

This is quite a large one for me, but I’ve been doing many more large ones lately and playing with different ways of laying the paint down. I’m really happy with this one.

Diverting from art – Real life here!

Today I have a small celebration – I’m a type 1 diabetic and for the last 2 years have been giving myself multiple shots for any food I eat and for high blood sugars. Tomorrow I am getting an insulin pump and won’t have to do this any more on a daily basis – whoop whoop!!! Here’s a short video to give you a peek at what 10 months of shots looks like! If you have trouble viewing the video you can click here and go to my youtube channel.

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10 months of shots!

African Women and Children

Sandi Hester oil

Sandi Hester, oil on paper, 18 x 24

The finished painting! I couldn’t get one single photo to capture the color accurately – so frustrating! This is the best I could do but the original is so much prettier and has a creamy buttery feel about it.

Sandi Hester

Sandi Hester, oil on paper