Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

The Process

Sandi Heter oil

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!

Sandi Heste oil

Sandi Hester, oil

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Playing in the Studio

Sandi Hester oil

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.

Studio Shot

Thought it would be fun to share peeks into my studio at times. Here’s the first “peek”!

Family Pictures

Sandi Hester oil

Sandi Hester, oil, 14×18

Playing with old family photos. This is what it looks like for me to play in the studio! I’m not going for an exact looking portrait- I’m just using the photo as a spring board for shapes and color/design hints. This one is of my parents before I was born. In the lower left corner I wrote what was on the back of the photo – my older sister Jackie took this photo – she would have been a little girl at the time.

Tea with Lemons

Sandi Hester oil

Sandi Hester, oil

This is a biggish one for me – 15×15 oil still life.

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Tea with Lemons

Sandi Hester oil

Sandi Hester, oil on paper

Simple still life oil sketch.

More Blueberries and Begonias

 

Sandi Hester, oil, 10×10

I’ve been really enjoying painting these blueberries!!

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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.