Sandi Hester

Paintings by Sandi Hester

Tag: garden

New from the Old

I feel like I haven’t had much time in the studio in months and I’m locking myself in the studio this week! I wanted to give myself some exercises instead of just jumping into a painting – I need some warming up. So I’m doing value studies and decided to take some of my old paintings and rework them. I played around with some old paintings on my editing program and put filters on some of them – changing not only the colors but changing the values also and I’m painting from those filtered pictures of old paintings (does that make sense???!!). Here’s the first one I did below: 1st pic is my new painting, 2nd pic is the filtered picture I painted from, and the last pic is of my old original painting. I’m going to do this with some more paintings too and if they turn out I will share them with you.

Sandi Hester, 9×12 oil

Altered pic of old painting, Sandi Hester oil

Sandi Hester oil

2013 oil painting by Sandi Hester, 7×11

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Self Portraits

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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!

Summer Morning Light

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oil by Sandi Hester

A still life I did one summer in my normal set-up style – still life set up on a table right outside my studio window on a day with strong direct sun light – doesn’t get better than that for me!

Starting Work On the Garden

We got a new tiller yesterday because our old one gave us all she’s got. So now we are ready to get our little garden ready and plant some yummy veggies! I LOVE being about to go to the grocery store in my own back yard :)! Granted we have a limited variation in our “grocery store” but I love that I can at least make a salad and salad dressing from my small garden with the veggies and herbs. Here’s a quick painting I did of some of the tomatoes in our garden last year. I did it more in a sketch book style – I like doing this from time to time.

8x8 oil

8×8 oil