Teaching At – risk Children


Hi everyone I am asking for your vote. Etsy is having a contest for their shop owners. They are offering awards for the two shop owners who receive the most votes. Please vote for my on line shop. The award would help me to teach at – risk children art. I taught in the past because of grant money. I would really like to use this money to be able to teach again. This is the link to the voting page. Please vote and share the page. Thanks for your support.

http://wshe.es/4Qi6r1RA

This is my Etsy shop.  https://www.artisttoostudio.etsy.com

 

5 Things I Learned From Painting Electrical Boxes


I was recently asked to paint images on the electrical boxes in my home town. It is part of an effort to turn some of these plain boxes into works of art. Although this public art project is one that has been done in larger cities, it is new for my small town. It has been a wonderful experience but it has not been without its challenges. So what have I learned?

1. I needed to be prepared, in my case, to work in sweltering heat.

2. I needed to remind myself that everyone is not going to like my art. Hey some people actually preferred the dull painted electrical boxes the way that they were. Who knew?

3. I needed to prepare my self for a host of insects that were on the boxes. Actually I think that I discovered new ones that had never been seen.

4. I discovered that I can actually forget to eat a meal. I would become so engrossed in the

project that I would forget to eat a meal. I found that I lost weight without really trying.        Yea!

5. It has taught me to get over my dread of painting in public. It’s wonderful talking with        people and introducing my art to some who ordinarily would not see it. It has been               interesting hearing the stories that they have shared with me, and the interest that            children have shown really made the project well worth the effort.

 

I Need Your Opinion


As many of you know, a large part of my art consist of paintings on brick pavers. These paintings are decorative and many people display them on tables, bookcases and such. Some of my clients use them as doorstops. They are each signed with my name “Cherry” and the year of completion.

Well I decided to add a disclaimer to go along with the bricks. I would love to get your opinion on it. Please let me know what you think. Here goes.

Disclaimer

Disclaimer: I, Sandra Cherry Jones, painter and seller of this painted brick declare that I am not responsible for it’s unlawful use. The intended purpose is for it to be used as a decoration only. If found please do not contact me, Sandra Cherry Jones. I was not there. It was not me.

Have a nice day!

Sandra Cherry Jones Cape Lookout Lighthouse  ( North Carolina )102_0433

You can see my paintings on bricks and other art at http://www.artisttoostudios.etsy.com

 

Obama’s Thoughts


“Obama’s Thoughts” is the title of this acrylic President Obamapainting. I painted it during his first presidential term. I don’t paint very many portraits of famous people but at the urging of one of my collectors I decided to paint the president.

I sold the painting last year, but I have prints of it available. Sometimes its hard parting with your art but I knew that this painting was going to a very appreciative collector. That fact made the parting a little easier.

Plans For The New Year


Hi, I hope everyone is well.Lovely Mannequin Ladies Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their schedules to read my blogs. I plan to continue to paint as long as I am physically and mentally able. Painting is my first love! I enjoy creating other forms of art so in the new year I plan to also work with polymer clay and I will be introducing another creative form of art that I enjoy, Paper mache sculptures. I have started creating mannequin heads. These are both functional as well as decorative. The can be used to hold a hat, wig or headband or they can be displayed as decorated pieces of art  on a table or shelf.

My sculptures will be a great conversation piece no matter where they are displayed. They are not perfect but I think that the imperfections add their own unique beauty. Most of my mannequins will come with a story, for example Maria is from a small hard working village in Spain. There will be others from other parts of the globe. Yes, I have a fertile imagination. Most of my sculptures will be on Etsy but If you would like for me to create something special for you please contact me. Thanks for reading my blogs and best wishes to you in the coming new year!

email: artisttoostudios@yahoo.com

website: http://www.artisttoostudios.etsy.com

My Experience At The African American Cultural Festival


I was recently chosen to be one of about 25 artists to display my work at the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having my work chosen to be in shows is not new for me but to be chosen to be in a show as large as this one was a new experience for me.

The show was for two days, Saturday and Sunday. 30,000 to 40,000 people was expected to come. Yes, this show would definitely require more preparation. I knew that I needed to take as much of my art work as possible. It’s better to carry more than I needed rather than not enough. Time for a quick inventory of my work. Okay, am out of three of my most popular prints, so am off to my favorite printer to have more made.

Proper weights are going to be required for my tent because sometimes its windy and I don’t want my tent to become airborne. So off to Lowe’s to purchase my materials. (I want to make my own weights.) But enough with the preparations, on to the show.

!AACF BoothAfter being directed to the area where my tent was to be, I began unloading with the help of family members and festival volunteers. I loved the excitement in the air as all of the artists,food vendors, performers and stage hands set up for the two day event.

From the beginning of the show I stayed busy talking with visitors. I met a pig farmer and his wife who fell in love with my paintings of pigs on the beach and my painting of pigs having a romantic evening in a restaurant. We had some laughs and they purchased the paintings and  were looking forward to hanging them in their home.

The festival was a wonderful experience and a  great opportunity for me to meet future collectors, talk about my work and forge connections. If you would like to know more about my art world and see some of my work visit my website at http://www.sandracherryjones.com

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Best Wishes!

Sandra Cherry Jones