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

 

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

Fear Is A Choice


Sandra Cherry Jones`I have seen the previews for the new Will Smith movie that he’s starring in with his son. What caught my attention even more than all the action is the statement that he makes to his son, “Fear is a choice”. Those four words are powerful. Whether we realize it or not we decide if we will be fearful or courageous. No matter what we face it’s up to us to decide what kind of altitude we will have. This does not mean that we should go through life never fearful of anything. That’s just not the way most of us are, but to a large extent we can control our altitude.
There are three things that I am particular afraid. They are public speaking, mice and snakes. Did I mention public speaking? When I began to show my art I was asked to be in a group show. The other three artists in the show had exhibited their work for years. During the opening reception we were each given a few minutes to talk about ourselves and our art to an audience of about two hundred people. To say that I was fearful would be an understatement, but as afraid as I was, I was more afraid of not trying to share my thoughts. I had created work that I was proud of. I had made a decision to show my work publicly and as afraid as I was of public speaking I knew that this was something that I would occasionally have to do.I knew that if I wanted to continue to create my art and share it I would have to muster up courage and face my fears. My experience for the most part has been that when I changed my altitude things worked out well. Fear is a choice.

My Hero (Excerpt From My Grandaughter’s Essay


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“My hero”  is the title that my grandaughter gave to an essay assignment she was given in school. Not only was I surprised that I was chosen as the subject but I was more surprised by what she wrote. This is an excerpt from her essay.

 “My grandma is my hero because I don’t know many people that can find a hobby and turn it into a career and still be a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. (Amazing!) To you this might not seem like a big deal but to me it’s special and cool because it tells me that no dream is too big or too small to come true and for that this paper is dedicated to her. I love you grandma and if you ask me you are living life the way it should be…starting with a dream.”

I have this essay hanging in my studio. I am so inspired by my granddaughter and so many others. It was a shock to everyone  that knew me when I started entering art shows ans selling my work. They did’nt see that coming neither did I. I never thought about maybe I was too old to start my “art thing” or that maybe my work was not good enough. I just knew that it was what I wanted to do.

 I know this statement is used over and over, but here it is again

 LIVE YOUR DREAMS!!!