Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dans le Jardin

I have followed the art work of Chris Dark for sometime now.  Most of us are familiar with Chris's gorgeous Magnolia cards with her hand painted flowers and doodling.  Then one magical day, Chris posted a couple of pages from her art journal and I knew then what I wanted to do.  I wrote Chris and she told me about Andy Skinner and  Christy Tomilson.  So I kept following Chris and ended up taking a She Girl class on line.
Well Chris challenged me --- she said "Sandy I will make you a She Girl canvas if you make me one."  Well Honey Child I want y'all to know that  I would walk a mile barefoot in the rain for one of Chris's canvases.  So of course I said YES!!!  Then after I pledged to do it I said to myself "OMG Sandy what have you done - you have never made a canvas!"

This is the canvas that Chris sent me.


I love it !!  If only you could see it for real.  Beautiful colors and wonderful texture.  She has all the things in it I love.  The woods I live in and all the creatures around me. She personalized it even more by printing ever so small around the trees and the deer. To have this canvas in my hot little hands really helped me get going.  I studied every jot and tittle and low and behold found that cat in the bottom left hand corner.  To my amazement, Chris said it was really created from negative space - it's a miracle I say!!!!

Well I finally finished my canvas and off to England it went.  I did not want to post it until  Chris received it as I wanted it to be a surprise.   So in the style of Christy Tomilson and Christine Dark here is my canvas.


I want to thank Chris for  nudging me on to be better than I thought I could be -  for being a friend and a wonderful mentor.   You can see all of Chris's art work here and here .  If you have not been to one of Chris's blogs before, I highly recommend  it - you are in for a real treat!!!

Well kids, it's time to get on with my day.  Thanks to all my followers and all of you out there in Blogland who left me some very sweet comments. As you know, your comments make my heart smile and I do appreciate them.
Love,
Sandy



53 comments:

*Vicki* said...

Wow Sandy, this is incredible!! Gorgeous details and colors!! So glad you've got inspired and yes, you are a great artist my friend!! HUGS :)

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandy, LOVE this canvas, a wonderful piece of art.
Avril x

Danielle said...

Hello Sandy, I was waiting for your post to come and say a few words to you, about this gorgeous canvas I already saw on Chris' blog. I believe you captured her "essence" so well, love the french title, love the happy colors, the cat and the cardinal on top of her easel. I am looking forward to see other canvases by you! this style suits you so well. Hugs & Cheers from Montreal. xox

Lau W said...

OMG ! a piece of art ! Sandyyy, you're very talented ! Oh love the little cat héhé ! The garden is perfect ! Congrats, big congrats !
I'm going to see the blog of Chris because her canvas is wonderful ! You have a fantastic mentor !
I would to make such beautiful things but I am not able, it seems so difficult !
it's good to see you my dear Sandyyyy !
xxx

Caroline said...

Sandy I love your canvas it is awesome xxx

Daen'Ys said...

OMG Sandy, this is so amazing!
I've never seen anything like that before! I took a look on Chris's blog and I've seen your canvas there . It is much brighter than on your blog and I saw better the gorgeous colors you've used! This just incredible how beautiful it is!
Great great job!

Rosi x

Netty said...

wow your canvas is downright gorgeousness, loving it. Hugs Annette xx

Charlene said...

You did an awesome job!!!!!!! Love the colors and the sweet girl :-) I have been wantng to try one too, need to find the time lol!

Kjersti said...

This is awesome Sandy, your canvas is so beautiful - lots of gorgeous details and great colours!
Have a nice weekend!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Scrap Affair said...

Sandy! You lucky, lucky girl!!! Look at you-you are AMAZING!!! Love-love your canvas, and you got one fantastic pice of art too!! WOW!!!
AMAZING!

Carla S. said...

Wow, Sandy! You are so incredibly talented! That is one stunning canvas you created! Lucky you to have received the one you got, too! Brilliant work!

cathylynn said...

What on earth more can I say that hasn't already been said? How about SPECTACULAR and SPLENDID too! Love both pieces of art. Looks like you learn very fast sweet Sandy! Totally beautiful and so much to admire. Lovely coloring and looks like you mastered evry little detail. Well looks like I got to sudy both of these beauties some more!
Hugs, Cathy

cathylynn said...

Opps I should proof read before I send. Sorry for the typos. Hope you're not a retired English teacher. LOL!!!
Hugs, Cathy

Redanne said...

Hi Sandy, well both you and Chris already know what I think about each of your canvases - spectacular! Chris has mentored you well dear Sandy, you have captured the very essence of the Chris that I feel I know a little of - her loveliness and her charm. Well done my friend. Big hugs, Anne xx

Marilyn said...

I love this Sandy and have been waiting to see it ever since Kelly told me the two of you are into this. This is not at all what I thought it would be and I am so happy to say that it is gorgeous... honestly! And as a side note here... I didn't know what I would have said if it was one of those art dolls I've seen... you know, the ones with the dead fish on their head? I know they have meaning but I don't know what it is.
This however, is lovely and good job!

Maria said...

Wow!!! Such a lovely canvas, Sandy! A true beauty, indeed! I loved reading your sweet post! So very inspiring! I'm going to have to visit Chris's blog! You take good care, hugs!

Christina C. said...

Well....BRAVO, Miss Sandy!!!!! I am hugely impressed by this amazing art work from your hot little hands...WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! I saw it on Chris's blog already and I was blown away! You have really outdone yourself, girl, and I look forward to more. I agree with Danielle, this style suits you!
Big Hugs, Christina

Lori said...

Wow! Sandy, your canvas is wonderful! Love the sweet girl you created and all the lovely flowers and butterflies!

julieprice3 said...

Both canvases are fabulous, I love the scene each creates and the colours are gorgeous, Good on you for pushing yourself Sandy, You never know until you try, Awesome work!
Hugs julie P

inkypinkycraft said...

These are both beautiful canvas ...full of wonderful detail! Trace x

Susan Flynn said...

Wow Sandy your canvas is fabulous. How talented you are. I love all the flowers and butterflies it looks like a magical garden. The easel and picture is just perfect with the cat sat in front inspecting things!! Hope you are well xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Oh my goodness me . . . how clever and talented you are Sandy. How did you ever doubt yourself so? It's beautiful xxx

butlersabroad said...

Chris is an amazing artist Sandy and her canvas for you is beautiful, but my oh my! Your hidden talent vein must run deep as your own canvas is so stunning and equally beautiful! Well done for challenging yourself and finding another string for your bow. This must have been what's kept you busy and off line for a while, lovely to have you back! Post more often!!

Hugs
Brenda

Leah Ann Gast said...

Sandy, Oh my dear you are oh so talented, You don't give yourself enough credit. Such a beautiful canvas, I love it!!!! Chris Dark does awesome work, love the canvas she did for you, something to treasure forever. LOVE YOUR CANVAS!!! You are such a sweetheart, thanks for all your lovely comments, and my family is doing o.k. knock on wood! Praying it stays that way...Love n Hugs! Leah Ann

stampingwithpeggie.blogspot.com said...

Wow! Great canvas you did and you are so fortunate to have received such a neat one in return.

Patricia Garcia said...

Sandy this canvas is STUNNING! You do beautiful work my dear friend, love the colors and the pretty image. You are so talented!!

Hugs,
Patricia

Kelly Neis said...

You are incredible! I bet Chris is smiling ear to ear! Your canvas is gorgeous and I see you learned alot from your class and Chris too. What a wonderful thoughtful person you are for personalizing this just for her. Of course I know that about you, but it doesn't hurt to tell you that a few more times. Thank you for mentoring me with my canvas experience. I am so excited to see more of your divine work, I love what you did here.
Big Hugs, Kelly

Candy said...

Sandy,
Now here comes your art - finally out!!!!
Wow I am so impressed. Chris must love your canvas. It is so so so beautiful!!
I love seeing the two works side by side.
You've used beautiful colours and I love your garden :o) Congrats on your creation!!
Hugs, Candy
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butterfly said...

Oh Sandy, what a wonderful post to read - full of your bubbling enthusiasm and joy in creativity - your own and other people's. And both the canvases are stunning... what a brave step into a new crafting adventure, and what a glorious triumph you have created! I will certainly go and look at Chris and Christy (both of whose blogs I've visited on occasion, but not spent much time exploring)... the online class sounds great. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing creative journey with us!
Alison xx

EnblogSail said...

Oh Wow! I love it. You did it. It's dreamlike. Great job! U should be very proud of yourself!
Caryl

Becky said...

wow! Beautiful colors and details. These are awesome.

Pat said...

Sandy this is really beautiful, love the colours and all the different element. Off to have a look at the blogs you have mentioned.

Pat xx

Paper Tails said...

WOW Sandy! What a piece of art. It is so gorgeous. The colors and your design is fabulous. How exciting....

Karen

ahlers5 said...

Love this canvas! Beautiful piece of artwork. You should be very proud!

Lisa M said...

What a terrific journey this has been on your blog today. I am so filled with inspiration and excitement to see that people are stretching their comfort zones and really expounding on their talents AND further more, exchanging items. I think it's simply fabulous and SO ARE YOU. Both of your canvases are just exceptional and full of life and beauty and mystery and elements to be discovered continually. Superior job here chica. I for one applaud you and your endeavors of canvas art and mixed media. I however cannot find that darn cat! I have looked and squinted on your blog and Chris' and for the life of me, it eludes me. I did get my eyes checked last week and I'm officially blind so when my glasses come in this week,I'll check back again. Lord only knows what I'll find that I've missed all this time!
Anywho....I LOVE YOUR WORK!! You keep rocking out that creativity and I'll keep absorbing it.
hugs,
Lisa xx

Lisa M said...

Wait a minute, just went back again. I think I was looking too hard. Is it just next to her and nearly touching a butterfly? If so, that's adorable!!

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh my...these look like they would take forever-So very details and oh so lovely! I do see the cat too! I have followed Chris for so long-one of the first I found out in blogland. Besides being ever so talented-she is one nice lady as well!
I think you have found your niche! Those WOYWW ladies would love this-they do a lot of art on canvas as well!

Linda Palmer said...

Sandy, this is amazing! You did a gorgeous job on this canvas. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am so proud of you for finding something you really care about and jumping in like you have. Love anything you do and this is so special.

Sandra said...

Wow Sandy! This is one beauty! Can't believe that this is your first one! You're a natural at this! You go girl! So happy that you're trying new things! That always is lots of fun! I'm sure Chris is very happy with it and really really proud, as am I! Hugs, Sandra

~Tammy~ said...

Wow Sandy...how truly amazing! You did an amazing job!!!!! I can only imagine how fantastic it felt to turn out such beauty and be mentored! Your gift is amazing!!! Wow!

Patricia St Martin said...

OMGoodness Sandy I would love to see it in person, I'm sure it is stunning. I can see all the wonderful detail you added and I love the stunning colors and the special effects. You must of learned so much, what an opportunity you must of had to work with someone with so much talent.
Hugs, Patricia

Lindsey said...

Way to take on a challenge and run with it!!! Gorgeous canvas, Sandy.

Sylvia de Bruijn said...
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Sylvia said...

Wow Sandy, what can I say about this wonderful piece of art you have made. My goodness, you are so talented and creative. You have outdone yourself with this gorgeous canvas.(I hope this is the good word, but I know you understand what I mean with that). I also hope to see more of this art from you. Big hugs from the Netherlands.
xxxSylvia

Chris said...

I look at it daily and daily it makes me smile therefore you are an artist :).

A beautiful post my friend, thank you and I can't wait to see more of your canvases, your first is magnificent!

Big hugs

Jayne A said...

Oh wow Sandy your really Under estimate yourself because that canvas is amazing.
Hugs
Jayne

May said...

O my word Sandy, This is AMAZING work.. I Love, Love, love your Canvas... so many beautiful textures & colours, the design is fantastic... You should be very proud you brilliant creative lovely lady!! Hugs May x x x

Tan's Hobbies said...

Hello, my dear Sandy! So sorry for missing from the blog lala land for a few MONTHS!!!

Anyway, your work is AMAZING!! You are such a truly artist. I LOVE your canvas. Love love love the textures, the colours are lovely, the overall design is just soooo fantastic. Can't wait to see more canvas project from you =)

Pam Sparks said...

Amazing Sandy! So cool that you did this! I am so impressed! I love this look! So creative and wonderful! Awesome way to start the year!

Alice Wertz said...

wow! beautiful work of art, Sandy!! love love your canvas. amazing details on the background!

Shannon White said...

Wowie!! Where have I been! lol I've been missing out on your Gorgeous Canvases, that's for sure!! lol This is So Fabulous!! love all the beautiful flowers and fun mixed media details too! and the one Chris sent to you is just as Fabulous!! Wow!! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Sally Dube said...

JUST YESTERDAY I was looking at the info on Christy's She Girl on-line class!! I so want to do it, but am afraid with all my other commitments I won't have the time... I think however, you have inspired me to get on it!! As soon as I have the money, I am in! Love, love, love what you have created Sandy!!

Sarah B said...

I just love this canvas - the detail is amazing - it must have been a lovely present to receive.x