Sunday, December 26, 2010

What will 2011 bring?

2010 will soon be history; a New Year is fast approaching. It's amazing how time flies. The old saying "time waits for no one" is very true. It comes and it goes. Regarding 2010, I found myself the other day telling a friend that it was a bad year and that I couldn't WAIT for it to be over.   Well yes, in 2010 there were a few mishaps both here domestically as well as on a global scale that could made the toughest homeboys run for cover.  And yes, there were a couple of personal bumps that knocked me to my knees. But I did get up each time; brushed myself off like I always do and kept stepping.  This evening as I further reflect on the personal events of this past year, I concluded that overall it really wasn't that bad for me. After all I did have many artistic triumphs.  Had works published; pieces in galleries, both locally and travelling nationally making a further name for my myself. Those were great things!  I wonder why we tend to focus on the negative while minimize what's positive around us?  In 2010 I was certainly a master of this. Silly me, not the  desired trait of a true believer.  Enough! I've decided just at this moment that I'm not going to do that anymore. Don't have any time to waste dwelling on the negative.

I'm not sure what 2011 will bring us all.  It's certainly time for positive energy flowing for me and the world.  In the coming year, I will be open to learning more about the facinating world of fiber art, in particular stretching myself to learn new quilting techniques to use with my artwork. I'd like to continue to meet more dynamic artists to network with and of course make time for globe trotting!  In 2011 I have my eyes fixed on travelling to the Mediterranean, in particular Greece.  I'd like to see the isle of Santorini. I'm also ready to take in a city tour of Athens, as well as taking in the beauty of the city's ivory architectural structures with the glorious Mediterranean sea as a back drop.  I can see a couple fiber pieces easily inspired by this travel.  There's no time like now to start squiring away my pennies for a Fall 2011 travel time; Opa!  Living creatively, Sandra

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sneak peak at "O"

There are a few real life subjects that inspire me to create a full fiberart quilt. I was recently given the opportunity to submit a general art piece for consideration in a tribute book to the multi-talented media giant Oprah Winfrey. I thought to myself  "Oprah, heck yes, let me jump right on this!"  It's the 25th and final year of Oprah's famous show. Black Artist in America, a wonderful new group that I just joined is hosting this exciting challenge. Of course there will be many submittals in all mediums and I'm proud to lend my fiber art work titled simply "O".  This piece is my quilted rendition of Ruven Afanador's photo of Oprah that I inked and thread painted from head to hands with her blowing bubbles of promise. (Sneak peak it to the right).  Oprah frequently reminds us to "live your best life". Yes girl, I can honestly say that I've been blessed and have had a wonderful life; the best of it in the last few years. During this time my creative spirit has blossom greatly; with the focus on firmly on fiber art. Truly I love the creative process all around, fiber, water color, oils, etc. I'm even thinking of giving photography a serious nod. Indeed, we'll miss Ms. Winfrey's daily show, but her motivating words will continue to inspire. Good Luck to you "O" as you move onto "OWN"  Living creatively, Santeena

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The art of being an artist

It's always great to be in the company of others with liked minds. We artists are a rare breed of humankind that immensely enjoy strolling through art galleries and museums searching for the "hidden meaning or themes" of featured works . During exhibits, we artsy fartsy types stop to glance at another artist's work with our heads slightly cocked to the side as to take in the energy from the piece we're observing; process said energy and either admire the artist's vision or not; glean inspiration to create something from the piece into our own work, or not.  This afternoon I travelled to the Oceanside Museum of Art to take in the exciting new exhibit " No Boundaries" and also to listen to a panel of 4 noted featured artists from the show (Deidre Adams, Gloria Hansen, Jane La Fazio and Katie Pasquini Masapust) who all spoke on the "Balancing Act: The art of being and artist".  It was a great discussion.  Each artist discussed her own approach to producing her quilt work.  I found it quite interesting that as a novice quilter; my process for beginning an art quilt piece; working though it's construction and finally onto completion was much like the process of a couple of these noted quilters.  What I was pleased to learn was that all of these accomplished artists are still in the process of learning and experimenting just like me. Katie P. Masapust is quite accomplished.  She's lectured and written many books (of which I have one) and she still gains inspiration to create from a weekly friendship group of artists.  Oh well, there you go.  I guess as long as you're living, you're learning.  In the art of being an artist, truly there is not a right or wrong.  There are techniques yes, but truly no right way or wrong way.  It's just a matter of interpretation; like when you're glancing at an exhibited piece on a museum wall, cock your head ever so lightly to the side and then utter those profound words, "this piece speaks to me by saying..."

Monday, October 18, 2010

Planning pays off - Visioning Project

Okay, I get it now.  Planning does pays off.  With any goal, there's a starting point; developing plan and steps to carry the goals to the next level.  I've been crazy busy in the last few months and haven't had a chance to work on my Visions Project. This afternoon I told myself come hell or high water (by the way one of my mother's favorite sayings) I would get going on my Visions Page. Well I'm proud to say that I got it finished; goals and all with clear targets for next steps. It's evident that when goals are written down, reviewed and then tweaked with needed changes; the chances of those goals being fulfilled are great. My goals are to have several clear paths for the direction of my work by the end of the project in September 2011. This process of Visioning success in the art world is golden. I'm focused for a change and I think it will stick this time. During the Visions introduction webinar a couple weeks ago, I was able to connect with others that had similar goals. Great ideas were shared during that webinar. The focus is to support each other with suggestions, praise when warranted, etc. I'm enjoying the process. Ready, set and let's go down the road of success. Living Creatively, Sandra

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


My Vision's Art Gallery submittal for the "Leaves and trees" challenge is Fall-end.  Got it end just under the wire - whew! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Discipline is making the choice between what you want now and what you want most...Author Unknown.  Wow, I lifted this quote from Karen Davis one of my Facebook friends.  It's profound!  It helped me to know for sure that how I dealt with very personal thoughts and feelings I have about loved ones, goals, etc., so far with a slow hand and patience; that I do have some sense of discipline. Wow, who knew?  I know, I know, I'm often very transparent; perhaps at times revealing too much about what's going on in my mind. Oh well, that's who I am and it works for me.. Living creatively, Sandra.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SAQA Visioning 2011 - My deepest fear....

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be?" - From Marianne Williamson's A Return to Love.  These words are the first part of one of my favorite quotes.  It reminds the reader that we are the ones that often gets in our own way; stalling progress even with things that matter to us so much. At the present time in my art career, truly there's nothing more important for me to do than to decide on the "hook" for Studio Santeena and get going on the business planning for said hook. SAQA's Visioning Project 2011 begins October 1st; just in time to assist me with corralling all the ideas that I have for my art work's hook and  then finalizing my identity.  This all scares me as I'm not one to be very focused with my art direction.  The Visioning Project will help me to remember that I am indeed powerful beyond measure and will have a clear path to achieve a firm strategic plan...I"ll keep you all posted on my progress.  Living Creatively, Sandra

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hello Down There!

Every month I attend local Fiber Arts meetings to get inspiration, network, etc.  Today I was present at the Quilts on the Wall meeting; a local group of very talented artists that come from ways as far south as Del Mar in San Diego County, to ways as far north as San Luis Obisbo.  Each year in QOTW we have a challenge quilt exhibit where members take a theme and create a quilt based on that particular theme. This year's theme is Discovery. The Discovery quilts were due today and honestly; the pieces submitted that I saw today blew me away!  Awesome work. My submittal for this years exhibit is  "Hello down there!  It's my fiber arts interpretation of Nasa's Discovery of a shrimp-like amphipod 600 feet beneath the surface of the ice in Antarctica.  Check it out.    

Saturday, August 28, 2010

"No Place to Call Home"

I'm very fortunate to be a participant in the "No Place to Call Home" SAQA travelling exhibit wonderfully curated by Kathleen McCabe. My art quilt "GimmeShelter" inspired by the devastation of Haitian earthquake of this past January where more than one million were left homeless, is being featured allow with local fellow Texture's Fiber Arts Member David Charity's dynamic quilt "House of cardboard".  The show is making it's first stop in Manchester, New Hampshire. The theme has wonderful and thought provoking work from artist all over the world.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The one that got away

When I was a kid, my sister Deborah and I  played endlessly just like all the other kids in our South Central Los Angeles neighborhood.  Deb and I spent countless hours playing house in the families subdivided garage.  We both took turns having fun playing my dad; with our pretend roles as the husband of the family who came home from work and settled in to tea and cookies at the tiny little table we had at the time. Back in the day, playing house was okay for a minute. But our real "out of this world" fun came  during sweet summer when we made and flew paper kites.   These kits were constructed from regular newspaper, painted and fitted with a string,  a tail and then launch for flight high in the sky.  All kids in our neighborhood participated in kite construction and flying.  We'd often let our kites go while in flight and ran after the string to catch them. We'd busted up laughing as we did this silly act again and again.  Every now and then one of our kites would get away.  While at Dockweiler State Beach, at Playa del Rey, it happened to me.  I stared into the sky with arms raised summoning the kite to return to no avail.  This 14" x 14" quilt is a my homage to those great kite flying times during my childhood.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

IQF Long Beach - Obama quilters in the house!

Whew!  The IQF Long Beach show has come and gone in a whirlwind!  Had a great time checking out exciting quilt art; the exhibitors and networking with old and new artist friends.  I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet with two of the very talented quilt artists whose tribute quilts were also featured in Carolyn Mazloomi's Journey of Hope - Quilt's inspired by President Barack Obama. I've known Cynthia Catlin for a couple years now. Awesome artist.  I also had the pleasure to meet Diana Bracy for the first time this show. She's very talented and a sweet lady.  Here's the three of us together holding the JOHA book. This is a proud moment for me! 

Each time I go to one of these conventions; I get inspired to create a new quilt using new techniques. I saw a beautiful piece of thread painted nude figures that were brilliantly crafted with scrim fabric as a background.  When I saw this of course my creative juices got going. From this piece I'm inspired to create an ink and thread painted portrait with a scrim-woving background.  I simply can't wait to see how this comes out.  Stay tuned!  Until next time, Santeena

Sunday, July 11, 2010


In a couple weeks, I have the good fortune to attend the IQF show at the Long Beach Convention Center.  Although not as large as the show held this fall in Houston, it's still facinating to go and see how other artists are creating their art; what colors and techniques used, what materials, etc.  At every show of this magnitude there's also vendors present selling their wares; most notably fabric pieces in every color imaginable.  My personal stash is relatively small compared to most fiber artist.  The goal during shopping this year is strategic; to find unique fabrics, maybe some silks that can be used in quilting having vibrant colors. Thread colors are equally exciting. I posted the photo above of hanging fabrics with some interesting textures and awesome colors. When I choose fabrics, I choose their use. Right in the moment of purchase, I choose how each beautiful piece of cloth will evolve into an important part of a fiber art piece to come. I know, I know, it's goofy that I get off on fabric selection. I know that I'm not along here.  I can't wait to see the fabric and thread colors at IQF!   Living Creatively, Sandra   

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Self Promotion - My Portfolio

This weekend, I had a chance to finish the "Geronimo" fiber piece (see below) and tweak  my "It's not easy being Green" quilt.  As I was working on reconfiguring the "green" piece; Geronimo stared me down from his wall space as to say "why did you take so long to finish me?".  I often wonder the same thing.:)  He is stunning. I'm quite proud of this piece.  The Green quilt was altered so that I can place it in my personal portfolio that I'm putting together.  It's a lot of work getting this portfolio thing together; but will be a valuable tool with promoting my art going forward. 

I've always had trouble with self promoting.  To me it's a little like boasting of who you are and what you can do and it's hard. There's a art to self promotion; a way that you can network selling yourself without sounding braggadocio. I like the idea of the portfolio; it's a clever way to show your works to galleries, curators, etc.   I know that I have a unique approach to quilt art and a style that may not be widely accepted. The nice thing is that I do have an audience of supporters who like my work and that's a good thing. Until next time, living creatively...Sandra

Monday, June 14, 2010

Being grateful

I'm so grateful; really appreciative for many things. Recently, I was injured slightly in a fall. I made an awkward move while walking and my left foot rolled to the side causing the injury and massive swelling.  The pain was excruciating! In fact, I've been out of commission the last ten days; and not being able to work out. As a result of not being active, the pounds have been creeping up yikes! During the last ten days; I've been confined mostly to my home, probably getting some needed rest. I've had more time to read and also most importantly, more time in my studio creating some artwork; some really good artwork I must say :). The accident was not a good thing of course. However not being able to walk briskly like I normally do caused me to slow way down; and to be still to do a lot of thinking.  I thought mostly about how things have recently changed in my life, some real good things have happened and some not so good things; in fact devastating things that in the moment  felt like I would die from the impact of those experiences; and I didn't! God is good. He's sent his ministering angels to encamp around me during those difficult times.  in the end I can always say that I'm so blessed and quite grateful for so many things - my general health; the encouragement and love of my family and friends and last but not least my ability to escape reality and go into that zone that all artists know so well; a place we magically go in mind to visualize and then create beautiful art.  Making pretty things; using any genre is a true passion of mine. I'm so thankful for this ability to create with abandon.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Geronimo Revisited

This memorial weekend was really cool. Three days of hanging out in my studio tinkering with art. Oh yes, there was a little  fiber art schedule planning involved as I'm very blessed with several upcoming exhibits to audition for. I also had time to revisited an old friend, my fiber art piece Geronimo.  This art quilt rendition of the great Apache warrior has "patiently" waited on my drawing board for months as I finished other more timely pieces. I still have several projects in the queue with very little time to work on them since I'm soooo busy with my daytime job.  I'm 85% finished with Geronimo who I plan feature as my entry into the Quilts on the Wall group portfolio submission.  I'm really proud of this painted appliqued portrait of him adorned with a real feathered headdress. He's stunning!  I won't display him just yet until I get clearance from QOTW.  Here's one of the great photos of Geronimo that I used as inspiration for this piece. Living creatively, Sandra aka "Santeena"  

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hey Kitty Kitty

My good friend Toni is a huge animal lover and she really likes cats in particular. Last year was very tough for Toni when she lost Kenya her beloved cat of 18 years.  This little fiber piece is my tribute to her and her kitty.  Take a look see at " Here Kitty, Kitty"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Finding Inspiration

I spent most of this past Saturday going through sections of my home getting ready for a garage sale in the next several weeks.  As you probably know, It was such a tedious process meticulously going through stuff trying to decide what to keep, discard or put up for sale.  Somethings are very easy to decide on such as dated clothing, fad exercise equipment/DVDs, etc.  Come on now, will I ever use that ab roller thingamajig again? Not! Deciding what fabrics I should perhaps put up for sale was far more harder to do.  In fact, as I took several pieces out and looked at them closely, I tried very hard to remembered why I bought them in the first place. Truthfully when I bought most of those fabrics, I had no idea what they would eventually be used for. I just liked them at the time of  their purchase.  It's very hard for me to pass over vibrant fabrics. I'm so attracted to them. After all, I'm the true Material out Madonna!  ;). As I pulled them out I got huge inspiration from a couple things; in particular an Egyptian fabric that I hadn't seen in a while and a papyrus sheet I got from Dick Blick's. A papyrus sheet? Who knew?  When I saw these two pieces together, sparks started to charge in my mind.  Suddenly I came up with what maybe a spectacular idea.  I'm calling that idea for the time being "Fabric inspired".  I'll think of a catchy Egyptian name later. You'll have to stay tuned for those developments. This work will be fourth in the queue of pending art pieces for me. Oh well...until next time...Living Creatively, Sandra  

Friday, May 7, 2010

Every home should have one

Sunday is Mother's Day.  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, to all the mothers, mamas, moms, mommies, step-moms, grandmothers, grannies, Nana's and women who may not be mothers, but are role models for young ones.  Today I thought alot about my own mother who has passed on.  My mother, Gertha or "Miss Gert" to most was a wonderful role model.  My mama was mother to seven kids! Who has that many kids anymore aside from the octomom! :). She was a tough but loving and always encouraged my sisters, my brother and I to dream big, but also to work hard.  She insisted that success without sweat didn't exist.  Yes, Miss Gert was there for us, a mainstay something every home should have. When we were all grown up and independent; she flew the coop several times traveling  to places all over the world, taking in sights.  Is from my mom that I got that same sense to travel and see the world; view different cultures; people watch and taste varied cuisines. From those travel experiences, my sense of colors and textures in art has expanded. This blog entry is dedicated to my mom with love always - Santeena.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Running with scissors!

Okay, Okay... I didn't get around to completing my Mother Earth quilt before Earth day this past Thursday.  To quote Joy Behar of The View: "Who cares?". Yes Sandra, who really cares?  I've finally come to the conclusion that there's only 24 hours in a day and I can only make so many things happen in that window of time.  I'm been my own worst enemy with over committing myself.  I do like staying busy with work, creating art and spending time with family and friends. I can still do those things; I just need to continue to remind myself to s-l-o-w down; take a breath; enjoy the scenery and stop running with scissors all the dang time! This weekend, I will complete Mother Earth and possibly another collaborative effort with master quilter Muna Elias. I'll paint the portrait "Bella" and Muna will unleash her magical thread painting talent.  Okay, now let's review: The order of the weekend is quilting, painting and oh yes, sipping tea.....What joy!  Scissors will be involved, but I won't be running with them :). Living creatively, Sandra

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mother Earth

Next Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day. I try very hard during the year to do my part with being green i.e. being energy efficient; recycling plastics and paper items; carrying cloth grocery bags, etc.  All of these actions of course are a good thing.  

Some may remember my last year's quilt art dedication to Earth Day, "It's not easy being green" a whimsical look at how we all struggle with being green conscious.  I've decided that my tribute for this year's Earth Day would simply be titled "Mother Earth". I'm inspired to do this special fiber art piece with many different found objects and fibers, of course with  the primary hue being green. 

Now, will I walk to work or do a special community sponsored activity highlighting Earth Day? Probably not, but I will continue to keep myself in check with doing those small, but equally important things I currently do to give back to our amazing planet.  Lastly, if you haven't already checked out the National Geographic's "Life" series which is similar to the very popular "Planet Earth", do so. Oprah Winfrey narrates another great series dedicated to the wonders of our planet. Until next time, Living Creatively, Santeena

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cheetah Girl in QA

I was thrilled to see that my Cheetah Girl (featured just below) was featured in the "Unleash your inner Animal" reader's challenge in the April 2010 edition of Quilting Arts magazine. Aside from the nice surprise of the seeing my work published; overall this month's QA issue is quite good.  I'm really impressed with the work of the featured artist Diane Marie Chaudiere whose beautiful art quilts features frogs, fish and vegetable gardens. Interesting arrangements of color with such detail.  Her work is astounding.  Check it April QA when you have time.  I promised you will not be disapointed!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Antony and Cleopatra DisCovered (AC-DC)

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Southern California.  When it's nice out, it always makes for a great ride in my little Honda.  Such was the case as I had to travel a little ways to a meeting of one of my local fiber art groups.  This time the meeting was to Quilts on the Wall; a regional group of mulit-talented fiber artists who reside from ways south in San Diego to as far north up the coast to Santa Barbara.  With each group that I belong to, I truly enjoy networking with liked minded Fiber Artist; getting inspiration from their works and sharing ideas.  I love it! At this QOTW meeting, we got a chance to preview the group's "Journey" quilt entries that will be featured at IQF Long Beach.  There were some spectacular entries unvaled.  We also learned that our "Archaeology" themed travelling quilt challenge will be first exhited at the Denver National Quilt Festival from April 29th and running through May, 2, 2010.  Inserted is my entry for that show "Antony and Cleopatra DisCovered (AC-DC).  This quilt celebrates the possible April 2009 archeaology discovery of the infamous couple within the confine of a deep shaft in a temple near the mediterreanean sea in Egypt.  This art piece features my usually ink painted scene.  Materials used this time were cording for Cleo's hair, various threads and buttons for Mark Antony's cape and a little glitter on Cleo's draped cape. A glass snake embellishment was sown right smack in the middle of the piece near the ill fated Queen's heart. Last but certainly not least, various decorative papers and papyrus bark slithers were used on the background of the quilt.  This was a exceptionally fun project.  Living Creatively, Sandra   

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Talking Shop

It's always great to talk shop with another artist.  This weekend I had interesting lunch with a friend of mine and discussed everything artistic. Literally from A to Z, we chatted about how quickly acrylic paint dries (that bugs us) to the new Zentangle trend which we both adore. His primary focus is photography and mine's of course is fiber arts.

Although we both dibble and dabble in all forms of creative expression from time to time, we agreed that we must remain true to what moves us most and take that to a new level. Perfecting our respective crafts was the call to action.  His photography is fantastic; mostly wide views of landscapes and nature.  We vowed to collaborate someday on an art quilt piece of his photography.  Can't wait to take one of his rich photos and recreate it with either ink or acrylic paint on muslin, then thread stitch it for effect.  Stay tuned, our project might just happen sooner than later.  Living Creatively, Sandra   

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Feather Series

As I'm exploring what makes me tick as a artist, I see that there's a trend toward creating fiber art that's clever, bright and has a little something extra.  Admittedly, I do go overboard at times with "a little something".  It's all in fun.  I just found a new inspiration for a quilt series from an experience I had while travelling in South Africa.  While at the Canga Wildlife Ranch, I was charmed by a peacock that keep strutting bye as I was at a gift shop booth. He was begging for me to notice him,  no different from his human male counterparts :).   When I mentioned about the bird going back and forth to the gift shop clerk, she said to me " Oh he's always just showing off". I thought this was so funny.  So in a tribute to this strutting peacock, I will used beautiful cock feathers as a focal point in the first quilt of a feather quilt series.  I'm interested to see what I come up with.  Living Creatively, Sandra 

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"

Cheetah Girl

Cheetah Girl
QA Reader Challenge "Inner Animal"

Little Freida

Little Freida
I just love Freida Kahlo!

Madam Butterfly

Madam Butterfly
Inked / Thread painted face with 3D hair bun

"Hello down there!"

"Hello down there!"
Rare find of shrimp like creature in a iceshaft in Anartica

Kiss of a Rose

Kiss of a Rose
Quilt Visions "Fantasy Flowers" Challlenge

Spring Bouquet

Spring Bouquet
Another quilted portrait with 3D organza lillies and leaves

Quilted Denim Jacket

Quilted Denim Jacket
Close up of Shaunna's quilted photo


Cherrywood fabric challenge - Lion King's travelling show

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge
Couldn't resist posting this water color work of an elephant on safari

Leopard at night

Leopard at night
Another watercolor


My quilted rendition of the proud Apache leader

Something to think about....

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"

Pablo Picasso