Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Ready or not ~ 2017, here I come!

I really enjoy the holiday time of the year.  Getting a chance to see and celebrate the season with friends and family is always a treat.  However, I'm so ready for the new year! I firmly believe that 2017 with be a year filled with adventure, opportunity and I plan to be right smack there in the middle of all exciting things. 

I've been busy~ Ready or not, here I come! The new year brings glorious news from Studio Santeena including my newly updated website which can still be found at studiosanteena.com; the focus and re-launch of my Etsy store and a exciting new partnership and showcase for my fiber artwork at pixels.com.  Come January 1st, please do take a peak at those sites for some very interesting portrait and pictorial works as well as an opportunity to buy anyone of my art images on coffee cups, tote bags, phone cases, etc..


As many of you know, my moniker "Santeena" is a name I gave to my alter ego which was a cute little doll I made sometime ago.  The name stuck and is a combination of me, Sandra and Tina Turner.  Ms.Tina has been a heroine of mine for over the years. I so admire her strength in times of adversity and her ultimate rise to fame as a iconic Rock Diva later in life at the age of 45.  I also started making artwork via Studio Santeena later in life and truly enjoy every minute of the creative process.  Check out just right my new featured Santeena portrait mashup.  I find it fascinating some of the facial similarities between Ms. Turner and myself.

Here's to love, peace and an ever enduring creative spirit in the coming year!

Blessings,
Sandra



Wednesday, June 22, 2016














"Simba!" is a my favorite character from Lion King the musical because through growing pains and lessons learned while a coy cub, he matures into adulthood and emerges as the eventual King of the Jungle following his father's Musfasa's footsteps. I wanted to feature a quilt version of Simba gazing up to heaven acknowledging his father's ever present greatness. This interpretation of Simba uses my signature ink and thread painted portrait technique, coupled with a Seminole pattern blocked masked using the challenged fabrics, finally embellished with feathered Raffia at mask.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pet Portraits - Lola and Kato

I'm thrilled to introduce an extension of Studio Santeena: "The Quilted Menagerie".  I wanted to create affordable artwork for people who LOVE their pets as I do starting with Ms. Lola, my adorable Norfolk Terrier.  Your own pet pillow is certain to be a treasured addition to your pillow collection.  Check out my quilted rendition of Lola. 
My latest quilted pillow is my niece Shaya's Pit Bull Kato. Isn't he a cutie? Remember, you too can have your lovable pet immortalized on fabric. Reach out to me at santeena1@yahoo.com or by calling 951-966-3236 for details.  Living Creatively, Sandra aka Santeena.



Sunday, February 21, 2016

I'm back!!!


Hello friends. I'm back!!!! I've been away from blogging for a while.  I had to take an unwanted sabbatical from writing in general.  Not scribbling about my love of art and travel has been particularly excruciating.  You see, life got in the way of doing many of the fun things that I enjoyed doing. I've spent most of the last year working full time as a care giver for my dad who suffers from dementia.  I can't say enough terrible things about this dreaded disease.  It robs it's victims of all recollections of current events; relegating them to a world of long term memories only. I often wonder why this has been his plight. He didn't do anything to deserve this.  However, we can say as a family, that we are still incredibly blessed, as our father Obie had lived 89 years before showing distinct symptoms of dementia.  

I found my way back into the studio this morning at the sewing machine working on a Mandela commissioned quilt.  I'm not a selfie taker, but I took one this morning as a felt truly blessed to be able to sit undisturbed while creating.  My dad was content and safe in the garage tinkering with his things; not wanting to be bothered.  Well that was okay with me.

LIFE?  Good, not perfect; but good.  Things could be so much worse... I know, cuz I've been there.  I wouldn't wish what I've gone through in the last couple years on anyone... But I don't wanna talk about.  Going forward, I only want to chat about art, travel and other beautiful things.  Speaking of beautiful things; today I saw a small leaf bud emerging on a branch of the naked tree in my front yard. Spring is coming.. Thank God!  

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"
Innocence

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

Simba!

Simba!
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

Geronimo

Geronimo
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