Flash sale!

Flash sale!

Hello again! A second post in one day, whaaaa? Sandy’s gone nuts! Nope. I had rearranged some things here on the blog, and the sale part didn’t get copied to today’s mousie post. Oops!

Anyhow – wanted you to know that since we’re all in that tax pain moment, I’m going to let art do what it does best: ease our pains! Take 19% off over at art-classes.com ….and go paint or draw or color something. Forget your tax blues for a little while. Enjoy!

Sale lasts through tomorrow due to my messup; coupon code is TAXDAY19 . . . Feel free to pass the word to your creative friends!

Guess what?

Guess what?


FYI on Book Promotion

First: I don’t know if I’ve actually mentioned this or not but…I’m not promoting these books in order to get royalties. I know some folks think you get rich writing books (and ask any author, that usually doesn’t happen unless your name is Stephen King!)….but I know the reality. Lots of authors out there keep their day jobs!

I’ve committed to God that I don’t need income from the book. For me, the work that went into these books is an act of love and devotion, and it’s a ministry to help other Christians deepen their faith. Even events and other promotional work is being done without profit beyond basic expenses like travel – I’ll even be donating a big chunk of any royalty checks to charity. I’ve seen lots of folks get tripped up becoming reliant on income from ministry products they sell, and while I don’t begrudge anyone an income, I want to keep my motives clear of profit motives.

However – I DO keep talking about the books because I really believe they’ll be helpful! If I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t be jumping around waving my hands in the air, asking people to look at the book site.  There’s great resources over there, including links to get the books, galleries of samples and sketches, videos, etc – and I have SO appreciated everyone who’s been sending the link out to their friends, churches, and ministry groups, sharing reviews on websites after purchasing the books, and sending me pics of themselves with DA BOOKS!

Signed books now available

The signed books are available! The only online place you can get them is at my friend Ellen Hutson’s store – I’m so glad she is carrying them! I signed them all last night, and will be delivering them first thing this morning (Thursday) – order quick, there’s not a ton til we see what the demand is for my John Hancock. And no, I didn’t sign it from John. haha! Links:

FYI the books do make great Christmas gifts. Add a pack of colored pencils or a little watercolor set and make Mom’s morning on December 25th!

Book signing and demo in Seattle

A little fun news: on January 27 2019 (tentatively), I’ll be doing a book signing and Bible journaling demo at the Daniel Smith store in Seattle! WHEEE!!! I thought there’d be some kind of demand for demos but thus far….this is the one place that wants me to come. So all you locals, please mark your calendar for January 27, 11-12:30 so I’m not sitting there all by my lonesome! (I’ll confirm on my blog when I’m sure; I’m working on a Puerto Rico trip in January and need to be sure of my dates before the signing is 100% certain.)

What? Me, teaching a class?

I’ll be teaching at Daniel Smith! I’ve been on a long hiatus from any in-person teaching, partly because I’m not enjoying travel very much any more. But this doesn’t require anything more than a drive to Seattle, and it’s a straight-up art class….which makes me very happy! (No kits!) They’ve been after me to teach watercolor there for a while, but I still am not confident enough that on a particular day I can create a specific type of painting as a teacher – if you follow my instagram, you know I’m all over the place, sometimes washy, sometimes tight, sometimes halfway in between. (And you don’t even see the messes I make in between!) So I’ve been reticent to do any teaching there.

However…in talking with my pal (and personal shopper) who works there, I decided to do a class on something I do know, and it’s a topic doesn’t require me to be “on my game” watercolor-wise (ha) on the day of class: design! I’m a geek about things like composition, contrast, color, focal points, etc. So I’ll be putting together a class on the topic for February 2019! It’s not on their blog yet but will be sometime soon:

Expression Through Composition Workshop
Feb 2 2019, 10:30-4:00
Cost: $75 (Watch the Daniel Smith blog – once the class is posted, it’ll be there.)
Artists in all mediums have a common challenge: creating a work that truly communicates what the artist is trying to express!
How does a landscape, portrait, or other piece of art “speak”? As artists, we can learn to develop our message, create it intentionally, and speak clearly to our viewers through a sheet of paper or a canvas!
Artist and author Sandy Allnock will discuss communication through placement, editing, value, color, and more. “Before and after” examples will show the impact of these artist tools, and will demonstrate in a variety of mediums, including pencil, watercolor, and Copic marker.
Students will be filling their sketchbooks with very quick studies from photographs to apply learnings, and interactive reviews of student work will instruct the whole class, too. No “finished” art will be created, but resource photographs will be provided for individual development of artwork following class as desired.
Students of any medium and at any level can benefit from this workshop. It’s recommended that students bring an adventurous spirit: this class will encourage deep thinking and quick sketching!
Sketchbook: Bring one that’s 9×12 (or larger) – paper should be appropriate for mediums to be used. Instructor will use a Bee Paper (mixed media) sketchbook but most anything will work for this class.
Sketching medium: whatever you prefer for sketches of approximately 5×7 size. Soft sketching pencils (6B+), conte crayons, etc.
Coloring medium: whatever you prefer to add color to sketches. (watercolor, colored pencil, etc)
Puerto Rico Charity Auction – and planning for 2019 art retreat!

Puerto Rico Charity Auction – and planning for 2019 art retreat!

I know, I know – it’s about time for this auction, right? Well, the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Maria is coming up in a week, so I decided to host the auction while the anniversary is in the news. Do me a favor (or do Puerto Ricans a favor) when you see your friends and family see the reporting about the poor response to the need on the island, share the auction link with them. People will want to help!

Bid Now!

If you are wondering what you bid on and what your high price was that you set, click HERE and go to the “my auctions” link!

Here’s a little happy preview…dance along! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

Did you see anything that’s a “must bid” out of the 70+ pieces??? Note that the thumbnails don’t show the whole painting. And there are a bunch (over 40!) that are postcards – so those who don’t have a lot to donate can still participate and help out. Auction closes September 30th at the end of the day – I think if you bid, you’ll get an email at the end reminding you that its closing. I hope!

NOTE: If you bid OVER the listed amount by more than a buck, I think it puts the overage in ‘reserve’ – so for instance if on a $22 item you want to bid $25, it will mark it as $23 until someone else bids $24 then add you back in at $25.

ALSO: For the large paintings, I’ll make a few of them available on Society 6 and those monies will go to the charities too – but it’ll only be the ones with the most individual bids on them. So even if you’re just nudging up someone else you might be helping to get a painting made available for prints, mugs, etc!

Bid Now!

Puerto Rico Artists Retreat

I finally got in touch with the hotel to ask about setting up dates – and I know doing so this late may be too late for some. But…I’m going to try anyway, even if it’s a small group!

First, know that I’m an artist not a trip planner. (LOL) So I’m making it up as I go, and am hoping everyone will have some grace!

DATES: I haven’t set a date yet – because I need your feedback on date preference. I prefer going to a warm island while it’s rainy here, but in April prices drop a little. (See their website to know what prices are for a room you would want – they’ll give us a 10% discount.). Let me know in a comment if you prefer February or April. I’ll have your email addresses from comments and will email that list of people with updates. And let me know if you’re a for-sure or a maybe.

ART: This is NOT a cardmaking or Copic retreat – it’s sketching. Why? Because I don’t want to go to such a lovely place and sit inside stamping and coloring! lol. We’ll go out and sketch – and if anyone wants to watercolor their sketches, that’s fine. Whatever medium is dandy. But I don’t want to do any finished works, because we could be out there for 4 or 5 hours trying to do one painting, but could do 4 or 5 sketches in that same time period. If you haven’t done plein air sketching as yet, no biggie – we’ll talk about what to get/bring before then. I strongly recommend taking Drawing 101 before the trip so you get the basics of perspective and light/shadow – we’ll be looking at things through the lens of that class. Do NOT worry if you aren’t great at drawing – that’s what we’ll be working on during the trip!

ACCOMMODATIONS: We’ll be staying at The Gallery Inn. It’s a gorgeous place, and we’ll be doing some sketching/teaching sessions in the hotel, the rest on the streets of Old San Juan.

LOCALS: PR residents will be able to come – and you can stay at the hotel or just meet up with us for sessions. If you haven’t seen the hotel, though, check it out – because it’s worth a weekend away! Let me know in your comment if you plan to stay at the hotel or not so I can chat with Jan about what we expect.

More info will come as time marches on, but….there’s at least a little form coming together now. I’m excited to go back – I really enjoyed my trip there in May and can’t wait to return! Here’s a little video of the Gallery Inn:


Dogvlog – everyone is a WINNER!

Dogvlog – everyone is a WINNER!

The dogs bring you the list of winners….Prize box and card winners: send me your mailing address!Class winners: send me with the class you’d like!

If you’re not on the winners list, you’re STILL a winner because:

  1. You get to enjoy a walk in the park with the pups!
  2. Tomorrow starts SEVEN fall flower videos in a row! Don’t unsubscribe, I’ll only spam you for a week. LOL!

Feeling like a winner yet?

On winning and losing (Aretha, Kofi Annan, and more)

On winning and losing (Aretha, Kofi Annan, and more)

On winning…

I forgot to post a date to end The Giveaway! So I’m going to give it one more week and announce winners tomorrow, since more people are stilll entering. Pass the word! Here’s the video with the reason for the party…

And Losing….

This week we lost two people I have such respect for. Aretha Franklin, the Queen (long before B!) – went to join her dad’s choir in heaven. Aretha’s influence will be with us for generations to come! It’s hard to pick a representative performance of hers to share as a tribute – but the Women of Soul performance of Amazing Grace might just cause you to go get a tissue….and then get up and dance. (Full video is HERE just scroll down to the past performances section and scroll with the arrow to Women of Soul. It’s a 58 minute extravaganza with talents like Melissa Etheridge, Arianna Grande, and more.)

I know that just got you started. Try the 10 minute version. Lawdy. She’ll take you to church. Really.

We also said goodbye to Kofi Annan just yesterday…..an honorable and dedicated man from Ghana who spent his life as a service to the world. He was at the World Health Organization, then worked his way up through the UN until he became General Secretary in 1997, staying in that position til 2006.

When I see a life that’s had an amazing impact on our world, part of my grieving process lately seems to be portraits. Just little watercolor sketches, but…there’s something healing in the heart when we honor their memory this way.

This Kofi Annan portrait is partly on Facebook as a live-recording:

And lest we end with losing, let’s go back to winning.

A peek at what’s coming: Watercolor Jumpstart class! See the Facebook Live video HERE. Class will be coming once the site work is complete, sometime in September maybe? October at the least.

One last thing, since I’m posting on a Sunday….some of you saw my VBS adventure on social media, others mighta missed it: here you go!


Heads up: summer sales

A little birdie told me about some sales! Just passing it on…

  • Purple Onion is having their 15th Anniversary Sale – 25% off almost everything through July 22nd! No coupon needed, discount reflected once the items in your cart. *Stamps for the Colored Pencil Jumpstart sets (THIS one and THIS one) aren’t included as they’re already discounted. If you only need one or two of the class stamps, this is a great time to fill out your collection.
  • Art Classes sale for World Watercolor Month ends Sunday night so get busy signing up! All Watercolor Classes and Copic Underwater Class are discounted. Even if you need to wait til vacation is over, don’t miss out! No coupon needed.

I created this little Christmas card – my first of the year, woohoo! – and used a technique from Colored Pencil Jumpstart for the spray of snow.

And I gave this little mouse some swim goggles so he could go snorkeling! Because I can’t get enough of coloring underwater scenes. LOL!

Note that my #wwcm2018 challenge is over 100 entries for this month so guess what? I’ll be adding a 3rd prize! (One class giveaway class per 50 entries!) You can join in anytime so see this post for details!

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