I sure wish I could say I had exciting tales of international intrigue to tell! Alas, no vacation for me (though I’ll be taking some time this fall for a wedding and during the holidays this winter!).

But I did do a lot for YOU. 

To what end? To provide new classes. To improve my students’ experience in classes. To make this blog more valuable. To restore Bible journalers access to my sketches collection. To allow my fine art buyers access (gasp) to the shop! So much on the internet breaks over time, and that’s why a lot of the “big” bloggers and website owners have tech folks on retainer of some kind, so there’s someone to fix what breaks. I’m just stuck with me looking for time under the couch cushions!

So today, I’ve got a bit of fun for you. The other day I spent a few hours early early on one cool morning (which I now wish for, it’s hot again!) walking the pups and just talking to my phone about everything I’ve been working on. I stitched it into a fun vlog….and I hope you’ll enjoy it! More after you watch the video below…….oh and btw I need to go take early morning photos after fixing my hair up right next time, ha!

Vlog: What I did in summer 2022

Imagine my neighbors watching me walk around filming…I wondered if they thought I was one of the TikTok kids!?!? I had a ton of clips unusable because cars whooshed by on their way to work, or airplanes flying low (I live near an airport!). And looking for decent light, and getting the dogs to stop tugging me so hard…..it was rather amusing!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Lots of this effort was, of course, not just for you but also for me. I’ve wanted to fix some things for years now….unifying all my websites so I use common colors, design elements, footers, etc. Just so it doesn’t feel like I’m a different person everywhere! And to rewrite some of the pages that have needed a serious refresh for a long long time. My August not-so-creative lull was the perfect chance to get me busy on my computer, feet up and sitting in front of a fan in the heat. I stil have more work to do, but enough is complete that I thought this would be a good time to get the word out!

Special request

I interrupt this post with a special request! Last week I had a reel on my fine art instagram page go viral – and I don’t mean 50k viral. I mean over a million views viral! Instagram always asks if it can share it on Facebook (but it only reshares million+ content)….if you see my iguana on Facebook can you let me know?

It’s been an interesting experience; the first 500,000 views I didnt get all that many comments but once that was over, more started pouring in. And my direct messages exploded – with mostly young men learning to draw, and they have questions! I hope some might become students but their age might preclude spending money; but I’m hoping they’ll join Artventure and share some of their work. They’ve been bold and asking for critiques – I don’t think I ever had the hutzpah at their age but good on ’em for doing so!

 Scavenger hunt

I’ve put together a little fun below – the photo is made up of 12 sections and each one links to one of the mentioned pages; hover your mouse and you’ll notice they’re clickable. And hidden among them is a coupon code for classes, good for only this weekend! #motivation Post a comment once you find it – but don’t tell others where it is, let them have the fun!

If you’re looking at this on a phone or tablet, you won’t see the “full effect” I was going for here – do yourself a favor and log onto a computer to see what picture appears! If you want to re-animate it, just refresh the page.

Did you find the coupon code? 🙂 I emailed it to subscribers over at art-classes too!

For those not able to play the scavenger hunt…

First, I’m hoping the hunt above *works*. If not, well, below is another option to see the new things – I list the items and a little about them so you can just look at the items you want to see.

*******Tap on the box to go see that item.

Your Art Classes account is more helpful now. And navigation is new and awesome! Classes are in the process of getting a facelift; to see what the eventual “look” will be, check out any Jumpstart class. Those are also all closed captioned now – lmk if you need other courses cc’d!

Fine art galleries and the shop can actually go past page two! It’s now fixed and looks pretty fabulous. Additionally there’s new art added to the shop! You will need to register a new account though; I moved the site over entirely and wasn’t able to work out how to move accounts with it.

I’ve needed a good resume page for a long time now…recently a company contacted me for an illustration project but didn’t end up finding out some basic info about me! So the page is robust, includes some of my creative philosophy, and some Sandyisms that just might make you smile.

I recreated my Meet the Instructor page at art-classes as well, making it something I hope students will see and be encouraged by! I talk there about my mission, vision, and purpose, debunking some myths about artists that I’m constantly wrestling with, and I think you’ll find it a valuable read.

Studio Snacks is the replacement of my old supplies page; I used to have just a list but this page has so. much. more! Pros and cons for each medium, storage I use, supply list, beginner class recommendations….and then a video too! I’ll change those periodically so watch now and visit again.

New classes were added this summer – six minis! I was so excited to see the popularity of various mediums combined with pen and ink. Stay tuned for more of that! And check out the classes – two Christmas ones that might help you get ready for the season, and a new one is coming up next week sometime too.

New homepage here on the main blog is my new hub to all-things-Sandy! If you ever get lost and want to see what I’m up to or you need to find my book or have supply questions or anything, well, that’s the place to go! The main nav block under the jokes or other items below that – all now helpful stuff!

Bible journalers! The site is back and functional once again! When I first built it, it all worked fine but time and the internet broke the galleries. The sketches are the thing I know many have wanted, so go download to your heart’s content….and share your work if you make something with a sketch!

New art community!!? As much as I’m thrilled about everything else above, I’m thrilled about the new Mighty Network group. It’s not just for students, it’s an all skate for any artists in my orbit or beyond! I’ve had a small group kicking the tires with me, and Monday I’ve got a Zoom scheduled if you’d like to join in on the holiday. It’s free to join, you can do it just on the web or by downloading the app to your phone or tablet. Lots of fun, and maybe now I won’t be missing out on your art, your questions, and your comments anymore!

Class levels are now better delineated now, with information that’s no longer squeezed into jpgs with a tiny font…that used to be my way to get around the fact that the education platform didn’t have optiosn available to me before. Lots of other tidbits are being revamped over there too, and if there are questions you have that would be helped by additional content, drop me a note; I want to help you get the info you need in order to just be a student and tackle classes – that’s where your energies belong! 🙂

Well you reached the end – and for those wondering what theme I’m using on all these websites, it’s Divi. It’s not for the faint at heart! It works with WordPress but it’s not intuitive for an average blogger. I have enough website coding under my belt that I figured it out, but I wouldn’t recommend it to my blogger pals. But it has soooo many fun things you can do, like the scavenger hunt above – I’ll be goofing around in the future to see what else it can do.

nd if you didn’t locate the coupon code, here’s the easy route.

Have a great weekend – if you’re over at Artventure, c’mon to the Zoom on Monday and we can make some art together!

3 Comments

  1. Gab

    Really great to see you Sandy. I’m so sorry for your losses though.

    You have been BUSY! The new streamlined website and added content look great

    The scavenger hunt was really fun.

    Loved walking with you

    Reply
  2. Marsha Fante

    I. LOVE. YOUR. ART!! Also, love listening to what you have to say~~ Thanks~~~

    Reply
  3. Laura

    You provide lots of incentive to do art. This was a nice idea!

    Reply

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