You don’t spend your life in the arts without meeting some amazing, talented people, and I know a lot of amazing, talented people.
But, once in awhile, you meet an amazing, talented person who is just plain over the top amazing, and talented, and you step back and shake your head and wonder “How the hell does she do all that?!”
And you get to know that person as a friend and fellow artist, and you find that she sometimes wonders herself “How the hell can I do all this?
And she deals with the old familiar vulnerabilities we all do, and she sometimes sticks her head in a corner and cries – as we all do.
Lots of people love her, but the one or two who don’t can bring the house tumbling down on occasion, and make her forget she is amazing and talented. Sound familiar?
I think this person can use some reminding, so I am going to make a friend blush now.
I first got to know Sandy Steen Bartholomew when she was a student in my Love This Journal workshop series (yes, folks, the series will be back when the video hosting issues get worked out).
I LOVED Sandy’s illustrations for obvious reasons – wonderful drawing, high color, and my favorite thing – whimsy. I found out she had a rubber stamp company and a store in a little town in New Hampshire.
Seasons passed (see what I mean about the whimsey?), and we started to chat by email and phone. We became good friends – although we still haven’t met in person.
Sandy loves design and pattern, so she got tangled up with Zentangle and became a CZT so she could share the love.
This led to a series of books . . .
Which you can find on this Amazon page:
To be honest, I was never very interested in Zentangling. It was a “been there, done that” for me because I used that type of patterning in my 70′s pen&ink work. But, when I got Sandy’s books, I understood the “meditative” side of the doodling better and became more intrigued – and there was more of that whimsy thing too.
So Sandy got some fame and started teaching at conventions, and survived the end of a marriage and the closing (and reopening) of her store, and all the rigamaroll that being published entails.
Her plate was very, very full.
Was there anything easier she could do to help make a living?
One day I suggested that an ebook might be a good idea.
About three days later, Sandy emailed her finished ebook – which is wonderful . . .
Naturally, she is working some tangling into her homework too (a great combo) . . .
So, let’s see . . .
We have someone who is an artist, illustrator, teacher, store owner, book writer, blogger, online entrepreneur, and who is creative beyond belief. And her great desire is to enliven creativity in others. Really over the top amazing, right? (and that line-up even sounds a little familiar to me for some reason – grin).
But, what I have neglected to mention until now, is that Sandy is also a MOM! Just the biggest, most important full time job in the world, is all.
And she doesn’t brag much (although she should), but her son (Alex) and daughter (Lilah) are also over the top talented and amazing. And Sandy is a great Mom because her kids love her to bits – and kids don’t do that if you aren’t doing something right.
Sandy’s About page on her website modestly mentions some of the things she does, and it ends with these words: