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Check it out guys! The Out West Art Show put together a video for me for the upcoming show in March. I think it turned out rather fantastic. :) Have a look-see! 



In other news, I'm just plugging away at making more art. I'm currently working on a large Friesian scratchboard as well as a commissioned horse oil painting. You can check out my Facebook art page to see all the work-in-progress photos if you're interested. (Link below.)

Thanks guys!

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!
Haha, so yes, I've decided to join Instagram to try it out and see what happens. ;) If you guys want to follow me there as well, I would definitely love it! I'll be posting work-in-progress images as well as some other arty stuff. If you feel so inclined, you can follow me ShaleseSands. :)

In other news, I'm working on a couple of commissions (I've been posting WIPs on my Facebook page of those) and have continued my big 16" X 20" scratchboard of a Friesian running on the beach. That one's going to take such a looong time, but it will be well worth it (hopefully!). I'm also working on preparing for the annual art festival in town here, which will be next weekend. I've brought my bobcat triptych, "Feline Finesse" in to be framed this past week, so when I get it back I'll have to post it here for you all to see (it's gonna be SO awesome!).

Thanks!

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!
Yes, you read that right! In September of 2016, I will be going on an African Safari with a few artist friends! We will be going to Tanzania and exploring the country, seeing and photographing as much wildlife as we possibly can. I've been dreaming of doing something like this for a loooooooong time, so it's really hard to believe that it's not only possible, but going to actually happen! You guys can just about guess how much inspiration I'll come back with from this trip. The good thing is, I have a little over a year to prepare for it, but I'm sure it's going fly by. 

In other news, I've been busy with my Federal Duck Stamp entry and working on some smaller scratchboard pieces. I also have a couple of commissions coming up, so stay tuned for those as well. :) As always, you can follow me on my Facebook art page (link below) as I'm very active on there, posting work-in-progress photos almost daily of what I'm working on. :) Hope you've all been well!

Thanks,

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!
Hey guys! It's been a while since I've posted a journal update, but I have been busy getting pieces ready for The Out West Art Show and Sale in Great Falls, Montana, which I just came back from yesterday. I had lots of fun, just like last year, and managed to sell 7 pieces! Not as much as last year, but the payout was about the same. These shows are always so invigorating and inspiring, so I can't wait to start making more for next year. ;) Here are some small thumbnails of the pieces that sold this week:

Bitter Morning by ShaleseSands  Rainforest King by ShaleseSands  Grizzly in Mist by ShaleseSands  Young Leaders by ShaleseSands  Resplendence by ShaleseSands  Sun Ray by ShaleseSands

There was also a little 6" X 6" moose study that I sold, but I don't have it uploaded here. If you're curious as to how that one looks, you can check out my Facebook Art Page. ;) Anywho, hope you're all doing well! I'm working on a small swan painting currently for a contest, so I'll see if I can finish that one in time. Again, I upload all my work-in-progress photos on my Facebook page, so stop on over if you like watching how these are made. :)

Thanks!

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!
So happy, thrilled, and honored to have received a DD! Of all the pieces in my gallery, it is definitely the one I would have liked to get a DD, so I'm just stoked about that.

In Royal Company by ShaleseSands
I also just wanted to say hi to all my new watchers. Thank you so much for your support (both old and new) and I hope you find a lot of fun stuff in my gallery to browse through. :) If any of you are interested in work-in-progress photos of this particular painting (or any others, for that matter), head on over to my Facebook art page (link at the bottom of this journal entry) and you can find them all there.

Once again, thank you for this!!

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!
Yeah, it's been a while since I've written an update about stuff in here--apologies!
Anywho, I've been fairly busy with working on finishing pieces, attending art fairs, etc. I also recently came back from a photo workshop with Jan Martin McGuire, and we were able to get many amazing photos from it! I now have great refs of wolves, cougars, black bear, badger, gray and red foxes, bobcats, etc. In fact, I'm going to start a painting based on three young wolves that we photographed there (including a beautiful young, black male). I've posted the photo comp on my Facebook page if you're interested in seeing it. :) Not sure what size it will be, but it will be tons of fun!

Hope you all are doing well!

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!
I usually don't do these much, but I haven't done one for a while, so I have no excuse. :P I was tagged by the devious thunderbulletz so here it goes!

Rules

1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves.
3. Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 you tag.
4. Choose 10 people and put their icons in your journal.
5.  Not something like "You are tagged if you read that".
6. You have to legitimately tag 10 people.
7. No tag-backs.
8. You can't say that you don't do tags.
9. You MUST make a journal entry!

Facts

1. I have two mini horses whose names are Star and Blue.
2. I'm addicted to animal books--seriously, you have to pry me away from that section whenever we go into a book store.
3. I'm a novice/intermediate birder. Birds are so addicting to watch and learn about, so I can't help myself. ;)
4. My food weakness? A jelly filled donut!
5. I'm very much afraid of change--for better or for worse. I know it's something that can't be avoided, but I've always liked routine.
6. I play video games when I have the time. In fact, my whole family plays/has played them at one point in time. Nothing better than relaxing with a little Minecraft!
7. Some places on my bucket list to visit someday include: Alaska, British Columbia, Africa, the UK, and Australia.
8. I can lick my elbow.
9. My dream animal to own someday is a pure black Arabian stallion, and I would name him Midnight.
10. I'm related to Dutch royalty and a pirate captain. :D

Questions by thunderbulletz

1. What were some of your favourite toys as a kid?
    
Oh, definitely the model horses (the first kind I got were called Grand Champions)! My sister and I would spend hours playing with them. As I got older, I started collecting Breyer Models. All my model horses are on shelves in my room now. :)
2. What's your favourite flower?
    
Hmm, that's a tough one, but I really love the Hibiscus. Such pretty flowers!
3. Describe your morning routine.
    
Pretty much the same every morning: Get up, feed the animals, eat breakfast and watch the weather report, get dressed for work and then leave. Lol, not very exciting!
4. Have you ever had a lucid dream (knowing you're asleep and having a dream without waking up immediately, possibly being able to control the dream, too)?
    
Maybe, but I don't remember that dream if I did. I have such odd dreams that make no sense whatsoever, so part of the fun for me is seeing what unfolds next. On the very rare occasions when something similar to a lucid dream happened, I'd get bummed out because I knew what was going to happen next.
5. Which do you like more; warm or cold colours?
    
Definitely warm, though I have favorites in both areas. My favorite painting colorscheme to work with are warm browns and golds, so that's probably why.
6. Which do you prefer; working or studying?
    
Depends. If it means working my day job, then I'd probably rather be studying; though again, it depends on the subject. If it's a subject other than art, I'd more likely prefer working (I'm getting paid to work, not study!). Though, since I'm done with college/university, it's irrelevant at this point, ha. ;)
7. Would you rather donate and help raise funds for charity or do voluntary work and go directly to the people or animals in the need of help?
    
I've done both in the past, and it's much more rewarding to go directly to the source and help out there. I remember once when I was in high school, our church youth group went to go help clean up an elderly woman's yard in the community. She wasn't able to do it herself, so she was very kind and grateful. To be able to help someone is a reward on its own, and the smile she had when we were all done was priceless.
8. Name one pro and one con about living in your country.
    
Well, the pro would be having the ability to go out and strive to achieve your dream. (Most) people respect the dream you have, and will gladly support you regardless of how difficult it may be to achieve. The con would be our President at this point in time. I personally have never liked him, but the choices he makes seem to be getting worse. Just my opinion. ;)
9. Do you have any other artistic hobbies or passions besides your "main thing"?
    
Hmm, well I used to play the violin when I was in 4th grade, but I quit after a year because it was taking up too much of my "art time". I kind of wish I had stuck with it--it would always be interesting to see where it might have taken me. I enjoy photography, but purely for reference images for myself.
10. How are you today?
    Can't complain! I just finished a painting I'm very pleased with, I have people who love and care for me, I'm able to eat food every night and sleep in a warm bed, and I have a God who loves me more than anything.     

My questions for the tagged

1. What's your favorite animal and why?
2. Any weird/odd talents?
3. What would be your favorite super power?
4. If you could be super talented at anything, what would it be?
5. Since I'm a bird nerd, what's your favorite bird? (If you aren't in to birds or don't have a favorite--find one! This should be interesting. :))
6. Your biggest pet peeve?
7. Favorite time of year?
8. Describe the best day of your life up to this point.
9. Do you collect anything? If so, what?
10. Finish this sentence: When life gives you lemons...

I tag
:icondevils-horizon: :iconearlywine: :iconnamu-the-orca: :iconsunwolf29: :iconpsithyrus: :iconred-izak: :iconblackwolfoffireworks: :iconolvium: :iconsarahharas07: :iconshonechacko:

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!

Hi all! Obviously I've been neglecting my journal for quite some time, but it's been crazy busy around here. As some of you know, I was at the Western Masters Show in Great Falls, MT this past week and just came home yesterday. I didn't know what to expect, as it was my first time there this year. The first couple days were very slow, so both me and another young artist I was sharing an exhibit room with were a little concerned. Nobody else was selling much (if anything) either, so we didn't think we would do very well this year. However, on Friday night, I sold my first two pieces! Then it was crazy on the last day of the show (Saturday), and I sold 9 pieces that day, for a total of 11!! Didn't expect that at all, but I was VERY pleased! My roommate was also super successful, so that made us both very happy. We're definitely looking forward to next year already. This is great because it means I have to make 11 pieces more for next year!! :D

Here are the pieces that sold. And yes, they all went to VERY good homes:
Hunters of the North by ShaleseSands  Mountain Harem by ShaleseSands Dust Devil by ShaleseSands Tender Moments by ShaleseSands Silent Watcher by ShaleseSands Tundra Jewel by ShaleseSands Western Elegance by ShaleseSands Just Ahead of the Storm by ShaleseSands Autumn Rituals by ShaleseSands Winter Calm by ShaleseSands Quiet Repose by ShaleseSands

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!

Hi all! I don't often ask for help in regards to stock images, but I'm having a hard time finding wild orca photos I can use as a reference in a new painting I want to do. I've found a couple on here, but I haven't been able to get a hold of the stock provider to see if they are fine with me using the images in a painting I plan on selling. I have some thumbnail sketches on my Facebook page of the general idea. I'm not looking for any breaching or spy-hopping orcas, but ones that are just breaking the surface. The general idea I'm thinking of takes place in the Pacific Northwest of the United States or British Columbia of Canada, but obviously any orca would work.

Thank you!!

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!

It's been a looooong time since I've written one of these, my goodness! DX How have you all been? I've been working on commissions, so that's why you haven't seen much art lately. Remember way back when I talked about a wolf commission? That was something I started in May and just finished it about a week and a half ago. So that one has taken a long time, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. (Once I get a better photo of it, I'll upload it here.) I also finished a Christmas commission of Luger, the German Shepherd (which I've uploaded here), and the owner was very pleased with it! I'm taking a little break now between commissions, as I've had a few days off work for the holidays and I'm getting in some personal art that I've been itching to do. I'm working on an Arabian horse (yes, a horse!!) scratchboard at the moment, and you can see the progress on my Facebook page. I've also been trying to figure out the composition for an oil painting of orcas and loons. I also have the general idea for that piece on my Facebook page too (lol, it's much more active there than here currently!).

In other news, I'm preparing for a really big show in March called the Western Masters Art Show and Sale. I was invited to the show and a sponsor was willing to pay the show fee for me to be able to attend. So I'm very grateful for that! I'm currently using a good chunk of my paycheck to get a total of 30 pieces professionally framed that I will bring to the show. I've framed about half of them so far, so that's good. I'm super excited (and nervous) about the show as a whole, as they get about 5,000 people that attend, and your "booth" is a hotel room. I'm actually sharing my space with another young artist, so that should be fun.

That seems to be all for now--let's hope it's not this long between the next journal entry. ;)

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!

Yeah, so that thing I said about updating this monthly? Didn't happen. Truthfully, I just didn't feel like I had too terribly much to talk about and I was being lazy. :P But! I'm writing one now, so that has to count for something. I'm still working on the wolf commission I talked about (you can see the progress on my Facebook page), and I have another large commission I will be starting on after that. This one will be a surprise Christmas present of a German Shepherd--my favorite dog breed! So that one's going to be fun as well.

Also, the Federal Duck Stamp will be judged this Friday and Saturday (!), so I'll have to see how that goes. It's always exciting, and even though my chances of winning are super slim, I'm excited to see where I end up. Lol, then I can show you all my entry after the contest is done on Saturday!

Another thing, but do any of you know the reason for my sudden pageview hike today? I haven't received much for faves on anything, so I can't determine why the sudden increase. Haha, just curious. ;)

~Shalese

Check out my website: www.shalesesands.com and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/shalesesands!

Haha, so yeah, I clearly haven't been updating this as much as I said I would. Truthfully, there just hasn't been much going on lately. I started a grizzly painting a little while ago that has been giving me much trouble, so that one is currently on the back burner for a while--I need a visual break from it. I've started a little 5" X 7" in the meantime of a Yellow-rumped Warbler (the Myrtle variation). I haven't done much for birds, but I do enjoy painting them, especially on these smaller boards. If you're at all curious of what I've been up to, there's much more current photos/info on my Facebook page. ;)

I have a "to-do list" of art stuff that I need to complete this year, and a good chunk of the list involves stamp paintings. I'm just about ready to start the Michigan duck stamp, and after that I will be working on the Federal. The Minnesota duck stamp comes after that, and hopefully this year I'll also have time for the MN pheasant and turkey stamps. We'll see what I actually get accomplished, though. ;)

Anywho, hope you've all been doing fabulous! I suppose school's either done or close to being done for the summer, so I hope those of you who are in school are able to have a nice, long, art-filled summer break! As for those of us in the "real world", let's hope work subdues a little and we can enjoy an art filled summer too. :nod:

~Shalese

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I figured I'd try to update my journal at least once a month so you all know what's going on. As the title says, I have more pieces in the works! I'm going to make another scratchboard (a bit larger than my previous one) of some young wolves, but I'm in the brainstorming process currently as far as compositions go. I also have a large wolf painting that I'll be doing after (or during) that one as well. This one is all figured out already and it will probably be on an 18" X 24" board, so it will be rather large. I'm very excited about both! I'll probably be uploading some WIP shots to my Facebook page of those in case you want to follow along.

Also, next weekend I have an art show about 3 hours away from where I live, so that will be a bit of a drive that day. I'll be hanging my works there at the gallery and having the reception for it a couple hours later. ;) So that will be a busy day also (but exciting!).

And finally, I shipped my piece, "Teton Splendor", today. It's off to Missouri and from there on out it will be touring throughout the United States for about a year, along with 54 other pieces. It's very possible I may never see it again if it happens to sell during the exhibition as well. You never know. ;) I think that's about it for now.

~Shalese

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Hello! :D So yeah, not much going on right now. I'm getting closer and closer to completing my last commission at the moment--about 75% done. I'm very excited to finish because then I don't have anything else lined up, so I can paint whatever I want. I have a scratchboard that I'm hoping to start and will probably do a willow ptarmigan if I can find some decent refs. So if any of you have any of those you'd be willing to share or know someone who does, I'd love it if you could let me know!

This leads me to my other question: Any of you know what happened to AlaskaStock? I've used some of her gorgeous references in the past and was hoping to use some of her willow ptarmigan and musk ox refs in the future, but it seems that her account has been deactivated. She didn't mention anything about leaving, so that's why I'm wondering about it. :shrug: Very sad to see her inactive.

Other than that, hope you have all been doing well and staying healthy! It's nasty this time of year with all that sickness crap going on. )X

~Shalese

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Happy New Year to you all! There have been many ups and downs in 2012--some that I can't believe happened, and others I wish never had happened. But now we have a brand new year; a year that is fresh and open to many possibilities. I have some great paintings planned for 2013 as soon as I finish this one commission.

I'm also super excited for the reference photo possibilities this year may bring. I recently just purchased a camera I've been hoping to get for a few years now--the Canon EOS 7D! This will be my first DSLR camera and to say I'm only a bit excited is a severe understatement. My other camera is over four years old and very obsolete in terms of quality (with only 6mp), so to finally be able to get something I've dreamed of is still surreal to me. It should be coming this week sometime, so I will be learning all about it to get the best possible photos.

Do any of you have anything you are especially looking forward to in the new year? Anything you're really hoping will happen?

~Shalese

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Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everybody here. :) It's been kind of a crazy year, but in the end, it really makes you think of how grateful you are for the loved ones in your life. You all mean so much to me and I'm very grateful for all your support over the years. I hope you all have a really great Christmas and enjoy spending time with friends and family. :hug:

~Shalese

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Lol, never really done anything like this before, but it's worth a shot, right? And besides, it'll be fun. ;)

Here are the rules -

1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person must post 10 things about themselves on their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you, and create ten (10) new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 10 people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their pages and tell them you have tagged her/him.
6. No tag backs.
7. No nonsense in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you're reading this."
8. You have to tag 10 people.

About me:

1- I have two siblings: a younger sister and brother.
2- I think it would be the coolest thing on earth if I could fly!
3- My parents named me after someone they kind of knew, but changed the spelling. (I have no idea if my name even means anything.)
4- I am a Christian and proud of it.
5- I am related to a pirate captain and a French Duchess--both on my dad's side of the family.
6- I can lick my elbows--yes, it is physically possible. ;)
7- My dream horse is a black Arabian stallion with no white markings at all--and I would name him Midnight.
8- If I did not have art as a gift, I would love to be a super good singer!
9- I'm a sucker for animal books of all sorts. Seriously, it's like I can't get enough of the photos and information--I just love learning/reading about and looking at animals!
10- I hope to go to Alaska, British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest (of the United States) and many other amazing places someday. :love:

Questions for me:
1. What is your favorite animal? HORSES!! That's a no brainer. Though, deer of all sorts (especially elk/wapiti) are a close second.
2. What is your favorite holiday? Oh, I really love Christmas. There's a certain "mood" this time of year brings and people seem to be so much more kind and generous.
3. What country do you live in? And where if in the US? United States--and the great state of Minnesota! Love it here, and have lived here all my life thus far.
4. What is your favorite get away place? Mmm, don't really have one. Though I love spending time outside with my pets and curling up on the couch with a good book.
5. Do you prefer the beach or the forest? Definitely forest! There's more of a "mystery" in a beautiful way with forests, I feel. Plus, much more of my favorite kinds of wildlife. ;)
6. Do you do your art full time or as a hobby? Well, I'm doing my art professionally, but by no means full time. My goal is to make it to that point some day, though!
7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? As mentioned above, there are a lot of places I'd like to go. But if I had to pick one right now, I'd probably have to say Alaska in the fall. :love:
8. Do you have pets? Yes! I have two miniature horses and two cats. At one point we had 3 cats, 2 mini horses, a dog, and 3 pygmy goats, but the dog ran away, the goats died from a disease they all caught, and one of the cats disappeared. D:
9. Do you have any phobias? Of course! I really dislike spiders--especially the big barn spiders that build their massive webs in my horses' shed...at eye level... O_O
10. Who is your favorite artist, past or present? Ah, that's such a difficult question! I really can't narrow it down between these three masters: Daniel Smith, Carl Brenders, and Robert Bateman.

10 Questions for People I tag -

1. If you had to choose, would you prefer extreme heat or extreme cold?
2. What's your favorite animal?
3. If you could go back in time, where would you go and why?
4. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
5. What's your favorite book genre? (If you don't like to read, what's your favorite kind of music?)
6. What's your favorite subject in school?
7. Thunderstorms or snow storms?
8. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
9. What is the thing you dislike most in the world?
10. What do you like most about yourself?

The following Deviants are tagged:

sunwolf29

AmandaDrage

Devynn

Hagge

laurenkrieger

mttomimages

namu-the-orca

Pegacorn-master

Sarahharas07

Psithyrus

~Shalese

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Just got some great news! My painting, "Teton Splendor" fav.me/d5ghjgy, has been juried in to the America's Parks Through the Beauty of Art national exhibition! It will be on tour in three different states: Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin. :D I wasn't sure if I had made it through or not (they said they would jury the entries in November) and it's an international contest, so I don't know how many entries there were. Regardless, I'm just super stoked about that right now. :excited: I guess there are some awards you can earn while your painting is on tour, but I'm not sure when that happens either.
More information here: www.wildlifeartjournal.com/blo…

~Shalese

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Just in case you were wondering because of the lack of art/updates. I actually got a full time job--my first. It's not at all art related--I'm a receptionist for a company. So there are both positives and negatives. The bad thing, obviously, is the fact that I don't nearly have as much time for my art as I used to (I work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). But I have all my weekends off and can paint when I come home (if I have motivation, haha). The good thing, though, is that I can finally have a steady income and be able to afford some art things that I haven't been able to do before. For example, I recently had "Teton Splendor" professionally framed, which is something I'd be afraid to do in the past, as I didn't know where money was coming from next and if I needed to save it. I'll also be able to pay off my student loans relatively quickly, which will be nice. So yes, that's probably the biggest change. I've had this job for just about a month, and am finally starting to adjust to that change.

In other news, I'm working on a commission of a beautiful red colored husky. I'll post the finished piece here, but if you're curious about WIPs, those will be on my Facebook page. I also have a german shepherd/pit bull cross that I'll be doing after that. I also hope to try the MN turkey stamp, which will be interesting/fun since I've never painted turkeys before.

Hope you are all doing well also! Your support means so much to me. :hug:

~Shalese

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These last two weeks have been rather chaotic, for both good and bad reasons, so I'm glad this is all over and done with now. Just figured I'd give you guys a little recount of how the two festivals went for me, for those of you that are mildly curious.

The first one was okay, but not the best. There was a lot of wind (but I was inside a barn, so I was protected from that). However, all my art got very dusty! Not something I've had to deal with before, but after wiping everthing off with tissues and spraying canned air on it, they were all fine. There were a lot of people in attendance, though! I had a lot of people take business cards (which doesn't necessarily mean anything) and a lot of very nice compliments. I didn't sell anything, but I got a call a couple days after from the president of the festival saying they wanted to purchase a wood duck painting of mine for the owner of the land the festival was on. They always try to get him a unique and special gift, and they all agreed on getting him one of my paintings. So that made it all worth it right there. :aww:

The other festival (yesterday) was a huge success for me! A lady came from the other festival to buy the wood duck painting from me, so I'm glad I had them with (she chose from two of them). So I put the other one out that she didn't buy with my other duck stamp paintings. I could only stay at the festival for about 3 hours, since I had to go to a funeral later (but my grandma sat in my booth for me the rest of the time, so that was very nice of her!). Probably within about a half hour of me having to leave, a lady came and bought four of my duck stamp paintings for her husband who was a hunter! I was completely ecstatic and shaking from excitement. Never did I expect something like that to happen. Here are the five pieces that sold:

Nature's Gems by ShaleseSands <-- The first one that sold to the lady for the first festival. This one has a white matt on it also.

Green-winged Teals by ShaleseSands Jeweled Drake by ShaleseSands Golden Elegance by ShaleseSands And then I don't have a thumb for the last one, but it's titled "Red-breated Mergansers" and is on my website if you want to check that out.

Anyways, I'm still very stoked about that and now I only have four duck stamp paintings left! (Including the one that is still needing to be judged for the federal contest on the 28th of this month.)

~Shalese

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