Gallery: Andres Amador’s Awe-Inspiring Sand Drawings Wash Away with the...

These sand drawings are in a race against time.
These sand drawings are in a race against time.

Meet Andres Amador, a San Francisco-based artist who makes awe-inspiring, large scale eco-paintings in the sand. His beautiful designs range from organic, nature inspired circuitous patterns, to geometric, angular and hard-edged shapes, to spiritual symbols

Getting to the beach early, about an hour before the ocean recedes and usually under a full moon, is where and when it all begins for Andres. He starts with a fine-tip stick, drawing the framework and giving structure for his designs. Once outlined in the sand, he then adjusts his home-made painting utensil to a thicker line (about an 8″ rake) to “fill in” the lines, making the sketch come alive. Once this is complete, he uses an even thicker rake to shade in different areas of the design before seeking higher ground to capture the sand painting on film.

“Sand is wonderful,” says Amador, “When I come to the beach it’s all ready for me as it’s been smoothed flat by the ocean.” Much like fellow landscape artist Sonja Hinrichsen’s snow drawings, cleanup isn’t an issue with Andre’s sand painting as nature takes care of this for him. “It’s ephemeral,” he explains, “It cannot last and it cannot be maintained.” That’s the beauty of it – but that’s also why he and his team have to work fast.

He does preliminary sketches based on the area he’ll be working, and gives himself about a two-hour window to complete the painting and capture the image. And painting on a canvas anywhere between a few thousand square feet, to 30,000 square feet, this can often be a race against time. “The perspective is the hardest part.” explains Amador, “To be aware of where I am in the image, and what’s happening in the image and hold it all together, that’s the biggest challenge.”

If you want to learn more about Andres’ practice, you can take his Playa Painting Workshop where you’ll discover the true meaning behind his artwork, and with the artist’s guidance, create a sand painting of your own.

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  1. paintsaint May 12, 2014 at 12:35 am


  2. EmmanuelBuriez April 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Magnifique ; incroyable ; sublime ; splendide !
    Andres Amador, un très grand artiste qui dessine sans avoir une vue d’ensemble de son oeuvre avant de la dessine autrement que sur papier, ce qui demande en plus d’une création artistique accrue, des capacités intellectuelles peux communes.
    Des oeuvres temporaires puisqu’elles disparaissent avec la marée, plus vite donc encore que les dessinateurs sur asphalte.

    Great ; incredible; inbelievable; amazing!
    Andres Amador, an exceptional artist who draws without having an overview of its work arts before of draws it than whom on paper, what asks besides a greater artistic creation, intellectual abilities.
    Temporary works arts because they disappear with the sea tide, faster thus still than the artists draftsmen on asphalt.

    Que la vie vous berce.
    Emmanuel Buriez

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