From the Walls to Canvas

Register now for my art class at ArtFusion2017!

Cost: $210

Class length: One day Thursday, September 21

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Update your portfolio with six stunning sellable sample boards to dazzle your clients.  This class is designed with you the artist in mind.  Expand your profit margin with the versatility to create these samples as decorative finishes or fine art.  These finishes work equally as well on accent walls, ceilings and domes, art niche’s and canvas paintings.  You will produce six sample boards utilizing multiple product lines.

Tools: trowels, chip brushes, tape, sharpie

Bio: Sandra Gonzalez is the founding Chief Executive Officer and Art Director of "A Work of Art!". Sandra has over thirty three years of experience as a professional artist and 27 years of teaching art. Her art background and teaching experience encompasses art history and art education, fine art, decorative art, set design, design, along with commercial and residential construction. Sandra is a member of the International Decorative Artists League. She is currently acting Vice-President of the north Texas chapter of the International Decorative Artists League, the Lone Star Artisans. Sandra held the office of President from 2009 to 2012 for the Lone Star Artisans League and has severed as a board member since 2009. For the past ten years, Sandra has had the distinct privilege of being a judge and juror for the Southlake, “Art in The Square” in Southlake Texas, one of the nation’s most prestige art exhibits.


"A Work of Art!" has been featured in Fort Worth's Panache Magazine and also at Tarrant County's Greater Fort Worth Builders Association Kaleidoscope of Homes. "A Work of Art!" has exhibited it’s work in The Fort Worth Builder’s Association, Kaleidoscope of Homes with award winning designs and decorative art in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2011 and the Texas Hill Country Builder’s Association 2015. In October 2012,  "A Work of Art!" became accredited with the Better Business Bureau and has since held a rating of A+.
In October 2014, after two previous years of research and development, Sandra along with her youngest son Caleb Gonzalez launched a secondary company Design 7 Seven Inc. Design 7 Seven produces an acrylic glaze medium for art and decorative art industries. In February 2014 Sandra began assisting Sunshine Spaces Inc., lending her artistic abilities to paint murals and create decorative art. Sunshine Spaces Inc. is a non-profit ministry that provides residential room make overs for children terminal and life threatening illnesses. In January 2016 Sandra began serving Sunshine Space as a board member leading the design team along with her eldest son Joshua Gonzalez..

Sandra is married to her husband of forty one years, Arturo Gonzalez. Sandra enjoys reading, dancing, art, cooking and gardening in her spare time.Sandra is married to her husband of forty one years, Arturo Gonzalez. Sandra enjoys reading, dancing, art, cooking and gardening in her spare time. 

Check us out at www. Design7Seven.com and at www.art-wrk.com
You can also follow us on the following social medias:
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www.facebook.com/Sandra Gonzalez Artist
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www.linked.com/in.myartwrk
www.Instagram:MyArtWrks

"Sophia Strong"

We on the Sunshine Spaces team, can't help but be inspired by observing this brave young warrior battle and win! As Laura, another team member stated, "It's the Why!" It is our why....to impact the lives of others, to bring change to a situation far beyond our capabilities.  In giving a small measure of ourselves we become stronger and resolute to bring faith, hope and love to each child....but most of all love!

Stay Strong Friends!
Sandra

 

Sunshine Spaces 2016 Year in Review

Josh and I are headed to the Houston area in Texas for Sunshine Spaces first room makeover of 2017.  As we are driving, I am reflecting on all of the wonderful times 2016 offered and the beautiful children and families we connected with throughout the year. So, here is 2016, A Work of Art and Sunshine Spaces 2016 Year In Review.  

If you are physically too far away and want to impact the lives of these families and children, your love, prayers and donations are always welcomed.  To learn more about Sunshine Spaces click www.sunshinespaces.org.

Wishing you peace and love from Josh and I as we travel!

Sandra

 


Hadley

Kennedy


Bryce

Jessica

Riley

Source: http://sunshinespaces.org

"A Work of Art" Awarded Best of Customer Service on Houzz 2017

 We are excited and honored to receive the Best of Customer Service on Houzz 2017 Award and appreciate the opportunity to share our art and remodeling projects with the Houzz community. We are thankful to be included with such talented professionals.”

Sandra Gonzalez in Fort Worth, TX on Houzz

PRESS RELEASE

“A Work of Art!” of Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas January 17, 2017 – Sandra Gonzalez of “A Work of Art!” has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This 16-year old art and remodeling firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign oftheir commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Sandra Gonzalez, “A Work of Art!”, “We are excited and honored to receive this award and appreciate the opportunity to share our art and remodeling projects with the Houzz community. We are thankful to be included with such talented professionals.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including “A Work of Art!” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.” Follow “A Work of Art!” on Houzz https://www.houzz.com/pro/awoa/a-work-of-art.

About “A Work of Art!”
"A Work of Art!" is a full service commercial and residential art and remodeling firm. We specialize in decorative art, fine art and remodeling.  Our mission is to bring the finest quality and customer service while making our client’s vision a reality. Our skilled team of talented artists and professionals bring their extensive knowledge to every size of project. 

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

A New Makeover

So I don't think I have gotten to share this project with you yet! It is a real privilege when dear friends ask us to do a make over for their home. How did their environment change? Well, it's big! So this was just Phase I which included the entry, stairs, upstairs catwalk, hallway and family room. We first began by scraping all the ceilings, removing the existing popcorn texture. Next, came repairing any areas, then a splatter drag texture was applied to the ceiling. Afterwards primer and paint for the new ceiling and walls. The wall color was specifically chosen to showcase the focal point of the entire area, the floor to ceiling fireplace! Last but not least the banister, spindles and ceiling beams were painted a contrasting color to bring them to life. Peaceful and Welcoming! We love being part of your lives!

 

Kitchen Remodel

We got the opportunity to remodel a kitchen for some long time precious friends in their new home last week. So what did we do? 

First, we installed new granite in the kitchen, add two new taller custom cabinets to create more storage and some visual interest to the existing cabinets, then a new sink and faucet. Next, came a creamy white base paint to update the brown cabinets. This also helped to bring the existing travertine tile backsplash, wall color and new granite all together.

After that both the master and guest bath cabinets got a little face lift with a new paint job in a deep rich gray.

Such a sweet peaceful time in their home. We love being part of your lives!

Check out the before and afters!

Thank You APC Magazine

A big thank you to Katie Fitzgerald, decorative artist and writer for American Painting Contractor Magazine and An Artistic Home for the featured article in this month's American Painting Contractor Magazine. Click here to read our featured article.  

Hailey's Room

Hailey's Room

Princess Hadley

It is all about a princess. It is all about enchantment. Welcome to an enchanting forest for an enchanting princess. Inviting you to meet Princess Hadley!

Sunshine Spaces mission is to bring Sunshine to the lives of children battling terminal or long-term illnesses through dream room-makovers which gives them a place to rest, heal, and be a "kid" again

Sunshine Spaces is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit approved organization based in Fort Worth, Texas.  It is family run and 100% funded by the donations by the public, goods and services graciously given by local companies and by volunteers in the community that pull together to bring some light to the lives of these sweet children. It is our vision to continue to expand Sunshine Spaces in the Dallas and Fort Worth area and to offer opportunities to groups or individuals that with to open a chapter of Sunshine Spaces in their local communities around the United States.

Each child, one family at a time, and we cannot do it without your help. Please expore theways to get involved and make a difference in the life of a child battling a long term illness. www.sunshinespaces.org

Design - Joshua Gonzalez, Sandra Gonzalez, Erica Jones

Artwork - Joshua Gonzalez & Sandra Gonzalez

Media coverage: http://www.wfaa.com/life/cancer-patient-surprised-with-dream-bedroom-fit-for-a-princess/310027092

 

Source: http://www.sunshinespaces.org

Kennedy Joy's Sunshine Spaces Room Makeover

Kennedy Joy was our most recent room makeover for Sunshine Spaces. This sweet two year old is in love with all things “Frozen”. We, A Work of Art!, hand painted her walls for a translucent ice castle effect. The walls are set for this little princess with soft shades of ice blue, lavender and teal. Glitter and snowflakes adorn these walls, while hand painted icicles and snowflakes accent her bed and dresser. We used Design 7 Seven acrylic glaze to achieve the transparency needed for the special effects. We are privileged, honor and blessed to be a part of Kennedy’s life. If you would like to help touch the lives of these children and families, click the link to see how you too can be a part. http://www.sunshinespaces.org.  

Master Retreat

What a fun project! This master bedroom makeover is about layering. We began with the color palette from a newly selected duvet cover and pillows. The accent wall and ceiling are custom mixed metallic plaster and an overall stencil design in golds, bronze and silvers. The step up tray metallic ceiling color was also custom created to flow effortlessly for a peaceful master retreat. The step up tray metallic ceiling color was also a custom created to flow effortlessly with the new color scheme. Last but not least the hardwood flooring was installed, the end result a beautiful and peaceful master retreat.
 

A Kitchen Grand On Style

Our kitchen was moderate in size but "Grand" on style. We have moved within the last month, however, I recently got a chance to speak with the new owners, they are loving their new home.

Our home sold in 48 hours with multiple offers. While maintaining our home constantly through the years, about two years before putting our home up for sale we remolded. I always wanted to enjoy the fruits for my labor before passing it forward.

In the kitchen we bumped up the cabinet above the stove to create interest, installed new stainless steel appliances and crown molding. Next "White Kashmir" granite counter tops, new backsplash, garbage disposal, stainless steel sink and faucet were installed.
The cabinets were painted a creamy white on the uppers and charcoal with a soft ebony glaze on the lower cabinetry. For the finishing touch we floated all the wall surfaces, then applied a custom color metallic plaster. The walls are understated and dreamy. The kind that makes you want to touch them! Love leaving good things for others to enjoy as we move forward on this journey!

Daystar Television Studios

WOW!  The Daystar Television Network Studios was my fourth project for the awesome people and facility of Daystar.  The Daystar Studios are comprised of several individual sets that are interconnected with one large open expanse.  Just about everywhere you look throughout the studios, you will see the craftsmanship of "A Work of Art!"

The Daystar project was a massive undertaking.  It took a multitude of talented professionals from various companies to construct an amazing set.  Our team consisted of a network of eighteen local christian artists and faux finishers, each very gifted in their field of art.

Here is where we worked our magic!  We met with a company that specialized in Styrofoam and we selected the architectural elements for the sets.  Starting with raw, white foam we began the distressing process and then added specialized primer and plaster to create the look and feel of centuries-old, hand-chiseled stone. 

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Next, began the layering and hand painting processes necessary to produce the custom finishes on the furniture and shelving.  Check out the faux wood graining on the expansive library cabinetry, which all began as MDF board!  People tell me all the time while looking at our wood graining work, that they would never know the difference if we had not of told them!

 

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Even the storage closet looks like woodwork with old, iron hinges and door pulls.  In reality, this is hand-painte Trompe l'oiel.  Notice the ares of open sky above the rooftops; it is actually a large mural painted on canvas and sheetrock.

One of my favorite elements in the project is the slate and glass mosaic archway that we created and then faux finished to appear aged.  This mosaic was a wonderful and unexpected opportunity to play with texture and create visual interest in an area that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

The wall textures and finishes were selected for their aged characteristics in keeping with the old, European style of layering plasters on top of each other from generation to generation.  This process creates depth with different colors, textures and also shows cracking and crumbling which adds character.  This technique is demonstrated on various surfaces throughout the set.

The cobblestone, faux painted flooring was an opportunity to work with acrylics in a new dimension.  Using garden sprayers several different layers of acrylic stain were applied to the concrete surface.  After the layers had dried, the cobblestones were hand painted.  We crawled around on our hands and knees to paint highlights, lowlights, and add the finishing touches.  Ouch!

Another major focus was the sixty five foot long by nineteen foot tall backdrop mural.  The massive, hand painted canvas is visible from just about every angle of the studio.  The mural design began from my basic, thumbnail sketch on a sheet of paper and grew exponentially.  We began with two very talented artists and started the layering process by airbrushing the foundation of sky and terrain.  After that, the hand painting began with many layers of detailing, starting with large brushes and working our way down to very small.  In total, eight professional artists worked together to create this stunning backdrop.

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You can check out all of our Daystar work in the "Commercial Projects" gallery by clicking here!  

 

The Coventry Project

One of the many specialties of "A Work of Art!" is the ability to take a project from inception to completion.  That is just what The Coventry Project entailed.  What was once a blue, twenty year old, Victorian style landmark on a country road, had become an over-grown eyesore on a busy thoroughfare.  

newly renovated and painted, landscaping in progress

newly renovated and painted, landscaping in progress

We completely renovated the house and the detached garage.  We also turned the garage into additional office and storage spaces and added new landscaping and fencing.  Whew! The final results were amazing!  The building retained its original character, only now it was new and improved inside and out.

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Why am I sharing the details of the Coventry Project with you?  Because we realized that it took a team of building professionals to complete a project of this size and complexity.  We work with The Metroplex's top builders, designers and more.  We network with our team of building professionals to assist you in making your project amazing, just like The Coventry Project!

Welcome to the new "A Work of Art!" website at art-wrk.com

Hello and welcome to the brand new site of "A Work of Art!" faux finishing.  We are so excited to share with each of you our passion for art and how we transform blank, white surfaces into masterpieces.  Art for us is not just a way of life, but a gift from God to impact our world and your environment with "living art."

What is "living art"?  It is art that touches your life daily.  It is a mural in your child's bedroom or the faux finish in your dining room.  It is a custom canvas painting that you never grow tired of and still takes your breath away every time you walk past it.  

"A Work of Art!" is a full service commercial and residential faux finishing, painting, decorative arts and remodeling company located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  We specialize in faux finishes, custom murals, fine art, painting and renovations.  Our mission is to achieve excellence by continually educating ourselves in the industry's latest products, specialty finishes and art mediums, while upholding time-honored craftsmanship and attention to detail.  We are committed to offering you superior customer service and competitive prices.

Our clients include architects, residential and commercial builders, business owners, churches, general contractors, homeowners, interior designers, and schools.  Whether your project is a new construction, a remodel or a renovation, we work closely with your interior designer, contractor, and builder to ensure timely and professional results.  Our skilled team of talented artists bring their extensive knowledge to your project.  We have the expertise to complete every size of project, large or small.

Over the years, many of our friends and clients have asked how we began and where we get our inspiration.  Well, we began with an entrepreneurial spirit combined with an insatiable desire to create art.  With a background in art and business, we knew that we possessed the talent, creativity, business intelligence and work ethic to succeed. So, in April 2001, we began serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Today we have the pleasure of working in the most breathtakingly beautiful homes throughout the nation.  As for our inspiration, that comes from everyday life.  Wherever we go, we are constantly looking for new things to inspire us -- the sounds and sights of a city, the surrounding countryside, a piece of fabric, an old postcard or a scrap piece of paper can all become the launching points for our creations.  Oh, and lets not forget you, the client!  I am constantly  amazed at your creativity, which we have the privilege of translating into custom works of art.

We are thrilled to say "Thank you" for your continued support in sharing our passion with your family and friends and for giving us the opportunity to help make your home or business "A Work of Art!"

Sandra Gonzalez