28 February 2012

Sail Away to the "Islands Of Time” with Artist S L Waldon

When asked how she comes up with a design, award winning artist S L Waldon answered, “All of my art pieces have a story to tell. They speak of the simple fulfillment of their own moments. They are ‘Islands of Time’ set apart in a tangible way”.

As a confessed storyteller, S L Waldon has taken that quote and transformed her entire studio to tell you a story.

Islands Of Time is filled with eye catching color and so many of her paintings display a seamless motion that captures you up and takes you along until you find the end of the story. It may be a surprise ending that leaves you delighted.

A perfect example of her storytelling ability reside in Two Red Fish.

Amazing and dashing, two red fish play in a watercolor bowl that invites you to dip your toes in to see if they will nibble on your feet. They dance and shimmer from side to side while appearing to grin with pleasure that you are watching them; the little show offs. Their hide and seek game has been put on just for you. The original is available for you to take home. They make a perfect apartment pet.


S L Waldon is a Florida resident and if you have never been to Florida, you cannot fully appreciate the overwhelming amount of color that state has created just for her to capture within the bristles of her paintbrush. S L Waldon finds color her favorite “material” to work with as it affords her the opportunity to transform your world to hers with a stroke of a brush or a stitch of fiber. This allows her to take what she sees in her mind and bring it to fruition; seeing a vision and following it to completion.

The abundance of color has been expressed in some of S L Waldon’s exquisite roses and other flowers, which have been a favorite subject in the collections that other Artfire artist’s have curated. It is not uncommon to see some of S L Waldon’s pink roses in a collection or three. Next to the roses, her whimsical fish are a popular addition to other collections of animals.

S L Waldon has a sense of humor as well; one look at her Brothers Gill Singing Group cracks the hardest exterior.

Speaking of hard exteriors, her playful brush has a fondness for marine life as her grumpy crabs scuttle over bookmarks.

Or in her handmade octopus of school team colors, if you please. Deland’s Stetson University never looked so good.

Ghostly images in the deep are eerily displayed in Take a Right at the Sea Grass.



For the budget minded, S L Waldon has a series of bookmarks, cards and other tiny treasures featuring her lovely watercolors. This makes it affordable for anyone to own something from the Islands of Time. She also has added her artwork to Zazzle where you can find her orchids, fish and other graceful creations. http://www.zazzle.com/islandsoftime

In addition to her delightful paintings, S L Waldon has an adequate inventory of fiber art jewelry of heirloom quality; there is something for every gift occasion. She said that her one of a kind artisan pieces have been created with great skill and attention to detail. You can see that all of the stitching has been stabilized and it is easy to care for with hand washing and air drying.

Tiny stitches are part of the design in this open heart necklace.


You can see the intricate stitching as it weaves along the heart before turning to incorporate perfectly matched tiny pink beads for that extra shimmer and shine.

For those who have recently created a tropical haven on the East Coast, your East facing living room would not be complete until you found these two ethereal creatures dancing within. These are created from S L Waldon’s own tank of tropical dancers. Even in monochromatic painting, she still manages to exhibit a wide range of brilliant color.


For over 45 years S L Waldon has painted, sewn, created jewelry and worked with fiber. Eight years ago, she made the transition from a hobby to a professional side job. Her current job is based at home, which allows for her to sneak away and grab a couple of creative hours a day to feed her need to create. Her perfect day is any day that she can finish a creation; following her vision from mind’s eye to fingertips.

“As I say in my bio, I am an artist by birth. It is my calling. It is my privilege. It is my joy”, S L Walden said about her creative inspiration. Along with being born to create, she is surrounded by a family of creative people, which makes it a way of life for all. She uses her ability to create to be of use to others and love, life and happiness are her inspirations.

Norman Rockwell has found his way into her heart for his ability to celebrate the best of what humans are, what they should aspire to be, all the while earning a living while painting.

Even though she is experienced in local gallery sales, S L Waldon has decided to make her home online with her Artfire studio while she spends her time creating new images to delight her followers. She is open 24/7 this way and she is always available to answer any questions you might have.

She is a member of several online Artfire guilds, not surprisingly, she is the inspirational writer for the A Passion for Painting Guild, sharing some of her creative passion in order to inspire others to reach higher and further than they knew possible, asking them, what will you create today?

She is an avid blogger, sharing stories of her paintings with us that make us an intimate part of her art. Recently, her ruffled orchids went to court with her.

You can find S L Waldon at www.IslandsOfTime.artfire.com and her blog at www. islandsoftime.blogspot.com. You can follow her blog and receive updates when she posts new articles. Also be sure and “like” her on Facebook to get her updates. http://www.facebook.com/islandsoftimeartscrafts

Online Guilds at Artfire that IslandsOfTime belongs to include:

A Passion for Painting Guild

Checked In Today

Up-Cyclers & Re-purposing

The Native American Network

Card Makers on ArtFire

Come sail away today with S L Waldon and be prepared to come away with a little fish or two of your own. You cannot enjoy her art without wanting to own a piece that you can admire at all times. Just because she has no favorites does not mean that you will not find a favorite among her offerings.


  1. I really enjoyed reading this (very nicely written!) and seeing the paintings. Thank you for introducing me to the works of such a talented painter.

  2. I now have a good picture of this talented artist in my mind. I'm lucky enough to have visited Florida (from the UK) and I do remember the sunshine and bright colours and easily see why the place would be inspirational.
    There's a heck of a lot of talent in this artist and it is great to see it shine through in so many different mediums. The Octopi are a firm favourite of mine but I also love the little image of the yellow cat with yarn; so cute!

    I've enjoyed learning more about S L Waldon and thank-you Julie for the very well written article.

  3. What a wonderful feature! I've know S L Waldon for some time, since we share time and space in another ArtFire guild. I love her work and her passion for it! In fact, I was lucky enough to win some of her cards in a giveaway a while back … and I had to pull out one before I started to use them, to frame and keep as a reminder of her spirit and friendship, and the supportive community that thrives on ArtFire.

  4. Oh My, I feel as if I've been wrapped in a verbal HUG! Thanks so much for your beautiful words. I'm blown away, inspired to paint with happy colors, and humbled by your compliments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the tip of my brush!

    S L Waldon

  5. What an amazing review, I love looking around the Islands of Time studio and am always amazed at the quality of the artwork you have in there.

  6. What amazing work! Thank you for the window into an amazing artists' life.

  7. This is a really nice feature article. And such a way with words. I only wish I had the words to create my own. It does make me want to try.
    And the beautiful paintings............they do call you in. Keep up the good work and I wish you well with your paintings.

  8. What a wonderful feature!

    Cobalt Moon Jewelry
    "Checked In Today" guild member

    If there are any Checked in today guild members that would like me to feature you once a week (Tuesday) on my blog, I would love to speak with you.
    I have done quite a few blog posts of our guild members so far.
    Please feel free to contact me at cdowdle2(at)gmail(dot)com
    and I will feature your work on a Tuesday!


  9. A wonderful article to accompany wonderful artwork. Great to get to know a little more about the wonderful artist behind these seriously stunning pieces.

    Caroline at Mint To Be Stationery.

  10. Thank you for the inspiration. It's a beautiful feature.


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