YOUR STORIES: Capturing Impermanence
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
By Andres Amador
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Photo from Andres Amador Arts' Facebook page by Edward Saenz

I've had the pleasure of interviewing Andres for several articles in the past. Perhaps you've seen Andres creating on a nearby beach...

Photo from Andres Amador Arts website.

Andres is a San Francisco-based artist who has been working on the beach since 2004. His artwork can span over 100,000 feet, achievable only during low tide. With tight time constraints and big goals, Andres  poses himself the question: ‘How does one create from within that which one is creating?’ Exploring this concept of self-creation has brought Andres to investigate natural and human-devised systems of structure and growth. His artworks do not last long- within minutes of finishing a piece, and often while still in progress, the returning tide begins resetting the canvas. This provides an opportunity to reflect upon the nature of impermanence, serving as a reminder that the act of joyous creation is its own reward. His ultimate desire with displaying the artwork is to bring a sense of wonder and immediacy to the viewer. Andres has been featured by NBC Evening News, Al Jazeera, CCTV, The Today Show, BBC, CNN, the Discovery Channel, and numerous T.V. programs and periodicals globally. His artwork has appeared on beaches in the US and internationally, with his primary canvas being the Northern California coastline. If you have a beautiful beach where his art could happen, he would love to learn of it.

When I received Andres' recent newsletter where he was talking about just returning from a project in Cape Town I asked, "Hey, Change Your Life Travels is having a South African love fest at the moment. Can we include pix of your project?" He said YES! So here you go:

(All photos below courtesy of Andres Amador)


Turkish Airlines is creating a series of vignettes on inspiring creators around the world. I was selected and they wanted to do it in the Cape Town area.The film will take a few months to be ready and I'll post when it is.



I took advantage of being out there to continue the Capturing Impermanence project, filming and interviewing a couple of artists as well as doing my art in fun locations, seeing what interesting opportunities arose.


I was taken by surprise by Cape Town's beauty. Here are some pics from our time in the area...


To check out more of Andres Amador's work visit Especially good news -- prints of his art are for sale, plus, he's available for commissions.

To see more works from Capturing Impermanence and Andres' time in South Africa, visit and like

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