My blank canvas

I am working on a new series for an exhibition titled “Hiraeth.” I will be part of a 2 person show with an artist and friend, Diana Gonzales Gandolfi, with whom I have many things in common among which are very similar backgrounds. We were both born in the same hospital in Argentina 11 days apart. We both left Argentina with our families when we were very young. I was 10, she was 8. Now we are both artists and work with encaustic . We live close to one another, she in New Jersey, me in Philadelphia.

“Hiraeth.”  (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.

I never heard of this word before. I don’t remember where I saw it or heard about it, but as soon as I saw it, I said to myself, ” I need to use this word for the title of our exhibition.” Diana liked the title as well.

The exhibition will be held at The Embassy of Argentina in Washington DC. The opening day and reception is on Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm.

I am working on all new pieces with encaustic, collage and oil sticks. I am making 3 diptychs. Each finished set will be 36×48. I had to work around the gallery space at the Embassy,  a rotunda with very high ceilings.

I will continue to post the process of each piece. Stay tuned.

©Dora Ficher - work in progress

©Dora Ficher – work in progress


©Dora Ficher – work in progress


©Dora Ficher – The Beginning



©Dora Ficher – work in progress. My story.

©Dora Ficher - work in progress. I added a photo of the door to my most memorable house. It's the door I have on my painting.

©Dora Ficher – work in progress. I added a photo of the door to my most memorable house. It’s the door I have on my painting.





Calendar 2015


2015 Calendar – January page – $20.00

Looking for an “ART” Hanukkah / Christmas gift.  My new 2015 calendar is here.

High quality square 8×8 calendar. Every page has one of my paintings followed by a month page with a quote.

After the year is over each individual painting can be framed as a print.

Calendars are $20. Free Shipping.

2015 Calendar - $20.00

2015 Calendar – $20.00


From the Train


From the train ©Dora Ficher Art

Hello friends,

As many of you know, I am the co-owner of a summer day camp. This is our 25th summer!

Due to my long summer camp days, I am finding that lately I have neither the time nor the energy to get to my studio. This will be the case until my camp ends at the end of August. Saying this does not mean, however, that I am abandoning my art. That would be impossible, unthinkable. I live in the beautiful city of Philadelphia and ride a train to and from camp where I am inspired daily by the beauty that surrounds me. Equipped with my handy-dandy iPhone camera, I can’t stop taking pictures. I will continue to share these, my summer art, on my facebook art page and here on my blog. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy taking them.

Happy Summer!



Studio 403

Welcome to Studio 403

I am taking you on a visual tour of my studio. Enjoy!


My studio




Dora's Studio @Jonathan Meter Photography

Dora’s Studio @Jonathan Meter Photography


Dora’s Studio @Jonathan Meter Photography

@Jonathan Meter Photography

@Jonathan Meter Photography


©Anne Saint Peter Photography

18th Street


©Dora Ficher-18th Street  – digital collage of original Pen & India inks on  paper. 10 x10

I have been painting homes and buildings. My latest pieces are homes I find while walking around center city Philadelphia. This house has an interesting story. When I was 16, I had my 4 wisdom teeth out at one time. In those days, the late 60’s you had to stay in the hospital for this. It wasn’t out-patient how it is these days.

While in the hospital I had a room-mate, someone who was married and older than me. We did become friendly and she invited me to her home on 18th street around the corner from Rittenhouse Square. I remember falling in love with the house and with them. I thought it was so cool to have older friends (early 30’s) and that they paid attention to me. Both she and her husband were artists. I was fascinated with their studios and their art.  I kept in touch with them until I left to go back to Argentina to Art School.

Walking around the other day I passed by the house. This was the house where my room-mate lived. I took some pictures and painted this piece from the photo. I am planning to use it as one of my paintings on my 2015 calendar.


©Dora Ficher-18th Street

Calendar 2014


2014 Calendar – cover

My new 2014 calendar is on its way. High quality square 8×8 calendar. The theme this year: My trip to France. Every page has one of my paintings followed by a month page with a quote. You can see it below in the sample.

To see what it looks like: Click on link below (be patient while it is loading all the pages) to see the whole calendar. Please remember that this is a low resolution sample of what the calendar looks like. The colors might be a bit off as well.

Click to see sample—> 2014 Calendar-sample

Calendars are $25. Free Shipping. They will be shipped the 1st week in January.


Ho, Ho, Ho

©Dora Ficher-Bethlehem

©Dora Ficher-“Bethlehem” Digital Collage.

It’s almost Ho, Ho, Ho time. Only 11 more days until Christmas.

What are you doing for the holidays?

We have a full schedule. We will be spending Christmas eve with our little grandson and his parents at their house in Media, Pa. Only about 1/2 hour from center city Philly where I live.

Then on Christmas day we are hopping on a train and going to New York City to celebrate with my son, daughter-in-law and her family. We will then spend a few days in NYC with them.

It’s been a snowy week here in Philly. I think it snowed more this week than it did all of last winter. Here is a photo of how it looked last Tuesday. It was taken from my apartment window up on the 32nd floor.


View from my window. ©Dora Ficher

I want to thank everyone who follows my website, and follows me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. You are totally awesome. I appreciate all of your comments and discussions. Thank you for hanging out with me and sharing my art with your friends.

To say Thank you, I am offering a big Holiday sale for any of my available paintings in my shop. I am giving you 20% off plus free shipping. If you find a painting that you would like to purchase, email me at: dora@doraficher.com and I will take the 20% off before you pay.

This sale extends to digital collages as well.

I will also offer 10% off any item on my brand new Sol Design website. Use coupon: holiday10%

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Tulips – ©Dora Ficher -Gallery Wrapped Canvas

With any purchase of my art, or which I am truly thankful and grateful, I am able to donate a portion to Unite for Her. Purchases include both my original art & my products.  I explain more about this great Organization here.

Thank you!




Studio news

©Dora Ficher-Sailing the Seine- Digital collage from Pen & India inks on watercolor paper. 5x5

©Dora Ficher-Sailing the Seine- Digital collage from Pen & inks on watercolor paper. 5×5

I love the holiday season. For Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, my family and I had a great get together at the home of one of my sisters. We get together there every year. The family keeps growing, and now we have small children again, YAY!… my twin grand-nephews (is that right? my sister’s grandchildren) and my little grandson. We all have so much fun! My favorite part is going around sharing what we are grateful/thankful for.

I have so much that I’m grateful for.  I love being able to create my art and to offer my work.  I like to share my happiness and my story.  If you know me, you know that color energizes me. I have decided that now with any purchase of my art (for which I am truly thankful and grateful)  I am able to donate a portion to Unite for Her. Purchases include both my original art & my products.  I explain more about this great Organization here.

A little bit of Spring-setting-pillow

A little bit of Spring. Pillow, artwork by ©Dora Ficher

It has been about 2 weeks since I opened my Sol Design online shop. It’s been so much fun to share products with my art on them.  Make sure to stop by the shop and check out all the different products you can get with one of my paintings on them. All the options of my paintings are not up yet. If you go to my Dora Ficher Art website and you see a different image that you would like to use in a product, let me know and we can make it with that image. Everything is Made to Order.


Part of my exhibit at The Sporting Club At The Bellevue.
Encaustic paintings. ©Dora Ficher Art

News from Dora Ficher Art:
I currently have an on going exhibit at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue in center city, Philadelphia. There you can see many of my original paintings such as the ones you see above (Mixed Media, Collage, Encaustic) You do not need to be a member to visit the exhibit. My art is displayed on the 1st floor of the club (8th floor of the Bellevue Hotel) right in front of the cafe. I live just a hop, skip and a jump from there, so let me know if you are going and I can meet you there. There will be a “meet the artist” day coming up. More info in a future email.

Coming soon: my new 2014 Calendar with art from my trip to France with my mom and my sisters. We celebrated my mom’s 85th birthday. Story coming with calendar. Stay tuned.

To get all the information about “Unite For Her” and the reason why I decided to give a portion of my sales to them, click on above link.

The Circle Game

"Circle-Game", MIxed media, encaustic, oil stick, collage, ©Dora Ficher

“Circle-Game”, MIxed media, encaustic, oil stick, collage, ©Dora Ficher

When I’m in the studio I paint and listen to music or books. Lately I have been listening to music. I have different playlists which I make myself. This actual playlist I was listening while painting this piece has many of my favorite songs. Each piece I have been working on for the last few weeks represent one of the songs. This is one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs.

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
And they tell him, “Take your time. It won’t be long now.
‘Til your drag your feet to slow the circles down”

And the seasons they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams, maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through.

~ Joni Mitchell

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