“Dora Ficher works in encaustic and in styles as varied as geometric abstraction (as in Journey), Impressionistic representation (as in Poppy World), and Expressionistic script (as in Birds in Flight). This leads to a sense that I am seeing samplings of different oeuvres. In all, her colors are luscious and for the most part her surfaces are thick and smooth or roughened to create pattern. Encaustic used in this way often leads to a sense of encasement like a bug trapped in resin or a cloudy cover-up. But not here. The color feels solid and dense. And as with encaustic work, it is difficult not to touch it. This is especially true in her Layers 1 – 4 which include a horizontal bar and the previously cited Journey. In Ficher’s largest piece, From the Boat, a work that shows her expertise in using her medium as conveyance you can see the careful geometry of the circular, orange sun against the modulating blue sky, the layered and worked surface of yellow, red, and green fashioning the land, and the translucent blue water that covers an underpainting of orange shapes.”
A HUGE thank you to Carol Taylor-Kearney for her generous review of the Cerulean Arts Associate Collective Members Exhibition.
The exhibition has come down, but it was truly wonderful to be included. I am appreciative of the opportunity to be apart of this fabulous exhibition and a member of an incredible collective.
And thank you to everyone who came by the opening reception. I didn’t get too many photos but here are a few…
Since I returned from my vacation in Mexico, I’ve been busy in my studio creating artwork for my Immigration Series. Digging into my project just after spending a few weeks outside of the U.S. and in a country overflowing with vibrant color and culture feels fitting.
As a starting point, I’ve elected to create several pieces representing my personal immigration journey. Expressing my own remembrances through my art has been both challenging and wonderful as my own immigration story is one of both loss and opportunity.
I was 10 years old the first time I came to the U.S. with my family. My parents decided to move to the U.S. because the economic and political situation in Argentina was in upheaval. But leaving meant saying goodbye to my extended family; grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and many friends in Argentina. I also left behind my school, my classmates, everything known to me until that time… foods, customs, my native language… everything I had ever known.
As a child, I recall it felt hardest to leave our close-knit family. Growing up, I cherished the summer months when my extended family would gather at my grandparent’s home in Mar del Plata for the summers.
My recollections of the actual journey and arrival in the U.S. come to me in isolated images. I recall the boat we took – the “Delta Line” – a passenger-cargo ship connecting South America to New Orleans. The trip took about 25 days, but we got to stop and visit many new places. I think that my favorite at that time was Barbados. I had never seen water so clear and blue/ turquoise. Rio & Santos in Brazil was also amazing. So many things to see.
I recall the fun my sisters and I had on the boat, the party crossing the Equator and just hanging out all day. We met so many wonderful people, all on a new journey just like us.
All we saw all day was the water below.
I do remember seeing the buildings upon our arrival in New Orleans though I think we were there for only a few hours before we went on another trip, this time on a greyhound bus in the pouring rain through the night to St. Louis. MO. where my dad was waiting for us.
The first pieces I have created for my series depict a few of these first memories, including my very first complete piece called “Journey”.
“Journey” has also been selected to be included in a juried exhibition called “Anything But Flat.” The challenge for this year’s show was “to create a work that has a tangible, physical presence.” The exhibition, at the Castle Hill Main Gallery in MA, will occur during the 13th International Conference – May 30th – June 6th. I am honored to have been chosen as an exhibitor.
I hope you have enjoyed this first installation of this series. I look forward to continuing to share it with you as it unfolds and I’d love to hear from others who have immigration stories to share too. If you have one, leave a comment or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. My dream is to make this series a diverse and expansive one.
I am so excited about this new series/project I’m working on.
As some of you may already know, I have begun working on an immigration art series/project. As an immigrant myself, I’ve chosen to explore this topic through my art because creating provides me with the outlet I need to cope with all that’s going on in our country at the moment. I want to channel my feelings and emotions into doing something positive.
Through this project my intention is to create art depicting the experiences of those immigrating to the United States and, further,
to uncover the hopefulness in each story. We all have so much to learn from the stories of immigrants and I am excited for the opportunity to express their remembrances, experiences, hopes, joys, and sorrows through my art.
This project is just beginning to take shape. I look forward to using my blog to not only share my progress, but the stories of the individuals behind each of my paintings as well. Watch this space for more to come.
My 2019 Wall Calendar is off to the printer and ready for pre-sale! It features some of my favorite digital collages from my 2018 music collection. Every page of my calendar is a quality print of each of my digital collages – frame and hang them after the year is over!
They make a GREAT gift – perfect for the winter holidays! They are square format and measure 8″ x 8″
The calendar will be AVAILABLE for sale during POST on October 7th in my studio .
Order before Thanksgiving for a special price of $15.
I am thrilled to be opening my studio up to the public again for this year’s Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST). Curious about what the inside of an artist’s studio looks like? Want to see my newest work in person? Come visit me in my studio and take a look around on Sunday, October 7th.
Sunday, October 7th
12 Noon – 6 pm
Scotts Mills: 3510 Scotts Lane, Building 32, Studio #118, Philadelphia, PA
My studio at Scotts Mills is also home to a number of diverse artists, many of whom will be participating in POST this year! There are two floors of studios for you to explore, come spend the afternoon with us.
**On-street parking is limited and there is free parking in the large lot in the back of the Scotts Mills campus – enter via the driveway, just past Building 32.
This artist’s life isn’t always about wax, hot boxes, and bold colors!! Many days in the studio are, but the days and weeks leading up to exhibitions are about getting all of those art works ready to be seen and sold.
As you know, the Montgomery County Studio Tour is coming up on June 9th and 10th and, so, Heidi and I have been busily mounting, framing, naming, and labeling my body of encaustic monotypes for the exhibition.
The adhesive mediums and blow torches are in overdrive!
While it is certainly a change of pace in the studio, it feels great to see everything come together. It is positively thrilling to experience the impact mounting, for example, has on my monotypes!
I have so much new art to share with you. Everything from monotypes raging in size from 24″ x 36″ to 5″ x 5″ to a selection of my original “doodles.” I hope you will stop by and/or plan to take the entire tour!
Recently, a few of my followers have asked me, “What is a digital collage?” In today’s blog post, I am going to show you how I create digital collages by walking you through a step-by-step making of two of my most recent pieces, “The Sounds of the Trumpet” and “I Hear a Drum”.
As you may know, on the first of the year, I re-committed to creating art each and every day. I love working in my studio best, but sometimes life (and weather!) get in the way and I need alternatives. A robust collection of painting supplies keep me painting and exploring my mediums and style in my home. However, at the beginning of the year I decided to add a new medium to my repertoire and made the decision to learn a digital program for artists called, Procreate.
Procreate is an iPad app made for professional creatives for sketching, drawing, and painting. It utilizes the Apple Pencil for detailed work and to use with its impressive brush library of more than 130 brushes! Procreate allows me to mix and match brushes, manipulate and layer my illustrations, and add unlimited background, texture and detail layers. The layering system gives me complete control over each and every element of my digital collages as you can see in this selection of layers from the piece, “The Sounds of the Trumpet”.
Procreate also allows me to create very large, high-resolution collages. This means that any print or product reproductions I offer enjoy the same vibrant and crisp qualities as my original collage.
It took me a few weeks and lots of trial and error to begin developing my style and palette within the app and I am so glad I persevered! I love how my musical series is developing through this new medium and I have enjoyed stretching myself as an artist too. Adding Procreate to my artist toolbox has also given me the opportunity to bring my art on the go with me when I can’t be in the studio or at home. With a new grandbaby in New York, I know this tool will serve me well!!
Check out this cool time-lapse video of my piece, “I Hear a Drum” and enjoy!
Watch this space for my next blog post. I plan to get more in depth to show how brushes are used and how you can create your own digital collages!
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