Cinco de Mayo

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Cinco de Mayo – Pen & India Inks on watercolor paper. 8×8
Cinco-de-Mayo-in-progress2©Dora Ficher
Cinco-de-Mayo-in-progress1©Dora Ficher
Cinco-de-Mayo-in-progress3©Dora Ficher


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A Gift

This week I am sharing a mixed media/encaustic piece that I made as a wedding gift for a special couple (Andi & Mark). Following is the finished painting but read below to hear the story behind this piece.

Andi-Mark, Mixed Media, Collage, Encaustic, Oil Sticks 16x16x1.5″ ©Dora Ficher
Andi-Mark, Mixed Media, Collage, Encaustic, Oil Sticks 16x16x1.5″ ©Dora Ficher

Andi & Mark got married on 11-11-11 so as you see I’m a bit past the date with this gift.

I have know Andi since before she was born, in fact her mom & I were pregnant at the same time. That’s why this is so special.

As you know, my paintings all have a story behind them and in my encaustic paintings the story is encased inside the waxy pigment.

I had asked Andi & Mark to give me images they would like encased in the wax. They have twin girls so most of the images were of the girls. This is what I did with the photos.

Reminder: Spring Open Studio ~ Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2013 – 12 Noon to 6 PM
915 Spring Garden (between 9th and 10th – entrance is on Percy Street).Philadelphia, PA. 19123
Studio #403 on the 4th floor:

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La Montaña

La Montaña, India inks, Gouache on watercolor canvas board 16×20″ ©Dora Ficher

Following is the process of this painting called “La Montaña” (The mountain).

La Montaña-unfinished1, India inks, Gouache on watercolor canvas board 16×20″
La Montaña-unfinished2 , India inks, Gouache on watercolor canvas board 16×20″
Gouache Palette


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Piano Tune

This week I am sharing my painting “Piano Tune”

Piano Tune Mixed Media, Collage, Encaustic, Oil Sticks 16×16 x2″

“Piano Tune”, the basic scale is made up of 7 notes, which are the white keys on the piano.
My painting reflects the rhythm and movement of the music you can make with the piano keys.

“Piano Tune” was selected for a Juried Show title “Seven”. When I heard the title which was the theme for the exhibit I came up with many ideas. My first idea was to work on the seven sided shape called a heptagon. I did many drawings with my ideas but it just wasn’t happening.

Finally I went back to my music theme which has been in my mind for a while now and came up with the idea of the 7 notes in a traditional scale (Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So (or Sol), La, Ti (or Si)) or (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). That made me think of a piano which I had played for many years as a child. From there I started making the keys of the piano and collaging them into the painting. And that’s how Piano Tunes was born.

Piano Tune-work in progress

The exhibit will be held at:

Castle Hill Gallery,Truro
Opening: Thursday, May 30, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Closing: Thursday, June 6, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Hours and directions:




As promised last week I will be posting a painting-A-week starting today.

There is a story behind this painting:

About 2 weeks ago I drove by our old house … the one we lived in while the kids where growing up…the one on “the best street in the city” according to a former neighbor and friend. But…I was a bit disappointed to see that the new owners painted it a red color and took down some of our beautiful plants that had grown so nicely. It was sad to see them gone…and to see the other changes like the color. We did move about 8 years ago…and the nerve of these people to change everything. It’s funny how much we don’t like change.

Last week for my 1st painting-A-week I decided to paint our beautiful Wellesley Road home.

Following is a photo I took of the house on that day:

It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.  ~Author Unknown



Some needed flowers

Sharing my new and updated website / blog with all of you…along with some needed flowers…

3rd Street – watercolor

Stay tuned for a new series coming up on my blog soon. It’s all about famous Argentinean artists.

For now, take a look at my new site and let me know what you think. I am looking forward to your thoughts.


An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia

Two of my Encaustic pieces “1974” and “Reflection Too” were selected for the juried exhibit…

An Art Journey From Argentina to Philadelphia

If in the Philly area, stop by City Hall (2nd floor…the Mayor’s floor ). Exhibit will be up until Nov. 30th.

“An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia” Nov. 1, 2012
“An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia” Nov. 3, 2012

The cultural section of the Embassy of Argentina is pleased to announce the opening of “An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia”, a juried art exhibition featuring a selection of artwork created by Argentine artists residing in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, working in a variety of media and themes.

“An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia” Nov. 1, 2012
“An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia” Nov. 3, 2012
“An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia” Nov. 3, 2012

“It is my hope that this event will be the first of many to promote the arts of Argentina in the city of Philadelphia,”notes Alfredo Ratinoff, Chief Curator for the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia Nov. 1, 2012. Alfredo Ratinoff, Chief Curator for the Embassy of the Argentina in Washington DC.

 The exhibition, housed in display cases along the second floor of City Hall, is presented in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and its opening is timed to coincide with the celebration of Argentine Week (Oct. 29 – Nov. 3).  The works will remain on display through November 30th.

“An Art Journey from Argentina in Philadelphia” Nov. 1, 2012

The story behind my two pieces:

“Reflection Too” is painted on an old shutter that I found at a local flea market. I collaged some “found” wood and metal pieces on to the wax.

This piece brings memories of  the Southern Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Argentina, which I have visited since I was a little girl. This shutter is a reflection of the water in that ocean. What happens to these shutters or doors when they live so close to the salty ocean water? I wanted them to look aged from the effects of the sun and the salt spray. I love to see all the interesting textures and faded colors caused by years of ocean side living.

“1974” is the year I graduated from Art School in Argentina. Collaged into this piece are many memories from those art school years. I included some drawings and writings from school as well as brochures from art exhibits.

Artists whose work is featured in the exhibition include:

Anibal H. Reimondez
Laura Tabakman
Dora Ficher
Felisa Federman
Roman Antopolsky
Rosana Azar
Paula Meninato
Emiliano Orestes Begnardi
Franco Lippi
Marcelo Novo
Miguel Pérez Lem

“R” is for Rainbow

“R” is for Rainbow ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher


R“ is for “Rainbow

I Love colors and I love “Rainbow“.

A “Rainbow” is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines on to droplets of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.

In a “primary rainbow“, the arc shows red on the outer part, and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted while entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.

In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.

You can read more about Rainbows here.