Spring Open Studio

I would like to invite you to come to my studio this coming weekend

Come and see my new work

Visit other studios in the building.

Sat. 4/28 and Sun. 4/29
from 12pm to 6pm

915 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
(Entrance is on Percy St., Between 9th and 10th)

“1974” ~ Mixed Media – Collage / Encaustic / Oil Sticks on panel 12×12 © 2012 Dora Ficher

915 Spring Garden Artists’ studios open to the public—

visit your favorite artists and discover new ones! Unique shopping opportunity!

Sandra Milner
Janell Wysock
Michele C. Kishita
Laura Adams
Linda Mehnert
Wendy Wolf

915 Arts at 915 Spring Garden

Spring Open Studios

Sat. 4/28 and Sun. 4/29
from 12pm to 6pm

915 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123
(Entrance is on Percy St., Between 9th and 10th)Over 30 artists will have their studios open to the public. Come out and support your local artists! Paintings of all styles and mediums, photography, prints, drawings, ceramics, fiber arts, handmade clothing, jewelry, cards, books and much more!Open studio events are a fantastic way to see a wide variety of artworks from artists from every career level and style in one stop.  It’s an extraordinary experience to be able to see where the work is created, speak with an artist about their work, and to be able to support an artist directly through making a purchase at their studio.Just a few of our participating artists are featured in this email, come on in to meet them all. We have many new residents who will have their studios open!
Katya Held
Dora Ficher
Liz Afif in her studio (502) photo by Linda Mehnert
Rita  Siemienski Smith

“J” is for Jonathan

“J” for Jonathan ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

My favorite “J” word is Jonathan. Jonathan is the name of my son. And then there is Jessica, another favorite word. I have several favorite people in my life named Jessica…that would be… Jonathan’s fiance Jessica and my oldest niece Jessica.

I also love the word Journey which has several definitions, my favorite being passage or progress from one stage to another: the Journey to success. I feel that my life is a constant Journey.

Another favorite is: Joy  a feeling or state of great delight or happiness; keen pleasure; elation.

Info about the letter “J“: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J

What is your favorite “J” word?


“I” for Imagination

“I” for Imagination ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

Info about the letter “I”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I

My favorite “I” word is Imagination and Imagination is actually one of my favorite words in the dictionary.

I was a teacher for many, many years and the kids knew that when I pointed to my head I meant: “Use your Imagination“.


  • The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses:   “a vivid imagination”.
  • The ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.

Would love some more “I” words!

“G” for Gratitude

“G” for Gratitude ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher


Info about the letter “G” : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G

Today I chose the word : Gratitude, which also means thankfulnessgratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling, emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

I chose this word because…there is so much that I am grateful for!

What are your favorite “G” words? You can write them below in the comments section.

Happy Holidays to all!


“E” for Exquisite

“E” for Exquisite ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher


I have been learning many new things about “Letters” as I do my alphabet letters.

This is what I learned about the letter “E“:

The letter “E” is one of the most versatile letters in the English alphabet!  (See – we’ve already used it!)  It is the most commonly used letter in no less than eleven languages. “E” is derived from the Greek letter Epsilon, which was used for many of the same purposes as the letter that we use today. Due to the Great Vowel Shift—a mysterious change in pronunciation in the English language—the letter is pronounced in two varieties: long (such as in the word bee) and short (like in the word bell). Every educated English student must examine for etymology (that is, history) and exercise (that is, use)!

The word I chose for “E” is “Exquisite” meaning “Of extreme beauty” “Delicately beautiful” “Lavishly elegant and refined”

Would love to see what words you choose. Leve them down in the “Reply / Comments” area.

Happy Friday my friends! Great weekend to all!


The Alphabet Series

“A” Little Houses Series ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

 “A” for Alyson

If you follow my Dora Ficher Art Page on Facebook you have probably seen some of the letters I’ve been creating with ink and pen which I then scann and finish up as a digital image.

I am working on a letter series and would love your comments. I will be making a book with all my letters and would like to have a name for each one. Each letter will have a specific name and a list of other words that start with that letter.

My 1st Series is called “Little houses Series”.

I will start from the beginning with the letter “A”. Remember: what I need from you is to leave me words that start with this letter in the comment section below. 

I named the 1st one “A” for Alyson.

Apart from the book, I will be offering these letters either individually in different sizes on paper, quilted fabric and…more later….Check in often to get the details.

Email:    dora@doraficher.com
Phone:    215-680-0922
915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403
Philadelphia, PA. 19123

4/365 A Little bit of Spring

4-365-A little bit of Spring / India Ink on Watercolor paper 4×4 © 2012 Dora Ficher


4/365 ~A little bit of Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

Email:    dora@doraficher.com
Phone:    215-680-0922
915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403
Philadelphia, PA. 19123

3/365 Blue Shutters

3-365-Blue Shutters / India Ink on Watercolor paper 4×4 © 2012 Dora Ficher

3/365 ~Blue Shutters

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home.

~Author Unknown

Email:    dora@doraficher.com
Phone:    215-680-0922
915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403
Philadelphia, PA. 19123

January 2012 Daily #Draw365

 1/365 “New Years in the City” India Ink on Watercolor paper 4×4  © 2012 Dora Ficher

Since January 2011, I have been participating in the #draw365 hashtag group on twitter. By December of 2011 I was hoping to have completed 365 pieces total… I didn’t make it to 365 but…I made it to about 220 which I’m very happy about.

The way I have been doing it is drawing a new piece every night and coloring it with India Inks. Then I scan it and finish it up on photoshop.

This new Year I will be doing the same thing but also include some of my encaustic paintings on some days. My purpose in all this is to “Create” some piece of art every day and I know that is the motivation of the group as well.

I will post one up everyday on my blog as well as on my Facebook fan page and on my Twitter page. You are welcome to share these with your friends. On your left you can see the 1st one for 2012.

All my #draw365 pieces are available for sale as prints or originals and you can contact me here for all the information. The prints are mounted on wood panels and covered with a few layers of encaustic which lets me combine both of my art mediums.

You can also find some of my Ink Drawings on Zazzle where you can purchase them as Tiles and Note cards.

My Encaustic paintings are also available for sale either through the website, my studio or through the galleries that carry my work. At this time I have work at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery and at Nichols Berg Gallery.

I am working on pricing all my pieces on my website Portfolio page. That will be done in the next couple of days. My Portfolio has my India Ink drawings in a separate page.

Stay tuned for my YearEnd Newsletter which will go out in the next few days.  If you would like to get the Newsletter please subscribe on the right where it says email updates.

Happy New Year my friends!