The Circle Game

“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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“F” is for Family and Friends

“F” for Family ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

As you know…when I’m not in my studio working on my encaustic, collage, oil paintings…I am home painting with watercolors and India Ink markers.

This past week I went back to my letters and though about how I can make them in a way that we could get better use of them.

I found these wonderful blank, white wooden letters and decided to do each one as an original artwork. I painted it directly on the wood.

This weekend we celebrated one of my dear friend’s birthday and I made the letter “F” for her as a gift. I loved how it came out. It can now be hung directly on the wall.

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Thanks!

Dora

 

“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.

“Q” is for Queen

“Q” is for Queen ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

 

Queen is a good word for “Q“:

“All I Ask Is That You Treat Me No Differently Than You Would The Queen” ~Anonymous

“There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things. I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~Lewis Carroll

I also like a Band called Queen. They sing some of my favorite songs!

What are your favorite “Q” words?

“P” is for Perseverance

“P” is for Perseverance ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

I Love the word “Perseverance”

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Noun: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state,etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering.
  1. Her perseverance was rewarded: after many rejections, she finally got into the exhibit she wanted .
  2. Perseverance is required to perfect just about any skill.

 

“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“.

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!