Thank You for Joining Me During POST

Dear Friends,
I loved welcoming so many of you into my Studio this past Saturday!

I am always thrilled to have visitors in my studio and I especially love showing folks around, introducing some to encaustic painting, showcasing my most recent work, and catching up with others.

Mixed Media, encaustic, collage, wax stick, 4×4 ©Dora Ficher. Available $75 

This year, 20 of us here at Scotts Mills participated in POST and I am left feeling grateful to be apart of such a vibrant artist community! 

Thank you for your support and for stopping by.

Cheers,

Dora 

 

Join Me – Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) – October 14th

Ever wonder what happens in a day in the life of an artist? Come visit my studio, take a look around, and get a sneak peek at some of my newest work during this year’s Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST).

  • Saturday, October 14th
  • 12 Noon – 6 pm
  • Scotts Mills: 3510 Scotts Lane, Building 32, Studio #118, Philadelphia, PA

My studio at Scotts Mills is home to a small community of diverse artists situated on a quaint street in the beautiful East Falls section of Philadelphia. There are two floors filled with artists for you to explore. 


**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.  

“Alternative Wax: Layers of Facts” an Upcoming Exhibition

Announcing an Upcoming, Inspiring Group Exhibition

I’m excited to share the news that one of my pieces, “It can not simply be reduced to black or white,” from my “It’s not just Black or White” series will be in a group exhibition at the Kolbalt Gallery in Provincetown in June! The show, “Alternative Wax: Layers of Facts,” is the first political show associated with the International Encaustic Conference. It offers artist like myself the opportunity to express their views on the current political state in our country through their artwork. Francine D’Olimpio, juror and Kobalt Gallery Director, and Cherie Mittenthal, the Encaustic Conference Director “feel this is the perfect time to seek artists’ perspectives on alternative facts through layers of wax!”

The show promises to be a wonderful and intriguing one. Every submission was accepted for exhibition as every, “single one of them is unique in its interpretation of the theme, with perspectives ranging from humor to horror!” according to the curator.  

If you are in Provincetown anytime between June 2nd and June 8th, plan a visit to the Kobalt Gallery!

Exhibit Details
  • 11th International Encaustic Conference
  • Exhibition Title: “Alternative Wax: Layers of Facts”
  • Juried by: Francine D’Olimpio, Gallery Owner and Curator
  • Exhibition Dates: June 2 to June 8, 2017
  • Exhibition Location: Kobalt Gallery
  • 366 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017 7 PM – 9 PM

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Exhibition REMINDER: “It’s not all Black or White”

Later this month, my entire “It’s not all Black or White” series will be on exhibit at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Inspired by my post-election feelings, “It’s not all Black or White,” is a series that explores the “complex convergence that defines and enhances the richness of the human experience.” Read more about it on my here. And catch a glimpse of the series in progress here.

The show runs from May 12th – May 26th and the Opening Reception is May 12th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. I hope to see you there!

Save the Date!

It’s not just Black or White

I am thrilled to announce my newest encaustic series; “It’s not just Black or White” on exhibit next month, May 12th – May 26th, at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012.

About the Series

Like all truisms, this is not a black OR white world. Rather, we live in between those concrete lines. My series explores this “in between.” Within the black and white, the layers that define us are embedded in the work…. the colors of the spectrum converge and merge toward shades of grey, ironically the combination of black and white. We need to explore this complex convergence that defines and enhances the richness of the human experience.

 

I hope you will join me at the Opening Reception on May 12th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. I’m excited to share my new series with you. In the meantime, if you’d like a sneak peak of the collection in progress, take a look below.

                                         

 


   

 

 

  

 

 

Summers in Mar del Plata

"Beautiful Memories"  watercolor, pen & ink on watercolor paper 12x16. ©Dora Ficher
“Beautiful Memories” watercolor, pen & ink on watercolor paper 12×16. ©Dora Ficher

During the summers we went to the shore. My grandparents had a wonderful house in Mar del Plata.

My grandparent's home in Mar del Plata
Photograph of my grandparent’s home in Mar del Plata

After school was done in December (Dec. 21st, 1st day of summer), the baúles (trunks) would get all packed and we would get ready to go for the summer. A company called Rabbione would pick them all up.

I remember being at my grandparents house while everything was getting packed as well. They had lots of trunks. They would take everything since we were there for the whole summer.

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The baúl
The baúl
The baúl

 

 

 

 

 

 

They would also take everyone who worked at their house, the cook, the housekeeper and the housemaids. It sounds like Downton Abbey, I said to my mom today. She said “Yes, that’s how it was”. I’m sure it was, but in a much smaller scale. The houses were definitely not as big.

My aunts and uncles would also come. My grandfather, my dad and my uncles  had to go to work so they would leave on Mondays and come back on Fridays. They didn’t stay for the whole 3 months like the women did.

I remember that my grandparents bought me a little chair that they always kept there. It was my princess chair. That’s the 1st thing I always looked for as soon as we arrived.

We spend the holidays there and stayed until right before school started in March.

We would all go by train. I recall the name of the train was “Marplatense”. “The Marplatense”. was all silver and had stainless steel wagons. It had air conditioning and an elegant restaurant. It would take us about five hours to get to Mar del Plata. The most fun on the train was the restaurant.

El Marplatense
El Marplatense

Their house was wonderful. It had beautiful gardens very nicely manicured by the gardener. There were lots of flowers all around and great big trees that we could climb.

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My mom, my sister Claudia and me. 1954-55

I do remember that the kitchen was big and they had a large commercial refrigerator that looked like the photo. The house was always full of people.

Refrigerator
Commercial refrigerator in the kitchen
"Mardel" Collage, Encaustic, Oil Sticks ©Dora Ficher
“Mardel” Collage, Encaustic, Oil Sticks 18 x 24 ©Dora Ficher
The beach with the cabanas.
The beach with the cabanas.
My dad and me at the beach.
My dad and me at the beach.
My mom and me at the beach.
My mom and me at the beach.
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My mom, my sister Claudia and me. 1954-55
La rambla - The boardwalk
La rambla – The boardwalk

 

This work is part of my Hiraeth (meaning “homesickness”) series.

To read about it, click here and here .

Childhood Memories of Colorful Buenos Aires

 

"The Beginning" Mixed Media, Collage, Encaustic, Oil Sticks ©Dora Ficher
“The Beginning”  Collage, Encaustic, Oil Sticks ©Dora Ficher

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 14, 1951 in Sanatorio (medical center) Otamendi . At the time my parents lived on Inocensio Arias street in Castelar the west part of Buenos Aires.

Sanatorio Otamendi, the hospital where I was born.
Sanatorio Otamendi, the hospital where I was born.
Here I am with my mom and my dad. I was 3 moths old.
Here I am with my mom and my dad. I was 3 moths old. My first trip to Mar del Plata (the shore we went to every summer. Check out those tiny shoes I’m wearing.

My father had his laboratory there. He did blood tests and everything else a lab does.

I remember that we had a wooden 2-person swing in the backyard. I am amazed that I remember this since we moved out of this house when I was 3 years old.

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The 2 person swing

I recall that my grandmother’s housekeeper, Paula, would come to pick me up, and take me on the train to my grandparents’ house. At that time, going to their house was the most wonderful thing in the world. They had a big house with a big glass and iron door. It was called a Petit hotel, I guess because it had many bedrooms, a big garden/patio and several rooms for the people who worked there (the cook and housekeepers).

My grandparents home
My grandparents home

When I visited my grandparents’ home, I slept in the room with my aunt, who was only 14 when I was born. I felt like a princess every time I was there.

My grandfather and me. His name was Jaime.
My grandfather and me. His name was Jaime. I was about 20 months.

My grandparents had a television set (I am talking about the 1950s). One of those big Zenith sets.

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The Zenith TV

 

Whenever I was there I loved to have breakfast in the “comedor diario” – the casual dining room. I could watch the TV while eating. TV’s were something very new at that time. We didn’t have a TV in our house so this was a treat.

My grandmother with my sister Claudia and me.
My grandmother with my sister Claudia (sitting) and me.
Working on my first painting of this series
Working on my first painting of this series
Starting to collage and write memories the this painting.
Starting to collage and write memories the this 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.
©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.
The Street of my grandparent's house
The Street of my grandparent’s home. Antonino Ferrari, in Buenos Aires.
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The door to the entrance of my grandparent’s house.

This work is part of my Hiraeth (meaning “homesickness”) series.

To read about it, click here and here .

 

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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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: http://ow.ly/koPG2

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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: www.castlehill.org

 

 

Time to commit

Hello friends,

I have made a big decision. I am committing!!! To what? To writing blog posts. My commitment is for once a week. But…I am allowing myself to post as much as I want.

I am in Alyson Stanfield’s Art Biz Coach Bootcamp…click on the link and read all about it. This, along with other classes I have taken from Alyson have changed the way I am approaching my art business….Yes, “Business” because that’s what it is.
I also belong to Alyson’s Art Biz Incubator. Last week I went to our member site and heard a wonderful talk between Alyson and artist Janet Vanderhoof .
Janet spoke about a big challenge she had set for herself for the year 2012. The challenge was to paint a painting a week. I was so inspired and motivated by what she did that it made me look at myself and think about a big project for me to do and write blog posts about.
In the year 2011 I was part of #draw365 on Twitter and successfully completed 365 ink drawings throughout that year.
This year I am going to copy/reproduce…Janet’s idea (which I’m sure she won’t mind) and do a painting a week. I also want to write posts about the process of my big challenge. In other words, I want to post images of my work in progress as well as finished.
You will see mixed media paintings done in my studio and ink drawings, watercolors or guache

Work in progress ~ Mixed media, collage, encaustic 9×12″ ©Dora Ficher

which I do at home.

Instead of just posting all this on facebook like I usually do, I will be posting here on my blog. My commitment  is for every Wednesday but don’t be surprised if you see me here more often.
Thank you Janet and Alyson for the wonderful talk.
One more thing, tell me what you think about my new website/blog.