“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!


 

“D” for Dancing

“D” for Dancing ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

 

“Dancing”An artistic form of nonverbal communication

“Dancing” : Move in a graceful and rhythmical way

What other words begin with D ? I would love to hear your words. Go to the comments section and share some words.

Have a great Day!

“C” for Curious

C for Curious

 

I am dedicating the “C” to my Cool Creative Coach and friend Cynthia Morris .

Curious”, inquisitive, persons who show a marked desire for information or knowledge. “Curious most often implies an avid desire to know or learn.

What other words begin with C ? I would love to hear your words. Go to the comments section and write some words down.

Have a great CuriousDay!

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
 
Studio:
915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403
Philadelphia, PA. 19123

Wow! 2011, what a year!!!

Wow! 2011, what a year!!!   It was very productive with many new things happening.  It was
very sad year for me as well  as I lost my father on November 3rd. So, it is with mixed emotions that I am writing this newsletter.
I would like to thank Alyson Stanfield for sending the “Artist Conspiracy” email (which included a worksheet about our accomplishments in 2011) at exactly the right moment.  That got me motivated to actually start writing this newsletter.  Before I saw that, I was sitting at my computer with a blank document in front of me. So, thank you Alyson!

Looking back at the year I have to say that it was productive one.
I would like to share what my year was like via words and photographs…so here we go:

At my studio ©Jonathan Meter Photography   Studio  ©Jonathan Meter Photography

In February I moved to my new Studio. At first, I shared space with another artist. The I moved into my own single studio. I totally love it!
I am in the 4th floor of a wonderful Artist’s Studio building. There are about 100 studios in the bldg.

At my studio ©Jonathan Meter Photography

Except for the summer months when I am busy running my Summer camp business, or taking vacations, I would say I spent about 3 days a week in the studio on average.  When not in the studio, I am usually at my home office painting my watercolor/India Ink paintings or doing computer work.

My artwork is now represented by 2 galleries in Philadephia. Bluestone Fine Art Gallery and  Nichols Berg Gallery .

In March I was the Featured Artist at Artista Gallery which unfortunately closed last summer.In November I was part of an Encaustic exhibit at Nichols Berg Gallery.


You can see my work on the right. The Red one.
I attended numerous gallery and museum exhibits. I try to go to 1st Friday as often as possible.I finished up the year with 680 fans on my facebook Art page. That means I gained 243 in 2011.
On twitter I am up to 1435 followers, up probably about 1000 in 2011.

I started a google+ profile but have haven’t really done anything with it. Not sure if I will keep it.
I opened up a Pinterest account and at the moment I am having a ball with it…and… trying to get better at using it.

I joined Alyson Stanfield’s Artist Conspiracy.  It is a great place to get support and feel part of a community.
I Joined InLiquid  a nonprofit organization committed to creating opportunities and exposure for visual artists while serving as a free, online public hub for arts information in the Philadelphia area.
I joined The Encaustic Art Institute in Cerrillos, New Mexico and was fortunate to be able to visit during the summer. Click on the Harmony Photo and read about this project.
Encaustic Art Institute    Encaustic Art Institute
I also joined The International Encaustic Artists a non-profit, professional artists’ organization that seeks to raise the level of excellence in fine art encaustic work by providing a global information exchange and by raising interest about encaustics in the art world and with the general public.

 
I did not post on my blog very often and that is something I want to change in 2012. I did start out the year posting every day so far. (Link).

One of my BIG Highlights of 2011 was going to The Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. I was there for almost a week learning sooo much and meeting some wonderful friends. The conference was 3 days but I stayed another 3 days to do workshops. The Conference is produced by Founder/Director Joanne Mattera with Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and its Executive Director, Cherie Mittenthal.


Joanne Mattera and Cherie Mittenhall
First night in P-Town with wonderful company… among them Elena De La VilleChristine Aaron
Lorraine Glessner, Karen FreedmanDiana Gonzalez Gandolfi

The Vendor’s room was totally awesome

 

 
I took two wonderful post-conference workshops, one with Gregory Wright  and one with Lynette Haggard.

Another one of my big highlights during 2011 was a trip to Colorado and New Mexico. My partner Heidi & I took this trip together. We flew to Denver and from there we drove to Boulder to join Cynthia Morris to participate in her Curious Boulder workshop. We spent 3 wonderful days in Boulder with Cynthia and 10 other lovely women. The following Photos will show you how much fun we had.


From Boulder we drove to Santa Fe, New Mexico where we spent 3 days mostly visiting galleries on Canyon Road and walking around the town.
 
 
I loved the colors in Santa Fe. Turquoise has always been my favorite color so I was thrilled when walking into the New Mexico Museum of Art and finding this awesome turquoise hat in the gift shop.
We drove back from Santa Fe to Denver to spend a few days there. Denver was awesome. All these places were new to me and I enjoyed them tremendously. I love to spend time in new places.
 
The night before we flew back to Philadelphia, Alyson Stanfield had a wonderful party at her home in our honor. Alyson is an amazing host! The food was wonderful, the drinks were superb and the company was terrific. We met many of Colorado’s finest artists, many of whom I had met earlier on facebook or twitter. It was great to meet all these people in person. The drive to Alyson’s house was breathtaking. She lives in the middle of the mountains. Wow…what a view!

Heidi, Alyson & me                                    The view from Alyson’s deck

 

In October I participated in POST Philadelphia Open Studios and had a great turn out. Several of my paintings moved on to new homes. Succesful day.

Another big happening last year was that I turned “60” in September. To celebrate, I had a “High Tea” with the woman in my family and some of my closest friends. It was a great celebration. I even had everyone wear a “hat and Gloves”…after all it was an afternoon “Tea.”
 
 

Here are some photos of the celebration: Heidi and I above left, My mom, sisters and me on the right. Jonathan (my son) who was the photographer that day. And then My mom, dad and me. My dad came towards the end because he never wanted to miss any occasion, especially if it celebrated a member of his family!!!

A few weeks after my birthday tea my father passed away on November 3rd. This next painting I did the other day: “My Dad and his Violin.”

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
 
Studio:
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
 
Studio:
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!