Encaustic “Minis” and Getting Back Into my Studio

Encaustic “Minis” and Getting Back Into my Studio

During the summer months my time in the studio is very limited. For the past 28 years, I have spent my summers surrounded by the campers who attend a summer camp I own and run with another teacher.  My paintings during these months are often done at home after busy days with pen, ink, and watercolors.

 
By September I am more than eager to return to my studio. I often feel a bit lost and not sure where to start. This year was no exception, so I just began drawing and painting.

I did not know where I was going with this body of work, but I knew I had to create! For me, this approach was a big leap because I prefer to plan before starting something new, especially a new series.

I surrendered, wanting to work more intuitively and it felt really good! I challenged myself to loosen up and focused more on just letting go.

I have not yet named this series of work, but I noticed a theme emerging as I developed and layered each piece. It seems my series depicts the characteristic spirals and swirls of hurricanes, clearly an expression of my concerns and anxieties for so many in the destructive path of this season’s hurricanes.

As well, this body of work speaks to the state of “hurricane” our country is experiencing politically. Creating intuitively has allowed me to express and process my feelings through my work. My last series also related to the state of our political situation as well.

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.  

2016 Calendar

Sample of January page

Looking for an “ART” Hanukkah / Christmas gift.  My new 2016 calendar is here.

High quality square 8×8 calendar. Every page has one of my paintings followed by a month page with a quote.

After the year is over each individual painting can be framed as a print.

Calendars are $20. Free Shipping.





Images of 2016 Calendar pages

2016 calendar-12 images for blog

Wedding bells are ringing for me and my gal

"Luquillo" watercolors on paper. ©Dora Ficher
“Luquillo” watercolor on paper. ©Dora Ficher

I’m getting married next weekend and was very fortunate to get a call from the Chesnut Hill local asking if they could do an article about my art and my wedding.

If you click on the image below you can get the whole story at their website.

Chestnut Hill local
Chestnut Hill local

Heidi & I are going on an amazing honeymoon to Europe.

We are taking the Viking River Cruise, you know, the one you see the ads for on PBS’s Downton Abby.

We begin in Paris where we will spend 4 days.
We are then on to Luxembourg where we tour a bit and then board our ship.
Our first boat stop is Trier, Germany. We then cruise along the Moselle River and dock in Bernkastel for the evening. The next day we sail to Cochem for a morning tour then sail on to visits in Koblenz, Braubach, Rudeseim. Heidelberg, Wurzurg, and finally Bamberg. After eight days on the river, the cruise part of the trip ends in Nuremberg. We then travel to our final destination of Prague, Czech Republic where we will spend four days. The trip will take us to UNESCO sites, castles, and ancient villages.

I will be posting photos and sketches during our trip.

As I mentioned on my newsletter, I am part of on instagram: “The 100 Day project”, which I will be sharing about before I leave.

Coming up:

Save the dates:

POST, Philadelphia Open Studios – October 3rd & 4th, 2015

The Gold Standard Cafe – 4800 Baltimore Ave in West Philadelphia.

My work will hang there again this year, during December, 2015 and January, 2016.

I will update you on other happenings that are in the works.

Warm regards,

Dora

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From the Train

Hello friends,

As many of you know, I am the co-owner of a summer day camp. This is our 25th summer!


Due to my long summer camp days, I am finding that lately I have neither the time nor the energy to get to my studio. This will be the case until my camp ends at the end of August. Saying this does not mean, however, that I am abandoning my art. That would be impossible, unthinkable. I live in the beautiful city of Philadelphia and ride a train to and from camp where I am inspired daily by the beauty that surrounds me. Equipped with my handy-dandy iPhone camera, I can’t stop taking pictures. I will continue to share these, my summer art, on my facebook art page and here on my blog. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy taking them.

Happy Summer!

Dora

 

18th Street

I have been painting homes and buildings. My latest pieces are homes I find while walking around center city Philadelphia. This house has an interesting story. When I was 16, I had my 4 wisdom teeth out at one time. In those days, the late 60’s you had to stay in the hospital for this. It wasn’t out-patient how it is these days.

While in the hospital I had a room-mate, someone who was married and older than me. We did become friendly and she invited me to her home on 18th street around the corner from Rittenhouse Square. I remember falling in love with the house and with them. I thought it was so cool to have older friends (early 30’s) and that they paid attention to me. Both she and her husband were artists. I was fascinated with their studios and their art.  I kept in touch with them until I left to go back to Argentina to Art School.

Walking around the other day I passed by the house. This was the house where my room-mate lived. I took some pictures and painted this piece from the photo. I am planning to use it as one of my paintings on my 2015 calendar.

My 2013 Commitment

Little Houses @Dora Ficher Art

It’s actually my 2013 Commitment…but even though I changed the title it doesn’t show up.

I was a children’s art teacher for the past 30 plus years and had always been blessed to be teaching in places where we had plenty of art supplies.

Inner city public schools do not have that advantage. In fact, art education is at a critical point in the Philadelphia public schools as the school district is struggling with massive cutbacks. Funding for art education has been cut drastically.  This year, only 83 cents per child per year was allocated for art-making supplies.

Musical Squares – Collage, Encaustic, Oil sticks – @Dora Ficher Art 2012

I passionately feel that something must be done to save art making in our public schools. I feel that art is so very important in a child’s education that I have been looking for a way to get involved in helping children have that art experience in the Philadelphia schools. Searching and researching, I found Fresh Artists, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, created to help save art making in K-12 public schools.

Fresh Artists is an innovative concept of student-centric philanthropy. Fresh Artists is a new model of civic engagement where recipients of corporate generosity are full and equal partners in the common goal: to save access to art making for all children.

Fresh Artists donations are used to purchase materials and equipment for art-making in public school art classroom programs.  Art teachers are invited to apply for assistance.  This program is designed to augment, not replace, existing school district funding.

Fresh Artists Delivered $40,000 in art supplies within its first year

I have committed to help children in the Philadelphia

public schools have experience with art.

Starting today I am donating 10% of all my sales to Fresh Artists.

You will find all about the mission of Fresh Artists at this website. Do read about the program. It is inspiring and essential.

Following is a PDF link with The Whole Story!

http://www.freshartists.org/documents/FreshArtists-TheWholeStory.pdf

Also “Like” their Facebook page                              

Dora 

 

©Dora Ficher Art – 2013 Calendar

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