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.  

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.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2012

You are invited to visit my studio during the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours

1974 ~ Mixed Media – Collage / Encaustic / Oil Sticks on panel 12x12 © 2012 Dora Ficher
1974 ~ Mixed Media – Collage / Encaustic / Oil Sticks on panel 12×12 © 2012 Dora Ficher

Dora’s Studio will be open during Philadelphia Open Studios on

October 20 & 21 from 12:00 noon to 6pm

Dora Ficher Art
915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403 (4th floor)

Reflection ~ Mixed Media – Collage / Encaustic / Oil Sticks on panel 15×27 © 2012 Dora Ficher

The 2012 Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST) will take place this month and, once again, the Studios at 915 Spring Garden will participate on October 20th and 21st from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. This free, city-wide art exhibit showcases the work of painters, photographers, printmakers, clay artists, jewelers, sculptors and more! It’s an informal, intimate way to view the work and meet the artists.

I will be showing my Encaustic paintings as well as my oils, acrylics and ink drawing.

Do you know what encaustic painting is?

Stop by and see it in person.

You can also grab a drink, eat some, and just hang out.

The studio is located at 915 Spring Garden (between 9th and 10th – entrance is on Percy Street).

I’m in studio #403 on the 4th floor.

Additional information, maps and directions can be found at the following sites:

Hope to see you there. Bring your friends!

Dora

Dora Ficher Art

915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-680-0922

Website:    http://doraficher.com

Blog:    http://doraficherartblog.com/blog

Twitter:    http://twitter.com/doraficher

Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/doraficher/

Facebook fan page: http://facebook.com/doraficherart

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
presents

Spring Open Studios

Sat. 4/28 and Sun. 4/29
from 12pm to 6pm
http://915studios.com/

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

The Power of One ~ Part 1

Happy 1st Day of Spring!

I Love Spring ~ Ink Drawing – © 2012 Dora Ficher

Spring is my favorite of all seasons. I get that feeling of energy all around me.

Talking about energy…I have the pleasure of working with my good friend Frumi Cohen this year on her yearly musical she does with the 6th grade at Plymouth Meeting Friends School. I have been helping out with the sound, the program, the sets etc…for many years. This year I have been with Frumi since the beginning, with the auditions back in January.

This year Frumi is documenting the whole process in a series of videos. I am filming the videos while she is directing the kids. I just film, not edit. Frumi herself is doing the editing. Following is the 1st video of this year’s play: “The Power of One” Here you can get an idea of what the Musical is about.

The Making of a Middle School Musical ~ Part 1

At the same time I decided to do an art project that would be related to this musical. That’s when I started doing My “Doors Series”.  I will be talking more in depth about this in future posts.

The 6th graders did an art project as well. They came to my studio 4 at a time with one of their teachers and they each did an encaustic piece related to the play.

Following are some photos of the 1st group at the studio. I was impressed at their enthusiasm of working with the encaustic medium.

More to follow next week

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.”

POST 2011

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST)

Dora’s Studio will be open during Philadelphia Open Studios next weekend on

October 15 & 16 from 12:00 noon to 6pm

Dora Ficher Art
915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403 (4th floor)

Untitled ~ Mixed Media Collage, encaustic, oil sticks on panel 16×16 ©Dora Ficher Art 2011

 

The 2011 Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST) will take place next weekend and, once again, the Studios at 915 Spring Garden will participate on October 15th and 16th from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm. This free, city-wide art exhibit showcases the work of painters, photographers, printmakers, clay artists, jewelers, sculptors and more! It’s an informal, intimate way to view the work and meet the artists.

I will be showing my Encaustic paintings as well as my oils, acrylics and ink drawing (my doodles which I share on Facebook every day)

Do you know what encaustic painting is?

Definitely stop by and see it in person.

I will be doing demonstrations of the encaustic process.

You can also grab a drink, eat some, and just hang out.

The studio is located at 915 Spring Garden (between 9th and 10th – entrance is on Percy Street).

I’m in studio #403 on the 4th floor.

Additional information, maps and directions can be found at the following sites:

Hope to see you there. Bring your friends!

Dora

Dora Ficher Art

915 Spring Garden St.
Studio #403
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-680-0922

Website:    http://doraficher.com

Blog:    http://doraficherartblog.com/blog

Twitter:    http://twitter.com/doraficher

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/doraficher

Facebook fan page: http://facebook.com/doraficherart

Welcome to my New Studio

“Melody”.  Mixed media – encaustic paints, collage, oil sticks on wood 2.5 x 3.5.      ©Dora Ficher 2011

I have moved to a “Studio Building”. 915 Spring Garden Street houses 5 floors of artist studios.

The building has a very interesting history: In 1909 the Reading Railroad completed construction of the 915 Spring Garden Street train station. During this prosperous era of heavy industrial construction, trains were the primary means of long distant travel, making 915 Spring Garden Street a focal point of commerce for Philadelphia.

And so it is today, only artists have replaced RR workers and the commerce is Fine Art not travel. Providing studios for over 100 artists of varied disciplines, from potters, furniture makers and jewelers to painters, photographers and sculptors

In 1981 the 915 Studio Building, as the public has come to know it was inaugurated, with a group of painters, potters, and graphic designers making up the role as tenants.

You can read the whole story here.

As many of my facebook fans know, I love my New Studio. I get to walk there, about a 35-minute walk from my home each way. So, I not only get to go and have fun while I do my art, I also get a good exercise.

The photo below is of the hallway leading to my studio #212 on the 2nd floor.

@Dora Ficher Art

It is so awesome to have plenty of room to work.

Following you can see some pictures of my encaustic materials and some new work I have done in the past month or so. I have been experimenting with different collage materials and with the torch to fuse the wax.

©Dora Ficher Art
@Dora Ficher Art
Mixed media – encaustic paints, collage, oil sticks on wood 2.5 x 3.5.      ©Dora Ficher 2011
Mixed media – encaustic paints, collage, oil sticks on wood 2.5 x 3.5.         ©Dora Ficher 2011
Mixed media – encaustic paints, collage, oil sticks on wood 2.5 x 3.5.          ©Dora Ficher 2011

Some new Poppies…

“Springtime” Collage, Mixed media – encaustic paints, collage, oil sticks on wood. ©Dora Ficher 2011

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