Have you ever wondered why I choose the colors I do?
I love bright and vivid colors! I get energized by my favorite colors… turquoise, oranges, reds. The color of the ocean when I travel, that transparent deep bluish green. The colors of the doors and windowsills in Santa Fe. The colors of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, a place where I have been going to for the last 20 years.
I have tried many times to paint with a different color palette but I always end up returning to my usual colors.
I even created an entire series in black and white but had to add a little bit of “my colors” to each painting.
Which had me reflecting a lot about my choice of a bright, bold, vivid palette when I paint… I believe that it has a lot to do with my upbringing and where I come from. As I have mentioned in past posts and in my bio, I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a very colorful city in every aspect. I also come from a very vibrant, energetic family just as colorful as my hometown.
I have so many colorful feelings about my childhood memories in Buenos Aires. One example is the color of the sky. It is deep blue. I remember clear blue days with not a cloud in the sky. It’s a different kind of blue than the sky here in Philly. I’m not sure why, but I still see it every time I go for a visit. You can also see every color possible when you go to their markets. Everything is fresh, never frozen and it comes through in their colors.
I think you can see what I mean by looking at my most recent encaustic monotypes, Poppy Field and Poppy Garden.
At some point I will have to challenge myself to paint a series in more subtle colors. Think I can do it? It will definitely take me out of my comfort zone.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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)
915 Spring Garden Artists’ studios open to the public—
visit your favorite artists and discover new ones! Unique shopping opportunity!
915 Arts at 915 Spring Garden
Spring Open Studios
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)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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 anonprofit 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.
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).
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.”