Sunday, November 4, 2018

Once again I am finding myself having to update all the current events of my life instead of writing as they happened. In many ways I am using this blog as a sort of diary or journal to share with others but also to help me remember.

Events and happenings.
Trip to Malaga, Spain Spring 2018 to study encaustic  with Belin Milan. Wondeful time but was sick with a terrible cold the entire time. We visitied Valencia, a city I have wanted to see. Both places amazing. Great food. Love Spain!

Family trip to Maui HI in July 2018. All of our kids and grandkids stayed at Mana Kai Hotel, one of our favorite places. We had such a good time, one of the best vacations ever. Thank you dear mom.

Trip to Utah with Karen and Sharon. We have been best friends since high school and decided to celebrate our 75th birthdays on a four day trip. We stayed at a house near Park City that was like a castle with five bedrooms and bathrooms, huge kitchen. We had a blast eating out, going to Olympic Village, taking a class at Sundance.

Then our long planned 12 day trip to Japan happened in early October. We went with Smartours and our trip was excellent. Japan was clean, cordial, civil, crowded and busy but efficient and beautiful.
Kindness was shown everywhere.

Before leaving for Japan I taught several encaustic workshops and when we returned and after recovering from jet lag I resumed teaching classes again. Great group of students.

I installed and opened my show at Encinitas Library. My work has never looked better as the encaustic sculptures seemed to float within the 6  twenty four by twenty four inch Plexi cubes.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Encaustic Experience: Get it While it’s Hot!

  • Josie Rodriguez's Studio (map)
1-day Workshop by Josie Rodriguez 
Skill Level: All
Materials fee: None, all materials supplied by Josie.
Wear comfy old clothes and shoes.
Bring your lunch. If you have an old apron, bring it. Josie has some extras. Explore the magical world of encaustic painting and discover a lost art that has captivated painters for over 2000 years. The transparent and luminous effects of encaustic are often what captures the attention of artists. Encaustic means to “burn or heat” and comes from the Greek, enkaustikos. During this 6 hour class, you will learn the basics of encaustic painting, including history, safe practices, use of equipment and tools, building smooth and textured surfaces, photo transfer, carving and incising, layering and collage. Demonstration of techniques will be followed by practice, and you will leave at the end of the day with many examples of your own work. 
Josie Rodriguez, visual artist from San Diego has worked with the medium of encaustic for the past twelve years. Josie enjoys teaching others the art and process of encaustic from her home studio and venues on the West Coast and can proudly say that she has jump-started the careers of several emerging encaustic artists. She recently exhibited with a group of three women artists at Front Porch Gallery in March 2018 and has been invited to show her sculptures and assemblage at Encinitas Library, October 2018.


Melting Pot, Melting Point
EAI/IEA Juried Exhibion
Sept 29-Oct, 21, 2018
632 Agua Fria, Santa Fe, NM
The exhibition, on the theme of “Melting Pot/Melting Point”, is a metaphorical reference to the
American ideal of a society becoming more homogeneous, with different elements fusing harmoniously
together, to create one common culture. The Melting Pot also represents the encaustic
technique, as heating the material to the Melting Point is an essential step in creation. This
exhibition will be a coming together of many points of view, with the result being a true expression
of our differences, yet a celebration of living and working together. Juror Francisco Benitez

has made his selections, and we are pleased to announce the winning artists for this exhibition:

My encaustic work,  What's Left Behind was inspired seeing the rusted metal wall in Northern Mexico that separated the United States from Mexico. The expanse of the hot dry desert and knowing that those who walked that earth must have dropped something of value, a doll, piece of clothing or parts of shoes. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Three Artists’ Views of Contemporary Encaustic
For centuries encaustic painting with its luminous color and three dimensional qualities has captivated artists. In FUSION, Heidi Rufeh, Jiela Rufeh and Josie Rodriguez, explore the transparent beauty and versatility of this ancient medium through a modern lens. Personal narratives are layered on top of universal yearnings and fused in both two- and three-dimensional mixed media works. Come learn about the history of this mesmerizing medium while experiencing 

Opening Reception
Sunday, April 8, Noon - 2 pm
Hors d’oeuvres • Live music by Clay Colton
Exhibit Dates
March 25 – May 12, 2018
Gallery Hours
Wednesdays through Fridays, Noon – 6pm
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 5pm
Gallery Location
2903 Carlsbad Boulevard, 
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(Between Carlsbad Village Dr. and Grand Ave.)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Year long update.

Another year has passed. And this year 2017 had to be the most challenging for many of us. It has been almost a year since I was able to update my blog which I would like to share with you now. 

I began 2107 with a solo show near San Francisco and ended my year with a solo show in San Diego and an honor of being chosen for SD Home and Garden Magazine Art Stars of San Diego.  In between those times I had the opportunity to teach many students the art of encaustic painting….always a joy. Many of those students were enthusiastic enough to start their own practice in newly made studio spaces. Proud teacher and mentor. 

I can see that my artwork is evolving, tending now more toward the sculptural.
Planning a trip to Malaga, Spain this March for an encaustic workshop with Ellen Koment and Belen Milan. I can hardly wait to learn from them.  

Here are shows I will be involved with in 2108:
•Exhibition with Jiela and Heide Rufeh at Front Porch Gallery in March with reception in April.
•Possible dance and art collaboration in April.
•Encintas Library solo show in October.

Our travels took us to San Francisco to see our son David and daughter- in- law Brenda and grandchildren Evan and Vivian, named after my mom. 
Joined our traveling buddies on a fabulous trip to Mexico City and Puebla both places hit hard by the earthquake several months later. 
Dream trip to Denali Alaska through Gate One Travel in August one month after my dear mom passed away at home with daughters by her side.  That trip was for me a time to regroup and heal from this past difficult year.  

I bought a cello and I am learning to play it.

My friend Jan posted one of my favorite quotes that I believe is so true and I want to share it with you.
“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative or creation, there is one elementary truth, that the moment one definite commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that otherwise never would have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one would have believed would have come their way.’   W.H. Murray, Scottish Himalayan Expedition. 

I have loved this quote and believe it with all my heart. Doors open, successes occur. The universe hears and supports.  Things have happened to me that I would never have dreamed possible.  And that is what I wish for all of you in the year to come…to look at what is possible and go for it. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Long Over-Do Update

I see the blog as a sort of diary or journal of my life and what is happening in it. And like writing in a journal, life takes over and I don't keep up with my writing. Sharing with you all is another way to revisit and remember.

Looking back I can see that I posted "sold" on one of my pieces from the Hayward Shoreline solo show. I actually sold three and for that I am grateful and happy. Al and I drove up to Hayward in another downpour and de-installed my 40+ pieces if art and drove home. We saw friends in San Luis Obispo, stayed in Santa Barbara and enjoyed new friends in Hayward.

One thing I always think of as I take down my work from a show is "now what?" I try not to be too anxious or obsessive. I am trying to go with the flow and let things happen as they should.
On the way home I received three very exciting emails...all taking me in a different direction. I was reminded again of the value of being present and waiting.
Three different people contacted me within a few days of each other interested in my doing commissions for them. I have done commissions before and have learned a great deal about the do's and don'ts of commissions.

I just completed three 24x30 inch encaustic triptych panels for a couple who wanted my artwork in their home. We discussed many times colors, textures, sizes based on their color scheme and preferences.   I used encaustic  medium, paint and pigment sticks. I enjoyed the entire process and clients are happy!  Now I am off to Mexico City and Puebla. More inspiration awaits!