Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cortona, Italy Workshop June 19-26, 2010

The Open Book and the Moving Pen
Join us for a week long workshop during which my husband, Al and I will take you on an inspirational journey for your creative spirit. You will be surrounded by the beauty of Cortona, Italy, where you will spend the mornings learning how to make a variety of journals and the afternoons writing poetry based on five poetic forms. Midweek we will take a train trip to Fabriano, the paper-making center of Italy and tour the Fabriano paper-making facility. By the end of the week you will have made several elegant book structures with beautiful covers. You will make a limited-edition book containing your and your classmates' poems and have a poetry reading at our sumptuous fare-well dinner on Friday night. I took an art class in Cortona in October, 2008. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. What a lovely combination of art, delicious food and wine, music and delightful people and surroundings. Tuscany awaits you! There may be a $150 discount coming your way. I will get back to you about that.
For details see: http://toscanaamericana.com/openbookmovingpen.html or email josierod1@cox.net

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Welcome to my blog.



Welcome to my blog! I plan to share ideas and thoughts about artistic process, research and experimentation regarding the exciting medium of encaustic. You'll find images of my art work and information about art classes, as well as an exciting trip to Cortona, Italy in June 2010. The artistic process beginning with an idea, doing the research and experimentation is what is most exciting to me as an artist. It is the doing of the artwork that brings the most satisfaction. Inspire comes from the word "to breathe in." Joy is what is breathed into me when I am working on my art.

Teaching Encaustic and Mixed media collage workshops gives me the opportunity to see the budding creativity in others.

I will be attending the International Encaustic Association Retreat in Carmel, CA next week and plan to return with new ideas and images to share.

I read a quote recently that I like, "All I need to do is show up on the doorstep of each day. Serendipity shall orchestrate the rest. Perhaps I will miss a bus or two along the way. Fortunately, the future is not a bus, and there is no call now to shove skyscrapers aside with my shoulders in an unquiet quest to climb aboard a different life. No call to jingle the moments in my pocket impatiently, like spare change. There is time to wait without wishing." Pavi Mehta