Thursday, October 29, 2009

Trip to Panama Canal

Hi, this will be my last post for awhile as Al and I are leaving this Saturday, first stop in Naples, Florida and then on a cruise to the Panama Canal via Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hualtuco Mexico, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and arrive back at the port of San Diego just in time for Thanksgiving. We will leave the sudden chilly weather of San Diego for 85 degree weather with 80 degrees humidity. Oh my goodness will have to wear my summer clothes again. Be well. Hasta Luego.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Art Show/ Art Classes

The current show at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park is very good, featuring two friends of mine who are outstanding artists, Judy Parenio and Betty Hock. I had an encaustic piece accepted too. The title was "Alegre" and I just heard today that it sold this past weekend. That makes me happy for sure. Selling our work is not the main reason artists make art, but it sure is a motivator! Another larger piece sold from my studio last week. I just mailed off a submission to a juried encaustic show—a process that took weeks, re-photographing the art, resizing images according to specifications, re-writing my artist statement and resume. I was happy to finally get it to the post office.
I may be teaching an Advanced Encaustic workshop at my studio December 5th, 2009 from
10-3 pm. If you are interested please let me know as the class size will be limited.

Friday, October 16, 2009


October 9, 2009

I meet with a wonderful group of creative women once a month who have been challenged with the question, “What is my goal in being with other artists?” In order for me to answer that question I need to ask myself “Why do I make art?”

Making art and even calling myself an artist is relatively new for me. I spent close to 20 years working in healthcare. The people I hung out with were nurses, chaplains and social workers and our goals had to do with patient care. Anything that had to do with creativity—art, writing, music was extra and often looked at as a hobby. It was during this time in my life however that I saw how important art was to me and to patients.

I wrote a book of poetry honoring the many patients, families and staff that I met along the way. I wrote it to honor them yes, but to help me as well. The writing of these poems helped me make sense of what I saw everyday. Art (visual art, music, dance) as healing within a hospital or hospice was beginning to take shape and now is an expected facet of good health care. Waiting Rooms of the Heart can be ordered on line through or

Being creative—making something— be it a knitted scarf, mosaic step stone for our front yard, writing a poem, producing a piece of art that might find a home in a gallery has been a satisfying part of my life.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

International Encaustic Artist Retreat, Carmel, CA

International Encaustic Artist retreat in Carmel, CA this past weekend was a great experience filled with informative lectures, interesting encaustic demonstrations, delicious food and wonderful conversation with artist from all over the United States and Canada. The speakers were inspiring and thought-provoking. It was interesting to hear that as encaustic artists we test the boundaries of this ancient medium through exploration and experimentation—part of the artistic process that I love.

What is it about the medium of encaustic wax that is appealing to you? If not encaustic, what is your medium and why do you love it? Art takes many forms. What is yours?

Al and I attended a lecture last night at the SD Natural History Museum, part of a series on the Slow Food Movement. I had been interested in knowing more about this since visiting Italy last year. Here is the website for more information about the series:

Do you grow your own veggies? Try to grow something easy like lettuce and see how wonderful it is to eat a salad that you grew yourself! How does your garden grow?

Craft in America

Just saw Julie Chen, book artist from Berkeley on the KPBS program Craft in America. Yea!!! She taught a workshop in San Diego and stayed with us. An unbelievably inspiring artist and a delight to know!