Friday, December 18, 2009

San Diego Art Institute Regional Exhibition

If you get a chance between December 18 and January 16, 2010 visit San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park for their regional show. One of my encaustic pieces was accepted and will be in the show. It is called Veiled Light, a white on white piece utilizing handmade paper that I purchased in Italy last year. This piece is one in a series.


I taught an encaustic workshop at San Diego Art Academy last Friday. The students were so enthusiastic, asked lots of questions and left at the end of the day with many great encaustic pieces of art.

My next beginning encaustic workshop at the San Diego Art Department will be January 22, 2010 from 11-3pm.

And of course I continue to teach privately in my studio at home in Mission Hills. Those are on-going classes. Just call me to schedule a time. See www.josierodriguez.com for a list of the classes offered.

We took time out from several errands and buying our Christmas tree on Tuesday( when many of the museums were free!) to visit the Mengei Museum in Balboa Park where there were three wonderful exhibitions: Sea Creatures of Arlene Fisch, unbelievably beautiful crochet structures using metal wire. Her work took my breath away and Enamel Vessels by June Schwarcz— artwork that gave me much inspiration. June is 91 years old and still working. There was a very interesting exhibit about artisans in India also.

Panama Canal Cruise









We returned from our cruise a few days before Thanksgiving. We were given the job of preparing the turkey and taking it to my mom’s house where the rest of my family gathered. And here it is the week before Christmas. Where did the time go? I will show you just a sampling of some photos of our trip. I loved being on the top deck of the ship looking at the water and feeling the wind in my face. I appreciated the fabulous service of the cruise ship staff, their kindness and friendly attitudes. There were over 50 different cultures represented and over 140 chefs! Of all the countries we visited Costa Rica was my favorite. We had visited there before and always said that we wanted to return someday. The rain and cloud forests were spectacular as we hiked down and then back up to see La Paz waterfalls. I took photographs, sketched what I saw and wrote daily notes in my iTouch, later to be transcribed into the journal I made for this trip. It is good to be home even though our projects, art and otherwise keep us way too busy.