Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas 2010

Right now it is pouring pouring pouring down rain. Our city has had quite a bit of rain lately, enough to cause flooding and mudslides. Not like back east though with all of the blizzards.
Our Christmas was wonderful especially since our youngest son Ben surprised us once again by showing up 2 days before Christmas. He said that he couldn't come home this year because of work but there he was! He and his brothers David and Gabe, we all had a great time. These are moments that are precious to me.
I have had no time, due to Christmas preparations and other events, to work on any artwork and I am eager to begin. Upcoming opening reception for art show at Cannon Art Gallery in Carlsbad is January 29th from 5-7 pm. where my piece "Salt Flats" will be showing. I Hope I can make it as I will be having hip surgery on January 18th. Be well, stay warm and safe.
Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Putting our artwork out into the world is scary sometimes. Submitting our art to exhibitions and shows, art galleries and other venues takes courage and says to me, I like my work. I like it well enough to share it with you and hope that you find meaning in what I have done. If not that is ok too. Questions run through my mind as Will my work be accepted? Are the photo images I sent professional enough? Did the committee like my proposal? And you win some and lose some, isn't that true for you too? I submitted two pieces to a local show and neither one was accepted. The next day I received a congratulatory phone call that one of my encaustic pieces was accepted into a Juried Biennial, a very well respected venue in our area. So you never know. Work may not sell for months and then all of a sudden 5 pieces sell right off the wall. I try never to take these moments for granted. They are important true and I am thankful for those who like my work, but what happens in the studio while creating art is what is most important to me, as well as the many opportunities talking to others about my process and how my art came to be. The universe has been good to me.
Upcoming Exhibitions for me.
Thirteen Saints, Thirteen Women. Book Arts Exhibit. Art Center Ukiah 203 State St. Ukiah, CA til January 22, 2011.

"Connections" San Diego Book Arts, Mission Valley Library December 30-February 1, 2011.
Cannon Art Gallery Juried Biennial, Carlsbad, January 30-March 18, 2011.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


A collective of local artists, dedicated to support and promote the expression of creative talent.
Holiday art sale Saturday, November 13. 10-4
4070 Jackdaw St. San Diego, CA 92103

Monday, November 8, 2010

Art Work

I have had the opportunity to show my work in three new venues recently, Kesselman Acupunture and Prudential Realty in Mission Hills and Vitality Chiropractic in Hillcrest. Also two pieces of encaustic art were sold just yesterday at Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad. Thank you all for supporting my art! I am thrilled.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Memories in the Making Alzheimer's Art Auction October 6, 2010

The art auction was a beautiful event held at the Old Globe in Balboa Park. Paintings by artists who struggle with Alzheimer's disease were paired with community artists who interpreted their work. Al and I were invited to participate and so began working on our art last spring.
I created an encaustic piece that was inspired by a lovely woman named Rosemary who painted a vase of roses. My piece was auctioned for $800. Al made an exquisite book honoring his mom who passed away recently from Alzheimer's. The title was My Mother. The Alzheimer's Association made a video with Al reading the story of his mom's struggle with this disease. This video was shown before the auction began and there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd. His book was auctioned at $900. It just happened that the gentleman who purchased the book was sitting in front of us. He turned to Al at the end of the event and said, "This book belongs to you. It is your book and I want to give it back to you." A kind and loving gesture that touched us all. I believe this was a successful evening toward funding research for treatment, care and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

San Francisco

Al and I had a great time at the encaustic retreat in San Francisco the end of September The Monaco hotel, inspiring speakers, food all first class. The weather was beautiful. Our bus trip to see artist's studios on Sunday was enjoyable as were the spontaneous discussions about our art and studios, marketing and why we do the art that we do. Mostly it was the people and their encouragement that made this weekend so much fun. Hope to attend next year in Portland!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

International Encaustic Artist Retreat ( Advance) San Francisco, CA

Al and I will be driving up to San Francisco this Tuesday to attend International Encaustic Art Association Retreat ( Advance). I have been asked to speak as a panelist on the topic of Artists Studios, specifically my indoor/outdoor studio that was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. Will share more information later.

West Coast Fiber and Book Arts Exhibition

Fiber & Book Arts 2010 (West Coast)

Sept. 1 - Oct. 1, 2010
Reception: Sat. Sept. 11th. 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Fiber & Book Arts are highlighted in exhibitions featuring over 60 artists from the West Coast of the United States at the Escondido Municipal Gallery in September. This bi-annual exhibition features artists from Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and California. Fiber and book art materials in the exhibition include crochet paper, traditional hand loomed Shibori,hand dyed and woven silk, water color tint papers, pine needle basketry, beading, quilting, knotting, knitting, tapestry, textiles, weaving, encaustic fiber, and woven felt.

Juror : John Marshall

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Artist's support Alzheimer's Research and Education

Memories in the Making, a fund raising event sponsored by the San Diego Alzheimer's Association paired local artists with persons who have dementia and memory loss. The work of art was created in a Memories in the Making class and this art was placed side-by-side with a piece of art created by a local artist who found inspiration in the original artwork. These companion pieces of art work will be featured at an Art Auction Fundraising Event Monday October 4, 2010 at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park, San Diego CA. Three of the local artists are Josie and Al Rodriguez and Viviana Lombrozo. "I was moved that I could meet the artist whose work I interpreted in my encaustic art. Her name was Rosemary and loved the idea of being an artist for a day!" Al's piece was a beautiful accordion artist book, a memorial to his mom who recently passed away from Alzheimer's, and Viviana's, an exquisite art quilt.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


My pieces, Basket of Poetry and Reflecting Light were accepted in the 2010 West Coast Fiber and Book Arts Exhibition at Escondido Municipal Gallery. Reception September 11 at 5:30.
Also, San Diego Art Institute. My encaustic piece, "Trapped" was accepted. I am thrilled by both of these acceptances. You never know. Just keep on keeping on. My goal is to continue to work on my art and enjoy the process.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Non stop events

Gearing down from 2 full weeks of our boys home to visit, Joe and Rebeca's wedding, the birth of Hannah, Beth and Chris' big birthday's and celebrations with family at Mission Bay. Many events revolved around eating good food and great fun. Ben just called from Maui and he arrived safe and sound. The house is so quiet. Another period of adjustment.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


I just hung new art work at the Gathering Restaurant , 902 West Washington St. San Diego CA 92103.
Great food and ambiance in the middle of Mission Hills. Check it out.

Monday, July 19, 2010


Our trip to the east coast was memorable and a wonderful way to celebrate our 45 years of being married! Encaustic conference at the Montserrat College of ARt in Beverly, MA outside of Boston was fun and informative. I especially enjoyed connecting with 245 other artists passionate about working with wax. Staying in the college dorm across the street from the college was convenient.
Once I left the conference, my husband Al met me at my sister's house in Ashburn, Virginia. There our 3 week road- trip adventure began as we explored parts of Virginia, Lancaster and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. We stayed with family and friends. Loved the green rolling hills and history of Virginia and Pennsylvania, and art, museums and galleries in Washington DC. culminating in seeing the 4th of July fireworks in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Awesome. Plan to go back...soon.

I promise to post lots of information really soon about my ALLEY ART PROJECT--a project that has taken on a life of its own.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

San Diego Book Arts Juried Exhibition at UCSD Today

The reception for SD Book ARts National Juried Exhibition today was well attended and great fun. I especially enjoyed talking with a young UCSD student who made a point of telling me that she really enjoyed my book, "Prescription for Poetry." Her enthusiasm for seeing all of the selected books was contagious. Speaking with the juror was a treat as I was able to discuss my vision and
process of creating this artist book. I have always believed that writing is universal in its ability to heal the spirit. I placed my original poems in prescription bottles with the prescription that said, "read or write a poem each day or as needed for health and healing." I was touched by the kind comments I received.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chef Ben University of Hawaii Maui College

Great time on Maui with friends and family celebrating Ben's graduation.

Montserrat College of Art

Mended Fences, an artist book has been accepted into Wax Libris II, a wax and artist book exhibition for the International Encaustic Art Association Conference that I will attend at Montseratt College of Art in Beverly, MA. June 2010. Several other of my works incorporating wax will be included in an online book on Wax and The Artist Book. I was thrilled to have been accepted!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Maui On My Mind

Al and I are on our way to Maui to visit our son Ben, who will be graduating from Maui Culinary Academy this Sunday. We can hardly wait. Thank you to all who have sent him good wishes. Friends Vern and Bette from Flagstaff will join us, as will our 15 year old niece Larisa. Plan to eat, snorkel and swim, visit, and hike the Bamboo Forrest, Iao Valley and celebrate with Ben.
Mahalo and Aloha

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alley Art Wall Union Tribune Article


Artist’s spring cleaning yields giveaway gallery

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010 AT 12:02 A.M.

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On a wooden fence along a one-block alley in Mission Hills hang paintings one would expect to see in someone’s living room. A sign beside them invites: “Free artwork. OK to take it if you like it.”

Behind the green fence on Goldfinch Place is a home and art studio. Inside, Josie Rodriguez often can be found sketching, creating abstract acrylic paintings or collages and preparing art for shows. Her artwork is on exhibit at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad, The Gathering restaurant in Mission Hills and the Lyceum Theatre, and she teaches encaustic art at a San Diego Art Institute studio.

Like many artists, she suffers from an overload of ideas and a lack of space. Spring cleaning for Rodriguez means making room for new art creations. So a few months ago, she put some older paintings outside by her trash collection area. A few hours later they were gone. She put more art out, and again it disappeared.

Selling her artwork through galleries and exhibitions and doing commissioned work is great, Rodriguez said, but she was jazzed that a gentleman told her husband one day that he loved a painting he picked up so much that he gave it as a gift. After that, Rodriguez officially gave birth to her Alley Art Wall.

A recycler at heart, she decided that whenever she had extra art she would hang it on the fence for passers-by to take.

I drove by on a Wednesday when four small paintings decorated her giveaway gallery. On Thursday two remained.

“I won’t have art there all the time,” said Rodriguez, noting that her art wall will come and go as space dictates.

Clearly, she has perfected a second art — the art of giving.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Alley Art Wall

An article about my Alley Art Wall idea will be in the Union Tribune tomorrow April 20th! I will include the link later on Tuesday. And....hopefully a link to a blog about my experience. I can hardly wait to see the article by Diane Bell. More later....

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

SDAD Current Exhibition
March 20th thru April 11

SDAD is proud to present the
"TEACHING ART" featuring artwork by our amazing team of Instructors.

The exhibition will also be featuring the artwork of Irene Corey (SDAD Community Artist Member) on the "featured artist wall," as well as, student and member artwork throughout the studio!

The exhibition runs March 20 - April 11, 2010.

GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT: The Art of Encaustic Painting
Josie Rodriguez
Friday, Mar 26, 11:00pm - 3:00pm ............$150 (Supplies Included)
Friday, Apr 23, 11:00pm - 3:00pm ............$150 (Supplies Included)
Explore the magical world of encaustic painting and discover a lost art that has intrigued painters for over 2000 years. Encaustic means "to heat or to burn" so heat is used at every level. During this four hour workshop you will learn the history of encaustic, safety practices, use of equipment and basic techniques including photo transfer, collage, and incising. You will have many opportunities to work and leave at the end of the day with examples of your own encaustic art. (All supplies included)

AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION A $25 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR WORKSHOPS & CLASSES. For detailed descriptions of each class and workshop see our website click here To register contact us at 619-299-4278 or

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Our Allied Artists Association Art Exhibit and the play "Breakfast with Picasso" has been extended to April 18th. Hope you all get a chance to see it. Thanks.
Earthquake 7.2 today in San Diego centered in Mexicali. Wow, what a jolt that was just before 4 pm today Easter Sunday. It lasted between 30 and 60 seconds. I thought the shaking would never stop. No one hurt, all is well but certainly was a wake up call. Three pretty strong after quakes. I have taken many preparedness classes through the Red Cross for such an event but mostly to assist others. I wonder how prepared Al and I are. Where is that water we bought so long ago, do I know where the turn off valve is, are our book cases secure? I do carry a backpack with tennis shoes, water, snacks, toilet paper, pen and paper in my car in case I am out in the car when an earthquake hits.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Holy Saturday 2010

Some quotations I really like:
The true anti-aging medicine is the creation of new ideas.
By Meinrad Craighead, artist and author from New Mexico.
"quietude is important for any creative work."
"feed the hungry by being an artist"
"as I enter a museum I pray to beauty."
Blessings to all on this most glorious spring day. Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring.

Holy Saturday 2010

Last night's art opening at the Lyceum Theatre was well attended and fun. The artwork from Allied Arts Association can be seen upstairs and downstairs at the theatre. My three encaustic pieces, one titled "Picasso was Here" are downstairs. The play about Picasso is good and well worth seeing. They have extended the dates until April 12th. Get your tickets now.
After theatre dinner at a new restaurant in Hillcrest on University. "Buonissimo." Very good, wonderful ambiance and service. Al and I shared a lasagna with bolognese sauce. Food is from the Torino area of Italy. Wondered whether I could do all of this three days after arthroscopic surgery of my knee but did ok. Glad to have that over with.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lyceum Art Show

Art Show at the Lyceum Theatre Downtown San Diego
As members of Allied Artists Association of San Diego we will have the opportunity to have our artwork exhibited during the run of the play A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. Many exciting events scheduled. Go to or all 619-544-1000 for more info.
Hope to see you there.
March 21-April 11, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

San Diego Art Institute Regional Exhibition

My encaustic piece Arches and Doorways of Spain , layered wax and photo images, was juried into the upcoming SD Art Institute Exhibition in Balboa Park. Reception this Friday March 5, 2110 from 5-8. Show will continue through the end of March.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Where did January go?

The past month has been spent sopping up after the huge rainstorms we had, dealing with a few medical situations and submitting work for juried exhibitions for International Encaustic Artist Association and San Diego Book Arts. The past few days have been absolutely beautiful, warm and clear—perfect days to finally work outside on encaustic projects that I have been wanting to do.

What else is going on?
1. New art shown at the Gathering Restaurant corner of Washington and Goldfinch in Mission Hills. Stop by and have something delicious to eat. For each piece of art sold I will donate 10% to Parkinson's Disease Research Foundation and the owner Dan will match that.

2. March 1-31, 2010 Edge to Edge. An Exhibition of artists' books with a Japanese theme by members of San Diego Book Arts will be at the Japanese Friendship Garden. Reception March 5. 4-6 pm RSVP necessary. Both Al and I have work in the show. My accordion fold book is based on a form of writing called Zuihitsu. Al's Kites are wonderful. Hope you can attend.

3. Cloth Paper Scissors Studio, Spring 2010 issue features many studios including my Indoor/Outdoor Studio.

4. Will be leading two art sessions for Community Alliance for Healthy Minds conference.
Art: Good for the Soul, February 27, 2010 in Poway.

5. Encaustic classes scheduled for February 20 at my home studio 10-4, and February 26 at San Diego Art Department on Ray Street. North Park.

Around town....
•Museum of Art Artist Guild Festival of Art will be coming up March 12,13,14. Balboa Park.
•Vision Quilt Gallery in Liberty Station. Very interesting work by Allied Craftsmen San Diego.
•Bravo. Liberty Station. Many wonderful classes for adults and kids.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Art dowtown San Diego

One very special moment this past month was participating in a panel discussion with five other artists, Andy Hein, Virginia Sumner, Don Strom, Jane LaFazio, Jill Hall. There are twelve of us when we are all together, friends and spouses who travel together and support each other's art. This event took place on the last day of our Amigos de Allende group show at Writer's Ink gallery in San Diego. Our moderator facilitated discussion about our favorite art piece in the show, why we make art, what inspires us, when and how we begin doing artwork, and the history of how we came to know one another. It was a great idea and wonderful experience.

If you get the chance stop by the Merril Lynch building at 7th and B Street downtown San Diego to see my mixed media collage artwork displayed on the walls of the lobby area.
I have been submitting images for art proposals around the country, preparing for the Japanese Garden San Diego Book Arts Exhibit, registered for the Encaustic Conference at Montserrat College in Boston this coming June and have helped support my fellow artists by attending many openings and receptions this past month.

January has been a month of celebration and sadness, opportunities and loss, illness and gratitude. There have been many more days of being quiet and still—something I believe to be very important for creativity to flourish.
May all of your days be blessed.