Monday, December 31, 2012


Happy New Year to you all.
This past year has been filled with a mix of emotions where I experienced many moments of happiness and celebration as well as heartbreak and worry. Creating and selling my artwork, teaching encaustic workshops and submitting to "calls for art" has been a joyful experience. My show at the SD Airport was deinstalled the end of March on the same day that I was asked to show my work at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in November 2013. I was thrilled and have been creating new work for the  show that is titled, "Liquid Amber."
        Our son Gabriel was married in a beautiful ceremony to Cristie Dertein in July where all of our family were in San Diego to celebrate this wonderful event.  Travels took me and my husband to Northern Spain for three weeks, Michigan for another wedding reception, San Antonio, Texas for International Encaustic Association Conference,  and to Monterey, CA for our grandson's baptism.
We all grieved the slaughter of the innocents from a Connecticut Elementary school. Trying to recover from that event and getting ready for Christmas was a struggle for many of us. Christmas morning my husband and I brought my mom to the emergency room and at this time she is still in the hospital trying to get better. So on this for me a  quiet New Year's Eve I wish for us all peace, health and love. It is also my hope that our country adopts sane gun control  and becomes serious about curbing drinking and driving.
           "Start doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St. Francis of Assisi"

Monday, October 29, 2012

Our adorable grandson Evan was baptized on Sunday October 21, 2012 at San Carlos Church in Monterey CA.
Al and I made a road trip out of it and stopped along the way to visit with artist friends, Margaret and Flo and their spouses and see their wonderful encaustic art studios. I also had a meeting with the director, and associate director of San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in preparation for my art show in the fall of 2013. We stayed at Pacific Grove Bed and Breakfast and enjoyed our time in the Monterey Peninsula, one of my favorite areas of California.

 I am happy to have been accepted into a juried show curated by the advanced students of the Museum Studies Program from Mesa College. These students visited my gallery and we had such a great time choosing the work for the show and talking about my art process. The show,"Organic Colonies" begins with the opening at a reception Sat. November 10, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at GARAGE 4141 Alabama St. #4 San Diego, Ca 92104. Other artists in the show are Jenny Armer, Renatta Happe, Therese Herron, Socrates Medina.  I look forward to seeing you. 

I have been working in my studio finally completing art series that needed finishing. Projects are inspired by the materials that I find appealing, or the project is informed by an idea that has been brewing. Either way I love creating art. And I love how I feel when I am in my studio working. 

The most enjoyable was working with San Diego artist Viviana Lombrazo on a collaborative sculptural encaustic and fiber art piece. She is a fabulous artist and I felt honored to work with her. We have submitted our work to the juried biennial Canon Art Gallery in Carlsbad. I will post the photo of our work once we know if we have been accepted... or not. We worked really well together and both of us loved the result. 
Blessings to all on the east coast affected by the horrendous hurricane and storms. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lala's Lace accepted into Carlsbad Front Porch Gallery show, Spiral Bound. 
September 16-Novermber 4, 2012.
This piece, Spheres of Influence  was just accepted into the Encaustic Art Institute National Juried Encaustic Exhibition to be held September 22-October 21, 2012 in Cerrillos, New Mexico nestled between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Congratulations to all who were accepted.

Gabe Rodriguez and Cristie Dertien Wedding July 14, 2012

Our middle son Gabe married Cristie Dertien in San Diego on July 1, 2012 at a beautiful ceremony overlooking Mission Bay complete with sunset and fireworks. They honeymooned in Kaui and Maui.

They traveled back to Michigan for another  family wedding reception where we joined them for a week in Grand Rapids. Today is Labor Day and the official end of our summer which was packed with wonderful family memories, lots of activity and excitement and filled with much gratitude for it all. Our grandson Evan is 9 months now and a real joy.  Just look at that smile! Does that look like Target?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

 JUNE 13-JULY 4, 2012

I recently read a statement in a magazine that said when one returns from a trip it is best to not dwell on the details of the trip but rather the feeling of the whole experience.  I know how much we want to share with others little stories or vignettes of our trips. Photos help with remembering what we did each day. As I am trying to get over jet lag and return to household-type duties and responsibilities I have memories of certain things, people, experiences but all of the places seem to meld together. Where did our trip begin? Where did it end? who did we meet? what new foods did we try?

Not everyone wants to hear each and every detail anyway. Posting photos and where we were in Spain on Facebook was very helpful as most of our friends and family were right there with us. Many comments written by others shared their excitement with us as they saw photos and information about our trip. 

Before our trip I was sure that I wanted to create a journal like I had in the past, or take along my sketchbook and watercolors. I knew though that my time would be limited and I would be frustrated. I was right. There was never enough time to just sit, be, and create. And that was ok as I sketched in a different manner as I tried to experience each cathedral, river, ancient ruin, city, architecture, and culture with all of my being.

Art was everywhere and one couldn’t help but be inspired by the architecture, ancient buildings amid modern society, yogurt shops and wonderful clothing stores just off curvy cobblestone streets. And the food!  The tapas or pinxtos beautifully prepared and delicious. Wine, the best red wine I have tasted! One glass of “tinto vino” was about 2 Euros. A glass like that in the U.S. would have cost at least $9.00.  I love the Spanish language and found that I was able to understand most of what was said, as each word spoken was precise and slow.
Our experience in Catalunya was rich and wonderful as our cousin Cruzita and her husband Santiago and daughter Zazil showed us the Catalan way of life. Each dish they made for us was written down for us to try later in our own home.
To have seen 2000 year old Greek and Roman ruins after which we swam in the Mediterranean was one of the highlights as was seeing for the second time the Basilica Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities.
To walk a very small part of Camino de Santiago in the Basque area and (see the film The Way) and to visit Montserrat just outside Barcelona was inspiring.  It does look like I have mentioned a few details here but overall it was a memorable journey especially since we celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary and my 69th birthday on this trip! Yikes!Included here are just a few photos for you. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

1000 Artists' Books

1000 Artists' Book by Quayside Publishing has just been published and is out for all to see. And my work, Birth of a Vessel is in it!!
I am honored and of course excited to be included in this beautiful book.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Interviews !!!!

Check out for an interview that I gave about Inspiration.
and for an interview about my life as a visual artist using the medium of encaustic.
Very thrilled to have had these two opportunities.
San Diego Book Arts Fourth National Juried Exhibition
May 26-July 8, 2012 UC San Diego, Special Collections
Reception: June 2, 3:00-5:00
You won't want to miss this premiere exhibition of some of the nation's finest book art. I love what juror Carolee Campbell said of this exhibit: "the best books being made today become greater than the sum of their parts. They sing with metaphor. They captivate...they hold the viewer in their thrall."
Al and I hope to see you at the reception.

Josie's Art Blog Update

Since April? what can I say? Busy busy busy. Airport exhibition was de-installed and all went very well. I will be sharing in the future some news about where this exhibit might land next and I am really happy.
Some of my other artwork has been shown in Georgia, Minnesota, San Diego, New Mexico.
We all have detours in our road from time to time, illness, surgery, unexpected happenings. And for sure those things visited our family in the past weeks but all is good and getting better.

Big events coming our way, our trip to France and mostly Northern Spain and Barcelona; Gabriel and Cristie's wedding in July and our trips to Grand Rapids and San Antonio in August and September.
I am going to need some r and r in Maui after all of that don't you think?  In Grand Rapids we will be meeting the rest of our daughter-in-law's family, and I will be speaking at an encaustic conference in San Antonio.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Al and I hosted a studio visit for Mission Hills Art Association on a Sunday afternoon in March. The rain didn't keep people away. Great time, lots of demonstrations and questions about our art and process. Enthusiastic group wanting to know more. Thank you all for the good food and wine.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sixteen Days in the Zuihitsu Style, an accordion artist book was accepted by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and their exhibition Shin Jidai. May 19-July 15, 2012. Two of us(Gina Pisello) from San Diego Book Arts were chosen out of 275 entries!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Blog Update

What's up? lots of artwork, completion of projects and new pieces, encaustic workshops in my new studio, visiting grandchild Evan in San Francisco, planning for our trip to Spain in June and for Gabe and Cristie's wedding in July, trip to Michigan in August to meet Cristie's family and to San Antonio for IEA encaustiCon in September. Tired just thinking about the next 6 months. It is raining a lot today in San Diego (we call it a storm watch) so it has been nice to stay inside and get our plans finalized, submissions to art shows sent and maybe even a nap!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy 2012!!!

Busy and fun Christmas holiday with our family and newest Rodriguez, Evan Joseph. David and Brenda are great parents. Evan has gone everywhere with them and was held by every member of our family...all 18 of us! I held him so much during the time that they were here during Christmas that I got Grama tendinitis.
Kids and rest of family are doing well, Ben here from Maui for past 4 months and will return to Maui the end of January. I will miss him and miss the fabulous meals he has prepared for us. My own personal chef...I like that. Doing my art and not having to worry about dinner until it is prepared and on the table. Wow. That I will miss! Our kitchen has been humming.

Our son Gabe and Cristie Dertien are engaged and plan a summer wedding. Lots of excitement coming our way for 2012. We are planning a trip to Spain in June and hope to see Al's cousin who lives outside of Barcelona. And of course Maui is on our list.

Here are a few of the shows that have accepted my artwork all either encaustic or artist book or a combination of both:
1. Spanish Village Balboa Park "Small Image" show Reception: January 28, 2012.

2. California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson CA 21 Artists Create Books: Reception: February 1, 2012.

3. The ART Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Decatur, Ga" Wall Bound" Reception: March 2, 2012.

4. 1000 Artists Books on line magazine.
5. Contemporary Paper and Encaustic, Catherine Nash

Union Tribune on line article about my art at the airport