Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Hello everyone...if traveling near San Luis Obispo anytime between now and December 29 try to check out my encaustic show, Liquid Amber at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on Broad Street. Only a couple of weeks left until de-installation! Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013
oops forgot to tell you that my art was selected for Inspirations Gallery and Writer's Ink, Barracks 16 at Liberty Station. There were several shows and all were well attended with good responses. Especially the sales!  Also, the new central San Diego Library has opened and is fabulous. Three of my pieces with the theme of reading and writing were juried in and hang in the gift shop with one being sold. Good times.....I am grateful. 
December 4, 2013
What has been happening in my world since September? Trip to San Francisco for a few days in early October with Karen Thielke and Sharon Cowley to continue celebrating our 70th birthdays. Stayed in a condo in the Marina District and had a great time walking, touring, eating, talking. We have been friends since grade school and high school.

Later that month Al and I visited good friends and their wonderful kids in Holtville and two days later I was on a plane for Santa Fe NM for the International Encaustic Association Conference at the El Dorado Hotel. 

The best part? seeing friends and meeting new ones.  Soon after I returned from NM my sister Tesa and I drove our mom to Bishop CA for a short weekend and enjoyed our stay at the Creekside Best Western Hotel, eating out at Whiskey Creek and buying yummy pastries at  Schatze's Bakery. My youngest brother Peter is buried in a precious little cemetery there and my mom wanted to visit him as it had been several years since she was able to do that. 
Bittersweet time. 

Then after a year's preparation of making new work it was time to drive my art up to San Luis Obispo Museum of Art for my solo show Liquid Amber.  We bought a new used VW Van  so we had lots of room for my artwork and our luggage. It drove beautifully and Al likes it...that was what mattered to me the most, because he loved his other VW even tho it was rusty on the outside and pretty shabby inside and drove like a tank....But that car 1982 had lots of wonderful memories of our kids on camping trips. We both love this new vehicle and see lots of trips coming our way.   The 1982 is for sale... a real steal at $6000. 

The week of the installation Al and I stayed in the lovely home of friends Margaret and Bob in Los Osos. (their view overlooks Morro Bay and the Rock!)  We had a couple of celebratory  dinners with them and Flo and Gary who live nearby.  They treated me like a rock star complete with champagne toast! The installation and opening reception and talk went really well and the art displayed in the museum space looked amazing.  Took my breath away when I saw it all displayed for the first time. I am very happy with how my artwork looks. And....I am thrilled to find out that one piece has sold already. Here are a few photos from the show.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. 1010 Broad Street. San Luis Obispo, CA 

Thanksgiving was as usual delicious and fun but only 8 family members this time rather than 20+. Now getting ready for Christmas and visit from our grandson and his mommy and daddy who will be here to share this magical time in a child's life.   Love and blessings to all. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

I am breathing a bit easier now that my mom is doing much better. She has an amazing resilient spirit.  My new art work is progressing well. Continuing with background designs for my encaustic work, and paper and wax vessels.
Have sent in several submissions for "calls for art" and excited to see what happens. Preparing for upcoming solo show at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art this November. New venues for possible encaustic workshops "on the road" are in the works!  The new San Diego Central Library is opening downtown this next week and everyone is thrilled. It is a fabulous Rob Quigley designed building...and...I am very honored that three of my encaustic pieces are featured in the library store.
Our son Ben flew back to Maui after being on the mainland for almost 4 months traveling, enjoying friends and family and making delicious meals for us. We miss him already. Aloha.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Continued progress..........

My mom is now home after 4 weeks in the hospital. She is recovering at home with all of us kids there to help her, altho she is incredibly strong and independent. I am in awe of her courage through weeks of abdominal pain. Her mind is as keen as ever and for that we are very grateful. Welcome home mom and prayers for your continued good health.  

Just received notice that I have been accepted for Spring 2014 show at San Diego Mission Trails Park Gallery. 
Whenever I can I go to my studio to work, lately doing rust printing and flower pounding ( hapa-zome, literally leaf dying in Japanese) to use as background for my encaustic work. I also began working on more 3D  wax work which I love to do.  Looking forward to the next few months filled with many exciting events:
trip with long time friends, Karen and Sharon to San Francisco; Encaustic conference for 5 days in Santa Fe New Mexico; and finally "Liquid Amber" solo encaustic show at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in November. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

My Art Work Now Showing

"Gestures of Language"  Encaustic triptych
"Baggage Claim"  Assemblage
Inspirations Gallery Juried Show: Exploration of all things Round.
Liberty Station San Diego, Ca 92106
July 25-Sept. 22, 2013

Solo Show: Josie Rodriguez Wax Words: Encaustic With Color and Text
Ink Spot Writing Center NTC Liberty Station
San Diego, CA 92106
Opening August 3, 2013.

Encaustic Sculpture  "And I will Comfort You."
Athenaeum 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition
La Jolla, CA
August 3-31, 2013
Reception August 2   7 pm.

Permanent Collection 
Encaustic Exhibition/Encaustic Art Institute

Albuquerque Airport, Level One
Albuquerque NM
Closing  August 9, 2013.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


After all of the June celebrations Al and I went on a three week road trip to Northern California and Oregon. We stayed with dear friends along the way and had a magical time. Temperature was in the high 90's most of the time. Lots of good food, wine, new friends, beautiful country, and great memories.
I gave an encaustic demonstration at Ashland Art Center in Ashland Oregon. 20 students were enrolled and we had a blast. Wonderful staff and fun group of very interested people.
On one of our last days of our trip I received a phone call that my mom was in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in San Diego very ill. Bowel obstruction with extreme pain required emergency surgery. She has been in the hospital now for two weeks and is progressing slowly. Priorities changed in an instant as our family came together to support my 94 year old mama, a very strong Minnesota woman!! Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Today is my 70th ( oh my gosh) birthday. It is hard to believe. Wasn't I just that little kid who celebrated her 5th birthday at Presidio Park with a cake that had roses made of frosting on top?
I am grateful for my life and all the experiences I have had, the good and bad, happy and sorrowful... grateful is the emotion I feel

Now on to celebrate beginning with tonight where I will have a  party with some friends here at the house with Asian food from Lotus Thai.  Lunch tomorrow at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art with my Sozo art group and then... on Saturday... another dinner here at the house with 25 of our family. It ends up being like a family reunion because the Lees will be here from Virginia, David, Brenda and Evan here from SF and Ben came from Maui. So all of my boys will be home. happy happy happy. Al has been preparing the outside of the house for months...and me the inside. I can hardly wait to share our home and this moment in my life with good friends and family. 

One of the gifts I gave to myself was an art retreat. I actually made enough money from teaching and art sales to treat myself to a trip to Taos, New Mexico. I stayed at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house and experienced art everyday. Our teachers were Jane LaFazio, fiber artist and Pamela Underwood, Expressive Arts Therapist. The  group of  women attending were fabulous people from all over the U.S.  One of the most exciting things happened the last day of the retreat where I found out that my art from the Encaustic Art Institute was selected for the Albuquerque Airport and since I was flying out of that airport I got to see the exhibit with my new friends. what an absolute joy that was to share and to educate in such a spontaneous way. love it!!!   LET THE PARTIES BEGIN....

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Post Newsy news......
Thank you  to all of our military service women and men who gave us so much, who sacrificed so much.
We owe them big time! Blessings to all of you and your families.

Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash, M.F.A a new computer interactive book on DVD has come out and ready to be viewed. My piece, Salt Flats was included as one of the artists. I am honored to be among so many inspiring international artists. It is a wonderful book. Thank you Catherine.

I continue to complete ongoing art projects every chance I get, spending time in my studio either doing my own work or teaching. I have a piece 30x60 inches that I want to put into the San Luis Obispo show in November. It is almost finished. I bit the bullet yesterday, let go of my fears and went for it. Working large presents a challenge for me, one of my "growing edges" a term I learned in graduate school.

 I won't be teaching again until probably August as the next two months are packed with activities, family visiting and trips. I am grateful for everything.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


My friend Jill Hall opened a gallery in Liberty Station San Diego. She named it Inspirations Gallery and asked some of her close friends to be in a show together. I am honored to be a part of her dream.  Al and I are both in the gallery and sold some of our work at the opening reception. Best of luck to Jill and Jerry in their new endeavor. 

More later about some on line publishing opportunities I have had but are not quite out yet. Very exciting. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Day Post

Hard to keep up with blog posts. Since February busier than ever. Sometimes we are busier than we ever were when we both worked and our  kids were still at home. Never enough hours in the day to get everything done! Our trip to Maui in March was wonderful. Ben who still lives in Maui stayed with us in our condo right on the beach. We saw many whales and turtles right from our property.  Great time discovering new restaurants, relaxing and talking. 
Studio visit from San Luis Obispo curator. We talked about my upcoming show in November 2013, detailing plans and looking at work that will be installed.  Even though most of the work is completed I have begun to make new work for this show. And I love what is being created. 
My work has been accepted into a new gallery for me, Gallery 104 in San Clemente, CA about an hour north of our house and studio. For the next three weeks I will be creating more art, listing all of the work that will go in the SLOMA show, submitting work for two local shows, teaching, and preparing for my art retreat trip to Taos, New Mexico in June.
I am also excited to share that I will be giving a talk and demonstration about encaustic at the Ashland, Oregon Art Center in July. Al and I will be going on a road trip through California, into Oregon, staying with and visiting good friends and family. We will be staying not far from Ashland. I suggested this demo and they were thrilled to have this opportunity. Me too!!
We have had lots of company with more to come.

Here is a new work called  Excavation. It is paper that had been buried in dirt for about 2 weeks,  rained on, covered with leaves etc. That part of the piece was placed on top of another paper that had been sewn, folded with leaves and plants and thrown into a dye pot. Both of these papers were combined and waxed into a weathered cupboard door.  I have been doing something called Eco dying, where you use natural plants to create images and... I am finally "rusting" paper and fabric something I have wanted to do for a long time.  More later.....

Friday, February 8, 2013

February 2013

What's been happening?
My mom is doing much much better and will be celebrating her 94th birthday this weekend.
Family all busy and trying to stay well. Grandson Evan is walking/running and likes books! 

•Accepted for on-line encaustic show and now up for viewing. 
      International Encaustic

•Encaustic work accepted for Linda Womack's on line book, Embracing Encaustic.

•Terrific experience working with advanced students from Mesa College Museum Studies program. Show at "The Garage" featuring four San Diego artists  was a success.

 •Encaustic solo show at North Coast Rep Theatre in Solana Beach during the play, "Educating   Rita" went well with many positive comments. All of the work displayed featured some aspect of the script and texts about reading and the process of being a writer.

•Preparing to submit a new piece to San Diego Art Institute International Juried show. 
Will let you know. Keeping fingers crossed as I really love what I am going to submit...very different focus and larger than I usually work. 

•Many encaustic classes, Basic, Advanced and Vessels classes for the past two months. Students bring new energy and enthusiasm to me and my studio. They have created wonderful work.

•I love working in my new studio.