Love Your Mother

Earth is an awesome mother, isn’t she? She provides for our every need without us even having to ask. The 22nd of April is the day we honor her, and in celebration of Earth Day, I’ve created a vibrant spring collection of eco-friendly necklaces and silk scarves, made using one of Earth’s precious gifts — leaves.

We think of Fall as the season when trees lose their leaves, but some trees shed leaves in the spring, as they’re getting new growth. Right now I’m working with Fernleaf Ironwood, Ironbark Eucalyptus, Loquat, Silk Oak, Bauhania and London Plane leaves.

You will look stunning wearing these elegant one-of-a-kind objets d’art. They’re unique, they’re beautiful, they’re eco-friendly, and they’re art!

Cassandra Tondro Leaf print scarf and necklace

My one-of-a-kind leaf print necklaces are created from original ecoprints made by pressing and steaming leaves against watercolor paper. No inks, dyes or paints are used — just the colors and patterns from the plants themselves. No two pieces are alike.

Shop the Leaf Print Necklace collection now!

Leaf Print Necklaces

The leaf print scarves use the same press-and-steam process, and the colors and patterns of the leaves transfer to the silk. The color is permanent, and the scarves can be hand washed in mild soap.

These 50-inch scarves are the perfect length to add a touch of color and style to your warmer weather wardrobe. They’re available in sheer chiffon, shiny lightweight habotai, and matte crepe de chine. Pair with a leaf print necklace for a complete eco-friendly look!

Shop the Leaf Print Silk Scarf collection now!

Leaf Print Scarves

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John Robertson Painting Demonstration

What a treat! I got to see one of my favorite painters, John Robertson, do a painting demonstration at the Santa Paula Art Museum today. John starts with a black outline of his portrait, and fills in with his very loose style of painting. He’s also very funny and entertaining to watch. John uses house paints for his work, and he’s the person who first got me interested in house paint for my art many years ago.

Artist John Robertson

Artist John Robertson

Artist John Robertson Ventura, CA

Artist John Robertson

Three of John’s finished paintings were on display on the museum floor. These are very large paintings — like 8 feet x 4 feet or so.

Artist John Robertson

Artist John Robertson

I’m a big fan of John’s work! He does portraits of sports stars for stadiums as well as portraits of regular folks. Very fun and creative!

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Unfocused Cat

A manx cat has been hanging out in my yard for several months, and just this week it decided that I am friendly. Now it can’t enough attention. Every time I step out the door it’s there rubbing on my legs, following my every step, and walking right under my feet.

The cat has a collar and presumably a home, but it knows a good thing when it sees it. Clearly cats here are treated like the Gods they know themselves to be.

I wish I could get a good picture of this guy, or gal, but it will not hold still, even for a second.

Cat in yard - Ventura

Cat in yard - Ventura

Except from the back, when it’s not looking.

Cat in yard - Ventura

I don’t know who it belongs to or what its name might be. I don’t even know its gender. But I’m happy to spend some time with the cat making it feel loved.

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Valentine’s Day Is Almost Here!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends!

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year! I send out Valentine cards instead of holiday cards because it’s different, they get noticed, and it gives me an opportunity to tell people how grateful I am to have them in my life. How fun is it to get a handmade Valentine card?

To help you celebrate, I’ve created three designs of handpainted cards and a line of one-of-a-kind art jewelry for your special loved ones.

Cassandra Tondro Valentine Jewelry and Cards

My bright, cheery contemporary Valentine cards are available in three different handpainted designs. Each card is signed, and they look great framed as art! They’re blank inside, and are available individually or in packages of six. Shop the Valentine card collection now!

Cassandra Tondro Valentine Cards

My one-of-a-kind pendant necklaces are bright, colorful, wearable art that people notice! The larger focal piece pendants come on a 24″ chain, and the smaller pendants are available with either a shorter 16″ chain or a 24″ chain. Shop the jewelry collection now!

Cassandra Tondro Art Jewelry

I’ll be showing my necklaces and cards at Ladies Luncheon in Ventura on Thursday, February 4th and at Unity of Ventura on Sunday, February 7th. You can also find them in these stores:

Brat in Santa Monica, CA
Museum of Ventura County gift shop in Ventura, CA
Community Memorial Hospital gift shop in Ventura, CA

Four of my heart paintings will be for sale in the “From the Bottom of Your Art” show at Stoneworks Studio for First Friday Ventura Artwalk on Friday, February 5th. Stoneworks is a fun place to hang out on First Fridays with live music, a monthly show of art, Michele’s amazing stone sculptures, a blazing fire pit, lots of artists, and fantastic brownies! Come on down and join us!

Wishing you all the best for a lovely Valentine’s Day, and if you’re in the area, stop by to see me. I’m looking forward to it!

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Valentine Art Jewelry and Cards

Are you looking for that perfect unique gift for Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps you’d like to give yourself a wonderful gift. Either way, I’ve got you covered! I’ve created a stunning line of art jewelry and three different handpainted card designs, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine jewelry and cards

The one-of-a-kind pendants are created from my colorful paintings. Each glass cameo is a small handpainted gem with abstract designs inspired by nature that resemble miniature landscapes, agates and flowers. No two pieces are alike. The necklace arrives in a gift box with a description of the piece, ready for wrapping. Shop the jewelry collection!

Contemporary art jewelry

My contemporary splatter-paint Valentine cards are handpainted on high-quality deckle-edge watercolor paper and come with matching envelopes. Each card is signed, and they look great framed as art! They’re blank inside (except for some paint drips and smears) for you to write your special message, and are available individually or in packages of six. Shop the Valentine card collection!

Contemporary Valentines cards

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can find my cards and necklaces at Brat in Santa Monica. In Ventura my cards, heart necklaces and heart paintings are available at the Museum of Ventura County gift shop. Or contact me to schedule a studio visit, and I’ll be happy to show you everything that I have!

Wishing you all the best for a very happy Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day Painting

I’m working on some small paintings for Valentine’s Day, and I especially like the way this one turned out. It’s 10″ x 10″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas. I created the sketchy outline of the heart by stamping a heart, and then washing most of the dark red paint off before it dried. The texture of it is fabulous!

Valentine's Day heart painting

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Sneak Preview

I know it’s only the new year, and Happy New Year, by the way! But Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’ve got you covered with handmade cards and one-of-a-kind art necklaces. I thought I’d give you a special sneak preview. They’ll be available in my Etsy shop, and some of the necklaces are there already. The cards are drying, and still need to be signed, photographed and packaged. They’ll be done in a week or so.

In the meantime, I hope you’re all having a wonderful New’s Years Day!

Handmade Valentine cards

Valentine heart necklaces

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Holiday Painting Video

Happy Holidays Friends! My holiday card for you this year is a short fast-paced video that shows the creation of a special painting for the season. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope you have as much fun watching the painting unfold. Click here to play the video.

Yes, the painting from the video is available for purchase. But there’s only one, so hurry before its gone!

Tondro Holiday Painting Video 2015

Happy Merry holiday abstract painting

I hope you have a great holiday season and a wonderful new year. As always, I thank you for your interest in my work and your ongoing support. It’s been a fabulous year, and I look forward to seeing you again in 2016.

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New Commission

I’m working on a 30″ x 24″ commission for a friend who wants a painting in “Mexican Fiesta” colors. This is a fun one to do, because it’s so bright and cheery. What do you think? Am I close on the colors? I’m waiting for it to dry.

Commission in "Mexican Fiesta" colors

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New Paintings in the “Picture This” Series

I recently completed four new large paintings for my “Picture This” series created using strange and unusual kitchen tools found in Ventura’s many thrift stores. I repurpose these discarded gadgets to create the designs on these paintings, much like the repurposed leftover house paint that I use for my work. These are textural pieces painted on unprimed natural canvas, and the design wraps around the sides to the back. The color combinations are bold and the imagery is playful giving them a light, airy, whimsical look. Click here for more information about this work.

Cosmic Kandinsky abstract art“Cosmic Kandinsky,” 30 x 40 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Bachelor Buttons contemporary painting“Bachelor Buttons,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Interconnected abstract painting“Interconnected,” 36 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Pops of Joy modern art“Pops of Joy,” 40 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

What do you think about the colors, patterns and feel of these new paintings? Is this something you could see hanging in your home? I’d love to hear your comments on my blog.

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