Hopeful World

Check out what arrived in the mail today! Jen at Hopeful World had an idea to send apple cake to everyone who wanted a piece. I’m not sure how many people that was, but I think it was quite a lot. I was one of those people, and I received my piece of apple cake today, along with a Love tea bag — organic rose, chamomile and lavender flower tea — and a little note from Jen. How sweet is that? Unfortunately I didn’t think to photograph the cake before I had eaten most of it! It was that good.

I had totally forgotten about Jen’s project, so when the package arrived, I was surprised. Imagine that you’re having a bad day, or even an ordinary day, and a piece of apple cake arrives in the mail.  How great is that? I want to pass this on, and I’m thinking about what I can send to people as a surprise.

I highly recommend subscribing to the Hopeful World mailing list. Jen sends out incredibly deep and thoughtful messages of hope and understanding that always touch my heart.

Jen, thank you so much for being a part of my life! You literally made my day.

Hopeful World Apple Cake and Love Tea

Jen at Hopeful World

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Enchantment Finds New Home

One of my favorite paintings just found a new home with one of my collectors. The painting is “Enchantment,” 24 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas. Here are the collector’s comments about the piece:

I think this painting is a wonderful representation of your style. The colors are perfect, and look like you painted this specifically for me. I needed a painting that was colorful, organic–looking and square to balance out the sculpture that is monochromatic, industrial–looking and round. Also, the painting needed to be bright enough so it wouldn’t get lost in a living room that will have an 11′ x 8′ really wild Kandinsky-style rug. Thank you again for your wonderful work.

It looks good there, doesn’t it?

Enchantment painting

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Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

My live painting performance at Cosmotion on Sunday was fantastic! Lots of people showed up, and the audience was terrific. They were amazed at my process, and genuinely inetrested in my work. I couldn’t have asked for a better venue and event.

Here are some pictures, courtesy of Ann Mckillican. The last picture shows Kate Nash, owner extraordinaire of Cosmotion, announcing the raffle winners.

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

Live Painting Performance at Cosmotion

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Cosmotion Painting Exhibit

We hung the show of my paintings at Cosmotion in Ventura today, and it looks great! The paintings are on display now through November 22nd, and you can see them the day of my live painting performance there — November 16th.

First there was the decision of which paintngs to hang, and in what order.

Cassandra Tondro at Cosmotion in Ventura

Then Chris did an excellent job of hanging the work.

Cassandra Tondro at Cosmotion in Ventura

This is how the show looks.

Cassandra Tondro at Cosmotion in Ventura

With “Spring” greeting you as you walk in the front door.

Cassandra Tondro at Cosmotion in Ventura

I had never seen all six of the “Camellia” paintings hung together before. I think they look smahing! It’s a very large piece, with an overall size of 6 feet by 4 feet.

Cassandra Tondro at Cosmotion in Ventura

Here is the charming Kate Nash in front of the paintings, owner of Cosmotion, Transformational Movement and Fitness Center.

Cassandra Tondro at Cosmotion in Ventura

And this is how the paintings look from the mirrors, on the other side of the room.

Cassandra Tondro at Cosmotion in Ventura

Pretty exciting day, and I’m looking forward to showing you how I create these lovelies at my event on Sunday, November 16th.

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Chenille Scarf

Here’s my latest handwoven scarf.  It’s created from Crystal Palace Aria yarn in the warp and a weft of hand-dyed variegated blue rayon chenille from my friend Sally Trude. The chenille makes it really soft and cuddly. Available soon for the holidays!

Rayon chenille scarf

Rayon chenille scarf

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After the Rain

It’s so pretty in Ventura today after last night’s rain, and we are very grateful for it. It has been dry, dry, dry here the past couple of years, and we really need rain.

I took these pictures of the clouds over the mountains from Kimball Park when I was out riding my bike, and just before I got home, I got caught in a cloudburst. Ugh. Sopping wet. But I’m still happy for the rain!

Ventura after the rain

Ventura after the rain

Here’s the view from my backyard right now. I tried walking out on the dirt to investigate any changes from the rain, and I couldn’t. My shoes sunk into the mud so deep that I had a hard time getting them out! There was a fairly large pond in the middle of the yard this morning, but it seems to be dissipating.

Ventura after the rain

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Live Painting Performance and Raffle!

It’s coming right up! November 16th is the date of my Ventura painting debut, where I will be creating three 24″ x 24″ paintings before a live audience. Near the end of the event there will be a raffle for the three paintings as well as two of my ecoprints and two packages of my handmade cards. Winners need not be present to win!

Of course I’d love to see you at this exciting event, but if you can’t make it to Ventura that day, raffle tickets are available online. Winners will be contacted soon after the raffle by phone and e-mail, and I’ll announce all of the winners in my December newsletter.

Cassandra Tondro Live at Cosmotion!
Sunday, November 16, 2014

2:00 – 3:30 pm
2343 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93003
805.766.6755

Buy your raffle tickets for this event by clicking here. Tickets are $5 each, five for $20, or 20 for $75. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to The Arc Foundation of Ventura County. Raffle tickets and more of my artwork will also be available at the event.

Here are some of the paintings from my November 2012 live painting event in Santa Monica, shown with the raffle winners.

Green Art Live Raffle Winner

Green Art Live Raffle Winner

Green Art Live Raffle Winner

Bring your cameras and mobile devices, and feel free to share photographs and videos of this unique event on social media. Your friends will want to see this! If you’ve been to one of my painting performances before, you know it’s an amazing event.

Purchase your raffle tickets now and join the fun!

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Ventura County Handweavers Guild Harvest Show

I went to the Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild Harvest Show and Sale in Camarillo this morning. It was a gorgeous day for it — bright and sunny, but not too warm. I got to see the Yarnover Truck, which I had never seen before. It’s a like a food truck, but it’s stocked with beautiful yarns, and it travels to various knitting and weaving events.

Yarnover Truck in Ventura

Yarnover Truck in Ventura

RedFish was there with an incredible assortment of hand-dyed silk and silk-wool yarns. These would be great for tapestry weaving.

RedFish at Ventura Harvest Show

Several vendors were selling raw fiber and roving for spinning and felting.

Ventura Handweavers Harvest Show and Sale

And there were all sorts of gadgets for weaving, spinning, knitting and crochet.

Ventura Handweavers Harvest Show and Sale

A fiber artist’s playground!

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Green Woven Scarf

I just finished weaving this scarf, and I thought the colors on this one were particularly nice. The weft is a variegated green cotton, and the warp is a blend of many different fibers — rayon, merino wool, polyester and nylon. It’s very soft and beautiful.

Stay tuned — I’ll be selling these scarves for the holidays!

Green woven scarf

Green woven scarf

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Coyote in the Park

I saw a coyote in Kimball Park when I was out walking this morning. It was relatively small — probably a juvenile. It always amazes me to see wildlife thriving in the middle of the city!

Coyote Kimball Park Ventura

Coyote Kimball Park Ventura

Coyote Kimball Park Ventura

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