Ocean and Islands

This is the view from my friend Kat’s house after the rain today. Can you see the islands in the distance? I believe these are Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands. When you’re driving along the coast they look huge, unlike Catalina Island as seen from L.A. These islands look close! I want to go out there and visit them one of these days. If I had a view like this from my house, I’d never be able to drag myself away from the windows.

Ocean and Islands Ventura

Ocean and Islands Ventura

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Bear Rehabilitation

My most recent find in the backyard excavation for my art studio was a buried teddy bear. He had lost the stuffing from his head and one eye, and he was covered with dirt from head to toe. Everyone said he was disgusting and I should throw him away, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to do that. Instead I put him through the washer and the dryer, and he looked better. Here’s his picture, taken by my friend Sally Trude, an expert teddy bear surgeon.

Buried Teddy Bear

Sally is going to patch him up and give him new life! I can’t wait to see his “after” picture. Isn’t he cute, even though he’s a mess? Who could throw away a teddy bear?

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One-of-a-Kind Scarves for the Holidays

I’m in the process of building my dream studio in the backyard of my new home, and it’s taking a lot longer than I had expected. Without a place to paint, I’ve been maintaining my creative edge by weaving and crocheting beautiful handmade scarves!

Each scarf is a one-of-a-kind original, hand crocheted or handwoven by me. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different color combinations and yarns, and there’s something for everyone in this eclectic collection.

I only have eighteen scarves available, so don’t wait! Shop the scarf collection now!

Hand crocheted scarf

Handwoven scarf

Handwoven scarf

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Ventura Pier

My friend Toby and I went to see the Ventura Pier today. It was my first time there, but Toby has been there many times before. It’s not like the Santa Monica Pier with its tourists, restaurants and amusement park rides. And it’s also not crowded like the Santa Monica Pier! It’s just a long wooden pier, with beautiful views of the ocean and people fishing off of both sides.

Ventura Pier -- Toby

Ventura Pier

Ventura Pier

This is what’s called The Promenade — a long bike path that runs along the beach. It was a gorgeous and warm day for the end of November.

Ventura Pier

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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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