Who Are You?

Hi Friends,

I’m curious. Who are you, and why are you here, reading this? I know I have a diverse audience, and I’m wondering who you are.

Are you a fellow artist, an art collector, an art consultant, or an art aficionado?

Are you family, friend or foe?

Or someone else entirely?

What most interests you in my newsletters?

Hearing about my art process?

Seeing finished work or work-in-progress?

Seeing experimental work?

Seeing the art failures, or only the successful pieces?

Hearing about my internal struggles with art?

Do you like my heartfelt posts or do you prefer straight talk?

Do you have questions about art or suggestions about how I can make this newsletter more relevant for you? I’m all ears, and I’d love to hear from you.

Tell me more about yourself. You can comment below or write to me personally by clicking here.

For those of you in Southern California, I have a show at Bird Dog Arts in Tejon Ranch opening on June 22nd. Tejon Ranch is about a 1-1/2 hour drive from both Los Angeles and Ventura, just off the 5 freeway.

The gallery occupies an 11,000 square-foot space at the Outlets at Tejon and features the work of over 100 Southern California artists. In addition to wall art there’s sculpture, ceramics, glass work, jewelry and apparel including my handwoven and leaf print silk scarves.

Bird Dog Arts Gallery

Every three months gallery owner David Gordon does a show featuring four or five artists in depth. My paintings will be in his Summer show, which will be on display through September 22nd. Here are the 16 pieces that David chose for the show, laid out on my studio floor.

Cassandra Tondro art studio

It’s going to look great, and I’d love to see you at the opening on June 22nd if you’re in the area.

Bird Dog Arts invitation

So tell me, who do you think you are? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,



  1. I am Jo! I am here because I love your art and the way you are so real about your process – both your successes and those you don’t think of as successes, but what some of us can see really are. I’m not really an artist but I like to play with art and collect art that speaks to my soul. I am a friend who feels like family. I love seeing the process of your work, how you come up with ideas, and of course the finished products. Again, I like your honesty so your heartfelt writing is quite attractive to me. Please keep writing your newsletter. I look forward to it and find it very unique.

    1. Thanks, Joanne! Of course you’re an artist. I’ve seen your work and it’s definitely art-worthy quality. I appreciate your kind words about my art and the newsletter. I’m glad it resonates with you, and hopefully maybe others as well.

  2. And I am Ellen, Carole Spence’s cousin. I found out about her death from your blog after a google search prompted by wondering why I hadn’t heard back from her. She and I had been in discussion about how to get a piece of her art to the other coast, but I didn’t make it happen fast enough. I’ve continued reading and enjoying your blog as I experiment with fiber arts. Before this year, a little macramé and sewing during school years was all I’d done. In the intervening years (decades), all I’ve done is purchase clothes for the fabric, more than the style. Now I’m learning about knitting (love it) and crocheting (hate it, so far – back to knitting!). I’d love to weave, but that seems too ambitious. I’m mostly learning by experiment and YouTube videos, because I have a strong distaste for patterns (I can’t follow a recipe, either), so I particularly enjoy your adventures and insights into your decision-making process. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as you go.

    1. Hi Ellen. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my query. How wonderful that you have the opportunity now to explore fiber arts! Weaving can be difficult, but not the kind of weaving I do. I use a rigid heddle loom and it’s very easy to warp and weave with it. It only does simple basket weave, which is fine with me, because I’m only concerned about texture and color, not complicated woven patterns. I highly recommend it! I use Ashford rigid heddle looms. They come in widths from 10″ to over 30″. My favorites are the 10″ and the 16″, which are very portable. I can use them on my lap. Ashford has a couple of excellent videos on YouTube about how to warp and use their rigid heddle looms. Give it a try!

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