Pantsuit Nation Painting

I’ve been so angry lately at all the news our stupid president is getting. The way he is systematically removing all the great things President Obama did for our country.

The fact that he is trying to repeal Obamacare and the fact that he is getting rid of DACA has just put me into a fowl mood.

I was looking at my pussy hat a friend made for me and got so inspired. I decided I wanted to paint a nasty woman painting. I don’t know if it will help empower women but it sure helps me and it really made me feel better about being an artist. I used to be so political and radical and as I’ve gotten older it seems like I’ve become more like milk toast. Not wanting to make waves or cause anything thought provoking. I have quieted my anarchist self. And that makes me angry too!

I don’t want to go softly into that night anymore, I want to go yelling and screaming for my rights and the rights of my fellow women, those who can’t speak for themselves because they’re afraid of getting deported, and those who are just afraid. I’m sick and tired of keeping my mouth shut and being afraid of offending people.

Below are pictures of my art journal where I practiced painting and sketching what I wanted to paint on a large canvas. The canvas I chose is 18″ x 56″ and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It will be the first of many paintings to come.

Below is the finished painting. Short video clip. It is acrylic paint and mixed media on canvas.

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Selling at Jack of All Trades / Jack London Square / August 12th

Hi Friends,

I will be selling my Art at the Jack of All Trades Event on August 12th. I will be there selling my Encaustic Paintings, Encaustic Monoprints, Encaustic Greeting Cards, Art Prints, Handmade Art Greeting Cards, Quotable Cards and Art, Accordion Books from large to mini as well as Mixed Media Art on wooden panels. I will have a lovely friend selling her amazingly beautiful art cards, handmade art journals, and accordion books.

I am really excited to be able to share with you all the work I’ve been doing lately. This art is some of my newest designs and I am sure you’ll love them!

I’ll be at Jack London Square on the 12th of August between 11 am – 5pm. I’d love it if you would swing by and at least say HI! We’d love to see you and share what we’ve been working on with you. Lots of lovely and fun paper/arts/crafts  – something for everyone with price ranges suited for any and all budgets.

http://www.jackofalltradesoakland.com/

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Below is one of my Encaustic Wax Art Prints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are 4 little Quotable 4×6 panels & mixed media.

Here are a couple images of my quotable greeting cards

 

 

Selling ART at a Holiday Bazaar

I will be participating in a Holiday Bazaar. I’d love it if you would come by and say HI, buy some of my art and see what new things I’ve been up to. There will be a lot of other local artists selling their art there as well. Remember, how awesome it is to support local artists, and local stores. I know from experience that people love getting handmade local art for the holidays! I will have Encaustic Paintings and Monoprints as well as handmade journals and notecards for sale.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Panama Bay Coffee Company

289 Mare Island Way, Vallejo

HERE IS A SNEAK PEAK AT WHAT I’LL BE BRINGING!

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Encaustic Monoprints FOR SALE – Perfect for Holiday Gifts

The holidays are fast approaching and what better to buy for your friends and family is ART from a local artisan. I have been an artist for more than 25 years and I have some amazing deals!

Thank you all for supporting my blog. I have quite a few new Encaustic Monoprints for Sale. They are all $50 and are printed on high quality Canson Edition Printmaking paper with R&F Handmade Encaustic Paint and Dry Pigment. The size of the paper is 9″ x 12″ with a deckled edge at the bottom with cut edges on the other 3 sides. If you are interested in purchasing any prints for holiday gifts please email me at raveniacono@gmail.com. You can also follow this link to see the detailed information about these pieces:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRavensNestArt/

The sizes of the art images range from: 4″ x 4″  to 6″ x 8″

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50K turned Marathon Skyline to the Sea

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What a crazy but fun race! I was really looking forward to this 50K even though I wasn’t mentally or physically prepared.  I realized at the last minute I didn’t buy a bus/shuttle ticket and had a mini freak out 2 days before the race. Luckily I have a large group of amazing ultra runners who stepped up and offered me rides, it was so amazing for me to see and feel the love. I was really humbled by the amount of people who offered to help me out. I am so very lucky!

I have been running for just over 3 years and this would have been my 4th 50K. This was not to be the day for me however. I started off strong and felt great! I was nervous because there was a 4 hour cut off to reach the first 16 miles. I decided to push really hard to get to that cut off and was keeping a great pace for the first 9 miles. All of a sudden my stomach started acting up. I had to make quite a few “pit stops” and lost quite a bit of time.

I tried to keep on pushing but I missed the cut off by an hour.

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The race directors require everyone who misses the cutoff to drop down to the marathon distance; I was completely prepared for that once I realized I was going to miss the cutoff.  I got some extra love, help and ice (due to the heat) from an amazing friend at that aid station. I decided I was going to try to beat the cut off again for the finish and really push myself the rest of the 10+ miles to the finish. I was at mile 16 at hour 5 and there originally was an 8 hour cutoff but the race directors changed it to 9 hours. I still wanted to beat the 8 hour cut off for myself.

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Off I went into the hills of Saratoga and Santa Cruz. The next 5 miles were the most difficult portion of the course for me. A lot of down hill, single track and loads and loads of roots. During a past 50K in Muir Woods those roots got the better of me so I wanted to be extremely careful but push myself at the same time. It felt great to be able run 21 miles and stay strong and know that if I dug deep I could finish within my allotted time. I got to the bottom of the canyon with 5 miles to go and realized if I didn’t step up my pace I wouldn’t make the 8 hour cut off. So…I stepped up my stride, hunkered down and really found what I was made of. I kept an easy but consistent pace and made it to the last aid station in plenty of time. I had 3 more miles to the finish and I knew if I kept up this pace I would be fine. So off I went, feeling stronger than I ever imagined I would. I think I had 1.5 miles left when I could hear the finish line with people crossing, cow bells and lots of cheering. It really energized me and helped me finish strong.

I crossed that finish line in 7:34:26!!!

I beat my goal of finishing in the 8 hours!

I was so proud of myself I didn’t even care that I didn’t complete the 50K. There are always more races. What a beautiful course, wonderful race directors and amazing aid station volunteers (too many to mention). I’ll never forget this experience. EVER!!

What a glorious DAY!

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With AMAZING FRIENDS!

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Encaustic Printmaking Class at Pinole Artisans Gallery

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Do you want to learn how to Monoprint with Encaustic Paint?

We will be learning the basics of monoprinting with encaustic wax and the flexibility it offers to add additional products such as dry pigment and decorative paper.  You will leave with a minimum of 5 prints made with R&F Encaustic paint on Strathmore 400 series printmaking paper.

Sunday, November 13,, 2016 – 4:00- 7:00 pm

1360 Fitzgerald Drive, Pinole CA

Fee: $120 for 3 hours

Raven Iacono has been an artist for 25+ years and encaustic artist for more than 10 years.

She has had her artwork in numerous shows.

The latest show was the juried event: The 30th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition

I started my art career as an oil painter and at the same time have always had my eyes on Encaustic Painting. Wax really speaks to me, the way it draws me into the work, by mysteriously obscuring some images yet inviting me to see through the layers of wax. It is the perfect way for me to express the many layers of my life.

I have been painting with wax for over 10 years, mainly on wood panels with some mixed media thrown in. During the middle of 2015, during a long drive I began dreaming of my next project and encaustic monoprinting came to me while driving through a giant redwood tree. It felt so profound to be driving through this amazing millennial tree while contemplating the millennia of encaustic painting. Every time I create a Monoprint or an Encaustic Painting, I leave a bit of myself on the plate and on the panel, which is how I envision the encaustic painters felt in the 1st Century.

My art as well as my vision of how I have perceived my life has changed over the years. Encaustic art is my way of letting you and I get a special peek of my memories; it whispers to us of my childhood hope. My experiences remain in my memories like little treasures that have left a big imprint on the artist I am now.

Please contact via email to register for this class; raveniacono@gmail.com. 

Once you’ve signed up I will send you a PayPal Invoice.

30th Annual Juried Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Show

Do you love a good art show? With a lot of amazing talented artists? Well, you’re in LUCK!!

One of my Encaustic & Dry Pigment Mono-Prints was selected hang in the 30th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. I will also have 5 encaustic & dry pigment mono-prints in the print bins.

This show will have over 125 artist works and is sponsored and produced by the non-profit Emeryville Celebration of the Arts, Inc.

The Opening night benefits the Emeryville Youth Art Program. It is being held Friday, October 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at  1550 Park Avenue, Emeryville (SW entrance).

Please see the invite below, and come if you’re able! There will be dancers, poets, performance art and lots and lots of amazing art!

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Group Show in Pinole at the Pinole Artisans Gallery

My encaustics are up in a group show in Pinole at the Pinole Artisans Gallery.

The show will be up through November 20th – just in time to buy your loved ones a holiday gift.

I am showing Mono-prints, a large Diptych along with smaller textural encaustic paintings.

I also have all my hand made books, journals, address books for sale as well.

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Stop by the Gallery anytime to say Hello to all the lovely artists here.

Pinole Artisans Galley

Pinole Vista Shopping Center

1360 Fitzgerald Avenue

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm & Sundays 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Holiday Card Making Demo on the 24th

Are you interested in learning how to make holiday cards while having a blast? Join me at Flax Art in Oakland on the 24th of September from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm for a Holiday Card Making Demo.

 Products I will be using:

The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils

Golden High Flow Acrylic

Golden Matte & Gloss Mediums

Golden Glass Bead Gel and other fun textured Gels

Decorative Paper

Embossing Powder

Rubber Stamps & Ink Pads

all on Strathmore Mixed Media Creative Cards

Please join me for a Handmade Holiday Card Making Demo

Flax Art & Design

1501 M.L.K. Jr. Way

Oakland, CA  94612

Saturday, September 24th

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please call to reserve your spot: (510) 867-2324