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

 

 

Skyline Endurance 50K Race Report

Today is the day after my 3rd 50K and boy am I feeling it. This race is historic, the oldest running 50k in the US. I’ve wanted to run this race for over a year, some of my friends were running it and I thought – what the heck! I was feeling apprehensive once committed because I’d been injured during my last 50K in December 2015 and haven’t been running at all until approximately April of this year. I hadn’t really been training too much or been getting any midweek runs in since May; I’ve been working 2 jobs. I started really putting in mileage over the past 4 weeks with 5 really long weekend runs. I believe it was the back to back weekend runs that really helped me pull through and finish yesterday however, I feel my hill climbing and cardio sure have suffered.

The long runs I’ve done leading up to this race: Dirty Dozen 27.7 miles with 3 miles the following day. 8 miles of the French Trail (course) and 13 miles the following day. 23 miles in the headlands with 3 miles the previous day. 21 miles the following week with a 5k the day before and last weekend I ran part of yesterday’s course (a part I knew was hard) 13 miles and that’s pretty much it.

I don’t know if I am crazy or really strong or both – I am going with both!

Yesterday came so quickly and I opted for the early start, I wanted to give myself an extra hour of cushion just in case I needed it. I didn’t start out too fast yesterday knowing I had a long day ahead of me and didn’t want to use up all my energy at the beginning. I started with 3 lovely ladies and quickly fell behind them but was quite happy to do so. I kept a nice even pace and was feeling quite happy for the 1st 5 miles. My one friend is much faster than I and quickly was completely out of site. I knew that would happen and felt completely fine to run the whole course on my own. My 2nd friend went out pretty quickly at the beginning fell behind at approximately mile 8. When I got to Bort Meadows Aid Station I knew I had a huge climb ahead and didn’t want to wait for her because I was on a roll, so up I went. This was part of the course I had run the previous week and knew exactly what to expect. It was brutal but I got up and over in 17:51 which is huge for me! It was 1 mile straight up with 405 feet of elevation at a 5.3% grade. Whew!

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I came flying down the hill to Big Bear Staging Area and came upon the most wonderful group of Aid Station volunteers I’ve ever seen or heard. Dusty Bottoms. They were spot on, happy, energetic and super helpful. The nicest group of people EVER.

 

Next stage was into the Redwoods Park, up to Skyline Gate and then back down French Trail. My goal was to get to Skyline gate by 10:00 am – and I got there by 10:15. Not too shabby. I stopped to eat PB&J and pulled by small bag of pickle flavored chips out of my backpack. I walked eating them for about 1/4 of a mile and then picked up my pace through out the whole of the French Trail. It was beautiful, shaded and some of the most technical parts of the course. I was feeling quite strong at this time and passed quite a few people. I was so glad I had run this part of the course a few weeks prior. Going through my Strava results I realized that I PR’d this part of the course with best times for the climbs and descents through all of the French Trail areas. That was a nice surprise. [photo credit: Michael Li]

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Coming down a very technical part of the French Trail, I saw this gorgeous view and finally stopped to take my first picture of the course (approx mile 16). The climbing was beautiful with the sunlight coming through the trees. I ran through this part all the way back to the Dusty Bottoms Aid Station again. The next part of the course was going to kick my A** – I just knew it.

Climbing back up and over the McDonald hill was so difficult. It was hot, exposed and I was tired. The climb started at mile 20 and it was a mile straight up and down to the next aid station. Even though it was difficult I kept moving forward and got my 3rd best time climbing that 1 mile up. It was 509 feet of elevation at 8.6% grade. It took me 22:31, not great but not too bad either. It’s here where I ran into a really good friend, boy was it nice to see a friendly face. I’d been running all by myself for the past 22 miles and it’s always nice to run with a friend. We stopped filled up our backpacks (actually the volunteers took my backpack, filled it up and then held it for me to put back on – AMAZING) with ice and had some slices of watermelons and we were off.

She had a goal to reach 25 miles between 6:30 and 7:00 because she’s training for a 75 mile race in September. I picked up my pace and ran with her for the next 3 miles with a 13:00 minute average pace. I was surprised I still had so much gas left in the tank. Once we hit 25 miles she said she would let me lead the pace. She wanted us to finish and cross the finish line together. For the next 6 miles we averages between 12:00 and 14:25 minute miles. It was so amazing to have her there. She really pushed me and kept me going strong. At mile 28 I was losing steam but luckily we had an aid station there and were able to eat some more watermelon and begin our decent. The view at mile 28 was spectacular!

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The last 3.4 miles were downhill with rolling hills on pavement. I was pretty much spent at that time but kept on moving, thanks to my friend. I wanted to be sure to run across the finish line so I kept moving at a brisk pace. I didn’t want to think about anything but finishing. I had come so far and all I wanted was to cross the finish line with my friend.

 

As we crossed the finish line, I thought; There is nothing better than crossing the finish line with a friend! She really pushed me the last 10 miles and helped me see that deep inside I had enough strength and will power to finish this race. [photo credit: Mindy Brown-Lechner]

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I don’t mind running by myself or finishing a race by myself, I’ve done that enough times to know it feels good to finish but finishing with a friend who has helped you dig deep the last 1/3 of a really long race is so meaningful. I’ll always be grateful for her love, support and determination that rubbed off! [photo credit: Sally Arellano]

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Here is the link to my Strava results from yesterday’s Skyline 50K!!! My 3rd 50K! Now, to start training for my 4th. Skyline to the Sea in October! Stay tuned for more.

 

http://www.strava.com/activities/668446577

[photo credit: Oscar Mejorada]

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