Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Dad

   Donald V. Shafer
2 May 1920-12 Aug 2016
Donald Shafer was born in 1920 in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin to John Edwin Schafer and Verena Marie Molitor. Don had four siblings who preceded him in death: John “Jack”, Marian English, Marjorie  Jacobson, and Evelyn Williams. The Shafer family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1923.
Don graduated in 1938 from Riverside Polytechnic High School, now Riverside City College. Don was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He attended Pasadena Junior College before graduating from USC with a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later earned a MBA in Industrial Management from the USC School of Business.
He served three years on active duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Don was called again to active duty during the Korean Conflict/War and deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard as a Lieutenant.
In 1944, while stationed in Norfolk, VA, Don met his future wife, Carol Parker. They married in 1946, moved to California, and finally settled in Glendora.
Don spent his entire career as a mechanical engineer for various aircraft and aeronautical reconnaissance companies, including Hycon Manufacturing Company, McDonnell-Doug­las and Boeing from which he retired in 1988.  In his professional career, Don worked on helicopter design and was on the team of designers of a top-secret high altitude camera for the U2 Spy plane. This camera is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. He also designed cameras for the SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft and for the Skylab (Apollo 13).  
Don is survived by his wife Carol and their children and spouses: Robert and Judy Shafer, Nancy and Jerry Buzzell, Helen and Jose Garcia, John and Angela Shafer and Jim and Cecilia Shafer. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Jordan, Helen, Amberley, John, Alexandra, Benjamin and Michael, and four great grandchildren: Meredith, Olivia, Holly and Elizabeth. He is also survived by his sister in law, Nancy J. Parker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Our Dad was passionate about the care and preservation of oak trees. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for the preservation of oak trees at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden ( Please designate “In memory of Donald Shafer/Oak Tree Care”.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Art Unraveled

Many , many thanks to my wonderful students at Art Unraveled this year! We had a blast and I'm so fortunate to have worked with you.
Such fun!

                                                                      Look at all of this color!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

a new woman

 In between traveling I've been diving into my first love in the arts...clay. I took a workshop with an amazing artist Kristen Stingle at a studio in north San Diego County a couple of months ago. I have not worked this large since college...just a short time ago...he, he, he. This gal sculpture hasn't been named yet but I'll come up with something grand. I ran out of time to finish her so the top of the head  and arms weren't finished. This will lead to found objects and more...that's what the holes are for. The colors are underglazes and oxide. I carved  the surface (sgraffito) with poems and images.....she's getting her first firing tomorrow!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Artful days at Random Arts

 I taught in North Carolina recently at Random Arts in Saluda...just south of Asheville. Cheers to Great students, great hostess Jane Powell, and the best artful atmosphere! Thanks everyone! 

 My demo for color pencil journaling

 This workshop was called "Featured Adornments"....Masa paper watercolor painting, drawing lesson on face proportions, value, and colors. And not to mention a wild, wonderful big hair do with an attitude! 

My demo....not finished ....owl on the left side, bumble bees abound, and of course...I put a bird on it! 

Sunday, June 19, 2016


Patterns always interest me...I look for them everywhere. My recent trip to Minneapolis was so fun and interesting sites were in abundance. These are from the Walker Museum, The Art Institute, the Minneapolis Center for  Book Arts,  and unique shops