January 2, 2013
Detail from “Paperwhites”, ©Jill Rosoff 2010
These workshops are open to everyone at every level of experience in painting with watercolors. Each session’s work is focused on what those who are there bring in, whether it be a new project or technique, or working on ongoing paintings, and developing them to completion. When I find new ideas or ways of creating an effect, I bring those in and we experiment with them.
The workshops are held in Santa Ana at Karen’s Detail Custom Frames, which is on MacArthur Blvd, one block east of Harbor Blvd., across from the Home Depot. Each session is $25.00, or you can purchase a six-session pass for $125.00 (six sessions for the price of five).
Contact me with any questions using the ‘contact’ link at the end of this or any posting!
November 23, 2012
“Leaves 2″, ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 12″ h x 6″ w
This experimenting I’ve been doing these days with leaves is fun. As much as it is about the shapes of the leaves, negative space and wet-in-wet, it’s also about color combinations. This one started as orange and blue leaves first, and I added the alizarin crimson and yellow ones as I developed it. It’s become about the primaries plus one secondary. Hmmm!
This piece is now for sale via my shop on Etsy. I have a pre-Christmas special on both my Etsy Shops to celebrate Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday, November 24th – 26th, 20% off everything in my shops. Just use the coupon code Thanksgiving12 during the checkout process. For my paintings, notecards and reproductions, go to RosoffArtworks. My silk scarves are available in BloomingSilks.
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November 6, 2012
This coming Sunday, November 11th come see my Silk Scarves
in Long Beach, CA at
at the Marine Stadium in Long Beach
Space #6 just opposite from the food trucks!
The Marine Stadium is at the corner of Bayshore & Appian Way at
the lot by the boat launch ramps (just follow the signs).
From the 405 South:
Exit at Studebaker. Turn right on 2nd St, take 2nd St. to
Bayshore Ave. Bayshore takes you right to the lot.
From 405 North:
Take the 405 to 22 west, exit on Studebaker. Left on Studebaker to
2nd St. to Bayshore. Again Bayshore will take you right to the lot.
Can’t make it to any of my shows?
By all means contact me, using the Contact link below.
We’ll make a date for you to come peruse my paintings, notecards, reproductions, and of course, the scarves!
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August 17, 2012
“Plumeria”, ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 6″ x 17 1/2″
“Hi, my name is Jill and I’m an art supplies-aholic.” Someday, somewhere I’m going to be someplace where I’ll introduce myself like this.
Yes, I love art supply stores. LOVE them. Kid in a candy shop love them. They are a world of possibilities, tools and supplies that look so fun, so interesting that usually my imagination goes on overload after awhile. These days its a really like a treat to go to a good art supply store, there are good suppliers online and I usually know what I need to get. It’s wonderfully easy to order and have the supplies arrive at my door, or get specialty items I need directly from companies that specialize in products, say, for painting silk scarves. But a really good brick-and-mortar art supply store is hard to find anymore. There used to be three great stores I would go to, and now there’s just one left. >heavy sigh!<
So the other day I went to the art supply store, and as I walked inside I was immediately sideswiped by the huge table-full of watercolor brushes on sale for ONE DOLLAR EACH. I kid you not. Right there, right as I walked in. Now, I’ve spent my fair share on lovely sable brushes for watercolor painting. But these were right there, tempting me. And it was a one-day !Surprise! sale to boot. What did I do? I surrendered, just a little. Actually I got them for students who needed to fill out their brush selection. So I felt a certain sense of justification, even care-giving for them, so they could take advantage of a good deal even though they wouldn’t actually be there.
I went primarily to make a list of specific supplies for students signing up for a new watercolor workshop I’ll be giving at Orange Coast College in October in the community education division. I spent almost 2 hours there, sorting through to recommend the supplies they’d need: watercolor papers, paint colors, brushes, palettes, so I could make recommendations on the supplies list I made up for the workshop. When I finished with those, I looked for whatever new things I could use for painting and printing new designs on silk scarves for the fall and the holidays. Dangerously fun. And coming soon.
About this painting: I started this piece after returning from my vacation/music workshop in Maui in June. I have always loved Hawaiian slack key guitar, its soul soothing, and found this workshop where some of my slack key favorites were going to be the teachers. So off I went, lugging my guitar, my small traveling paint kit, and a camera just in case (!) something caught my eye. The great little place we stayed had plumeria trees growing right outside the door of the rooms, so we would sit on our little patio in the mornings with our coffee, with the trees framing our view of the ocean. A visually and aurally delightful few days. It didn’t suck at all!
May 14, 2012
“Red Tulips”, ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 15″ x 11″
I’ve had bouquets of daffodils, tulips and sweet peas in the house a lot lately. Its spring! and they’re really affordable now at Trader Joe’s. And REALLY affordable from my sister’s garden–she has a wonderful huge crop of sweet peas along the fence in her yard. The flowers have been my live ‘models’ for both for my paintings and my scarves, and I take them to my workshops for my students to use as subject matter for their paintings. I’ve while I’ve got a couple of paintings of daffodils nearing completion, but here’s my most recent watercolor of red tulips. I love these pieces, just the red of the flowers, on the white background, punctuated by the black stamens in the centers of the blossoms.
Tulips were some of my ‘teachers’ in watercolors. On a trip in Europe toward the end of college, I bought some bulbs in Amsterdam which were sent to me when it was time to plant them. In the spring, voila, I had some lovely tulips in my garden, and sat outside trying to get them down in watercolor. I was painting exclusively with oils at the time, and watercolors are nothing like oils to paint with. So I practiced with the watercolors, trying to figure out how to use them, as often as I could as long as those tulips were blooming in my garden, just about 2 weeks. I tried to get those watercolor paints to behave. Ultimately I learned to surrender to them, which is usually the case, isn’t it? So this painting is my most recent visit to an old friend and teacher.
The other fun things? I’m getting ready to show this coming Sunday, May 20th at the 18th Annual Balboa Island Art Walk. I really enjoy this show, partly because its on the bayfront of Newport Harbor, which is beautiful, but also because at this show is along a walkway thats about 8′ wide, so our displays are flat along the walkway. You can walk right up to the artwork, there’s no intimidation factor of having to enter into a 10′ tent. Click here for more information about the Artwalk. I’ll be between Coral and Apolena streets, just look for my apple-green umbrellas!
And I’ve got all sorts of new scarves! I’ll have them at the Artwalk, and they are also available through my new Etsy Shop, “Blooming Silks”. Please visit soon!
February 3, 2012
Poppies scarf #27, yellow and orange poppies, on habotai silk. ©Jill Rosoff 2011
Big week! I had a meeting at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA, with the woman who runs the gift shop and they are now carrying my scarves. Yay! The Muck (as they’re known around here) has an exhibit that opened this week on Korean textiles, which is pretty yummy. So if you live anywhere nearby, are at all interested in textiles and fabric art, or are looking for something lovely to do, its a terrific exhibit, and the gift shop has some great scarves for sale1
I also have 17 of my watercolors hanging at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, CA for the month of February. This lovely oasis of nature sits next to the sports fields at Newport Harbor High School. Originally unused land where dirt was deposited from grading for construction at the school, it has been shaped and nurtured for years and is now a center that ” provides quality education through hands-on experience with nature. The ENC’s 3 1/2 acre outdoor classroom displays 15 native plant communities that range from a desert, to a freshwater marsh, to a redwood forest.” I’m showing pieces from both my “Blossoms” and “Tapestri” collections, all with floral subjects of course. The ENC is located at 1601 16th St. in Newport Beach, and my paintings are hanging in their gift shop “Nature’s Gifts”. They are open M-F from 8 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am – 4 pm.
Last but not least, this new scarf is now available at my Etsy shop, along with more scarves, small paintings, notecards and limited edition reproductions. In case you want something for your Valentine?
November 3, 2011
Above are eight of my paintings, with numbers next them. Be a part of the selection process by choosing the four you think would make the best set to reproduce in this limited edition. I want your opinions!
How? Simply use the COMMENT link below, and send me the numbers of the images like the best, the ones you’d like to own.
The voting starts now, and ends at noon Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.
SPECIAL PRIZE: You could be the winner of a set of these prints for participating in the voting.When the votes are tallied, the names of two of the voters who picked the final four winning images will be drawn from a hat to receive a set of the prints. These are digitally printed reproductions, using all archival inks and paper. Each print will be signed and numbered in the edition of 100.
Questions? Click on the Comment button below, and write in the numbers of your favorites. Include any questions you have in the comment window, and post the comment. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible! And your email address remains private!
Thanks so much for participating!
September 7, 2011
A friend’s home in San Diego is literally surrounded with plumeria trees. Its astonishing to see all those lush plants, small ones in pots, huge ones in the ground. In July they were just coming into bloom, and this piece cam out of that visit. I have to go back, he says they are in full bloom now!
My next show will go up in San Diego in October. Get my e-announcements about upcoming shows and events by signing up on my mailing list at: http://www.rosoffartworks.com/events.htm
August 31, 2011
While reviewing the inventory chosen by curator Lynle Ellis for my upcoming show at her gallery Glimpse in San Diego, I found some pieces I’d not yet shown here, so they’ll be showing up here now and again.
I try to paint flowers when they come in season, and sometimes the window of time is so short, I get maybe one done and poof! they’re gone. So it is with callas. I found these lavender callas at Trader Joe’s one day. I couldn’t believe the color. As much as I love the creamy white ones my neighbor grows and I enjoy as I pass by them, these were pretty smashing, and I love lavender. The issue became how best to articulate that gorgeous single spiral of the one glorious petal as it opens up and unveil the stamen inside. When I finished this one I realized how much it felt like an ode to Georgia O’Keefe’s work, looking so monumental in this small format.
August 8, 2011
“Blueberries I” ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, SOLD
It’s always a great moment when I find something new I want to paint. A few months ago it was a nasturtium that one of my workshop students brought in to paint. See the April 21st posting. This new subject matter, blueberries, started manifesting itself earlier this year.
There was actually a trio of attention-grabbers that all occurred in April. First, I began noticing photos of blueberries in magazines and online. You know when you buy a new car and you begin to see scads of them on the road? Like that. hmmm. It must be blueberry season!
Next, there was a posting on Facebook that April 28th was National Blueberry Pie Day. Whoever got that holiday up and running was genius. Of all the lovely things to celebrate. Pres. Reagan had the third Sunday in July declared National Ice Cream Day — did you all celebrate that?? My grandmother loved to cook for her family, and though her enthusiasm wasn’t always matched with success, she did make great pies. Just three flavors, though, and one of them was her ‘Blubry’ pie.
The third thing that happened was a call from someone to collaborate on a project, and one of the subjects they were interested was blueberries.
Common wisdom says that things come in threes. Best not to ignore it. And I didn’t, though this painting took its sweet time coming to fruition. Four months down the road, here it is.