Spring is A-Coming
January 19, 2014
“Tulips (Bonanza)” ©Jill Rosoff 1992 40″ x 60″
I love painting spring flowers. I paint them in watercolor, I paint them on my silk scarves. Is it the colors? The shapes? That they make me happy? Yes, yes and yes. I just can’t get enough. I walked into my local Trader Joe’s the other day, and saw the first spring tulips in the flower bins. So I bought a bunch. No hesitation, just leaned down and picked the color that was hollering “pick me!” at me. They were orange with dark orange infusing from the lower part of the petals to the tips.
Now, it’s been hot in Southern California the past few days, and those buds drank a lot of water. So they were buds on day 1, fully developed flowers on day 2, and wild things on day 3. They were starting to droop because of the heat. I refilled the vase, and on day 4, they were upright again. I know they only last a week, but oh how I enjoy them.
My watercolor workshops are starting up again in 2 weeks. My Saturday morning workshops start on Feb. 1st. I also have two 6-session workshops scheduled at Orange Coast College Community Education, “Flowers in Watercolors” starts February 5th, and “Watercolor Still Lifes” starts March 19th. As much as we’ll concentrate on watercolor technique, we’ll also focus on how to analyze the subject to be able to build a composition using the watercolors to their best effect.
The painting above was painted in 1992. It lived in a restaurant in St. Helena, CA for 8 years, and now hangs in my living room. The size noted above is the paper size, it’s framed in a simple dark wood frame, and floats on a linen background, so it’s even larger. A wonderful large art presence in the room.