Leaves, new color way

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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Small Business Saturday, November 24th


Scarfing Up

March 7, 2012


Mostly Lavender Poppies, habotai silk scarf, 8″ x 56″.  ©Jill Rosoff 2012

Both last weekend and this coming weekend I’m showing at the Art in the Park portion of Dana Point’s annual Festival of the Whales.  This is another one of my new colorways in my new collection of scarves.  If you couldn’t make it last weekend, come on down this weekend.  The Art in the Park is at the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive, and Island way.  I’m on the grass on the south side, look for my apple-green umbrellas!  I also have my original watercolors, notecard sets, and my new reproductions available.

Want to see more of the scarves?  You can find them (and buy them too!) in my Etsy store.  New ones are going up all the time!

“Pink Icelands” ©Jill Rosoff 2008, 11 1/2″ x 15″, framed

For those of you in or who are coming to the Southern California area,  I will be having a two-day “pop-up” show at Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Corona del Mar, CA on June 18 & 19, 2011.

The show will present my Tapestri Collection of original watercolors on paper.  These paintings are a celebration of my love of gardens and flowers.  In these paintings I use vivid colors, intricate motifs and layers that produce wonderful, richly-textured, luxuriant paintings.   I really do revel in the blossoms, the leaves and surrounding plants and earth using delicate layering of colors and patterns to achieve rich, concentrated colors,  contrasts in detailed brushwork. 

I am also very excited about my new collection of lush, hand-painted silk scarves.  Using crepe de chine, charmeuse and china silk, I hand-paint the silk with original designs.  I have two lines that feature flowers and gardens, one in a very bold design, another I call “Flower Fields”, which is more delicately painted.  A third line is more graphic, using circles and dots using color indulgently.  This is something I’ve envisioned for a long time, and I’m thrilled to bring my designs to life in wearable art.  The flower designs are all unique, signed and numbered, so no two are exactly the same.  They’re brand new, so new that I’m just finishing the photography for them, so come be among the first to see them, and own one!

I’ll be at Peet’s both days, on Saturday from 2 pm – 7 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm, and will be happy to show and assist with the selection and purchase of the paintings, my notecard sets, and the scarves.    

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Corona del Mar is located at 894 Avocado Avenue, in the Corona del Mar Shopping Center.  The show is open to the public.  

Come enjoy the day, have a lovely cup of coffee, celebrate your Father’s, and peruse the art!  See you there!  Thanks!

You can now buy my Notecards sets on Etsy.com!  Click on the gift above and you’ll go right to my Etsy Shop, RosoffArtworks.   You’ll also  find some of my small paintings there too.  (Have you figured out what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day yet?)

If there’s a painting you’re particularly interested in, and it’s not on Etsy, send me a comment via the Comment link below this blog entry.  Comments are all private until I publish them, and I don’t publish private inquiries about artwork.  Or convo me on Etsy!   See you there.

Orchid Cactus

September 30, 2010

Sketch, orchid cactus, ©Jill Rosoff, 2008, 1o” x 8″

A client of mine grows these amazing orchid cactus plants. When I first saw them growing in scads of pots all over her back garden, I thought there were christmas cacti on steriods. The blossoms are huge explosions of color, ranging from pink to magenta and red, on long, dark green, leaf-like stems.  The flowers are the size of large grapefruit or small melons, and come in one or two colors of petals.  The color fades in intensity as it reaches the edge of each petal.  The petals are actually quite delicate, but from afar they look like little fireworks of color.

This is one of the preparatory sketches I made for the final commissioned piece.  When I finished the final painting, which she of course framed and hung in a lovely spot in her home, we also made notecards of the painting which she uses for thank yous, follow-up notes to clients, whatever she wants to use them for.  They are a unique way for her to communicate, no one else has the image, and these orchid cactus plants are meaningful to her.  And yes,the notecards are sent via the post office.  It’s old school, but don’t you still love getting letters and notes in the mail?  It’s a treat, a nice, personal touch.

Painting of European poppies, in progress, ©Jill Rosoff 2010

I’ve been on a bit of a painting hiatus, concentrating on the new set of notecards (see July 28th).  As a result, I have some paintings that are ‘under construction’ so that’s where I’m taking this for now.

This one of poppies, obviously a ‘true north’ subject matter for me.  This one is a little bit of a departure from my usual suspects .  I’ve concentrated mostly on the Iceland variety of poppies, the ones that show up in the spring here in So Cal, and are particularly ubiquitous at business parks in their street-side planting areas that surround the concrete signage.  People only see them when they drive into the parking lot, and as again as they drive out.  Its always seemed a little too spare a sighting for flowers so rapturously alive.  They are red, oranges, yellow, white, pink, and magenta, and all have yellow centers.

This piece has poppies that are from a little more easterly direction, the fields of coquelicot of France, the papaveri of Italy.  Take a moment, do you remember what they look like?  They are all orange/red, with black centers.  I’m operating from memory here, and photos I took too long ago.

And this painting is only part of the way done, and its the first time I’ve shown an ‘in process’ piece on this blog so far.  You can see I’ve sketched in other poppies, and have finished the center on only the first blossom.  I think there’ll be more poppies in it ultimately.   It’ll be back when its complete!

“Coffee Cups” notecards set, ©Jill Rosoff 2010, set of 12 + envelopes, $24.00 + tax, shipping

Here they are, Fresh from the printer, my new set of notecards, “COFFEE CUPS”!

I had a small thrill of opening up the boxes and looking at them for the first time just yesterday.  I’ve come down from that little high, composed myself, and now am showing them off here!

They will be regularly $24.00 (plus tax and shipping), however for a limited time, they are just $22.00/set.  This promotional rate is good through Monday, August 16th.

To order yours, please use the Leave a comment button (below), tell me how many sets you want, and I’ll be back in touch with you privately to complete your order.  And by the way, as a bonus I’m including my three other card sets, “Poppies”, “Blossoms” and “Windows” at this same special rate.

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the selection process that chose the set!

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