“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!  

Lovely plumeria

September 7, 2011

“Pink Plumeria”, ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, $75.00

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

Primary Pear

July 8, 2011

“Primary Pear”, ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″   $65.00

This painting started out with my just wanting to get the image of the pear down on paper, explore it’s shape, color and texture as best as I could using the unique qualities of watercolor.  Besides this pear was starting to spoil,  so I wanted to quickly start the painting of it before I ate it, or let it rot.  A multi-tasking fruit!

It turns out that this painting of the pear also became a study in primary colors.  And interestingly, the only place in the whole painting where those three colors interact is within the actual shape of the pear.  Intended?  not initially, but as the painting developed, that’s what came out.  You just never know!  

And the pear was delicious to boot.

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.

“Plantation Cottage” ©Jill Rosoff 2007, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, $75.00

While I was in Hawaii last month with friends we went to visit friends of theirs on the windward side of Oahu near Kailua.  We drove over the old Pali Highway, stopping briefly at the Pali lookout to look at the Pali’s steep cliffs and see how lush green the rainy side of the island is, so remarkably different from the dry side and in such close proximity.

After meeting for lunch at Buzz’s Steakhouse, we all went back to their lovely little bungalow, a sweet illustration of local island Plantation architecture, simple and straight-forward in the Hawaiian/Victorian way.  The interior  had lauhala matts on the vertical grain fir floors, and the windows and doors are screened so the trades breeze through keeping the interior tropically cool.  She was born and raised in Hawaii so knows the old Hawaiian ways, the ones my mother taught me and my sibs when we were growing up, and which are still a part of the way I experience Hawaii when I’m there.  So it was nice to see this traditional home, and to learn that this cottage has been in their family for generations.there’s a kind of permanence out there.

Standing in the front yard with the southern side of the Pali mountains in the background, it was too good a sight to pass up.  And even though I’d gone without my camera or drawing pad (egad!) I took some shots with my cell phone’s camera, which were the source photos for this piece.

First of the season“First of the Season”  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  ©Jill Rosoff 2009,  SOLD

Here it is.  This was my first plumeria bloom this year, that I watched and waited so patiently for.  The view is from the top of the plant, its just 3′ tall, so I look down on it when I’m next to it.  There’s many more now, a gift that keeps on giving.  Thanks for the cutting, Mom!   And the pink plumeria tree downstairs in the patio started blooming 2 days ago.  Smells like heaven!

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