My palette in my paintings and in my scarves is typically bright colors.  One of the six-week workshops I teach through the local junior college’s community education department is about how being strategic with color combinations can actually enliven colors.   So I find it particularly intriguing to be developing a whole set of color ways for my scarves that are in more neutral colors.  Here are two I did yesterday, pinned to the canvas-covered board while they are drying.  

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“Loop de Lou” design, in coffee and brown, and in grey and black.

They are pretty interesting, yes?  Now, I’m a sincere coffee devotee, so the first color way was pretty much a “duh” for me.  This one will look good with black, on white, on oranges, on light blue, on lavender, you get the idea.  The one on the right, the grey, is a nice, cool grey, and will go with everything.  Imagine it on red!  And as much as these are perfect for winter colors, they’ll be perfect accents for spring and summer colors! Imagine they grey one on red!   

Get my scarves online in my Etsy shop.

It can be trying to be both the maker of product, and the marketer of that product.  It’s two completely different thought processes, two very different endeavors.

This week I’ve felt very gratified for the support of my online ‘peeps’, friends, Facebook friends, people who get my periodic email communications, everyone.  I submitted on of my scarves, “Olive Branches” for a contest on Artizan Made, a wonderful website that promotes hand-made products in home decor and eco-fashion.

Olive Branches

The winner will get a year of free advertising on the Artizan Made website.  Its a short contest, just a week long, and I sent in my entry.  I got notified that my scarf was accepted into the contest in the evening, just 2 days before the end of the contest.  Then I posted about it on Facebook, and asked friends to both vote and share my post.  I posted on Twitter, too.  and sent an email out to everyone on my email list.  And then I went to bed.

The next morning, I’d come even with the current leader.  More votes dribbled in, and then I sent an email out to everyone on my email list.  My numbers went way up.  It was a blast watching the numbers rise.  But more than that was enjoying all the responses, so many just saying “Done!” that was so lovely.  And heartwarming.  And felt so supportive.  So even if I don’t win this thing, I’ve gotten so much visibility from it, it’s fantastic.  And maybe a couple of early holiday sales.  

Fall Colors

October 1, 2015

Last week Fall started.   We’ve had one of the hottest, muggiest months I ever recall, so its a challenge getting into a fall-like mood, and palette of colors.  The colors I more readily use are more spring-like,  the bright clean colors are appeal to my sensibilities. I paint with them, I use them in my home decor, I even dress in them.  All year round.  Egad!  I even wear white after Labor Day!

The colors of autumn have that certain something, nevertheless.  They are a harbinger of cooling off (at last!) from the hot summer months, and getting ready for the winter, with visions of Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner.  Here’s some of some fall colors in Blooming Silks “Loop de Lou” scarf design line:

grouping of four colorways of scarf design line "Loop de Lou"

“Loop de Lou” scarves in grape, sap green on yellow, blue and hot pink.

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.  

Support artists and their handmade work on Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday, November 24th

This coming Sunday, November 11th come see my Silk Scarves

in Long Beach, CA at

Indie Arts & Crafts Festival

Location:

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).

Directions:

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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When you arrive and sign in at Patchwork, tell them that you heard about Patchwork from Jill Rosoff Artworks! 

Fall Fruit

October 31, 2012

“Fall Fruit” ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 15″ x 15″

Its starting to really feel like Fall at last!  So it’s perfect to show off some Fall Fruit.  I actually did this piece a few years ago, I was playing with the idea of making a pattern for textiles, maybe wrapping paper, or wallpaper.  It was an experiment in using different colors than I typically would, especially the wonderful pomegranate red with the greens of the pears, the bay leaves and the tangerine leaves.  

Lately I’ve been teaching an introduction to watercolor techniques at the local junior college, which has been great fun, and I’m thrilled that the workshop has been picked up again for February.  But between that, preparing for and doing festivals and boutiques with my silk scarves, and my other watercolor workshops, I haven’t had the chance to complete paintings I’ve been working on to show you here.  I’ve got a few really fun ones going on though, many were started as demonstrations in the workshops, which I’ve been developing at the painting table later on.  So you’ll see those new pieces up here soon.  

By the way!  For those of you in Southern California, the next festival where I’m showing my hand-painted scarves is on November 11th in Long Beach, at the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Show.  I’ll be doing a demonstration on how I paint my designs onto the silk, and also showing some scarf tying and knotting, too.  Come find me, I’m in Space #6, just opposite the food trucks!  AND I’ll be sharing the space with Susan Haldeman of LadyBIM, with her wonderful hand-embellished sachets, pillows, bamboo baby wear and more.   And we’ll be next to our friend Lucky Zelda to boot!  Hope we see you there!

New Scarves

July 15, 2011


Cocktail” Scarf pattern, in blues, greens and purples. ©Jill Rosoff 2011. On crepe de chine, 15″ x 72″

I’ve been having a little fun.   New designs keep popping out each time I paint the scarves.  I’ve been noticing some characteristics.    This scarf is on crepe de chine, and designs are brighter on it since the weave is more opaque than chiffon or habotai.  The crepe has a lovely subtle texture to it, and a bit of weight so it drapes so nicely!

 


Wild Flowers” Scarf pattern, in delicate blues, greens and purples. ©Jill Rosoff 2011. On habotai, 22″ x 72″

A very cheerful design, the colors are even more subtle in this scarf on habotai silk.    Habotai means “soft as down” in Japanese, an almost onomatopoeic description of how this silk feels.  It floats around your neck, as if it will never quite settle down, and it feels light as a cloud.  The soft colors mirror the delicate texture of this gossamer silk weave, so much so that when it folds over on itself you can see the designs through the layers of fabric.



Wild Flowers” Scarf pattern, in bright chromatic colors. ©Jill Rosoff 2011. On habotai, 22″ x 72″

This scarf was painted right after the one above it.   Along with the delicateness of the weave, habotai  also has a wonderful lustre to the finish, which adds to the luxury of the scarf.   I wanted to see if I could get a greater intensity of colors on the habotai silk.  So I intensified the colors of the dyes I used, to match the lustre’s richness.    

Look for a new page about the scarves soon, here on my blog.   You will be able to purchase them soon from my Etsy store RosoffArtworks.

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