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!

More on Apples

June 4, 2010

“Apples and Pears”, ©Jill Rosoff 2010, 6″ x 24″, sold

What is it about apples?  Red ones, green ones, the Big Apple, apple pie, the Beatles record company, and oh yes, that little computer company. Apples are a core (!)  symbol in American iconography.  I’ve been cracking up thinking of all sorts of apple references.  Mostly songs titles and lyrics have come to mind, like:  God didn’t make little Green Apples (which triggers SO many questions, like, who did?!)  You are the Apple of my Eye, One Bad one doesn’t Spoil the Whole bunch, In Apple Blossom Time, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (with anyone else but me), Lemon Tree (ok ok!)  Of course, bananas have the Banana Boat song…uh oh!  Dey-oh!

I’ve always liked painting them, whole, red, green, a couple of just the core with the rest of it eaten away.  And their shapes are little different from variety to variety, they’re pretty wonderful.  The ones that narrow down at the bottom are particularly sensual, with their little bumps on their bottoms.  Its the colors too, different greens, different reds, and especially the ones that have more than one color or the color is highly textured or variegated.  Like any good model, it gives me lots to play around with.

“Poppy Field”, detail, ©Jill Rosoff 2009, full size is 6″ x 17 1/2″, $225.00

I’m just about ready!  I’ve spent this week getting ready for the Balboa Island Art Walk this Sunday, May 16th.  I’ll be showing a lot of new work that you haven’t seen here on my blog, as well as pieces from my Piccolo Paintings series that typically are posted here.

You can find my display on the South Bayfront Promenade between Coral and Apolena Streets, at the same location I’ve been at in years past.  Just look for my apple-green umbrellas!  The Art Walk is goes from 9 am until 5 pm.

For more info on the Art Walk go to:  http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Maps_%26_Parking.html

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