Tomatillos

November 5, 2008

tomatillos-on-stripes

“Tomatillos on Stripes” ©Jill Rosoff 2008, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, framed, $155.00

 

I first saw tomatillos in a market, little green tomatoes in their pale, papery jackets. I bought them so I could make my own fresh green enchilada sauce, but they never quite made it to the kitchen.  They sat on my painting table on a blue plate, the green jackets slowly turning brown as they dried out.  They are at the same time full-bodied juicy tomatoes under their skin that looks so delicate.  The jacket is in sections, with veins running through them like leaves, joined at the stem, peeling apart at the bottom ends.  This painting concentrates on those jackets, sitting on a striped towel on my kitchen counter.  I do a couple of paintings each year of them now–there’s another one on my website (click on the Orange Tulips image to the right, and when the website opens up, go to Still Lifes).  And the enchiladas?  I ended up using sauce from a can.  What I do (or don’t) for art!

I’m off to show at “Art Under the Umbrellas” in La Quinta this Saturday!  If you’re in the area, come on by!  www.LQAF.com for more information.

Hibiscus

October 16, 2008

Orange Hibiscus, ©Jill Rosoff 2006, 4" x 6"

Orange Hibiscus, ©Jill Rosoff 2006, 4″ x 6″, sold

This is a sweet, small study of this lovely, intricate flower that has just five petals and a wonderful stamen. Five broad, floppy, delicate, undulating petals. It’s always a great challenge figuring out how to evoke the intricate folds and keep the delicacy and flimsiness of these petals.  And maybe easier to do in watercolor than oils or acrylics.  I also have a ‘thing’ about orange flowers on a blue background–its sort of a classic combination for me.  I have a larger new painting of two orange hibiscus on a lighter blue background on my website, in the “Blossoms and Gardens” section about half-way down the scroll.  You can link to the website by clicking on the orange tulips image to your right.

The hibiscus is one of those flowers, that evoke someplace other than–Mexico, Hawaii, Guatemala, Bali, tropical havens.  Plumeria, or frangipani, do that too. I have a red double hibiscus tree by my front door, it reaches up 2 stories, and is almost always in bloom.  It was one of those heart-string pullers when I was looking to buy a home.  There it was.

I showed last weekend in La Quinta, and the Art Under the Umbrellas event, sponsored by the La Quinta Arts Foundation in Old Town La Quinta.  What a great day, and what a nice art show!  Its a lovely outing for a Saturday if you’re in the desert or know anyone who is going to be there.  I’ll be showing there again on November 8th, and four more times next year.  For more information go to:  www.lqaf.com.  Come say hello, and see my new work!

Poppy see, poppy do

October 5, 2008

“Poppies with buds on greens”, ©Jill Rosoff 2008, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″,  SOLD

I revisited iceland poppies on this one, I just never get tired of them.  This time I decided to experiment with green again as a background color.  Green is a tricky color–one of my teachers called it the hardest color to use.  There seems to be more variations of green than just about any other color–warm, cool, vibrant, dull, deep and dark, to pale and fragile.

I will be showing October 11th in La Quinta, CA at the “Art Under the Umbrellas” event on Main St. in Old Town La Quinta. Go to http://www.LQAF.com for more information and location.

Remember, you can click on the painting to open a larger version of it, which will show truer colors.  Thanks!

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