“Red Tulips”, ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 15″ x 11″

I’ve had bouquets of daffodils, tulips and sweet peas in the house a lot lately. Its spring! and they’re really affordable now at Trader Joe’s.  And REALLY affordable from my sister’s garden–she has a wonderful huge crop of sweet peas along the fence in her yard.  The flowers have been my live ‘models’ for both for my paintings and my scarves, and I take them to my workshops for my students to use as subject matter for their paintings.  I’ve while I’ve got a couple of paintings of daffodils nearing completion, but here’s my most recent watercolor of red tulips.  I love these pieces, just the red of the flowers, on the white background, punctuated by the black stamens in the centers of the blossoms.

Tulips were some of my ‘teachers’ in watercolors.  On a trip in Europe toward the end of college, I bought some bulbs in Amsterdam which were sent to me when it was time to plant them.  In the spring, voila, I had some lovely tulips in my garden, and sat outside trying to get them down in watercolor.  I was painting exclusively with oils at the time, and watercolors are nothing like oils to paint with.  So I practiced with the watercolors, trying to figure out how to use them, as often as I could as long as those tulips were blooming in my garden, just about 2 weeks.  I tried to get those watercolor paints to behave.  Ultimately I learned to surrender to them, which is usually the case, isn’t it?  So this painting is my most recent visit to an old friend and teacher.  

The other fun things?  I’m getting ready to show this coming Sunday, May 20th at the 18th Annual Balboa Island Art Walk.  I really enjoy this show, partly because its on the bayfront of Newport Harbor, which is beautiful, but also because at this show is along a walkway thats about 8′ wide, so our displays are flat along the walkway.  You can walk right up to the artwork, there’s no intimidation factor of having to enter into a 10′ tent.  Click here for more information about the Artwalk.  I’ll be between Coral and Apolena streets, just look for my apple-green umbrellas!

And I’ve got all sorts of new scarves!    I’ll have them at the Artwalk, and they are also available through my new Etsy Shop, “Blooming Silks”.  Please visit soon!

New production is blooming

February 23, 2012

Scarves in process, February  ©Jill Rosoff 2012

I’ve been doing a lot of marketing work lately, one result of which is that I haven’t been painting much lately.  And I miss it!  But I’ve had a lot to do both in the marketing and in my art projects.

One project is my hand-painted silk scarves.  I paint them with permanent dye, right on to the silk fabric.  I’ve been in production, developing the designs, and getting ready to show them at a few shows in the upcoming months.  My next show is the Festival of the Whales in Dana Point, CA, at the Art in the Park section of the Festival.  For the first 2 weekends of March each year, Dana Point celebrates the return of the once-endangered California Gray Whale with “a leviathan-size event”.  I spent my teen years near here, I learned to sail sabots in Dana Point Harbor, so it’s a bit of home turf for me.

Back to the scarves.  The photo above is from my production day yesterday.  The scarves are pinned onto canvas on the painting table, where I then paint them with the dyes.  You can see the vestiges of previous dyeing under the scarves.  These are just 2 of the new crop of poppy scarves, all of which signed and numbered, and which I will be showing at the Festival of the Whales.  Come see what they look like on!  My booth will be at Art in the Park at the Festival, located at the intersection of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Island Drive.  It’s at stop E12 on the shuttle route, which you will find on this map.  Look for my apple-green market umbrellas.

If you aren’t anywhere near Dana Point and are unable come to the Festival, the scarves are currently available in my Etsy store, where I’ll be posting the new ones as soon as they’re completed and photographed.  And for those in and around north Orange County, they are now also at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center‘s gift shop, in Fullerton, CA.

Calla Lily

August 31, 2011

“Three Lavender Callas” © Jill Rosoff 2007

While reviewing the inventory chosen by curator Lynle Ellis for my upcoming show at her gallery Glimpse in San Diego, I found some pieces I’d not yet shown here, so they’ll be showing up here now and again.  

I try to paint flowers when they come in season, and sometimes the window of time is so short, I get maybe one done and poof!  they’re gone.  So it is with callas.  I found these lavender callas at Trader Joe’s one day.  I couldn’t believe the color.  As much as I love the creamy white ones my neighbor grows and I enjoy as I pass by them, these were pretty smashing, and I love lavender.  The issue became how best to articulate that gorgeous single spiral of the one glorious petal as it opens up and unveil the stamen inside.  When I finished this one I realized how much it felt like an ode to Georgia O’Keefe’s work, looking so monumental in this small format.  

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.

Mexican Tulip Poppies

March 6, 2011

“Mexican Tulip Poppies on aqua wall”, ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 6″ x 11 3/4″, framed, $125.00

Another study in contrasting colors, the delicate yellow petals against the aqua wall and the green of the leaves.  The aquas and the greens of the background brought the yellow petals alive on the paper, which are punctated by the stamens, and then there are the stamens that have lost their petals, which shows those lovely pink tips.  A nice pairing with the painting of Mexican Tulip Poppies posted in September of 2010.  Thanks to Lea from my workshops who showed me these flowers in her garden and let me take some home to paint.

Daffodil with bud

January 28, 2011

“Daffodil with Bud on indigo” ©Jill Rosoff 2010, $65.00

I do like these long stems that daffodils, and all in the narcissus family have, and this long, narrow paper size so wonderfully shows them off.  This is a quieter color combination than I normally use, but I love the indigo, its not quite grey, and not quite midnight blue.  Its got a wonderful atmospheric quality to it.

By the way, I opened up a shop on Etsy this week.  I am starting primarily to sell my notecards, and will also be adding some of these small works there as well.  Please go take a look and let me know what you think!



December 9, 2010

“Orange Poppies” ©Jill Rosoff 2010, 11 3/4″ x 6″, framed, $185.00

This one is a contrast of the poppies and representation of the surrounding garden elements in patterning.  The organic patterns make me think of fabric designs that work well in quilts, or a Lanz dress from the 50’s, or even a Liberty print.  Its also a color study, juxtaposing the orange of the poppies and green buds against the rich magentas in the ground pattern, and the soft lavenders of the garden surrounding the blossoms.  And even though the colors are rich, the details are delicate.  Click on the painting to see a larger version,  you’ll see the subtleties better.

“Seven Pale Pink Tulips” ©Jill Rosoff 2010, 17 1/2″ x 6″  $145.00

It’s bulb-planting season, and its certainly been cold enough lately here, almost as cold as it’s supposed to be according to the Dutch.  I planted bulbs years ago when I lived in Berkeley, and I’m glad that I tried it, went through the whole process, and thoroughly enjoyed keeping vigil until  the plants popped out of the ground, and then watching as they bloomed  into those long, lovely, statuesque flowers.  I marvel at those who plant and nurture their bulbs every year in SoCal.

I did a painting similar to this one earlier this year, but the one just wasn’t enough.  I felt the need to explore more the shapes of the flowers and the leaves, the colors, and how those elements work in the long, narrow format of the paper.

Mexican tulip poppies

September 23, 2010

“Mexican tulip poppies” ©Jill Rosoff 2010, 6″ x 12″, $95.00

I was invited by one of my watercolor student’s over to her home to see these flowers growing in her garden, so of course I was intrigued.  I popped over the other day, since she lives just a few blocks from me.  These plants are definately in the poppy family, the petals are very similar to Icelands, but there are eight petals, instead of just four, and the blossoms are a little smaller.  The leaves and seed pods are like elongated versions of those on the California poppy.

I find yellow challenging to paint with, especially when its the first color element on the paper.   Yellow is a light, light color, it contrasts very little to the white of the paper.  It strains the old eyeballs.  So my challenge is twofold, to find enough contrasting elements in the subject to be able to show the texture of the blossoms petals, and to set it off with a background that activates the dominant yellow color.  I like the coral on this one.  I hope the seeds propagate!  Thanks, Lea!

Dreaming of Spring

January 15, 2009


“Single Orange Tulip” ©Jill Rosoff 2007, 6″ x 4″, $65.00

The days are starting to get longer.  This time of year starts me thinking of spring flowers, especially bulbs.  Tulips. This one is a study of a single tulip flower, of the inside, the stamens and the pistil.  I used a favorite color combination again–see the tulips in the column on the right.  The deep purply grey background makes the orange light up.  

Off to do the Art Under the Umbrellas show in La Quinta on January 17th.  In Old Town La Quinta:  www. lqaf.com

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