September 1, 2014
An email arrived earlier this summer, someone asking about one of my paintings of plumeria. These are always fun emails to get, of course. This person was from Australia, making the contact even more exciting, to realize someone halfway around the world found my work and so enjoyed it they wanted to buy a piece. This person did end up buying that painting, and icing on the cake, they commissioned a second painting, based on a small one I posted on this blog a couple of years ago. The client wanted the commissioned piece to be larger than the original, so I got to adjust the composition, adding a more flowers to it, to make the larger format work well.
Here’s the finished commission.
I shipped both paintings together, and they arrived the other day, they have them in their “hot little hand. They are gorgeous – thank you so much!” Its so lovely knowing that something I loved making is going being enjoyed so thoroughly by someone else. Thank you back!
January 19, 2014
“Tulips (Bonanza)” ©Jill Rosoff 1992 40″ x 60″
I love painting spring flowers. I paint them in watercolor, I paint them on my silk scarves. Is it the colors? The shapes? That they make me happy? Yes, yes and yes. I just can’t get enough. I walked into my local Trader Joe’s the other day, and saw the first spring tulips in the flower bins. So I bought a bunch. No hesitation, just leaned down and picked the color that was hollering “pick me!” at me. They were orange with dark orange infusing from the lower part of the petals to the tips.
Now, it’s been hot in Southern California the past few days, and those buds drank a lot of water. So they were buds on day 1, fully developed flowers on day 2, and wild things on day 3. They were starting to droop because of the heat. I refilled the vase, and on day 4, they were upright again. I know they only last a week, but oh how I enjoy them.
My watercolor workshops are starting up again in 2 weeks. My Saturday morning workshops start on Feb. 1st. I also have two 6-session workshops scheduled at Orange Coast College Community Education, “Flowers in Watercolors” starts February 5th, and “Watercolor Still Lifes” starts March 19th. As much as we’ll concentrate on watercolor technique, we’ll also focus on how to analyze the subject to be able to build a composition using the watercolors to their best effect.
The painting above was painted in 1992. It lived in a restaurant in St. Helena, CA for 8 years, and now hangs in my living room. The size noted above is the paper size, it’s framed in a simple dark wood frame, and floats on a linen background, so it’s even larger. A wonderful large art presence in the room.
May 29, 2013
In the “this moment just gets better” column!
I just received this photo via email. In my last posting about the Unique LA Show I talked about my fellow vendor who was talking on Facetime with her mum in London so Mum could choose the scarf she was going to receive for Mother’s day. Well, here she is, wearing the one she chose! From London! Via Facetime!
Doesn’t she look great!
I may be just a little goofy about this whole thing, but it was just so much fun, and startlingly cool, realizing what was happening when Lisa, the other vendor, asked if she could show the scarves on Facetime to her mum. In London. As my family would say, “Who’d’ve thunk it?”
Thanks to Lisa Bennett of Cards by Li Be for sharing her mum’s photo with me, and now you too.
I sell my scarves online in my Etsy shop Blooming Silks. And I’m happy to take orders! Delivery time is 2-3 weeks. Questions? Contact me here:
And please know that your contact information remains confidential!
May 26, 2013
Happy Memorial Day Weekend. I get to relax a little this weekend. I spent the last two weekends doing two art shows, one showing just the scarves, one for both the art and the scarves. I’m pooped! The first was Unique LA in downtown Los Angeles on May 11 & 12, and then on Sunday May 19th I showed for the 5th time at the Balboa Island Art Walk. I’ve showed at the Balboa Art Walk five years, now, this was my first experience with Unique LA.
The fun thing about Unique LA is that its all local, hand-crafted work. And it was held in the penthouse of the California Market Center, where clothing wholesalers are located. I had a table location to show my hand painted scarves.
My immediate fellow vendors included: on the tables on either side of me were lovely women that made jewelry, across from me was a soap maker, a woman who made letterpress cards next to her, another table of necklaces on her other side. Oh, and the place a few spaces down that made, I kid you not, both salted caramel donuts and bacon/maple donuts. Which were both over-the-top delicious, by the way. And I’ve now had my donut ration for the next five years.
This woman was my first sale Saturday morning. She must have tried on a dozen of the scarves, and each one looked better on her than the last. Here she’s in the one she ended up getting: Lavender Poppies with sap green buds.
She bought it and put it on for the rest of her day. Makes the artist’s heart go pitter pat!
Later on my friend Rheena Mae came by, and modeled this one of the Poppies design in yellow, again with sap green stems and buds. I think she needs to buy this one, don’t you?? Especially to wear with that sap green dress!
Rheena makes a line of necklaces and bracelets called Mae Mae.
The second day was Mother’s Day. I’d been talking with all my neighbors, especially the card maker, who was English, and had told her mum in London about my scarves. When she decided to get her one, she came over with her iPhone while she was Face-timing with Mum so she could show her all the scarves, and Mum could choose the one she wanted. It was so very cool! and my longest-distance ever real time sale! There we were in LA, she was in London, and we were having this conversation so she could pick what she wanted. From thousands of miles away! My grandparents would be flabbergasted. I’m still getting a thrill out of it!
The purple scarf in the middle is a new style, and it’s on a color field. I’ve started experimenting with dying the scarves a background color first, then painting the pattern on the colored background. The other styles featured are (left to right, top to bottom): Fall leaves, Flower Fields, Farfalle (in turpuoise and green), Lines & Dots, Leaves (in grass and chartreuse), Farfalle (in light orange and deep pink), and Stars (in pink with lavender centers).
I only wish I’d had another pair of hands at the show, if only to document all the fascinating things people were wearing. I could’ve done a series just of all the shoes! But I did get this on, one customer had this small purse, fabricated from soda can pop tops. Fun, isn’t it!
And finally, here’s another new design, a development of the “Poppies” design. This one features a wave pattern in the background. If you have seen my paintings, you’ll know that this wave pattern is one of my signature patterns. I am tickled how I worked out a way to include this pattern onto the scarf designs–using foam brushes and a pair of scissors. I’ve made this design so far with these hot pink poppies, as well as with orange and yellow poppies so far. Next experiment is with a different color of wave! Maybe magenta waves behind the lavender poppies? Any ideas? Leave me a comment!
Next time I’ll show you the Balboa Island Art Walk.
January 27, 2013
“Three-plus Poppies”, ©Jill Rosoff 2013, 4″ x 6″
I have these small pads of watercolor paper that I keep around for quick “jots” of ideas like this one. In watercolors, any whites in a painting are the paper left untouched, since watercolor is a transparent medium, and the transparent version of white is, well, nothing. Transparent. It’s a fun conundrum to play around with.
In this piece, I wanted to leave no blank paper, no white areas, but instead to paint the whole piece of paper, and to let the shapes of the flowers do most of the talking. Getting the colors this rich and intense is a fun challenge in watercolors. And there’s still good contrast between the brightness of the yellow centers, and the dark lines where the green paint overlapped the red. Unintended, and perfect.
One other thing: I love rich, vibrant and maintaining a sense of the transparency in the paint. In watercolors it is possible to use too much paint, which when it dries, looks dry, dusty and opaque, qualities that you just don’t strive for in watercolors. I like striving for the saturation and the transparency, especially since they are paradoxical. Fun!
It’s now available on Esty here.
January 11, 2013
I started this piece in the fall, as a demonstration piece once again in one of my workshops. This piece actually started me on the intention of loosening up on color ‘rules’ I have consciously and unconsciously obeyed. Since I often use a subject I know when I’m playing around with ideas, and I have been painting Iceland poppies forever, so shape, color and composition are like second nature to me, I find it really easy to go for changes and experimentation with them as my subject.
There is no such thing as a lavender Iceland poppy. Yellow, orange, reds, pink, and white yes, but nothing in the blue spectrum. And I’ve always wanted them. So ‘tada!’ I made them. In the grand scheme of things its really not much of a huge plunge, but then again, baby steps are just fine to start out on new paths. I also broke another covenant I heard early on in my painting education, that paintings with red backgrounds can be difficult to make work, let alone sell. Thank goodness Henri Matisse didn’t believe that! There are essentially four different reds used in the background, but with layers and some mixing, it looks like more. I am really enjoying how this piece turned out. You?
This piece is now available through my Etsy shop.
October 22, 2012
continued from Part 2, posted October 17
While I was having such a grand time watching the painters as they were in the process of developing their painting, I was also looking around the painting studio. You start noticing interesting things, given the time to sit and take the environment in: the air ducts, the odd shape of the room, where the windows are, the flourescent lights, and how those two sources of light inform the visuals. And some wonderfully mismatched socks.
I took my first break after posing for about an hour. I wanted to hold the pose for a long time, but was also really looking forward to seeing their paintings in progress. After the placement of my limbs were marked so I’d be in the right position when I resumed the pose, I unfolded my tucked-in leg, stood up and stretched. Then I walked around, talked to each painter, heard about what they did, both for a living and with their art, which sometimes dovetailed. It turned out two of them are art teachers in the community college district. And they allowed me to photograph their works too. The versions I’m showing here were taken toward the end of the session, when the pieces were fairly well developed.
So here are the works of the five artists, at least where they got them to at the end of the session. After three hours, it’s a pretty fun collection. Its an experience to see oneself painted or drawn in so many ways. Each person’s individual view is so distinct, their palettes are so unique. I hadn’t realized that I’d hand-painted silk scarves of pink and orange poppies for the sitting.
Such a diverse result! I especially loved how some incorporated my paintings that were hanging on the wall behind me, melding them into their compositions, or in my scarf, picking up the colors from me to the surroundings, five very distinct renditions. I got very nostalgic for painting in a group, it was some of the most fun part of painting in school, seeing everyone’s version of the model and pose. My great thanks to all the artists for having me come and pose, and for letting me show their works.