Paperwhite Narcissus

November 21, 2010

“Paperwhite Narcissus” ©Jill Rosoff 2010, 17 1/2″ x 6″, $145.00

Its that time of year.  These flowers, paperwhite narcissue, are from the same family as daffodils are.   They are just plain wonderful, white and lovely. Too bad you can’t add the scent to a blog.

This long, narrow piece of paper lends itself so nicely to their long, willowy stems crowned by the papery blooms.  I have painted narcissus before, I will paint them again.

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Daffodils, ©Jill Rosoff 2009, 6" x 12", unframed, $85.00

Daffodils, ©Jill Rosoff 2009, 6" x 12", unframed, $100.00

Spring is all about new growth, bright fresh colors, a portentous feeling in the air, and delicate wonderful flowers.  It all sings, especially the colors, which are so often what’s in my palette. The blooms from bulbs that only come out this time of year is a fleeting joy, especially since they’re close to impossible to grow in Southern California, and I enjoyed my bulbs in my garden when I lived in the Bay Area.  So here is a last gasp of spring in pretty much a Provençal palette.

Summer is around the corner.

Daffodils galore

May 11, 2009

Daffodil buds on lavendar-lores“Daffodils buds on lavender”  © Jill Rosoff 2009, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2 “, $75.00

I like it when the season come around each year, and we get to enjoy the natural flowering of everyone’s gardens.  My Cecile Bruner roses are in full bud, and their little pale pink blossoms will open soon and their magnificent, intense fragrance will burst in my nose.  My the neighbor’s jacarandas fill the view out my back windows  with that incredible rich blue/purple color.

This small work is another tribute to Trader Joe’s and their spring fling with daffodils, with their delicately ribbed petals and wonderful crowns.  This little painting features a pale version of the color of the jacaranda, a perfect compliment to the daffodils, in the background.

I’m showing this coming weekend at the Balboa Island Artwalk again this year!  It’s on May 17th, along the bayfront walk of Balboa Island.  You can find me between Apolena and Coral Streets, just down from Marine Avenue.   http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info  for parking and location.     See you there!

 

Tiptoe through. . .

August 15, 2008

“Graphic Tulips”, ©Jill Rosoff 2007, watercolor on paper, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, SOLD

I started painting tulips when I first started painting watercolors and they are a theme I go back to every now and then, as a sort of a touchstone.  I started painting them after going on a 2-month college tour of Europe, visiting almost every Western European country.  It also included Yugoslavia and Czeckoslovakia, so it was before the Iron Curtain came down.   I saw the Berlin Wall, and went through Checkpoint Charlie to East Berlin.  Spooky!  A good story, another time.

Our last stop on the continent was Holland, where I bought a packet of tulip bulbs in mixed colors.  They were shipped to me in Berkeley later on that fall, around planting time.  So, city girl that I am, I prepared the ground and planted the bulbs.  And waited and waited.  At last in March they bloomed, gloriously, so of course I did a painting of them.  Well, I did a few of them.  I recently unearthed that first painting and put it up in the studio for awhile.

So doing this piece was a revisiting of an old friend.  I was trying out a different “take” on these lovely blossoms, a more graphic rather than realistic visual.  I wish bulbs were easier to grow in So. Cal!

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