August 8, 2011

“Blueberries I” ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″,  SOLD

It’s always a great moment when I find something new I want to paint.  A few months ago it was a nasturtium that one of my workshop students brought in to paint.  See the April 21st posting.  This new subject matter, blueberries, started manifesting itself earlier this year.

There was actually a trio of attention-grabbers that all occurred in April.  First, I began noticing photos of blueberries in magazines and online.  You know when you buy a new car and you begin to see scads of them on the road?  Like that.  hmmm.  It must be blueberry season!

Next, there was a posting on Facebook that April 28th was National Blueberry Pie Day.  Whoever got that holiday up and running was genius.  Of all the lovely things to celebrate.  Pres. Reagan had the third Sunday in July declared National Ice Cream Day — did you all celebrate that??  My grandmother loved to cook for her family, and though her enthusiasm wasn’t always matched with success, she did make great pies.  Just three flavors, though, and one of them was her ‘Blubry’ pie.

The third thing that happened was a call from someone to collaborate on a project, and one of the subjects they were interested was blueberries.

Common wisdom says that things come in threes.  Best not to ignore it.  And I didn’t, though this painting took its sweet time coming to fruition.  Four months down the road, here it is. 

Primary Pear

July 8, 2011

“Primary Pear”, ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″   $65.00

This painting started out with my just wanting to get the image of the pear down on paper, explore it’s shape, color and texture as best as I could using the unique qualities of watercolor.  Besides this pear was starting to spoil,  so I wanted to quickly start the painting of it before I ate it, or let it rot.  A multi-tasking fruit!

It turns out that this painting of the pear also became a study in primary colors.  And interestingly, the only place in the whole painting where those three colors interact is within the actual shape of the pear.  Intended?  not initially, but as the painting developed, that’s what came out.  You just never know!  

And the pear was delicious to boot.

“Little Green Apples” ©Jill Rosoff 2o1o, 5 1/2″ x 7  1/2″,  $75.00

Here’s a little ode to my new favorite fruit!  I just showed at the Balboa Island Art Walk on Sunday May 16th in Newport Beach, CA.  I had my new apple-green market umbrellas up for shade, and they also served as a landmark, a way for everyone who I’d invited to easily find me.  Then for a happily clever tie-in I had green apples to give away at my display.  What I couldn’t have expected was the kids who came up to me all day with big eyes asking so sweetly if they could have an apple!   It was truly fun to say ‘yes!’ and see the looks on their faces as they picked out the apple they wanted.  Their parents’ expressions were pretty great too.  Later on in the day, a fellow artist-on-display walked by my set up and literally said, “Aha!”, that he’d seen people eating green apples the whole length of the show and now he knew why.

Huge thank yous to everyone who stopped to peruse my work, and especially to the new members of my Collectors roster!   And last but not least, Welcome to those of you who will now be receiving my show and event notices via email!  Thanks!

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