Poppies in a garden

November 8, 2011

“Small Garden” ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″  SOLD

Off tonight to do a presentation/demonstration to the Saddleback Art League in Mission Viejo, CA.  For this presentation I’ve deconstructed a painting that will be a part of my Tapestri Collection, showing the process I go through to make one of these paintings in four stages.  Using four different versions of a painting, I show the layering of content and composition, and how the transparent quality of the watercolors themselves build the intricacies and richness into completing a painting.

This little watercolor was completed yesterday, a small garden of Iceland Poppies and buds, cranberry red impatiens, coral bells, and lavendar star-shaped flowers.  It will go up for auction tonight at the Saddleback Art League, after my demonstration.

In the meantime I’ve got reproductions of the four images you all chose last week going to print, look for them to be available soon.  These limited edition prints will be printed on 12″ x 18″ paper, and will each cost $35.00 apiece.  They’ll be available through my Etsy shop.

The shape of a tulip

September 12, 2008

"Two Purple Tulips", ©Jill Rosoff, 2007, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $55.00

“Three Purple Tulips”, © Jill Rosoff 2007, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, $55.00

The thing about tulips is they look so orderly when they’re blooming, the stems standing straight up out of those long, lugubrious leaves.  Then at the end of the stem is that simple, dignified shape of the blossom.  The classic tulip shape.  Even the bulb is tulip-shaped.  And when the sun shines on them, or they are cut and placed in a vase of warm water, they open up, and the petals splay out wildly leaving the stamens standing up exposed to the elements.  Then they can close back up at night, returning to their iconic form.  I love that they have a wild side.

And from the “you just never know what’s around the next corner” files:

I was at an annual jaunt to the Hollywood Bowl with friends last Saturday, with the music of Tchaikovsky, fireworks to the 1812 Overture (of course) and another amazing potluck picnic.  At intermission dessert was served, and our friend Jayne brought out her incredible brownies, which usually garner attention of those sitting near us from the heavenly chocolatey aroma that wafts boldly out of the tupperware.  So we started talking to Rosie who was sitting next to us, who waxed prophetic over the brownie she got (lucky to sit where she did!), which she then shared with her boyfriend (who then proposed to Jayne).  Yes, they are an exceptionally great conversation starter.  We started talking, and it eventually led to Rosie’s asking me if I would participate in a fund raiser, which I’m happy to be doing!   Last Chance Events, run by Steve Lowe, is putting on a fashion show and live-auction on Sept. 19th at the White House Restaurant in  Anaheim, for the benefit of underprivileged & at-risk youth in Southern California through Caterina’s Girls Club and Mentor’s for Youth.  Guests of Honor: the Olympic Men’s Volleyball team.  I am in the middle of creating a painting just for this event, which, along with others will be featured in the auction.

For more information, go to:  http://www.LastChanceEvents.com and click on Events.

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