August 16, 2014
Haven’t been painting? Egad. Can’t be so! Yes, I take breaks from painting. But I rarely take breaks from being creative.
Spring was been busy this year. I taught two six-week workshops at #Orange Coast College’s Community Education division, one on Flowers in Watercolors, the other was Watercolor Still Lifes. And I have just finished a new six-week workshop on painting Cityscapes, and I’ve got two more slated for the Fall semester. I also started a new part-time job with a non-profit in April, which has been very stimulating and fun. I announced a new line of scarves for my Blooming Silks: “Layers” which I will be showing at the Contemporary Crafts Market in Pasadena, CA over Halloween weekend. And I went on a trip in June.
It’s the trip that I want to share about today. To begin with, I love Hawaiian music. My family has listened to Hawaiian music my whole life. My mom got us started, she went to Hawaii with her family when she was a teenager in the late 40’s, and learned to play the ukulele from the locals. Gabby Pahinui has always been one of my music heroes, and the guitar style he played is called Slack Key, or ki ho’alu in Hawaiian. If you have seen The Descendants, you’ve heard this music, it’s the soundtrack to the movie. Other favorites are Ray Kane, Dennis Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, George Kahumoku Jr., and Kimo West. Just to name a few, there’s so many!
I’ve played guitar since I was a kid, my dad taught me how. My family used to sing and play together, along with some friends, mostly folk music, a little bluegrass, and some early rock and folk/rock. But I’d always in the back of my mind thought it would be so great to learn to play slack key. Well, a couple of years ago Mom and I went to a slack key workshop organized by George Kahumoku Jr. in Maui, where the instructors are some of the slack key artists whose music I been listen to. I was in heaven for a week, inundated and overwhelmed with the beginnings of the slack key style. It was so wonderful, that we went again this year, and if possible, this year’s workshop was even better than the first one.
First off, this was the view from the lanai of our room. We woke up to this each morning, drank our coffee here, dried off after swimming, sipped on cocktails, and sometimes just sat in peaceful awe. We went swimming and/or snorkeling every day. We didn’t take a computer, so I was happily unplugged.
We were there for the music. For a week we were immersed once again in Hawaiian music and culture, eating lunch and dinner with the whole group, and sometimes breakfast, and swimming when we took breaks from workshops. There were classes for six days, mostly in slack key guitar or ukulele, but also in lei making, kapa cloth making, and hula. Mom was taking classes on the uke, I of course on my guitar. Every evening, after dinner, there was a kanikapila, or jam session, where everyone played and sang together.
Here’s a shot of most of our faculty one afternoon, as we celebrated the life of musician and songwriter Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who this past spring lost a short, intense, battle with lung cancer:
David Kamakahi, Jeff Peterson, Herb Ohta, Jr., George Kahumoku, Jr., Richard Ho’opi’i, Laurence the sound guru, Jason Jerome and Led Kaapana. This room was where we had our kanikapilas each night, over 80 of us sitting in a huge circle, playing slack key music together.
The last day of the workshop we performed at the Ki Ho’alu – Slack Key Guitar Festival 2014 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Wailuku.
Group shot of the workshop, ready to perform at the Festival. Photo by Scott Hillman
Here’s a great video from the same workshop 3 years ago, so you can hear the music. This is from the workshop 3 years ago, and features George Kahumoku, Jr., the late Bob Brozman, Led Ka’apana and Herb Ohta, Jr. George, Led and Herb were all teaching again this year.
May 1, 2013
I’m getting ready for shows and events in May and June here in Southern California.
Next weekend, May 11th and 12th, I’ll be showing my hand-painted silk scarves at Unique LA. This local artisan made show will be at the California Market Center in their Penthouse. The show is open from 11-6 both days, my location is T106, not far from the coffee bar (you’d think they’ve met me!).
Bring your Moms for Mother’s Day! AND, if you print out and bring this blog post you’ll receive 10% off the price of any scarf (retail sales only).
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The following weekend, on May 19th, I’ll be showing for my 5th time at the terrific Balboa Island Art Walk.
This is the Art Walk’s 19th year, and there are more artists than ever showing their work. I will once again be located between Coral and Apolena Streets, just look for my apple-green umbrellas. The show is strung all along Balboa Island’s bayfront walk, overlooking lovely Newport Harbor, from Marine Avenue past the Ferry Landing. The Art Walk lasts from 9 am to 5 pm.
I hope to see you at one or both events! Thanks!
November 6, 2012
This coming Sunday, November 11th come see my Silk Scarves
in Long Beach, CA at
at the Marine Stadium in Long Beach
Space #6 just opposite from the food trucks!
The Marine Stadium is at the corner of Bayshore & Appian Way at
the lot by the boat launch ramps (just follow the signs).
From the 405 South:
Exit at Studebaker. Turn right on 2nd St, take 2nd St. to
Bayshore Ave. Bayshore takes you right to the lot.
From 405 North:
Take the 405 to 22 west, exit on Studebaker. Left on Studebaker to
2nd St. to Bayshore. Again Bayshore will take you right to the lot.
Can’t make it to any of my shows?
By all means contact me, using the Contact link below.
We’ll make a date for you to come peruse my paintings, notecards, reproductions, and of course, the scarves!
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September 7, 2012
“Flower Fields” pattern, silk scarf ©Jill Rosoff 2011
Each year, the Visionary Women Circle of the Alzheimer’s Association honors Orange County caregivers who display extraordinary compassion in caring for those touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. At this year’s event, eight artists of different mediums will produce a piece of work on site during the Festival Shopping and Social hour, from 10:00am–11:00am preceding the luncheon. Last month I got an invitation from the Alzheimer’s Association to be a part of this event.
I am extremely pleased that I will be one of the eight artists, where I will demonstrate my silk painting process. Each artisan will also give back to the organization by donating a piece for an opportunity drawing, as well as 20% of any sales. So I will have a full selection of my original scarves available for sale, and will be happy to take orders as well.
Tickets are still available for the luncheon, where actress Shirley Jones will be the guest speaker. To purchase a ticket, buy a table, or sponsor the event, visit the Alzheimer’s Association Visionary Women website.
You can also see more of my scarves in my Etsy Shop BloomingSilks. Thank you!
August 17, 2012
“Plumeria”, ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 6″ x 17 1/2″
“Hi, my name is Jill and I’m an art supplies-aholic.” Someday, somewhere I’m going to be someplace where I’ll introduce myself like this.
Yes, I love art supply stores. LOVE them. Kid in a candy shop love them. They are a world of possibilities, tools and supplies that look so fun, so interesting that usually my imagination goes on overload after awhile. These days its a really like a treat to go to a good art supply store, there are good suppliers online and I usually know what I need to get. It’s wonderfully easy to order and have the supplies arrive at my door, or get specialty items I need directly from companies that specialize in products, say, for painting silk scarves. But a really good brick-and-mortar art supply store is hard to find anymore. There used to be three great stores I would go to, and now there’s just one left. >heavy sigh!<
So the other day I went to the art supply store, and as I walked inside I was immediately sideswiped by the huge table-full of watercolor brushes on sale for ONE DOLLAR EACH. I kid you not. Right there, right as I walked in. Now, I’ve spent my fair share on lovely sable brushes for watercolor painting. But these were right there, tempting me. And it was a one-day !Surprise! sale to boot. What did I do? I surrendered, just a little. Actually I got them for students who needed to fill out their brush selection. So I felt a certain sense of justification, even care-giving for them, so they could take advantage of a good deal even though they wouldn’t actually be there.
I went primarily to make a list of specific supplies for students signing up for a new watercolor workshop I’ll be giving at Orange Coast College in October in the community education division. I spent almost 2 hours there, sorting through to recommend the supplies they’d need: watercolor papers, paint colors, brushes, palettes, so I could make recommendations on the supplies list I made up for the workshop. When I finished with those, I looked for whatever new things I could use for painting and printing new designs on silk scarves for the fall and the holidays. Dangerously fun. And coming soon.
About this painting: I started this piece after returning from my vacation/music workshop in Maui in June. I have always loved Hawaiian slack key guitar, its soul soothing, and found this workshop where some of my slack key favorites were going to be the teachers. So off I went, lugging my guitar, my small traveling paint kit, and a camera just in case (!) something caught my eye. The great little place we stayed had plumeria trees growing right outside the door of the rooms, so we would sit on our little patio in the mornings with our coffee, with the trees framing our view of the ocean. A visually and aurally delightful few days. It didn’t suck at all!
February 15, 2012
“Field of Poppies”, ©Jill Rosoff 2010
“Swing by the ENC’s gift shop, Natures Gifts, for unique, environmentally friendly gifts. Orange County watercolorist Jill Rosoff is well known for her sumptuous paintings of nature. They will be on display and available for sale in Nature’s Gifts through February 29th.”
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December 11, 2011
TA DA! The reproductions you all selected are now available on my Etsy shop. These signed and numbered, limited edition prints are $35.00 each, or $125.00 for a set of four.
But! just for the next two weeks, they are specially priced at $30.00 each, $110.oo for a set. And when you buy the set, all of the prints will be the same number in the edition. Order by December 17th for standard delivery before Christmas! Overnight is available for orders made up until the 22nd for an additional cost.
And by the way, I want to thank all of my blog readers, for reading my blog and especially to those who have subscribed, I appreciate it. And to all who participated in the selection of these reproductions, I appreciate your responding!