Dreaming of Spring

January 15, 2009

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“Single Orange Tulip” ©Jill Rosoff 2007, 6″ x 4″, $65.00

The days are starting to get longer.  This time of year starts me thinking of spring flowers, especially bulbs.  Tulips. This one is a study of a single tulip flower, of the inside, the stamens and the pistil.  I used a favorite color combination again–see the tulips in the column on the right.  The deep purply grey background makes the orange light up.  

Off to do the Art Under the Umbrellas show in La Quinta on January 17th.  In Old Town La Quinta:  www. lqaf.com

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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