“Red Tulips”, ©Jill Rosoff 2012, 15″ x 11″

I’ve had bouquets of daffodils, tulips and sweet peas in the house a lot lately. Its spring! and they’re really affordable now at Trader Joe’s.  And REALLY affordable from my sister’s garden–she has a wonderful huge crop of sweet peas along the fence in her yard.  The flowers have been my live ‘models’ for both for my paintings and my scarves, and I take them to my workshops for my students to use as subject matter for their paintings.  I’ve while I’ve got a couple of paintings of daffodils nearing completion, but here’s my most recent watercolor of red tulips.  I love these pieces, just the red of the flowers, on the white background, punctuated by the black stamens in the centers of the blossoms.

Tulips were some of my ‘teachers’ in watercolors.  On a trip in Europe toward the end of college, I bought some bulbs in Amsterdam which were sent to me when it was time to plant them.  In the spring, voila, I had some lovely tulips in my garden, and sat outside trying to get them down in watercolor.  I was painting exclusively with oils at the time, and watercolors are nothing like oils to paint with.  So I practiced with the watercolors, trying to figure out how to use them, as often as I could as long as those tulips were blooming in my garden, just about 2 weeks.  I tried to get those watercolor paints to behave.  Ultimately I learned to surrender to them, which is usually the case, isn’t it?  So this painting is my most recent visit to an old friend and teacher.  

The other fun things?  I’m getting ready to show this coming Sunday, May 20th at the 18th Annual Balboa Island Art Walk.  I really enjoy this show, partly because its on the bayfront of Newport Harbor, which is beautiful, but also because at this show is along a walkway thats about 8′ wide, so our displays are flat along the walkway.  You can walk right up to the artwork, there’s no intimidation factor of having to enter into a 10′ tent.  Click here for more information about the Artwalk.  I’ll be between Coral and Apolena streets, just look for my apple-green umbrellas!

And I’ve got all sorts of new scarves!    I’ll have them at the Artwalk, and they are also available through my new Etsy Shop, “Blooming Silks”.  Please visit soon!

New Crop of Tulips

March 25, 2011

“Single Orange Tulip”  ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 4″ x 6″  $40.00

I like the idea of a “portrait” of a flower.  This series came about because of a couple of influences: one, I love tulips, if you hadn’t gotten that yet, and they’re in season. The other is that years ago I bought this little pad of watercolor paper that’s postcard sized.    I thought at one point how fun it would be to paint a quick sketch of something while on vacation, and mail it off as a postcard.  I’ve done a few little pieces over the years, but never mailed them. There are actually markings on the back of each piece of paper for where to put the stamp.  That pad has been in my supply rack for years, so I decided to use the pad up, by painting one flower bud on each one.  The pink tulip last month was the first.  There are two more to come, then the pad is kaput.  Got to break out some new paper, my freesias are blooming.

More Tiptoeing

February 22, 2011

“Single Pink Tulip”  ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 4″ x 6″, $40.00

Once again tulips are in season.  Happy sigh.  I’ve been reorganizing my paintings, working out a show I’m planning to do, and some of them really show well in groupings.  I posted a painting of single purple tulip here in March 2009, it was only the one, and I really like it, and so I’m making more.  And I just learned that tulips originally come from Turkey, not Holland, not the far east.  Who’d’ve thunk?   Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s, once again!  Next one will be red, I think.

There was also one of a single daffodil, posted in April of 2009.  Hmmmm….

“Seven Pale Pink Tulips” ©Jill Rosoff 2010, 17 1/2″ x 6″  $145.00

It’s bulb-planting season, and its certainly been cold enough lately here, almost as cold as it’s supposed to be according to the Dutch.  I planted bulbs years ago when I lived in Berkeley, and I’m glad that I tried it, went through the whole process, and thoroughly enjoyed keeping vigil until  the plants popped out of the ground, and then watching as they bloomed  into those long, lovely, statuesque flowers.  I marvel at those who plant and nurture their bulbs every year in SoCal.

I did a painting similar to this one earlier this year, but the one just wasn’t enough.  I felt the need to explore more the shapes of the flowers and the leaves, the colors, and how those elements work in the long, narrow format of the paper.

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!

 

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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