Mexican Tulip Poppies

March 6, 2011

“Mexican Tulip Poppies on aqua wall”, ©Jill Rosoff 2011, 6″ x 11 3/4″, framed, $125.00

Another study in contrasting colors, the delicate yellow petals against the aqua wall and the green of the leaves.  The aquas and the greens of the background brought the yellow petals alive on the paper, which are punctated by the stamens, and then there are the stamens that have lost their petals, which shows those lovely pink tips.  A nice pairing with the painting of Mexican Tulip Poppies posted in September of 2010.  Thanks to Lea from my workshops who showed me these flowers in her garden and let me take some home to paint.

Painting of European poppies, in progress, ©Jill Rosoff 2010

I’ve been on a bit of a painting hiatus, concentrating on the new set of notecards (see July 28th).  As a result, I have some paintings that are ‘under construction’ so that’s where I’m taking this for now.

This one of poppies, obviously a ‘true north’ subject matter for me.  This one is a little bit of a departure from my usual suspects .  I’ve concentrated mostly on the Iceland variety of poppies, the ones that show up in the spring here in So Cal, and are particularly ubiquitous at business parks in their street-side planting areas that surround the concrete signage.  People only see them when they drive into the parking lot, and as again as they drive out.  Its always seemed a little too spare a sighting for flowers so rapturously alive.  They are red, oranges, yellow, white, pink, and magenta, and all have yellow centers.

This piece has poppies that are from a little more easterly direction, the fields of coquelicot of France, the papaveri of Italy.  Take a moment, do you remember what they look like?  They are all orange/red, with black centers.  I’m operating from memory here, and photos I took too long ago.

And this painting is only part of the way done, and its the first time I’ve shown an ‘in process’ piece on this blog so far.  You can see I’ve sketched in other poppies, and have finished the center on only the first blossom.  I think there’ll be more poppies in it ultimately.   It’ll be back when its complete!

“Coffee Cups” notecards set, ©Jill Rosoff 2010, set of 12 + envelopes, $24.00 + tax, shipping

Here they are, Fresh from the printer, my new set of notecards, “COFFEE CUPS”!

I had a small thrill of opening up the boxes and looking at them for the first time just yesterday.  I’ve come down from that little high, composed myself, and now am showing them off here!

They will be regularly $24.00 (plus tax and shipping), however for a limited time, they are just $22.00/set.  This promotional rate is good through Monday, August 16th.

To order yours, please use the Leave a comment button (below), tell me how many sets you want, and I’ll be back in touch with you privately to complete your order.  And by the way, as a bonus I’m including my three other card sets, “Poppies”, “Blossoms” and “Windows” at this same special rate.

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the selection process that chose the set!

Here they are!   The paintings that got the most votes and will now be the Coffee Cups card set are:  

#2, “Coffee for Two”; #4, “Blue Cup on Yellow Table”;  #5, “Chromatic Cups”; and # 6, “Cups and Book”

As for the two winners of the Coffee Cups Cards sets, congratulations to you both, Stacy McCullough and Caroline Leygue!

In the meantime, you can now order a set of these cards, or of any of the other three sets at the special pre-release price of $22.00 per pack (normally $24.00).  Tax and shipping will be added to the final charge.  This price is good until July 15, 2010.

You can view the other three sets of cards, “Poppies”, “Architecture” and “Blossoms“,  on my website, just go to:

How to Order? Use the Comment button below to tell me how many of which sets you want, and I’ll follow up with you to complete your orders.

My great thanks to all the 300+  of you who visited my blog during this selection process.  Wow!  And with all these visits the blog has now had over 10,000 visits!  So thank you again!

And you could receive one of this new sets of the cards for your vote!

I am about to print a new set of my notecards, and I want to hear from you.  Above are six images of my coffee cup series of paintings, with numbers below them.  You can be a part of the selection process by choosing the four you think would make the best set to reproduce as the new set of notecards.  I want your input!

How? Simply use the COMMENT link below, and send me the numbers of the images you think would make the best set of four cards.  Please just vote once!

The voting starts now, and ends at noon tomorrow, June 29, 2010.

SPECIAL PRIZE:  When the votes are tallied, the names of two of the voters who picked the final four winning images will be drawn from a hat to receive a set of the cards.

Questions? Use the Comment button below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!  And your email address remains private!

Thanks for participating!

Pink poppies

March 20, 2010

Three pink poppies and a bud” ©Jill Rosoff 2o09, framed, $125.00

Happy Spring!  Another painting of my love affair with iceland poppies.   These studies that concentrate just on the flower itself, sans background, include only the flowers, so that nothing will take away from their sweet and delicate grandeur, just four wonderful, complicated petals on impossibly long, narrow stems.  Just plain happiness to paint.


December 17, 2009


Wishing everyone a Sweet Holiday Season and a Merry New Year!

“Plantation Cottage” ©Jill Rosoff 2007, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, $75.00

While I was in Hawaii last month with friends we went to visit friends of theirs on the windward side of Oahu near Kailua.  We drove over the old Pali Highway, stopping briefly at the Pali lookout to look at the Pali’s steep cliffs and see how lush green the rainy side of the island is, so remarkably different from the dry side and in such close proximity.

After meeting for lunch at Buzz’s Steakhouse, we all went back to their lovely little bungalow, a sweet illustration of local island Plantation architecture, simple and straight-forward in the Hawaiian/Victorian way.  The interior  had lauhala matts on the vertical grain fir floors, and the windows and doors are screened so the trades breeze through keeping the interior tropically cool.  She was born and raised in Hawaii so knows the old Hawaiian ways, the ones my mother taught me and my sibs when we were growing up, and which are still a part of the way I experience Hawaii when I’m there.  So it was nice to see this traditional home, and to learn that this cottage has been in their family for generations.there’s a kind of permanence out there.

Standing in the front yard with the southern side of the Pali mountains in the background, it was too good a sight to pass up.  And even though I’d gone without my camera or drawing pad (egad!) I took some shots with my cell phone’s camera, which were the source photos for this piece.

Good Day Sunshine

August 4, 2008




watercolor on paper, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", $85.00 

“Sunflowers on Red”, ©2008 by Jill Rosoff, watercolor on paper, 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″,  SOLD

These were sunflowers I bought at Trader Joe’s.  Many of my paintings are from the cut flowers and plants I have around, and these were particularly alluring.  I’ve also used some of the photos I took in my sister Jenny’s garden.  She grew a small sunflower forest this year–they were 10 feet tall!  Please contact me through Comments for purchases.  Purchase inquiries are kept confidential.  




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