January 27, 2013
“Three-plus Poppies”, ©Jill Rosoff 2013, 4″ x 6″
I have these small pads of watercolor paper that I keep around for quick “jots” of ideas like this one. In watercolors, any whites in a painting are the paper left untouched, since watercolor is a transparent medium, and the transparent version of white is, well, nothing. Transparent. It’s a fun conundrum to play around with.
In this piece, I wanted to leave no blank paper, no white areas, but instead to paint the whole piece of paper, and to let the shapes of the flowers do most of the talking. Getting the colors this rich and intense is a fun challenge in watercolors. And there’s still good contrast between the brightness of the yellow centers, and the dark lines where the green paint overlapped the red. Unintended, and perfect.
One other thing: I love rich, vibrant and maintaining a sense of the transparency in the paint. In watercolors it is possible to use too much paint, which when it dries, looks dry, dusty and opaque, qualities that you just don’t strive for in watercolors. I like striving for the saturation and the transparency, especially since they are paradoxical. Fun!
It’s now available on Esty here.
January 11, 2013
I started this piece in the fall, as a demonstration piece once again in one of my workshops. This piece actually started me on the intention of loosening up on color ‘rules’ I have consciously and unconsciously obeyed. Since I often use a subject I know when I’m playing around with ideas, and I have been painting Iceland poppies forever, so shape, color and composition are like second nature to me, I find it really easy to go for changes and experimentation with them as my subject.
There is no such thing as a lavender Iceland poppy. Yellow, orange, reds, pink, and white yes, but nothing in the blue spectrum. And I’ve always wanted them. So ‘tada!’ I made them. In the grand scheme of things its really not much of a huge plunge, but then again, baby steps are just fine to start out on new paths. I also broke another covenant I heard early on in my painting education, that paintings with red backgrounds can be difficult to make work, let alone sell. Thank goodness Henri Matisse didn’t believe that! There are essentially four different reds used in the background, but with layers and some mixing, it looks like more. I am really enjoying how this piece turned out. You?
This piece is now available through my Etsy shop.
January 2, 2013
Detail from “Paperwhites”, ©Jill Rosoff 2010
These workshops are open to everyone at every level of experience in painting with watercolors. Each session’s work is focused on what those who are there bring in, whether it be a new project or technique, or working on ongoing paintings, and developing them to completion. When I find new ideas or ways of creating an effect, I bring those in and we experiment with them.
The workshops are held in Santa Ana at Karen’s Detail Custom Frames, which is on MacArthur Blvd, one block east of Harbor Blvd., across from the Home Depot. Each session is $25.00, or you can purchase a six-session pass for $125.00 (six sessions for the price of five).
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October 8, 2012
Last week I participated with the local Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Visionary Women Luncheon, which honors caregivers. What a lovely thing to do, to honor these individuals who are caring for people with Alzheimers, or a working to find ways to treat this devastating disease. One aspect of the event is during the social time before and after the luncheon, where this year they featured eight artists demonstrating ad presenting their work. I showed my scarf-painting technique, and of course brought my scarves to sell. It was a really good day, I enjoyed showing the dying process, and sharing my scarves with a new audience.
While setting up the scarf-painting demonstration, photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
I had a lovely time, talking with everyone, showing and describing how I paint my designs, that each scarf is individually painted, and then signed and numbered. So each scarf is really a piece of wearable art, which is one of the reasons I wanted to make the scarves in the first place.
I have envisioned some of my paintings printed on textiles, because for the longest time I thought it would be fun to be able to wear designs from some of my paintings. I’ve always loved Liberty patterns, and vintage Lanz and Villager, too. The methods of painting on silk with dye are very different from painting watercolors, but can be done in a way so that many of the same themes and colors that I do in my paintings can be adapted for my scarf designs. I am constantly working out ways to make the scarves evoke similar imagery to my paintings.
And some designs come about simply for the scarves. One of these, my new “Leaves” design, is one of three I’ve recently developed. Here is the first new design, modeled beautifully by my friend and colleague Susan Haldeman, who helped me with sales at the event while I was demonstrating. And the great thing about this pattern is that it can be done in any color combination. As a matter of fact, I’d love to hear what combinations of colors you’d like to see it in! Use the Comment button below!
So I got to the event early, unloaded my scarf boards, on which I pin and then paint the raw scarves. You can also see my scarf display rack, with more of my scarves on it.
Setting up, photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
Talking with people while demonstrating my Dragonfly design, photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
Satisfied customer and Alzheimers’ Association supporter in her new Leaves scarf in lavender and turquoise, next to the event Sponsor Board. Yes, that’s Shirley Jones there on the board, who was the keynote speaker for the event.
photography by Ting-Ting Lee, of Ting-Ting Lee Studio
All in all it was a terrific day, and I was particularly pleased for the opportunity to work with the Alzheimer’s Association. Look for my upcoming post featuring more new scarf designs! And also Part 2 about modeling for the painting class!
October 4, 2011
This piece will be included in my show coming up in San Diego. The opening is on October 15th, so come if you can! The gallery is called Glimpse and is in the fun, up-and-coming North Park neighborhood. The owner/curator, Lynle Ellis, ASID, has selected over 50 pieces for this show. Please come, and tell your friends who live in and around San Diego about it! The show is open to the public.
GoSee at Glimpse, 3813 Ray St. San Diego, CA 92104
Artist Talk, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Reception, 6 to 9 pm
This reduced image of this painting doesn’t quite do it justice, especially what I’ve got going on in the background. You can double-click on the image and a larger version will open up, and you can see the detail.
I think about blueberries when Fall starts and Thanksgiving is coming, because that’s when my grandmother would make her “blubry” pie. She’d say it in her Boston accent, it was always a two-syllable word with her. But I’ve since learned that blueberries are perrenials, they grow year round. So much for a blueberry ‘season’!
August 16, 2011
On a recent sojourn to San Diego I stopped at a couple of nurseries to take a look at what is being grown lately. Northern San Diego County is large flower growing region, with nurseries that specialize in various flowers: hibiscus farms, begonia farms, orchid greenhouses and more. Its all very tempting, and of course very inspiring for me. Oh how I wish I had a larger garden! On this trip I stopped in at a begonia nursery where I also found some amazing fuschia plants. They always look like little ballerinas on pointe to me. So I’ve been painting fuschias, again. I haven’t painted them in years!
This is the first painting of this series, a simple study of them without any specific environment. It was specifically a study to learn about them, how I want to paint them. I am working on more now!