Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Going Home

Going Home
© Karen F. Rose
oil on board 30 x 30"
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I recall all the times I have felt so happy to be "going home".
Years ago driving home from college for Thanksgiving there was a row of trees just outside Stevensville, Michigan that lined the highway and every time I saw them I knew I was "almost there".
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. A time of peace and gratefulness for all the blessings in your life.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update - Butterfield Garage Art Gallery

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery
hoping to open soon with your help.
As I mentioned in my last post, Butterfield Garage Art Gallery was severely damaged by the storm surge of Hurricane Matthew. A GoFundMe site has been created for you to make a donation to help the gallery rebuild.

Click here to be directed to that site GoFundMe

It's amazing all the items that need to be replaced when they have been waterlogged in an unhealthy cocktail of storm surge.

Shelving, a desk, all bags and promotional materials, a sofa, chairs, over 30 pedestals, rugs, wallboard, new wiring, electronic equipment not to mention the artwork.

Please read the full story on the GoFundMe site.

Thanks for considering a donation to keep one of the oldest galleries in St. Augustine a treasure that it is.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hurricane Matthew an Unwelcome Guest at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery

Matanzas River Nocturne
Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
6 x 6"
Hurricane Matthew, a category 3 hurricane came in with a destructive storm surge on October 7th to the east coast of Florida and specifically to St. Augustine, FL the nation's oldest city. 

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery at 137 King St was flooded and all the pedestals with art on them were overturned in a river of water that swept through the gallery. Chairs, furniture, paintings and prints were destroyed in a cocktail of unhealthy water.  
The gallery has to be gutted and new drywall and electrical put in place. The gallery is temporarily closed as this could be a two month long process.

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in St Augustine and is home to 30 artists. A Go Fund Me site is in the works to help get the gallery rebuilt. I'll post that link when it is created. 

This little painting Matanzas River Nocturne is one of the paintings that would have been on display in our exhibit Painterly Impressions that was to open that night. Of course the featured exhibit never happened as we all evacuated inland during the storm.

This week there was a super moon which shown brightly, so similar to the moon in the Matanzas River Nocturne. It was such a serene vision after the chaos of the preceding week.
To all who have been affected by this storm I'm wishing you peace, calm and strength to rebuild.
A special thank you to artist Ron Vellucci who was the first to enter the building after the storm and witness the damage. He risked his own personal safety and rescued my paintings and I am so grateful. Thank you to ALL the "helpers" who remain positive and filled with creative energy...stay strong.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Painterly Impressions Opens October 7, 2016 at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in St Augustine

Whispered Twilight
Karen F. Rose
oil on cradled birch panel
30 x 30 "
You're invited to Painterly Impressions a group art exhibit at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, 137 King Street, St Augustine on exhibit October 7 to November 1, 2016.
Our opening reception is on October 7, 2016 from 5 to 9pm. There is free parking in front and behind the gallery. 

Jessie Cook, Rebecca Shaffer and I are historic coast painters with three distinctively different painting styles, Here's a little more about each of us from our press release for the show.

Prairie Moon”, 6 x 6, pastel on paper by Karen F. Rose 

Karen F. Rose paints a poetic vision in oil and pastel, inspired by the soft washed memory and spirituality of dawn, dusk and twilight hours. Influenced by the tonalist painters of the late 19th century, Inness and Whistler, her evocative tonal paintings are more about atmosphere and diffused light than a representation of place. Viewers often comment on the peace and serenity they feel in viewing her paintings. Karen is a member of the Oil Painters of America and was an award recipient in the juried OPA “City by the Sea” plein air event in St. Augustine. Her serene oils and pastels are in collections across the country.
website www.karenfrose.com

Nasturtiums”, 12 x 16, oil on canvas by Jessie Cook

Jessie Cook is a landscape and still life artist who paints in an impressionist manner. “Whether working on landscape or still life, my paintings are inspired by direct observation, capturing color and value and mood of the subject before I simply let the painting itself take over. My paintings are a way to be still and to look. Both for myself and, I hope, for the viewer.” Jessie works primarily in oil and has studied with Sherry Camhy and Ric del Rossi of the Art Students League, Mary Anna Goetz of the Woodstock School of Art, and John Phillip Osborn of the Ridgewood Art Institute.  She is an award-winning artist whose work has been juried into shows in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Orlando, Florida, as well as in New York.
website www.jessiefineart.com

Kayak View”, 16 x 20, oil on canvas by Rebecca Shaffer

Rebecca Shaffer is a Contemporary Impressionist who paints in oil. Her paintings have been described as lyrical and often feature a body of water reflecting light and prismatic color. “Water for me is so beautiful, the way light affects it changing it from calm to stormy and anywhere in between. It is also a metaphor for the individual experience and inner realms we all embody.” Rebecca studied Fine Art at San Diego State University and has exhibited in galleries and hotels in California, Hawaii and Florida. She is a member of St. Augustine Art Association and ACA/Atlantic Center for the Arts.
website www.rebeccashaffer.com

We look forward to sharing a fun filled evening with you.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

River Diamonds at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, St Augustine, FL

River Diamonds
Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
Available Butterfield garage Art Gallery
St. Augustine, FL
One of my favorite paintings in my exhibit at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery is River Diamonds an oil on canvas. 
I have traveled back and forth across the St. Johns River at various times of day and recently caught a view of her when "she sparkles".  

It's a magical moment.

Kick off your Labor Day weekend by coming to St Augustine's First Friday Art Walk  Sept 2 from 5 to 9pm. 

September will be a busy month painting each day for the 30 in 30 challenge and our upcoming exhibit Painterly Impressions opening October 7th at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in St Augustine, FL.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and I almost forgot to ask you...have you signed up for my newsletter?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Butterfield Garage Gallery Annual Garage Sale

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery "Garage Sale"
during the month of August
First Friday Art Walk August 5
5 to 9pm
Open Daily 11 to 5pm

As one of the artists at the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in Saint Augustine, I'll be participating in their annual "Garage Sale". 

What's that you say? A sale where some artists will give discounts on their paintings, others will bring in studies for sale, and some will have paintings that they no longer want as their art has taken a new direction.

Sooo... be there early and you will have a great opportunity to pick up a piece of art that will truly be a treasure. If you have never been to the gallery, you'll find a bright spacious venue with parking in front and behind the gallery.

Those dog days of August have already arrived in July! 
Come have some fun and pick out a little something for yourself or as a gift for a friend.

Then cool off at The Ice Plant

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Just Drifting
Karen F. Rose
14 x 11"
The First Coast Pastel Society Member Show opens June 3 at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5 to 8 is the opening reception. There are over 50 painting by 27 artists. Hope you will stop in and be amazed at all glorious pieces of art.

And if you are in Saint Augustine, FL I invite you to visit Butterfield Garage Art Gallery.

I have been soooo busy these last few months, packing moving and unpacking. I have now located to an "art studio by the ocean" and couldn't be more excited about the inspiration I will find here.

More soon. Thanks for your interest in my painting journey.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Artist Karen F. Rose at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery, St. Augustine, FL

Butterfield Garage Art Gallery
137 King St # C, 
St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 825-4577

Open 11 to 5 daily

So pleased to announce that my original oil paintings will be exhibited at the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in St. Augustine, Fl.
This is a gallery of professional artists working in sculpture, glass, fiber arts, mixed media, painting, photography, woodworking, jewelry and basketry.
The gallery has been in St Augustine since 1999 and is in a vintage 1927 building.

Whetstone Chocolate  San Sebastian Winery and the Ice Plant Bar are close to the gallery and parking is available right outside the door.

First Friday Art Walks are held you guessed it, the First Friday of each month from 5 to 9 and you'll have a chance to chat with the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Hope to see you Friday, November 6th.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Karen F. Rose Artist at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Marsh Twilight
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
8 x10"
on exhibit Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Sept 11 to Oct 23, 2015

I am delighted to be invited to be the guest artist at the Cultural Center Annex Gallery at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Sept 11 to October 23, 2015. The painting above, Marsh Twilight is one of a dozen paintings I will have on exhibit.
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
1050 AIA North
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach has partnered with the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, a multipurpose performing arts facility, to offer the Cultural Center Annex Gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to featuring the Cultural Center’s talented Artist Members through solo exhibitions of their work.  The new gallery provides the unique opportunity for concert attendees to view and purchase local art.  One goal of the Cultural Center is to encourage and promote artistic growth and professional development, and to create a forum for the arts within Northeast Florida.  With help from accomplished arts venues like the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, the Cultural Center is able to expand the vision of local artists by providing another opportunity to promote and sell their works.  This marriage between the visual arts and the performing arts will create a more vibrant atmosphere for those who attend the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, which is host to amazing performances by well-known artists.
 All works exhibited are for sale and  can be viewed during regular business hours, or during events and performances at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.  
Cultural Center Annex Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm  (Call for availability outside of regular hours.)
Check out the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall's amazing line up of performing artists and be sure to get your tickets for Hip Harp for the Arts, a special fundraiser for the Cultural Center's Music Therapy Outreach Program.  Purchase tickets here

Karen F. Rose Fine Art New Studio

Artist Loft for Karen F. Rose Art

Wow so many changes for me in the last few weeks. Very excited that I now have a new artist studio. 
It's filled with light and has gorgeous views from the two sets of loft windows AND it's just steps away from the beach. Very grateful and blessed to be in this space.
I'm still moving and organizing, but stay tuned for more pictures.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in St Augustine, FL

Cloudscape over Arizona at 35,000 feet
photo credit Karen F Rose

After a glorious time in California, I hopped back on the plane and headed from the West Coast to the First Coast to the nation's oldest city St Augustine, FL.  The Oil Painters of America 24th National Exhibition was about to begin on Wednesday.
The conference started with plein air painting and continued with demos by master artists and presentations at the Casa Monica Hotel and award ceremonies.
What a wealth of information was shared by all and a great learning opportunity to speak with artists from all over the country.

Registration materials with a beautiful brochure
of the national exhibit.
Cloudscape Meditation
Karen F. Rose
5th place award
City by the Sea exhibition
juror Marc R Hanson
I was thrilled to receive an award from nationally known artist Marc R Hanson. Marc is an exceptional artist and teacher in both oil and pastel and a signature member of the Oil Painters of America. To receive recognition from him is a real joy. And thank you to the new owners of my painting. Hope you enjoy it for years to come.

A heartfelt thank you to all who made the conference possible...it's energizing to be among so many talented and dedicated artists and view such masterful works of art.
The Oil Painters of America National Exhibit remains on display at the Cutter & Cutter Brilliance in Color gallery through May 25th. You really must see the exhibit. It's breathtaking.

While in St. Augustine hope you will visit Shaffer Gallery where several of my oil paintings are on exhibit. Don't forget First Friday and Uptown Saturday night the last Sat of each month sponsored by the art galleries of St. Augustine.
What's next? So anxious to tell you. www.karenfrose.com
-  KFR

The 2015 Plein Air Convention in Monterey, CA

Point Lobos Preserve
photo credit Karen F. Rose
2015 Plein Air Convention
Monterey, CA
In the last few weeks I've traveled from the First Coast in Florida to the West Coast in California to paint plein air. The trip included attending the 2015 Plein Air Convention held in Monterey, CA with four of my very favorite painting friends.
700 painters from all over the world gathered to watch some of the rock stars of plein air painting in demos and discussions and then at the end of each day gather together to paint the gorgeous rugged coastline in Monterey and Carmel, CA.

To see some of the video highlights of the event click HERE  In the first day video, you will see me talking with Michael Harding of Michael Harding handmade artist oil colors. So many vendor opportunities to add artist supplies: Rosemary Brushes, Gamblin paints, Raymar panels, Strada easels, need I say I had to purchase an additional suitcase for the trip home!
Next years conference will be in Tucson, AZ. Good thing I already have an extra suitcase.

During my stay I also visited the De Young Museum in San Francisco and had the chance to meet up with one of my favorite paintings, Lady Agnew by John Singer Sargent. It's the first time the painting has been in the United States as it is on loan for a special exhibit Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.
Lady Agnew by John Singer Sargent
On special exhibit De young Museum, San Francisco, CA
photo credit Karen F. Rose
Blue Veil by Edmund Tarbell
De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
photo credit Karen F. Rose
Another favorite painting on exhibit at the De Young is The Blue Veil by Edmond Tarbell.
Such mystery and poetry in this painting.

My next post will be from the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in St Augustine, FL.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Guiding Light Original Oil Painting At Shaffer Gallery in St Augustine, FL

Guiding Light
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
6x6" 12 x 12"
It's race week in historic St Augustine, FL. There will be lots of sailboats in the harbor.
Have you ever used the North Star to navigate your way? 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Melrose Open Air Arts 2015 - Dogwoods, Azaleas and Pink Flamingos

Dogwood blossoms in Melrose, FL

This year the Melrose Open Air Arts has a welcome return March 7 to the 21. Having participated in this painting event for several years, I'm pleased that the timing is just right for blossoms and blooms to be at their peek in this sleepy little town east of Gainesville, FL. 

My Open Air Arts ritual each year is a visit to a little patch of land just west of Melrose near Earleton. Then I'm off into town to see what stirs my painting imagination.
On Tuesday, I was immediately taken with beautiful white blossoms on dogwood trees on a street with the name ...Dogwood Lane.

A brilliant azalea bush in the morning light also caught my attention. The vibrant magenta blossoms cascaded over an old white picket fence with such magical dancing shadows.
Morning Glory

That painting along with three others were hung today at Melrose Bay Art Gallery. 
Please mark the date of the artist reception at Melrose Bay Art Gallery on Saturday, March 21 from 6 to 9 pm. 

Oh I almost forgot to mention the pink flamingo yard art that made it's way into one of my paintings...just for a bit of whimsy.
Happy Spring.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Karen F. Rose Golden Twilight, original oil painting at Fairfax Gallery

Golden Meditation
©  Karen F Rose
oil on canvas
16 x 20"
 Fairfax Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
Love seeing Golden Meditation on display at Fairfax Gallery in Jacksonville, Fl in such a lovely location in the gallery along with several of my other paintings on exhibit.
Reminded me of a moment when the painting received a supreme compliment. Noticing a lady gazing at the painting just lost in thought. I waited a few moments, then approached her and asked, "Seems like you are enjoying the painting"?
She paused, smiled, softly sighed and said,
"If this painting was in my home I would come home from work, sit down and just get lost in it ...melt into the twilight."
Wow, did that make my heart sing. Thank you!
Is their someone you would like to share this painting with?
Give the gallery a call 904-384-7724.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Karen F. Rose original oil paintings at Shaffer Gallery in St Augustine, FL

In the Quiet
© Karen F. Rose
original oil on canvas
Shaffer Gallery
St Augustine, FL

So very pleased to be invited to exhibit my original oil paintings at Shaffer Gallery in our country's oldest city, St. Augustine, FL. 
In the Quiet is an early morning marsh vista, when the air has a hint of dampness and the Florida morning barely lets the sun peek from behind the clouds..

Shaffer Gallery is charmingly petite but filled with gorgeous original oil paintings and beautiful art glass. Owner Rebecca Shaffer and her husband have styled the gallery with the ambience of a 19th century art salon.  

Shaffer Gallery opened in October of 2014 and is in the uptown San Marco section of St. Augustine in the same building as Les Petits Pleasures French Bakery (can't you just smell  the fresh baked croissants and macaroons) and just down the street is the restaurant
Le Pavillion specializing in French, German and Swiss cuisine. 

Their address is

Shaffer Gallery
35 San Marco Ave
St Augustine, FL 32084

hours Wed - Sat 10 - 5
Sun 11-5
(by Appt. Mon - Tues)

The art and antique dealers in the area have an Uptown Saturday Night event that is held the last Saturday of the month from 5 to 9 pm.
Parking is available street side and at the Mission of Nombre de Dios parking lot. The Mission is located on 27 Ocean Avenue, St Augustine. 

I'd love for you to visit the gallery and when you do tell Rebecca I sent you!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fairfax Gallery - Jacksonville, FL

Twilight Glow Remembered
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas

Fairfax Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
Let's pull up a chair and just drift into the twilight hours.
If you live near the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL, you know the ever-changing beauty and peacefulness of time well spent just watching water reflections on the river. 

I'm so pleased to have my original oil and pastel paintings available through Fairfax Gallery and Framing Establishment. On Friday,  I delivered several paintings to the gallery.

Fairfax has been at the heart of the Jacksonville Florida art scene for almost 30 years. This busy Jacksonville art gallery is tucked in the center of historic Avondale/Ortega, one of the most vibrant art districts in Jacksonville. 

Stop into the gallery this week, and you just might want to bring home a little twilight warmth for your home or office.

Fairfax Gallery
4216 Herschel Street, 
Jacksonville, FL 32210
(904) 384-7724

The gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9 to 5 and Saturday 11 to 3pm.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Harbor Nocturne Honored with Award at Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach Juried Member Exhibition

Honored to receive 2nd Place Award for
Harbor Nocturne at
Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach Juried Member Exhibition
My painting Harbor Nocturne which I talked about in my previous post, receive the second place award at the juried member exhibition at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach on Friday evening.

Harbor Nocturne
© Karen F Rose
oil on linen

There are 47 artists represented in this gorgeous show with works in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, glass and more.

The artist reception and award event were very well attended and my thanks to the staff and sponsors of the Cultural Center for making the evening so special for all artists and their many guests.

I am just thrilled to have been selected for with this award by juror Jack Slaughter. 

The exhibit runs through Feb 1, 2015 with hours of Monday thru Friday 9 to 5.

 Celebrate Art 2015 is just a feast for the eyes. Be prepared to be amazed.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Celebrate Art 2015: 9th Annual Juried Member Artist Exhibition Ponte Vedra Beach Cultural Center

Harbor Nocturne
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
11 x 14"
Celebrate Art 2015 The 9th Annual Artist Member Exhibition

Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach
January 9 to February 1, 2015
Opening reception January 9, 6 to 8 PM
904 280 0614

Both our son and daughter traveled great distances to come home to celebrate Christmas with us. 
Like two ships at sea, they came home, to be at rest and settle down "in the harbor" for a few days.
We spent a special time together, but of course, then comes the time when they have to sail back into their lives filled with work and responsibilities.
Hope you will sail into the New Year filled with purpose, hope and you achieve all that you wish and work for in 2015.

This painting is available through the Cultural Center and I look forward to seeing you at the opening reception on Friday evening.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sunrise Over the Atlantic Ocean

© Karen F. Rose
11 x 14"
pastel on board

In the last year I have had the pleasure of watching the sun rise over the Atlantic on more than one morning. The light of dawn brings such awe, wonder and peace.
Sunrise is a profound experience for me, a moment of spiritual connection that I hope you see in my artwork.

I wait and observe as the sun paints a beautiful canvas before me and I attempt to translate that moment....that intangible moment.

All this month I will be painting and posting more studies on my website www.karenfrose.com as part of a 30 in 30 challenge.

On a personal note there have been some challenging times for me this year and especially in the last few weeks. 

Let's see how life's canvas will be painted. 

Thanks for sharing the journey with me. Your comments and thoughts are so welcome. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach - First Coast Pastel Exhibit - Karen F. Rose

© Karen F. Rose
11 x 14" 

This pastel painting Pianissimo was inspired by the gorgeous light of the sun quietly rising out of the sea. The peace and calm of the predawn hours is such a meditative time for me.
We are so blessed to have a get away spot where I rejoice in those fleeting minutes.
Judge Carrie Raeburn chose this painting to receive an award of merit in the First Coast Pastel Society's member show now on exhibit through June 26 at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach,  50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Just as I love predawn, the twilight hours hold a special fascination for me.
The second pastel painting in the show, Longing For That Distant Shore is a nocturne. It's all about the mystery and atmosphere of moonlit beach walks! This painting is a favorite of mine. Hope you like it too.
Longing For That Distant Shore
© Karen F. Rose
10x 10"
The First Coast Pastel Society is a fabulous group of talented artists. You can read more on my May 11th post on this blog.

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is very conveniently located just off A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl on 50 Executive Way. It's a beautiful venue! There are wonderful shops and restaurants and of course the beach is where you will want to head after you see the show.

The Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach Courtyard

Remember the exhibit closes on June 26. For more information and their hours, call them at (904) 280-0614 and oh don't forget to tell them I sent you.
Wishing you a peaceful Memorial Day weekend with your family and friends.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

First Coast Pastel Society Exhibit May 23 to June 26, 2014

Longing For That Distant Shore
© Karen F. Rose 
pastel, 10 x 10"
on exhibit at 
The Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 
Very pleased to have two of my pastel paintings juried into The First Coast Pastel Society's Member Exhibit. 
Join the members at the opening reception which is Friday, May 23, 2014. 
There will be a variety of subject matter and painting styles to delight you and you will love meeting the members of this group and seeing all the art at this wonderful venue in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The exhibit runs from May 23 to June 26th at
The Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The First Coast Pastel Society is based in northeast Florida, covering Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and points north, west and south, and was started in January of 2012. Their goal is to reach out to pastel artists in the northeast Florida and southeast Georgia area who, until now, have not had a local pastel society to belong to.

The mission statement of the FCPS is as follows:
"To promote the use of soft pastel within the FCPS membership and the community at-large as an important and continually evolving fine art medium."
Contact: 904-290-ARTS (2787) or firstcoastpastelsociety@gmail.com

Casey Klahn the noted pastel artist from Washington was just with us for a fantastic workshop and we all benefited from his wisdom and instruction.

There are several restaurants in PVB you don't want to miss. Palm Valley Fish Camp or J.J's Liberty Bistro which are two of my favorites. If you are interested in making May 23 an evening of dinner AND art. 

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Inside the Artist's Studio, It's Spring!

Pastels in My Studio Box
Photo © Karen F. Rose.
For all of us, it's been an unusually long and cold winter... even in Florida.

Aren't you inspired by the renewal and the energy of spring.
Outside the studio, a Carolina wren is making a nest in the wreath on my door and lime green is the color of the buds on all the trees and shrubs outside the studio window...
you notice I am NOT mentioning the lime green color of all the pollen coating everything that stands still.
No, I am not mentioning it.

Inside the studio, it's a joy to open the pastel box to see beautiful gorgeous color.
But before I get to pastel or oil painting, the studio needs dusting, organizing and rearranging.

The need for spring cleaning today makes me think of Bravo Channel's show Inside the Actor's Studio.
You know the one where host James Lipton asks ten questions of his guest, the last question being

"If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates."

I have given it some thought and hope he might say, 'Karen, you have created paintings that have given people joy and touched them with serenity and peace.... but most important...your studio is FINALLY clean...you can come in now."

I'd love to share my latest paintings with you.
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Two workshops, two art exhibits and a few trips to exciting locations are on my calendar...but more about that in the weeks to come in future posts and in the newsletter.

Hope you will join me.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giving Thanks

Harvest Moon
© Karen F. Rose
pastel on paper
6 x 6" (12 x 12) Framed
Gallery 26 in Melrose, FL
Dec 2 - 30, 2013
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I always reflect on how grateful I am to have family, friends and patrons who encourage me in my artistic journey.

To those who have selected a painting and made it part of your collection...what an honor for me. Thank you. I so appreciate your kindness. To hear you say that one of my paintings has special meaning for you touches my heart.

To the fantastic workshop instructors and artist friends who have helped me stretch and grow as an artist this year..thank you.

Art shared between friends is such a blessing.

As the year will draw to a close, I am pleased to be showing work with some very talented pastel artists in the First Coast Pastel Society's Holiday Exhibit at Gallery 26 in Melrose, FL. I've had a sneak peek at some of the 48 paintings that will be in the exhibit and I guarantee that if you stop by the exhibit you will be delighted.
I do hope you can join us for First Friday Melrose Art Walk on December 6 from 6 to 9 pm. Should be a fun and festive evening.
That night be sure to stop into Melrose Bay Art Gallery for their Holiday Invitational Show.
Beach Melody is my oil painting on exhibit there. In fact you don't want to miss any of the galleries in town that night, so enjoy your evening.

Oh, there is a great place to purchase your freshly cut and fragrant holiday tree. Greathouse Butterfly Farm in Earleton just on the west side of Melrose
I have such great memories of heading out to a tree farm in Connecticut when our children were young and selecting our tree...but getting it into the tree stand when we got home..now that's a story for another day.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

PAPSE Workshop Larry Moore, Bill Davidson and James Richards

Larry Moore painting a demo at Shem Creek in Charleston, SC,
Bill Davidson starting his demo of a marsh scene.
James Richards on Broad Street in Charleston, SC looking at the light.

On November 6, 7 and 8th I was fortunate to attend a Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAPSE) workshop in Charleston, SC.with instructors Larry Moore, Bill Davidson and Jim Richards
I have admired each artist's work and jumped at the chance to participate in the workshop to watch them paint in person and have a reunion with dear painting friends.

Galerie On Broad owner Kate Mullin is so sweet, when I made my reservation I knew this would be a special learning experience.
An added bonus was attending the PAPSE art exhibit of gorgeous paintings on Friday evening to see how each of the artists had painted their impressions of the town during the previous week.

The workshop was awesome and a great week of sharing. And did I mention lunch and dinner... seafood and Southern cuisine at  Slightly North of Broad and Magnolias  Vickerys and Water's Edge.
Each day we watched these talented instructors, talked art, enjoyed Southern food and had lots of laughs. With the help of my friends, Kathy, Dottie, Connie and Robin I even got my Southern lingo going...Y'all.

Slightly North of Broad hat
Slightly North of Broad had a hat that just made me laugh. I brought home this souvenir as a gift for my husband but hoping he will let me borrow it.
Enjoy your week!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Coastal Living for a Painter

We're Now Beachcombers
photo credit © Karen F Rose
Well it's official, along with the sea turtles, migratory birds and fishes of the sea we are now coastal residents. Can't wait to explore more of the Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach and Saint Augustine areas of Florida.

I look forward to painting impressions of this area and becoming actively involved in the many art organizations and finding a gallery in the area for my paintings.

I've been a member of the First Coast Pastel Society, a great group of artists actively promoting the pastel medium in the area.
And having recently joined the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and I look forward to taking in some studio time there. 
What a beautiful venue for exhibits as well as spacious area for workshops.

So Jacksonville friends fill me in. What are some of your favorite restaurants, galleries and shops in the area that are not to be missed. I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Coming Home

Coming Home
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas

My father was a fisherman on the small lakes in Michigan where I grew up and then again in Florida when he retired. I often think of him out on the lake, well into the twilight hours as he would try to catch just one more. The lights from the cottages across the lake would barely be visible and we would hear that sound of an outboard motor as he would head back to shore and we knew he was coming home. 
My mom who is 94 and I reminisced the other day, about the time he went out into the Gulf of Mexico with an elderly gentleman. The motor in the neighbor's little boat failed on them halfway into their fishing adventure. 
Late at night the coast guard helicopter saw them floating at sea...the two old men and the sea.
Thankfully they were rescued, but my father did not venture out into the Gulf in a boat without two motors ever again.
Come in to the gallery and tell us your fishing story....everyone has one.