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'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.
-  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 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

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 can come in now."

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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 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.
Only a few more days to see this painting at the High Springs Art Co-op.
Come in and tell us your fishing story....everyone has one.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Golden Meditation..Melt into the Twilight

Golden Meditation
© Karen F Rose
oil on canvas
16" x 20"
My painting, Golden Meditation received a supreme compliment the other day from a lady who came into the gallery. I saw her just lost in thought staring at the painting.
I waited 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!
If you would like to see the painting in person, it's on exhibit at Melrose Bay Art Gallery in Melrose, FL. I also have paintings you might enjoy at The High Springs Art Co-op through the month of September.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Painting the Nocturne

Ephemeral Light
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
36" x 48"
Private collection

Nocturne painting is a term used to describe a painting that depicts a scene evocative of night or a very dimly lit scene such as at twilight.
The tonalist painters of the late 19th and early 20 century have been a hugh influence on my painting style. Creating a painting to view in quiet contemplation and meditation is my hope.  
This painting Ephermeral Light has been in the works for several months and now is in it's new home.
One of the challenges of painting "in the dark" is you have a limited view of your palette. Here's an example of how I light my easel with Mighty Brite book lights.
Karen F. Rose Easel

For me, I am not seeking to give a detailed description of the place but rather a warm washed memory of the moment.

If you enjoy seeing my paintings please join my email list, and if you are in the Gainesville, Fl area I have several paintings on exhibit at
The High Springs Art Co-op and the Melrose Bay Art Gallery

Friday, September 20, 2013

New Member in St Augustine Art Association

St Augustine Art Association

So pleased to be a brand new member of the St. Augustine Art Association and have my tonalist oil painting The Sentinel 
on display through September 29th. 
Hope you might have a chance to see the Fall member show. 
St. Augustine, founded in 1565 is the oldest city in the United States with lots of charm. history and art. 
If you visit, you might consider staying at

The Westcott House Bed and Breakfast Inn in St. Augustine, a victorian gem with private balconies that overlook the Matanzas Bay and is just a block or two from the St. Augustine Art Association.
Here's a link to the St. Augustine Art Association to get directions and hours.
Have fun.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hanging Art Salon Style

Beach Light
© Karen F Rose
oil on canvas
12 x 9"
click to view and purchase
For the last several weeks I have loved waking up, seeing the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean.
When I am at home in Gainesville, Fl, the sunrise on the horizon is blocked by a large thicket of oak and pine trees.
Here, only a few sea oats sway in the breeze.

Waiting for the Light, oil on canvas, is part of The Light Falls Softly at the High Springs Art Co-op in High Springs, FL an exhibit through September.
If you see the exhibit, I'd love to hear from you.
The Light Falls Softly
Karen F. Rose paintings
High Springs, FL
In a previous post, I mentioned a link that describes the French history behind this ceiling to floor style of hanging art.... style. 
Today I am posting this link to a youtube video on how to hang art in your home in this way
So get out the hammer and picture hooks and get going....Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Light Lies Softly

The Light Lies Softly
© Karen F Rose
High Springs Art Co-op
High Springs, Fl
on exhibit through September

Here's a peek at my featured artist exhibit at High Springs Art Co-op in High Springs, FL.
The opening night was so much fun and I appreciate each and everyone that came out on opening night.
There are 18 paintings, pastels and one archival print of mine on exhibit. This gallery is a co-op of talented friendly artists and so enthusiastic. What a joy to be there.
The gallery is chock full of art and each artist has a wall space that rotates every several months. When you walk in the door you will immediately see the space for the Artist of the Month.
The gallery is hung in a Salon Style. Here's a rather interesting article about the history of this type of display: Salon Style

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Together, oil on canvas

© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
8 x 8"

Sitting with family and friends watching the ever changing light and it's reflections off the water.  Memories of great times by "the lake".

Do you have a seaside beach or lake cottage that you love?
Enjoy your time together.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dawn's Early Light, oil on canvas

By Dawn's Early Light
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
12 x 24"
There is such a comfort and peace in the predawn hours. If you are an early riser, you know what I mean. The silence, the twinkling of stars and the sound of just a few birds who are early risers too.

This painting Dawn's Early Light is a September 11 memory painting for me.

Growing up in the midwest, this would be a familiar predawn sight. Seeing a farm house in the distance with just a few lights glowing in the dark. On this day work had already begun to harvest the apple orchards.
Then, in a few hours, our world would be forever changed.
Remembering that day and wishing you peace.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Weather Channel John Constable Style

The Promise of a New Day
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
8 10"
available click to view framed
Earlier this year I had a chance to visit the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT to study several of English landscape painter John Constable's cloud studies on exhibit. These are small works that he kept in his studio and never really intended to sell. They were preliminary studies for larger works.

My painting The Promise of a New Day is a study after one of his studies! He was well known for being very precise in notations of the atmospheric conditions, the prevailing weather conditions, direction of the light and time of day on the back of his sketches. 
Constable paintings
photo © Karen F. Rose
Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT
View of the sunny day in New Haven from the museum window
photo © Karen F. Rose

And speaking of weather. On Friday night, the opening of my art exhibit in High Springs, the rain came down in buckets.
So here's a special thank you to all who came out to the exhibit. Thanks!
I had a chance to talk to old and new friends and had a wonderful time despite the  rain clouds.
The Light Falls Softly exhibit is on through the month of September.
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