Thursday, May 29, 2014

Something Borrowed, Something New, original oil painting, Karen F. Rose

Something Borrowed, Something Blue
© Karen F. Rose
oil on board
available
Don't you just love cobalt blue glass? This original oil painting has some luscious stokes of that gorgeous blue color that just seem to sing.

To set up the still life I "borrowed" the beautiful blue vase from a friend and chose some "new" flowers fresh from the garden. Love the lemon shape and color as a compliment.
Whether for a new bride, an anniversary gift or "just because" this painting will make a very unique gift for someone special.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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

Pianissimo
© Karen F. Rose
pastel
11 x 14" 

available
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
pastel
10x 10"
available
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
available
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
available

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"
available
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
available
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

Together
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
8 x 8"
available

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"
available
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.
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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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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Light Falls Softly Art Opening, High Springs Co-op, Friday, September 6, 2013

Cobalt Blue Breeze
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
20 x 16"
available through the end of September
High Springs Art Co op
High Springs, FL 
My oil painting, Cobalt Blue Breeze, is an impression of a glorious day by the ocean. Can't you just see it on the wall of your beach cottage?
Hope it brings you pleasant memories of your beach vacation with children or grandchildren or quiet moments walking the beach with that refreshing breeze welcoming you to a beach day.

Tonight is the opening of The Light Falls Softly, my month long art exhibit at the High Springs Art Co-op in High Springs, FL.
Gallery hours are listed in a previous post.

So pleased when the Gainesville Sun newspaper featured my oil painting
Daybreak Kanapaha Prairie in the centerfold of the arts section of the Scene.

Gainesville Sun Newspaper
Scene Section New and Notable

Probably the ONLY and best kind of centerfold picture I will ever have!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Choiceless as a Beach

Soft Light
© Karen F Rose
oil on canvas
6x6" (12 x 12") framed
available
  

"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea".  Anne Morrow Lindberg

Have always loved that quote since I first read her book Gift From the Sea many years ago. 
This painting Soft Light is a reminder to me to be patient. 
Do you know someone who could use that gentle hint?
Soft Light is one of 18 works that are part of my painting exhibit at the High Springs Artist Co-op which opens tomorrow evening, Friday. September 6 from 7 to 9 pm.
If you are in the area, I'd love for you to stop by and see this lovely cooperative gallery. Overflowing with the creativity of all the member artists, you are sure to find something to delight. 

I am fortunate to have my art on exhibit during the month of September at several venues. in addition to High Springs Art Co-op,  Melrose Bay Art Gallery in Melrose, FL and also at the Saint Augustine Art Association's Fall Member Show.
I look forward to becoming more involved with that group of wonderful artists.
And of course, my art it's always available on my web site. www.karenfrose.com




Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Light Falls Softly Art Exhibit at High Springs Art Co-op

Cumulus Illusion
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
30 x 40"
available
High Springs Art Co-op
High Springs, FL
Countdown to the opening of my featured guest artist exhibit at the High Springs Art Co-op in High Springs, FL begins today.
I will be delivering 16 oil and pastel paintings for The Light Falls Softly, my painting exhibit during the month of September at the gallery.
The opening reception is this Friday, September 6 from 7 to 9 PM.

High Springs Art Co-Op
115 North Main Street
High Springs, FL 32643

386-454-1808
Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
Mon. - Thurs. 11am - 5pm

Fri. and Sat 11 - 8 pm

The Light Falls Softly Opening reception 
Friday, September 6, 7 to 9 PM

The vast open expanse and clouds that drift and float somewhat aimlessly are warm well washed memories of summer days for me and I hope for you.
Cloudscapes and the play of light within them are something I love to paint and I hope you'll come out to the gallery and join me this Friday evening.
Would love to meet you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

High Springs Art Co-op Guest Artist September 2013

Hope you will save the date.
I am so honored to be the Guest Artist for the month of September at High Springs Art Co-op! Working away on paintings that will be part of the show.
Will keep you posted. Come on out on Friday, September 6 for a fun evening.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Gifts From the Sea

Shell on beach with natures patterned background.
One of the pleasures of a beach vacation is waking early then walking the beach to discover what gifts from the sea have been left for you to discover.
And if you are very lucky you might even see a beach rainbow. 
Rainbow Ponte Vedra Beach. FL
Photo © Karen f. Rose
Upcoming event.
****Save the date Friday, September 6**** for the opening night reception of my art exhibit in High Springs, FL
Opening Reception Friday, September 6, 7 to 9 pm. 
I look forward to being the Featured Artist for the month of September at the  

High Springs Artist Coop 
115 N Main Street, High Springs, FL
(386) 454-1808
Open every day
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Mon. - Thurs. 11am - 5pm
Fri. and Sat 11 - 8 pm
See you then.

Have a relaxing summer!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Karen F. Rose Paintings at Gainesville Eye Physicians Tioga Town Center

Gainesville Eye Physicians
Tioga Town Center
Newberry, FL
Karen F. Rose Featured Artist Exhibit
June and July 2013
Happy to have six of my paintings on display. Stop by and tell them I sent you! They will be happy to help you select just the perfect eyeglass frame for you.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Anchored Friends

Anchored
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
6x6" 12 x 12"
This painting is a reflection on of all those friends in your life who are anchored.
What a peaceful and calming presence they are.
You know the ones who are your "ship out on the ocean".
To all of you...thank you.
Hope I am there for you too.

Friday, May 10, 2013

White Camellias, the Gift of Southern Living

White Camellias
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
8 x 8"
framed 12 3/4 x 12 3/4
$295

In the northern states this year, the white you saw in winter months was snow falling in record amounts.

Here in Florida, January, February and March saw a profusion of white too... the  delicate buds and blossoms of beautiful white camellias.

Want to give a gift of southern living? Perhaps a snow bird you know would love an original oil painting as a lovely reminder of their "winter holidays" in Florida.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Salutations Spring

Salutations
© Karen F. Rose

oil on canvas
6 x 6"
12 x 12" framed 
In spring when all the dogwood, crabapple and cherry trees are admired and receiving praise for their fragrant and delicate blossoms, the oak tree stands tall and proud on the hill.
Perhaps there is a message in this painting for you or someone close to you.
If you would like to gift this painting as a special graduation or Mother's Day present click here to visit my web site where you can purchase the painting using the secure Paypal link.
Happy Spring!



Monday, April 29, 2013

Melrose Bay Twilight, pastel

Melrose Bay Twilight
© Karen F. Rose
sold

A soft glow and just the hint of starlight, as a well worn day fades into twilight.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Women Painters of the Southeast Second Annual Exhibit in Franklin, TN

Ain't Nothin But a Hound Dog
(Displayed In the Center of this grouping)
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
Imagine Gallery Franklin, TN
Women Painters of the Southeast Second Annual Exhibit
Ain't Nothin But a Hound Dog
© Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
10 x 10"
$400
Available- Imagine Gallery Franklin, TN
230 Franklin Rd  Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 794-7997

Women Painters of the Southeast Second Annual Exhibit

This oil sketch Ain't Nothin But a Hound Dog traveled to Franklin, TN, juried into the Second Annual Women Painters of the Southeast Exhibit and Sale just in time for the event opening on April 20th.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend the opening, but special thanks goes out to my friend Kathryn Dettwiller who stopped by Imagine Gallery and took a few photos of this amazing exhibit and gallery space for me. Thanks so much Kathryn!
And to my friends in Nashville and the surrounding area don't miss this show with over 150 gorgeous works of art!
Any Elvis fans out there... remember there is one special "hound" just waiting to go home with you!

The Open Air Event at Melrose Bay Art Gallery has been extended to May 12, 2013. Take a drive out to Melrose to see lovely paintings created during Open Air Arts.
So pleased that my pastel painting Slow No Wake has found a new home.
Have a great week!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

With Love

oil on canvas
10 x 12"
© Karen F Rose
I was honored and pleased to paint a commissioned oil painting portrait that was delivered last week.
Sometimes art can express what words cannot convey.
This oil painting will always have a special place in my heart.
Painted and given...with love.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Open Air Arts Dreaming by the Bay

Dreaming in the Park by the Bay
© Karen F. Rose
pastel
$250
Available Melrose Bay Art Gallery
Bellamy Road Art Gallery
One of the pleasures of painting in the Melrose Open Air Arts is choosing a location that speaks to you.  In past years, and again this year I was attracted to "the park by the bay" Melrose's Heritage Park on Melrose Bay. 

I see the the park bench and the blue of the water as an invitation to rest, to reflect and to dream. 

Thanks to all who stopped by to chat while I was pasteling. 
Especially the couples from Penny Farms. We had a wonderful discussion about pastel which I enjoyed and I hope you did too.
I have four paintings on display through April 21. Hope you will stop in and see all the fabulous art created by the 40 talented artists who participated in Open Air Arts this year.