Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Celebrate Art 2017 Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

Whispered Nocturne
Karen F. Rose
SOLD
Standing on the beach looking at the Atlantic ocean from a Florida shore you'll feel an amazing quiet that envelopes you. The sun setting in the west lightly paints the faintest colors in eastern sky.
The noise of the day fades and there is just the whispered night.
Whispered Nocturne is part of atmospheric abstracts that I have been pursuing in my new studio.

You are invited to The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach's Celebrate Art 2017 to see this Whispered NocturneEventide and In Stillness.  And art by 30 other amazingly talented artists. The exhibit runs from Jan 12, 2017 to February 18, 2017. The Cultural Center is open from 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Sat 10 to 4. After hour appointments are available and their phone number is 904 280 0614. The Center is located at 50 Executive Way just off A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

If you're making your visit a day trip, there are several restaurants at the newly renovated Sawgrass Village shopping center to choose from Trasca & Co Eatery, Nona Blue, Metro Diner, Aqua Grill  Caffee Andiamo

The Village Arts Framing Gallery (next to Trasca & Co Eatery) also has an exhibit of my paintings. This delightful shop and gallery between Hilton Garden Inn and Chico's is the "Best Little Frame Shop in PVB for over 20 years".
Please leave me a comment if you have questions. I'd love to help you make your visit most art filled and enjoyable.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach Celebrate Art 2017 Opening Reception

Eventide
Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
20 x 24"
Available Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
Eventide is one of my three paintings accepted into The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach's juried member art show.  The opening reception for the exhibit is Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. The Celebrate Arts 2017 Exhibition runs through February 18th.

I'm truly honored that juror Steve Williams from the Florida Mining Gallery chose my work for the exhibit.

2016 has been eventful and for some a stressful year.  Eventide, In Stillness and Twilight Nocturne are atmospheric abstract paintings of peace and comfort.

Often at dawn or twilight I walk the beach and those moments of calm and peace are reflected in these paintings. If you attend the exhibit, I hope you'll send me a note and let me know if they resonate with you.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Village Arts Framing Gallery Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Sawgrass Village

Village Arts Framing Gallery Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
next to the Hilton Garden Inn, Trasca & Co Eatery and Chicos
Wecome 2017! 
Just delivered 11 original oil and pastel paintings to this charming gallery in the heart of Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Village Arts Framing Gallery is just a driver and a three wood from TPC Sawgrass.  
Well that might be a bit of golfer exaggeration, but Sawgrass Village has just been newly renovated and you'll want to plan a visit.  Chicos,Trasca Eatery and Hilton Garden Inn are right next door to the gallery. The Marriott Sawgrass is just across the street.

The  Village Arts Framing Gallery offers full framing services and couldn't be friendlier. Local art is featured and owner Pamela Keegan will help you find the perfect frame.


Click this map link to view the location 


Village Arts Framing and Gallery

155 Tourside Dr.  Suite #1520

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
daily open 10 am to 5 pm 
closed on  Sunday
904 273 4925


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice

The Sea
Karen F. Rose
pastel on paper

sold
How will you spend this shortest day of the year?  

Today across the sea in Ireland at Newgrange a special group of people will be allowed to view the sunrise in this 5000 year old monument. A passage and chamber are perfectly aligned with the rising of the sun on the Winter Solstice. 
Why it was constructed is still a mystery. To read more about the site visit www.newgrange.com.

Today here in Florida on the first day of winter it is gray and cold.  
I'll be in my #artstudiobytheocean, painting, cleaning and rearranging.

Update - In 2017 my oil and pastel paintings are now offered through 
Village Arts Framing Gallery

155 Tourside Dr. Suite 1520
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
904 273 4925


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"
available
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
Pastel
14 x 11"
Sold
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"
sold
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
6x6"
Sold


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"
available
 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
Available
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

Available
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
available

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.

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.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sunrise Over the Atlantic Ocean

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

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

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."

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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.