Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Beyond the Frame, Impressionism Revisited

La Promenade, by Gustave Caillebotte rendered in life size sculpture
If you are in Key West, Florida, be sure to visit the current exhibit, Beyond the Frame, Impressionism Revisited, at the Custom House Museum, where you can become part of an impressionistic painting.

After a successful career as a painter, internationally famous artist J. Seward Johnson turned his talents to creating life size bronze sculpture.
Johnson creates life size scenes from famous impressionistic masterpieces. These are artworks you are invited to step into!
A video camera captures you at that moment and displays your image on a monitor in a grouping artfully displayed on the staircase wall.
Visitors to the museum are encouraged to walk into these scenes and interact with the figures in the painting.
"You" in the framed video painting.
Monitor paintings on display on the grand staircase.
You'll also want to see the Ernest Hemingway exhibit on the museum's second floor. Hemingway, author of The Old Man and the Sea is perhaps one of Key
West 's most famous former residents.

What's your must see adventure while in Margaritaville...
ah hmn... I mean Key West?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Louvre Museum's Seated Scribe- Making That List and Checking It Twice.

Seated Scribe
Louvre Museum,  Paris

Writing, writing. writing. Tis the season for writing holiday and Christmas cards, writing year end to do lists and making those all important other "lists" and checking them twice.

Last night seated with my legs crossed, writing and writing, I thought about the figure of the Seated Scribe, in the Louvre museum in Paris. He is a masterpiece of Egyptian art.

I remembered the first time I saw him. wondering then, as I do now, "What was he writing?"

Quite a striking figure, he is rendered geometric, yet with very realistic touches. That day years ago, his fixed gaze starred right through me. He looked beyond me with his 4000 year old eyes to the courtyard of the Louvre, out to the streets of Paris and beyond.

But, last night with a chuckle, I thought of him with his fingers wrapped not around his scroll and quill pen, but with an I Pad in his lap instead.

My how our instruments of writing have changed over the years from papyrus, to 
I Pad.
What's on your list of to do's before the year end? Do you use lists to make yourself more accountable to achieve your goals?  If so, good luck with that!

If you are interested, there is a closer look at the Seated Scribe in an interactive view on the Louvre's web site Seated Scribe
Oh, by the way, unless you practice yoga, I wouldn't advise sitting with your legs crossed, guaranteed to put your left leg to sleep!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gator Gothic

Tail Gators
© 2010 Karen F. Rose
archival print
Sometimes you gotta have a little fun, so when George Ferreira invited artists to create works for his gator themed art exhibit, Waniguchi, the Gator and the Sake Cup ...well I just couldn't resist a parody. 
Gainesville has a gothic style Century bell tower, the "bat house" bats, Saturday tailgate burgers and football fans with the craze for a certain "T-rrific quarterback".
Please visit Ice House Gallery in McIntosh before the exhibit closes on January 29th, 2011. 
Who modeled for the painting American Gothic by Grant Wood? It was not a husband and wife as some think. Do you know?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Painting the Intimate Landscape Conversation

Quiet Conversation
© 2010 Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
There's a little group of trees I pass every morning as I am on my way out and about. I am in a hurry but they will not be part of my hustle and bustle. They are pensive and seek my observation. They ask of me a moment of quiet introspection. 

Do you have a landscape that "speaks to you"? Perhaps in your garden, at a lake or in the cool of the forest. What scene makes you stop and reflect?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Getting Into an Artist's Mind - Reflections on an Oil Painting

© 2010 Karen F Rose
oil on canvas

Have you ever studied a painting and wondered. What's the narrative here? Just WHAT is the artist saying to me? 

In this original oil painting I created for the Art and Apparatus exhibit at the IceHouse Gallery earlier this year, I included a number of seemingly unrelated objects - a hammer, a cryptic handwritten note, a large scholarly leather bound book, and an egg, gently cradled in a hand, (a wooden carved hand) all lit with a somewhat mysterious glow. 
Does each object represent something other than it's physical reality? Is my representation of an egg symbolic of something else?

The title of the painting is "The Discovery Process".

To a writer, a naturalist, a parent, a social worker, a scientist, a lawyer, a teacher, a politician, a doctor, and an artist - there can be different meanings and interpretations. 
What questions does the painting pose? 
What do you see in the painting? Click on comments and tell me your thoughts. 

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pastels - What's Old and New - Henri Roché Pastels, PastelMat, Pan Pastels

An assortment of new Pan Pastels
Clairefontaine's PastelMat
Something Old: In a previous post, I included photos of my visit to La Maison Du Pastel, 20 Rue Rambuteau, Paris, a small shop that is like a walk back in time, not having changed much since the 1920's. There Isabelle Roché sells hand made Henri Roché Pastels. This line of pastels dates back to the 1720's.


Whether you are an artist or not, you would be fascinated by their luminosity. The history of these pastels, complete with mentions of Whistler and Degas and how Isabelle came to continue the family tradition of making these handmade pastels can be found by clicking on the history of Henri Roché pastels.


Something New: At the big department store BHV in Paris, you'll find just about everything. Want to have a snack while you are shopping, forget to pack that sweater, need a new watch battery, need a laundry basket? No problem!


At BHV a fully stocked art department awaits you. I found packages of PastelMat on the shelves. This acid free and lightfast surface for pastel will be a joy to work on and is available in eight colors.


At home, I have discovered Pan Pastels, which create less dust than stick pastels.  Pan pastels are an exciting new way to apply the pastel medium. Love the pans with lids, the sponges and the varied shapes of Sofft applicators to apply the pastel.


If you are new to the pastel medium, visit the site Artists in Pastel, a blog written by
a gentleman in Cork, Ireland who reviews websites of artists who work in pastel.


I am most honored to have my name mentioned on his blog site.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Artist Lessons Learned From A Cat

Studio Assistant Cat
© 2009 Karen F. Rose
charcoal 
Many artists are blessed to have studio assistants. You know, that special someone who helps stretch canvases, deliver paintings to galleries, assist with PR material, clean brushes and tidy up the studio.
Well my assistant, Mr. Boots, a tabby cat, does help with cleaning the studio and for sure is an art critic. Just look at the expression of approval on that face!
He is working on how to speed dial Fed Ex for painting shipments, but is having a tough time with stretching canvases. 

He does however, teach me valuable lessons.
When a studio painting is giving me challenges, he says to me, "Take a break, step back, come, let's go sit out in the sun, listen to the birds and hear what nature has to tell us." Not bad advice.
And by the way, he asked me if you have read about "our history" on the About the Artist page of this blog. Have you?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuscan Style - The Art of Handmade Marbleized Paper

Welcome to Il Papiro in Florence.
 Photo © 2010 Karen F Rose
Showing me a sample of marbleized pape
Photo ©  2010 Karen F Rose

"Mr. Boots, my studio assistant cat received excellent care from friends during my recent trip overseas. So great, in fact, I'm not sure he even missed me!


As a thank you, to repay the kindness of his caregivers, I wanted to bring home just a little something from Italy for these friends.
I was  pleased to discover a charming and inviting paper shop, Il Papiro where gift giving ideas abound. 


As their website says, Il Papiro produces hand decorated paper with techniques inspired by the tradition of Tuscany - hand decorated papers on journals, books and photo frames. 
Here's a video link to watch the artisan who demonstrated the steps in this marbleizing process:  video  
If this looks like a creative endeavor you'd like try, here's a link on how to make your own marbleized paper.
Enjoy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Heads or Tails...A Penny for Your Thoughts



This blog, My Painting Journey has been a journal of mine for almost two years. Back when I started, I didn't know the ins and outs of blogging and to tell you the truth, I am constantly learning. The intent is to share with you, my recent paintings, my art related travels and inform you of my upcoming exhibits and shows. 


After returning from my recent trip I thought I could use some help with my blogging skills to better showcase my painting adventures. So with a commitment to building a more vibrant blog, I signed up for the 4-week Blog Triage class with Cynthia Morris and Alyson B. Stanfield.
I have taken a workshop with Alyson and have her I'd Rather Be in the Studio book (which I highly recommend) so I know I will be in for a great learning experience


I am also in the process of transitioning my web site to a new format.
I would love to hear from you with your thoughts. 
Which web site do you prefer and is more reader friendly?
http://karenfrose.fineartstudioonline.com/
 or
www.karenfrose.com


Soooo...put down that cup of coffee and send me your comments.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Zecchi in Florence-Art Supplies for the Traveling Artist

What a fabulous art supply store.

Jars of pure pigment.
With the new airline regulations limiting the weight of checked luggage and restrictions of carry on luggage, painting the Tuscan landscape takes some planning for those visiting from overseas.
If you are visiting Florence before you head down the A1 highway, visit Zecchi, at Via dello Studio 19 in the heart of Florence just steps away from the Duomo 
Their web site says, "the building that houses the Zecchi art supply store, is part of the historic seat of the ancient Studio Fiorentino, the first University of Florence (dated 1348) that gave the street its current name. The paint store - located in this street for centuries - has always been an important reference point for Florentine artisans and painters". 
I stopped in to pick up some stainless steel painting knives (not the best thing to have in carry on luggage) and some canvas. The staff was so helpful.  Then, what a treat to have the bells from the Duomo ring out just as I was leaving the store.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pastel Artists in Florence, Italy -Taking it to the Streets

Would Vermeer be pleased with this street artist's rendering of The Girl with a Pearl Earring?
Photo Karen F. Rose
A street painter in Florence with his Madonna and child work in progress.
Photo Karen F. Rose 
Walking the narrow streets in Florence, Renaissance art is everywhere. And as you are strolling along savoring that double scoop of gelato you just bought, be sure to look down and enjoy the art at your feet. Skillfully crafted pastel paintings are created on the streets in areas where crowds gather. The street painters in Italy are called madonnari because they often paint pictures of the Madonna as well as recreating other well known masterpieces on the pavement.
This is hard work I imagine. Crouching in an almost fetal position as you draw and your days labor always threatened by a chance of rain and at days end the inevitable large mechanical street cleaner.
With bus loads of Asian tourists passing this young painter each day, I wondered if he was using a little entrepreneurial smarts. Do you think the name on his shirt is paid advertising? 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gator Themed Art Show at Ice House Gallery In McIntosh Opens Nov. 5

Gators, Gators and more Gators.

George Ferreira is putting together a not to be missed art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening of this show Nov 5 at the Ice House Gallery. Gators in all shapes and forms will be the artistic theme chomp ....chomp.
What is my entry into this exhibit? Well...it is on the humorous side, a drawing on archival paper. But more on that later.
Wonder if any of you have had a first hand experience with alligators? If you want one, visit the La Chua Trail in Paynes Prairie State Preserve Park just outside of Gainesville, FL.
You will see hundreds of gators sunning themselves on the trail. There is no fence separating you from these fellows so ...watch your step and mind the small dogs and children.
But then if you want a different kind of gator experience, on any given football Saturday, there are thousands of them in the Swamp!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Discovering Monet at the Grand Palais

Exhibition poster outside Grand Palais in Paris appropriate for this landmark exhibition.
Long lines for admission. The exhibit runs until Jan. 24, 2011.
Monet exhibition bookstore
Can you say...bring your Visa!
More than 70 museums from around the world loaned paintings to the Monet exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. Included are more than 200 works covering 60 years of Claude Monet's career. It is the largest retrospective to be organized in his native France in 30 years. more than 83,000 tickets have already been sold and lines are long if you have not prearranged for your ticket. 
The painting, Impression, Soleil Levant which gave Impressionism it's name is missing from this exhibit and is on display at Musée Marmottan Monet that is a former hunting lodge in the 16th arrondissement district. There is an interesting Wall Street Journal article about the feud over the inclusion of that painting in the exhibit. Google the article if you want some behind the scenes drama.
This amazing exhibit has an interactive web site  
http://www.monet2010.com/en#/home/
But be patient because it takes a while for all the information to load.
Must say I was overwhelmed. I had severe jet lag and I kept pinching myself knowing this is a once in a lifetime exhibit and I was seeing paintings I will never again see in person.
The rooms were darkly lit and the deep jewel tones of the exhibition walls made the light in the paintings radiate their glow....very captivating. As Liz Lemon says, I want to go there....again.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In Flight Thoughts - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Airplane In Flight Map
Over the Guernsey Island 

Just returned from a (vacation/birthday celebration) adventure in Paris, France and Italy.  I cherish the moments with family, old and new friends and the opportunity to see art and architecture in Florence, Cortona, Siena, and Paris, previously I had only studied in college art textbooks.
The enchanting Tuscan landscapes and my Paris adventure will be inspiration for pastel and oil paintings in the days ahead....so stay tuned.
However, back to the plane... on flights over "the big pond" I always love to view the map in progress. Seeing where you are at 35,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of the night always gives one pause. As we inched closer to France on the moving map, the Guernsey Island in the English Channel was highlighted. My thoughts immediately turned from, "gee, I hope we have enough fuel to make it to Paris CDG cause I can't swim", to the... oh so charming book I listened to last summer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I say listened to, because many times when I am painting in the studio I listen to audio versions of books and this has superb actors. Kinda wished we weren't flying over Guernsey but were popping in for a visit with the locals.
Amazon has a wonderful clip about the book http://www.amazon.com/Guernsey-Literary-Potato-Peel-Society/dp/0385340990
Time to unpack the suitcase and read the mail. Subscribe to my blog if you want to join me on my colorful art adventure to Tuscany and Paris.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation - Noche de Gala Donation - Horse and Rider

In the Moment
Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
8"x8"
$400
If you have ever watched a horse and rider perform with such grace and perfection that you cannot forget the moment, I hope you will consider bidding on In the Moment, my original oil painting which will be part of this year's Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Noche de Gala Auction fundraiser.
You may bid on the painting at the event which will be Saturday evening October 23, 2010 at the Besilu Collection located in Micanopy, FL or with on line pre bidding through the event's web site.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Appleton Museum of Art Exhibit "On the Balcony"

Cumulus Crescendo
pastel on board
20"x16"
My pastel painting Cumulus Crescendo was accepted into the
juried art exhibit "On the Balcony" at the Appleton Museum of Art
in Ocala, Florida. 
Having my artwork hanging in the same museum that has featured
art by George Inness, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Winslow Homer and
William Bougereau is very special for me. Thank you to Ruth Grim
the Appleton Museum of Art curator of exhibitions for selecting my pastel
and the Ocala Art Group for organizing the show.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Finding Meaning in a Pastel Painting

We're Not in Kansas Anymore
Karen F. Rose, pastel 2008
Google reminded me that today marks the 71 anniversary of the movie classic The Wizard of Oz.  Two years ago I created this pastel "We're Not in Kansas Anymore".  When it was on display at Sante Fe College President's Gallery in Gainesville FL, several people shared with me fond memories the painting brought back, of being a small child sitting close to their parents while watching the movie, holding tight to their parent's hands when "scary things happened".
Others felt there was a deeper meaning in my painting, in the depiction of the subject matter, the composition and use of color. Perhaps this was a tale of fearful current events?
In a previous post, I talked about what inspired me to create the painting.
All art is open to interpretation. Volunteering as a docent at the Harn Museum of Art and hearing visitors express the meaning they found in the artwork was always so enriching. Each person's view of art is a unique perspective, colored by their own knowledge and life experiences.
After 71 years, much has been written about the Wizard of Oz. If you are an Oz fan, this article may interest you. Wizard

Monday, August 2, 2010

Landscape Painting in Gainesville, FL Remembering the Light


 I guess you could call Twilight Shadow Homecoming a landscape painting of a house in Gainesville.  But to me, it's more about home - a warm welcome, a happiness at day's end.  Someone is on the the porch watching the dance of light and shadow as the tree branches sway in the breeze. Soon the porch light will illuminate the yard and fireflies will compete for the evening glow.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Painting a May Memory




Le Rêve
oil on linen
Karen F. Rose

In Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting, the author stresses the importance of painting from memory.  We "relive our experiences and the effect they produced on us. The mind is dealing more with the  expression of thought than with the the clever application of paint".
After hearing of the environmental disaster just unfolding in the Gulf on that day in May, I stood at the water's edge. There was stillness and unbelievable serenity. How beautiful yet how fragile these waters are. 
While other painters around me were creating beautiful scenes of the manicured grounds; banyan trees, palms and flowers. My thoughts were "on the Gulf" hoping what I had heard on the news was just a dream.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chateau de Balleroy Normandy, France, Plein Air Painting and the Balloon Museum


In 1998, American Artist Magazine published a special issue featuring 21 artists on tour in Normandy, France at the invitation of American Artist and Forbes magazine. The plein air artists painted scenes of this magnificent seventeenth century chateau and the surrounding countryside. Visiting Normandy, France had always been on my bucket list and reading that Malcolm Forbes had established the first hot air balloon museum in the stable on the grounds made a future visit all that more appealing.
Years later I did have the good fortune to visit Chateau de Balleroy, the beautiful gardens and the museum. I walked the grounds looking in every direction seeing Balleroy from all angles I thought to paint, except from above.

Fast forward to 2010 when I met Wendy and her husband Bud, who is a professional hot air balloonist. In 1993, they had been invited to the Seventeenth Annual International Invitational Balloon Meet at of all places Chateau de Balleroy! What a small world.
Wendy graciously shared her photos with me so I could at last see that view I missed, the view from above, from a hot air balloon!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Paris Velib Bike Program and The Tour de France

Velib' Bike Rental Program Paris
Ok, confession time... instead of painting today I have been watching the Tour de France. As the cyclists spin their way through France headed toward Paris, I am reminded of the many Velib' stations located throughout the city. That rental program is the only way most of us will ever be riding a bike in Paris. 
Sorry Lance... for not making the team. 
I do like the the basket model velib bike. Perfect for art supplies and pastels from  La Maison du Pastel.
Seems there should be more emphasis on this kind of rental here in the States especially in college towns.  What do you think?
But whenever you ride your bike, please wear a bike helmet. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Earleton, Florida- Connecting to the Past through Painting

My oil painting Earleton Twilight is included in the 
10th Annual Thomas Center Juried Art Exhibit 
in Gainesville, FL. 
To view the painting and my comments click here March 18th post

Now as Paul Harvey would say, here's the rest of the story -
The painting was created during the Open Air Arts 
event held this March in Melrose, FL. 
After reading this Florida heritage marker,
I was inspired to create the painting.
Do you know where this site is? If so let me know. 

Of course the church is long gone but you might 
find this article about carpenter gothic design of interest. 
When you see the painting hope you feel the spirit of 
this quiet spot.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Moon and Our Fascination

Moonlit Bay, sketch
oil on  canvas
© Karen F. Rose
Forty one years ago on July 20th, we on the good planet earth looked skyward watching in awe "as man walked on the moon".  I remember that night just like it was yesterday.
My fascination with the moon hasn't changed much over these many years, but my interest now is painting the moon, not walking on it.
Painting moonlit scenes plein air is a challenge because, well...it's dark outside and hard to see your palette. It's best to choose a night when the moon is full and you will be amazed at how much color you actually can see once your eyes adjust to the light.
I was in Sarasota a few months ago at a workshop at the M Gallery of Fine Art with artist Mark R. Hanson. The highlight of the workshop was the night a group of about 10 of us painted in a park that overlooked the Sarasota bay. What a beautiful night! The lights of the city in the distance illuminated the sky and the sound of tree frogs serenaded in the night breeze.
The next full moon is Monday, July 26th, 2010. I'll be packed and ready to go with my booklight to light both my canvas and my paints and of course bug spray. Hey we aren't the only ones who love the moonlight!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Norman Rockwell -Telling Stories

On July 2, 2010 through Jan 2, 2011 The Smithsonian features an exhibit Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. If you are not able to make it to Washington, D.C. to see the exhibit in person, you will enjoy listening to the Smithsonian's podcast seeing many of the paintings  and drawings and hearing how the illustrations of Rockwell inspired these two great movie makers. Click on this link http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/archive/2010/rockwell/ to the Smithsonian's page.
Norman Rockwell told his own story in My Adventures as an Illustrator,  a book I have in my library.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thomas Center 10th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibit Gainesville, FL

My oil painting Earleton Twilight has been accepted into the 10th Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibit. The event is held July 17th to September 12, 2010 in the main gallery of the Thomas Center in the Historic District of Gainesville, FL. There is a free public reception  July 22 from 5 to 7 pm.

Considered Gainesville's cultural center, the Thomas Center is housed in a beautifully restored Mediterranean Revival-style hotel. The Thomas Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and contains art galleries, 1920's period rooms, local history exhibits, performance space, banquet rooms, and meeting rooms. The Thomas Center is surrounded by the lovely Thomas Center Gardens. 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ice House Art Gallery Exhibit- Road to the Barn

Road to the Barn
© 2010 Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
10"x8"
available
Ice House Art Gallery
352-591-5930
There is a peacefulness, a special quiet
when country roads are brushed with
twilight shadows that paint the landscape.
I hear a hawk in the field. I cannot linger, but
hope to return tomorrow.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

New Landscapes at Ice House Art Gallery in McIntosh, FL

Twilight Glow Remembered
oil on canvas
24x48"
© 2009 Karen F Rose

I am delighted four of my oil paintings are included in the new summer landscape exhibit at the Ice House Art Gallery and Studios in McIntosh, FL. Owner of the gallery George Ferreria creates and displays exquisite handcrafted Florida furniture and sculpture from natural and found objects. He has transformed a former ice house into a beautiful art gallery and studio space.
After delivering my paintings to the gallery, I had dinner with my parents both very young at 89 and 90. They told me stories of how when they were children in a small town in Wisconsin they would race after the ice truck to catch shavings off those big blocks of ice that had come from the ice house in their town.


The Ice House Gallery in McIntosh, FL a very "cool" 
artistic retreat.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

We remember on this Memorial Day

More than 50 years after the Allies liberated Paris a bronze statue of Winston Churchill by French sculptor Jean Cardot was unveiled in Paris in 1998. Paid for by the French people, it is one of the few in Paris to depict a non-French public figure.

It is modeled on a photograph of Churchill marching with France's wartime leader General Charles de Gaulle down the nearby Champs Elysees on 11 November,1944. 


Mr Cardot said: "I wanted to show Churchill's strength, his determination, and also his humour. "This is a man on the move, a man who won't stop."
Its plinth bears the words: "We shall never surrender."


On this and all Memorial Days, I always give thanks and have such respect for those with courage and determination who have served for freedom and peace. 



If you have never seen video of President Ronald at Pointe du Hoc please take a moment to watch it click this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBeyZAmmJNg

Friday, May 14, 2010

Blue Skies



Blue Sky Cloud Study
Oil on canvas
The English artist John Constable was well known for his study of clouds. To the sky studies he added notes, often on the back of the sketches, of the prevailing weather conditions, direction of light, and time of day...so this one is for you John Constable. Bright sunny day in Florida, 10:40 am on a Monday in May, 2010.
And to all of you who are flying to far away places soon. Hoping your trip is filled with lots of blue skies...smiling at you.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Winston Churchill the painter

Winston Churchill (detail of painting)
by Douglas Chandor
at Smithsonian
photo credit © Karen F. Rose 
The Portrait Society of America organized a bus trip to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington DC during the national conference in 2010 which I was lucky to attend. 
I was pleased to study a portrait of Winston Churchill I had never seen. (This is just a portion of the painting by Douglas Chandor)

Mr. Churchill was a painter himself. In the book Winston Churchill His Life as a Painter A Memoir by His Daughter Mary Soames, there is a touching story describing how Churchill during the war convinced President Roosevel that while in North Africa he must see the sun set over Marrakesh.
Roosevelt was carried up the stairs of a tower and "the two friends sat and watched the sun set in all its glory." Then in the next two days Winston Churchill, who had brought his paints with him painted, the scene. 


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Portrait Society of America Annual Conference

Bart Lindstrom signing his Mystery Sale Painting
Just returned from the Portrait Society of America Annual conference where John Howard Sanden was the recipient of the 2010 Gold Medal. What an inspiration John is as well as all of the distinguished artists there in attendance. 
I had just the best time with a fellow painter and dear friend who I met sixteen years ago at a workshop with Mr. Sanden at the Art Students League in New York City. 
Bart Lindstrom, a superb artist from Atlanta painted in the opening night face off competition, gave an instructive and entertaining discussion on color during one of the Friday break out sessions and contributed to the Mystery Art Sale. And...my friend won his exquisite little painting.
How lucky Mary is to have that beautiful painting to take back to her home and studio. Congratulations Mary and thank you Bart for the photo op!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Open Air Arts Closing Reception April 25, 1-5 PM


There is still plenty of time to view and purchase art at the Open Air Arts Exhibit in Melrose, FL. 
Melrose Bay Art Gallery, Bellamy Road Arts and Shake Rag Arts are hosting the exhibit with a closing celebration on Sunday, April 25th.
I was honored to receive an award for the Best Impressionistic Painting for my oil on canvas Sentinel Pines. There are so many wonderful works of art-enjoy the show!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Twilight Earleton-A tone poem painting


Twilight Earleton
© Karen F. Rose
oil on linen canvas
10x10"
sold
Another of my paintings in this year's 4th Annual Melrose Open Air Arts event. 
In the 1870's English settlers came to Earleton to build a church. The church is long gone. But I wonder if on a spring day in March over 140 years ago, on this little patch of hallowed ground - someone stood and said, "Yes, let it be here, to feel the wind, to know the birds and find peace in the glow of this setting sun". 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

OAA Reception March 20, 6 -10 pm

Just Drifting
Karen F. Rose
oil on canvas
10x8"
available
My father was a fisherman all his life. He had a little boat just like this one I saw on Santa Fe Lake this week. 
At 89, when he drifts off to sleep I think he dreams he is on a lake somewhere going out to catch some bass. 
I painted this one for you Dad. 
Wish you could have been out there with me. 
The title of the painting - Just Drifting
The Open Air Arts in Melrose will host the reception this Saturday. Please visit all three galleries Melrose, Bellamy Road Arts and Shake Rag Artists Gallery.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Art Exhibit at Vam York Theater

Thursday March 19th is the opening of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Vam York Theater. My solo art exhibit is there in the lobby until the close of the show on April 11. There are eight paintings and it truly is a wonderful exhibit space. Thanks to Linda Pence and Leannis Maxwell for their assistance in hanging the paintings. Hope you can attend the musical.  
Tickets Available at Book Gallery West in the Millhopper Shopping Center, 4121 NW 16th Blvd., next to Publix and the Vam York Theater. A percentage of the sale of any painting goes to benefit the Gainesville Community Theater.