Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Painting Saint Simons Island and Sea Island, Georgia

Gentle Breeze
6"x 8"
oil on linen panel

Wow it has been an amazing couple of weeks of travel and painting.

Had the privilege of attending a Laurel Daniel workshop in Saint Simons Island, GA hosted by Mary Anderson owner of The Anderson Fine Art Gallery.

Laurel is from Austin, Texas and is such a gifted painter and instructor. It was delight to finally meet her and paint with her.

Mary treated us to warm southern hospitality by arranging for us to paint in three beautiful private gardens during our workshop and have catered lunches from Cafe Frederica delivered to us each day. Delicious.

Gentle Breeze is a study done overlooking a marsh on Sea Island, GA.
As you can see, we had perfect weather that day.
Don't you just love remembering perfect days?

Today, I am hoping tropical storm Beryl was not an unwelcome guest on the islands.
I would say "rain, rain go away", but we are in a bit of a drought here and in GA so a rainy day just might be a perfect day for you too.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"In a Southern Garden" at the Thomas Center Gainesville, FL

Spring Blossom
© Karen F Rose
oil on canvas
6" x 6"
When painting this blossom for the plein air exhibit "In a Southern Garden", I saw a gentleman observing me painting.
After a while he said, "I like that you are painting the flower up close. It's like you want to smell it's fragrance too". I like that.
I also wanted to capture the delicate blossom as it was tossed in the March breeze.
Hope you will visit the Thomas Center Galleries where you will see plein air works by 16 Gainesville area artists. The show will be in full bloom through June 23, 2012.
Be delighted!
Cudos to Tim Malles for all his hard work curating the show.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Women Painters of the Southeast- Peoples' Choice Award

The Sentinel
© Karen F Rose
oil on linen canvas
20 x 16"
Women Painters of the Southeast
People's Choice Award

THANK YOU to the many people who have commented in person, by email and on Facebook about my oil painting "The Sentinel" which received recognition of a People's Choice Award at the Women Painters of the Southeast First Annual Exhibit and Sale.
Earlier this year, the painting also received an award at the Florida Artist's Juried Exhibit held at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fl.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was inspired by a quote from the naturalist John Muir. Large stands of pine trees are part of a disappearing landscape all over the southeast and especially in south Georgia and North Florida. 
Many of you told me you loved the peace and mystery of the painting, the luminosity and glow...thank you.

Special thanks to Eileen Corse of the Corse Gallery and Atelier in Jacksonville, FL for creating WPSE organization which is designed to help promote and support women representational artists that live in the southeastern states. 

What an amazing job Eileen and her staff have done! This WPSE show has 150 fabulous works. The show is on exhibit through May 26th so head on over and enjoy.

On Saturday morning, part of the festivities was a demo by the event judge, artist Barbara Flowers. What a colorful floral still life she created all with a palette knife.

The Peoples' Choice $250 award also included a Kevin Macpherson plein air oil and medium set supplied by Gamblin Artist Oils. I love Gamblin artist oil paints and when I travel to Portland, Oregon later this year, I am hoping I can stop in the factory and thank them in person.