Karen F Rose My Painting Journey

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice

The Sea
Karen F. Rose
pastel on paper

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"
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
14 x 11"
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.