Thursday, January 27, 2011

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

                Birch Trees in Early Snow: Original Landscape Watercolor Painting
                                Original Landscape Watercolor Painting
                                     By Artist Barbara Rosenzweig
                                                  11x8  $180

            Signed by me, the Artist, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

With all of the snow we've been getting, I thought that you would enjoy seeing two of my watercolors, "Birch Trees in Early Snow" and "Birch Trees in Snow of Winter."

They show large stands of birch trees that were partially burried in an early snow. These trees highlight the evergreen forest on the mountains in the background. The sky has a glow that often comes in the crisp, cold of winter. I hope that you will enjoy them.

              Birch Trees in Snow of Winter: Original Landscape Watercolor Painting
                               Original Landscape Watercolor Painting
                                     By Artist Barbara Rosenzweig
                                                 14x11 $180

                         Signed by me, the Artist, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Garden to Studio

Today, on a cold and windy January afternoon, I thought that you might like to dream of spring, get a few gardening tips, and glimpse into how I decide what to paint.
My garden is my “palette.” Throughout early spring and into summer, I constantly “redecorate” my plantings. I try to extend masses of color by dividing and spreading perennials for maximum color “punch.”
In order to decide what to paint, I look for blossoms that are fresh and newly opened, photographing them from many angles. In early spring, a great variety of tulips are blooming.
 You can see one patch of my garden where I selected the yellow parrot tulip that I finally decided to paint. What attracted my eye to the tulip I chose was the vivid contrast of the red stripes with the yellow petals, the green of the leaves, the shadows, and the shapes of the petals.
You can see from the resulting watercolor “Yellow Tulip,” that Georgia O’Keeffe’s work continues to have a major influence on my painting!

                             Yellow Parrot Tulip Flower Original Watercolor Art

Monday, January 10, 2011

‘Can’t Resist

Here it is, the beginning of January with snow storms predicted to cover many parts of our country. But not here in my photo gallery! It’s early spring and everything is blooming when I look at the photos of my garden! It was hard to decide where to take my next photo. Lovely lavender azaleas called to me, “Paint me first!” Hard to decide. I kept snapping away, so that I would catch the flowers at their best.
Now, I have plenty to keep me busy this winter while dreaming of spring!

Do I have a choice?

What choice do I have? I love gardening, have been doing it for over 40 years (am I giving away my age?), and love the flowers’ intense colors and textures! I have absolutely no choice but to try to capture their beauty in my watercolors.
Even in the dead of winter, I look to my garden for inspiration. In this blog you will see the process that I use to create my paintings.