Friday, January 30, 2015

Another Series of paintings

City Scape oil painting

City oil painting on paper

Cubist painting with bridge

Cubist landscape

Mountain Town

Snowy Town 

Night Time Town

Western Winter

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Series Painting

When creating something, it's hard to stop at one.  Artists continue onward.  Monet's Water Lillies and O'Keefe's Flower paintings are stunning examples.
Like all things it eventually dies.




  Today I decided to start photographing some of my old series paintings.  This is the first of the series paintings, "Trees".

Monday, January 19, 2015

Working in 2015

2014 wasn't a good year for me in creating art.  Life was crazy.  At this moment, I'm ready to get more art work done.
Yesterday I bought 8 new brushes so that I can continue on a direction that I started in 2014.

Color! Mini paintings (8" by 8")  from 2014 reflect this color:

Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas
Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas
Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas

These painting are not photoshopped for color.  I took photos with my ipad and the exposure was too light.  In Photoshop I toned down the brightness.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Chihuly in Denver

I recently saw the exhibit in Denver at the Botanical Gardens of Chihuly's gorgeous glass. I had seen his work in the past but not this much and not presented like this.

I knew the show would be good but in fact, it was better than I expected.  How often does that happen?

As beautiful as these photos are, the artwork in person was better.  It was a stroke of genius to display art glass in a setting such as the Denver Botanical Garden.  
It's an incredible display.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Drawing as a skill

 
line drawing by Charlotte Rossmann

Drawing is a skill, learned with practice but it's a hell of a way to spend your life.

and as others have said...

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” 
― Walt Stanchfield

“If a restaurant offers crayons, I always take them and color throughout the meal. It beats talking to the people I came to dinner with.” 
― Stephan Pastis

“But it is a pipe."
"No, it's not," I said. It's a drawing of a pipe. Get it? All representations of a thing are inherently abstract. It's very clever.” 
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

“Drawing things makes them seem more real and makes me feel more alive. It also makes me pin down and remember things - landscapes, season, weather, occasions, incidents, people - that would otherwise have melted from my memory.”
― David GentlemanLondon, You're Beautiful: An Artist's Year

“Most people don’t have shit… But paper and pencils are cheap, that’s why I draw.”
― Ida LøkåsDet fine som flyter forbi

“Eventually you will get into the habit of enjoying line as a language all of its own.” 
― Margaret StevensAn Introduction To Drawing Flowers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Twilight, a special time

Soft colors as day is ending 
Twinkling lights

enchanting sparkle

deepening colors that catch the light

as day is ending and night approaches.

Art by Charlotte

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

David Hockney Exhibit and Ipad art

David Hockney:
A Bigger Exhibition
When: Through Jan. 20; 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; the exhibit will be open until 8:45 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 29
Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Admission: $15-$25 weekdays, $18-$28 weekends, 415-750-3600, http://deyoung.famsf.org
Thanks to the power of the internet I can tour this exhibit without leaving home.  So I did.  
It looks amazing: 12 foot high prints from his ipad drawings, including quite a few self portraits.   His ipad paintings have his presence and feel as much as the conventionally painted art.  
"Most of these were shown last year at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, drawing mixed -- sometimes withering -- reviews from critics who used such words as "gaudy" and "spectacularly weird."
I don't think many American art lovers will agree with that.  

More on Ipad Art
My interest in ipad art has skyrocketed in the past few days since I've finally decided to spring for the purchase of a new ipad mini.  This will be my first Apple product.  Although I've used those of my family.  It should be delivered Monday.  In the meantime I've been looking up "how he does it".  I have to admit DH's images are fantastic.  It's all for fun because even Hockney doesn't sell them but it's creative, and it's an artist's toy.  I'm all for having fun!
Hockney started with an iPhone and went to the regular size iPad.  I considered getting the regular size but the mini is in between size and will be much easier for me to take with me on sketching trips.  I'll have to consider the stylus after a few months of practice with fingers.
Charlotte Rossmann iPad drawing
"When he first started working on the iPhone, Hockney found painting with one finger awkward. It took him a few months of practice, but soon he began producing pieces that were marvelously free and fresh. He was even quicker to adopt the iPad: It went on sale on April 3, 2010, and by April 6 he had sent me his first iPad drawing. Eight times the size of the iPhone, the iPad’s larger scale allows Hockney to use all his fingers. Lately he has been working with a stylus as well, and his on-screen virtuosity has grown accordingly. While the iPhone drawings were loose and broad, some of the recent iPad images have been complex and highly polished."
http://www.departures.com/articles/david-hockneys-ipad-art?page=2

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Cubist Crazy Faces

 New Cubist Crazy Faces and Quotes ...

David Hockey: "Always live in the ugliest house on the street - then you don't have to look at it."

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali 

Vincent Van Gogh: "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.”  Francis Bacon 
"Good artists copy, great artists steal." Picasso

Marc Chagall: "Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love."

To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe 

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” 
Alberto Giacometti 

Every good painter paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock 

Life obliges me to do something, so I paint.” Rene Magritte 
Art by Charlotte

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Anguish

"All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up." 
-- James Baldwin
Line drawing by Charlotte