Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Christmas card to you from Bernie...


May this special card find you and yours enjoying faith, family, friends, and food during this special time of year.

A special thank you to all my patrons in 2007... here's to another great year in 2008! I'll start posting paintings again just after the holidays...

May the Light of Christmas light your path and warm your heart...

Bernie

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Ridge... Blue Ridge Plein Air #6

"The Ridge"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #6... Fleetwood, NC
6x8" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-22, 2007 (Thanksgiving Day).
SOLD... Thanks Sharron R.!

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I recently returned from a Plein Air painting trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I had a great time and painted several plein air works that I plan to launch on eBay this week... read all about my adventures and see the paintings here... My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

I woke early Thanksgiving morning and decided to get at least one more plein air painting in before my family arrived later that morning. This scene is set on Fleetwood Mountain near our lodge on The Ridge. We walk this road everyday for exercise and I wanted to capture it before it is scattered with mountain homes. I got to met several people as they were enjoying their daily walks as well. Thanksgiving Day brought my family, and the COLD weather! It was 60 degrees when I painted this one... later that evening it was snowing!

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Lean on Me

"Lean on Me"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima from life, 11-2007.
SOLD...#150... Thanks Shirley!

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My love of painting pears and apples was combined as I set these two friends up in my studio. I say "friends" because that was the first thing that came to mind when the set up seemed to naturally tilt, better yet... lean... with a closeness shared by friends. The title, "Lean on Me", came as easily from the composition... I couldn't seem to get Bill Wither's song, "Lean on Me" out of my head. Like this unlikely couple... we all need someone to lean on... let the person you lean on know how much you appreciate them this Holiday Season. May the light of Christmas light your path and warm your heart... Merry Christmas!

Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Blue Ridge View... Blue Ridge Plein Air #5

"Blue Ridge View"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #5, Fleetwood, NC
6x8" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-21-2007.

This original oil painting by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... email Bernie with the title in the subject line... click HERE... for price and details.

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I recently returned from a Plein Air painting trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I had a great time and painted several plein air works that I plan to launch on eBay this week... read all about my adventures and see the paintings here... My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
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This peaceful scene is set just below our mountain lodge. Two days earlier I set out to paint this scene in the late afternoon... As I got to the foot of the hill I heard two gunshots (rather close I might add) so I decided to wait. I could just see the headlines now... "Plein air painter mistaken for deer!" While painting this one I saw wild turkeys, a white tail deer, and a Pleated woodpecker. An awesome time spent communing with nature.

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This painting, on a Gessoed Panel with painted sides, is easily framed or displayed with a decorative easel.
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All my paintings are signed originals using artist grade oils and archival surfaces. "Certificate of Authenticity" included.


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A Misty View of Todd Island... Blue Ridge Plain Aie #4

"A Misty View of Todd Island"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #4, Todd, NC
6x8" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-20-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Brian!

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I recently returned from a Plein Air painting trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I had a great time and painted several plein air works that I plan to launch on eBay this week... read all about my adventures and see the paintings here... My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
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I woke up early as usual on Wednesday the 21st. The mist was everywhere... wanting to capture it I headed down Fleetwood Mountain and along Railroad Grade Road and the New River to find the perfect spot. I set up along the banks looking into the rising sun as it back-lit the mist and silhouetted the trees in the scene. Here I am looking toward Todd Island that I mentioned in Plein Air #1.
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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Blue Ridge Lane in the Winter... Blue Ridge Plein Air #3

"Blue Ridge Lane in the Winter"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #3, Todd, NC
5x7" Oil on Panel, en plein aire, 11-20-2007. PRIVATE COLLECTION

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I recently returned from a Plein Air painting trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I had a great time and painted several plein air works that I plan to launch on eBay this week... read all about my adventures and see the paintings here... My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

I was attracted to the light in this simple scene and how the bare winter trees seemed to glow on the shadow side of the hill. This small piece was captured near the banks of the New River, near Todd, North Carolina, as the afternoon sun was in its golden splendor. I overemphasized the small road that was there... something about country lanes and roads... I find them so inviting and peaceful. Anyone who has collected my work recognizes them as a common theme.

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Railroad Grade Road... Blue Ridge Plein Air #1

"Railroad Grade Road"... Blue Ridge Plein Air #1, Todd, NC...
8x10" Oil on panel, en plein aire, 11-19-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Again Randy!

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I recently returned from a Plein Air painting trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I had a great time and painted several plein air works that I plan to launch on eBay this week... read all about my adventures and see the paintings here... My Plein Air Adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

In this scene I headed along Railroad Grade Road trying to narrow down one of a hundred beautiful spots to paint from. I found a view of a barn (I have painted several times) from Todd Island... a small island park in the middle of the South Fork Branch of the New River near Todd, NC. This old barn has so much character... I never tire of painting it! The weather was mild and clear for most of the week... except this day... I painted this one in a cold drizzle. After almost two hours... the cold drizzle turned into a downpour and I RAN to the car with painting (95% complete) in hand. I finished it in the comfort of a warm lodge and hot coffee.

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A Branch of Cotton

"A Branch of Cotton"... 5x7" Oil on panel, alla prima from life, 11-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Again Bob!

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Growing up in the coastal plains region of North Carolina snow is something I see once a year if I'm lucky. Cotton fields with their white expanse are as close as I get. I set up this small branch of cotton in my studio and painted it from life. Why cotton?... It's conflicting textures of roughness and smoothness and the mere fact that most people don't know what cotton looks or grows like were the motivating factors behind this one. I hope you enjoy it... cotton still makes me think of snow.

Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.

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Christmas Reminiscing

"Christmas Reminiscing"... 5x7" Oil on panel, alla prima from life, 11-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Betty!

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This small still life was set up in my studio and painted from life in anticipation of the Christmas Season. I love Christmas and often reminisce about those gone by... especially those special memories of loved ones no longer with us. The small bell in this painting belonged to my wife's grandmother when she was a small girl... it was actually attached to her horse drawn sleigh. May this small painting, "Christmas Reminiscing", bring you warm memories of loved ones and this special time of year... Merry Christmas!

Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Bernie Back from Blue Ridge Plein Air Trip...


I'm back... WOW... what a great time I had... read all about my adventures here...

Most of these paintings will be for sale soon... keep an eye out...

Bernie

Friday, November 16, 2007

Bernie away on Plein Air trip to the Blue Ridge...


I'll be away from November 17th through the 25th on a plein air painting trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains near Boone. I promise plenty of paintings to share (and auction off on eBay) when I return. It was snowing in Boone yesterday so I'm in for challenging plein air conditions... yip-pee! I plan to continue my "One a Day" still life paintings each evening while gone. See ya when I get back... and a special "Happy Thanksgiving" to all my friends and patrons. May you be blessed with good company and good food!


Bernie


photo by Thomas Brock

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

An Apple for Mrs. Tyson

"An Apple for Mrs. Tyson"... 5x7" Oil on panel, painted 10-31-2007, alla prima from life as a demo for Mrs Tyson's first grade class.

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I'm an advocate for the arts... with that said... I believe that introducing the arts to children is of the utmost importance. Read the whole story here...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hardtack and Coffee

"Hardtack and Coffee"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima from life, 11-2007.

SOLD... Thanks Randy B.!

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Hardtack, salt pork, and coffee were the staple rations for the American soldier... both Union and Confederate... during the Civil War. In fact, hard crackers have been issued as rations in every American conflict. During the American Civil War a soldier was rationed ten of these hard crackers per day... or at least was supposed to be. The official name for the cracker was "hardtack" but it had numerous nicknames like, "nail-benders", "worm-castles", and "teeth-dullers". Often they were issued molded and infested with worms and weevils. The most common way soldiers prepared them to eat was to boil them in a tin cup of coffee... this served two purposes... #1)... it softened them up... and #2)... it killed whatever was living in them. The worms would float to the top of the coffee and could easily be skimmed away. I set up this small still life on an old wooden table and painted it from life while at a Civil War Reenactment last weekend. The reenactment was held at Fort Branch near Hamilton, North Carolina. Reenacting is a hobby of mine and I portray an 1860's period civilian usually taking my French easel, brushes, and oils to plein air paint. I had a great time last weekend camping and painting with friends and family... sorry I don't have a photo in my period attire to share... I forgot the camera... maybe next time.

Here is a verse from a song that was sung by the civil war soldier whose title remains unknown, but with a message that is very clear:

There's a hungry, thirsty soldier Who wears his life away,

With torn clothes, whose better days are o'er

He is sighing now for whiskey And, with throat as dry as hay,

Sings, "Hard crackers, hard crackers, Come again no more."

As the war progressed and hunger became an issue the last verse of the song went like this:

"It is the dying wail of the starving,

Hard crackers, hard crackers, come again once more;

You were old and very wormy, but we pass your failings o'er,

O hard crackers, come again once more."

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Simply to Thy Cross I Cling

"Simply to Thy Cross I Cling"... 5x7" Oil on panel, alla prima, 11-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Andrew!

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For some strange reason I find cemeteries peaceful... anyone feel the same? My wife, kids, and I love to take walks through them and read the various epitaphs on the headstones. The older the cemetery the better... the kind where headstones in many cases are works of art themselves with ornate sculptures and the like. One of our favorite spots is Oakdale Cemetery in the southern coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina. At Oakdale one can enjoy a stroll through a garden, a history museum, and an art gallery at the same time. I painted "Simply to Thy Cross I Cling" from a photograph I took of one of the artistic gravemarkers we saw while on one of our family strolls through Oakdale Cemetery. I put my faith in the simple words of that epitaph...

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Lemon-a-peel

"Lemon-a-peel"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima from life, 11-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Donna S.!

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I set up this small still life in my studio and thoroughly enjoyed working with the vibrant yellows. One of the yellows I used was Lemon Yellow... how appropriate! If your mouth drys a bit or you pucker up by viewing this one... I know it was a success! Hope you enjoy this small daily painting titled... "Lemon-a-peel".

Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.

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Across the Field at Fort Branch... Plein Air

"Across the Field at Fort Branch"... 6x8" Oil on panel, en plein aire, 11-2007.
Private Collection...

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This peaceful scene is set in the late afternoon with its long shadows and autumn colors. A couple hours earlier the scene was chaotic with the crack of musketry, the clash of sabers, and the roar of cannons as Blue and Gray reenactors struggled on the smoky field. Held the first weekend of November, the battle reenactment is an annual event at the Civil War site of Fort Branch, near Hamilton, North Carolina. Fort Branch is an earthen Confederate Fort on the banks of the Roanoke River... it was originally built to protect the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad trestle (located up river) from Federal gunboat attacks. I set up my French easel dressed in 1860's period attire and painted this scene en plein aire. I added the flag pole to strengthen the composition and add the historical element to this intriguing place.

This painting, on a Gessoed Panel with painted sides, is easily framed or displayed with a decorative easel.

All my paintings are signed originals using artist grade oils and archival surfaces. "Certificate of Authenticity" included.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Autumn Rapids

"Autumn Rapids"... 6x8" oil on panel, alla prima, 10-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Mike and Sharon N.!

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Autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful sight... couple the awesome colors with the scenic New River and you have a scene that burns memories deep into the mind. I envy North Carolina mountaineers every October... what a view!

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By the Barn

"By the Barn"... 6x8" oil on panel, alla prima, 10-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Art!

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This peaceful scene of an old barn evokes memories of a simple life and hard work. This old barn is located in Valle Crucis, North Carolina in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.

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Southern Belle

"Southern Belle"... 7x5" oil on panel, alla prima from life, 10-2007.
SOLD... Auction for Hospice

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Painted from life... this small red bell pepper has the charm of a "Southern Belle". Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

October Show-off

"October Show-off"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima, 10-2007.
Thanks again Stephanie E.!

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This fall painting titled, "October Show-off", depicts a lone tree in an open field dressed in all its Autumn slendor... as if to say... "look at me, aren't I beautiful?". I'll have to agree... it is a beautiful sight!

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Southern Sunset

"Southern Sunset"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima, 10-2007.
Thanks Stephanie E.!

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Take a peaceful stroll down this country road with its inviting scene and warm golden light of evening. "Southern Sunset" was created from memory... growing up in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, I strolled many sandy roads like this as a boy on my way to fishing ponds and through farming fields. I can almost hear mom calling us in for supper about this time of evening... my brother and I would run full speed only to be slowed by the occasional sand spur... ouch!

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Pelletier House... Plein Air

"Pelletier House"... 6x8" Oil on panel, en plein aire, 10-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Kim A.!

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Recently a group of artist calling themselves OOPS! organized for the sole reason of keeping the tradition of plein air painting alive in Eastern North Carolina. OOPS! stands for the Onslow Outdoor Painters Society which gathers once a month for "Paint Outs". The first "Paint Out" was held in downtown Jacksonville at the Pelletier House near the waterfront giving our artists a variety of subject matter to paint from. I chose the historic Pelletier House and this small plein air painting was the result of a GREAT day of fellowshipping with other artists and painting.

En plein aire
A group of local artists have found a new creative outlet in an old form of painting...
Daily News article by Timmi Toler... Sunday Oct. 28, 2007

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Pear-a-dice

"Pear-a-dice"... 7x5" Oil on panel, alla prima, 10-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Marc!

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I often browse the produce section at my neighborhood grocery store for willing subjects to paint from life. Pears are among my favorites and usually end up in my shopping basket. I took a gamble and could not pass up the opportunity to paint this "play-on-objects" as a "play-on-words". Hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it.

Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.

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Carolina Marsh

"Carolina Marsh"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima, 10-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Richard D.!

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The beaches of the Carolinas' are visual treats... anyone who has ever visited them or lives near them will surely attest to that. I love the beach and ocean but it doesn't quite hold the intrigue for me that the coastal marshlands do. I could paint marshes everyday and love every minute of it. They are alive with beauty and wildlife... we must do everything in our power to protect these beautiful spots that are a gift to us.

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Blue Ridge Splendor

"Blue Ridge Splendor"... 6x8" Oil on panel, alla prima, 10-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Richard D.!

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October in the Blue Ridge Mountains shows the exquisite palette of color that God uses each Autumn. I am a privileged artist to have such an awesome display to work from.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Olivia... Testing the Waters

"Olivia... Testing the Waters"... 30x24" Oil on Stretched Canvas, 2007. Private Collection... This one is for me... Olivia is my daughter.

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Click here to read the details and interesting stories behind this portrait... Olivia's Portrait FINALLY Finished...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

Kellum's Lane... Plein Air

"Kellum's Lane"... 6x8" Oil on panel, en plein aire, 9-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Lloyd!

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Another small plein air done near my home. Winding roads, lanes, and paths always give me a peaceful feeling and I seldom pass one by without at least taking a photo for a future painting... but... if I had my druthers... I'd rather set my easel up right on the spot and paint away like I did with this scene. What seems to be a field of beautiful wild flowers is really a field of soy beans. This time of year in Eastern North Carolina they turn a beautiful yellow that soon gives way to a dingy brown. I have captured them here at their color peak in this impressionist painting titled, "Kellum's Lane".

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Long Leaf ~ Bright Leaf... Plein Air

"Long Leaf... Bright Leaf"... 7x5" Oil on panel,
en plein aire, 9-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Thomas!

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This plein air outing took place right across the street from my house. In Eastern North Carolina... one can hardly go a 100 yards without seeing long leaf pine trees or bright leaf tobacco. Tobacco used to be the main cash crop in Eastern North Carolina but it has rapidly been replaced with cotton and sod farms. I sure don't miss working in those fields as a young boy and teenager... I'd rather paint them any day! The angles and leading lines of the tobacco and trees in this scene caught my eye and make an interesting composition.

This painting, on a Gessoed Panel with painted sides, is easily framed or displayed with a decorative easel.

All my paintings are signed originals using artist grade oils and archival surfaces. "Certificate of Authenticity" included.

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Greenfield Lake... Plein Air

"Greenfield Lake"... Wilmington, NC... 6x8" Oil on Canvas Board,
en plein aire, 9-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Thomas!

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I love plein air painting... I find it relaxing and invigorating at the same time. I must confess... this day was not the best of outings. It all started when I made a trip to Wilmington, NC to paint at the aboretum... turns out there was an outdoor wedding ruining those plans so my wife dropped me off at Greenfield Lake while she and my daughters went shopping. Not a bad "Plan B" if it were not for the rap concert that was going on across the lake in a near by ampitheater... nothing against those who like rap music... I'm just not one of them... give me some good ol' blues or a jig on a Scottish fiddle. The rap music was mild compared to what came next... ALLIGATORS... two in fact... on two separate occasions. Luckily I saw them from a distance and kept mine! Hope you enjoy this painting... I can honestly say it didn't get my full attention!

This painting, on a Canvas board with painted sides, is easily framed or displayed with a decorative easel.

All my paintings are signed originals using artist grade oils and archival surfaces. "Certificate of Authenticity" included.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

OOPS! First Plein Air "Paint Out" this Sunday!



Visit the OOPS! site for more details...

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Pears as a Couple

"Pears as a Couple"... 6x8" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 10-2007
SOLD... Thanks again Donna S.!

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I promised more "pear" paintings... here's another one titled, "Pears as a Couple". As I set up this small still life in my studio I moved them around in various poses but this one... them leaning in toward each other... stuck me as the ONE! It immediately made think of them as not just a couple of pears but two pears as a couple. In fact... not just newlyweds but they had the feel of a couple who have been together many years sharing many great memories and weathering many storms together. See what happens when you get into the mind of an artist sometimes... Hope you enjoy this old couple!

I love capturing the beauty in everyday objects like these pears and showing them in a different light. Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.

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Toy Sailboat

"Toy Sailboat"... 8x6" Oil on canvas board, alla prima, 10-2007
SOLD... Thanks Donna S.!

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Another small "Painting a Day" still life set up in my studio. This small sailboat captures the innocence of childhood and a time when toys were often hand made. My son (now 17) played with this boat in the tub many at time as a small boy. I bet I have hot glued that sail on twenty times. This is one of those timeless toys that children never tire of... not many of those left!
Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market.
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Fields of Gold

"Fields of Gold"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Sharman!

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Can't you just feel the warm summer sun on your face with this scene titled, "Fields of Gold"? Open fields are among my favorite subjects to paint. This scene with it's array of flowers has a peaceful feel.


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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sliced Tomato

"Sliced Tomato"... 6x8" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 9-2007
SOLD... Thanks Tiena!

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I set up this small still life in my studio and painted "Sliced Tomato" in the style of alla prima (all at once). I love capturing the beauty in everyday objects like these tomatoes. Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market. I never tire painting this way... it really hons the eye and teaches me the value of SEEING vs LOOKING!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Woodland Delight

"Woodland Delight"... 6x8" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.

This original oil painting by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... email Bernie with the title in the subject line... click HERE... for price and details.

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Have you ever took a walk in the woods? The peaceful beauty fills all the senses and is invigorating... it's as if God himself is telling us to slow down, take more walks, and enjoy His magnificent artwork.

This painting, on a Gessoed Panel with painted sides, is easily framed or displayed with a decorative easel.

All my paintings are signed originals using artist grade oils and archival surfaces. "Certificate of Authenticity" included.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Leaning Pear

"Leaning Pear"... 7x5" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 9-2007
SOLD... Thanks Judy!

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Another still life painting from life... "Leaning Pear"... the first of a couple more pear paintings to come that I have done in the studio of late. There is something about the shape of a pair that has intrigued artists since the beginning and calls out to us... "paint me!" Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market. These small paintings from life really help sharpen my eye and keep me painting on a daily basis.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Two Apples

"Two Apples"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 9-2007
SOLD... Thanks Lee!

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This small still life painting titled... "Two Apples"... depicts the simplistic beauty in everyday objects. I love painting from life... painting landscapes en plein air or setting up small still lifes like this and painting in the studio. Everyday objects painted from life is the essence of the "Painting a Day" art movement that is gaining momentum in the art collecting market. These small paintings from life really hon the artists skills and helps create a strong work ethic.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

View from Ocracoke Island #2

"View from Ocracoke Island #2"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima,
9-2007
SOLD... Thanks George!

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The pristine beaches of Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina are unsurpassed in beauty in my humble opinion. The miles of natural shoreline beauty is awesome to behold... Creation at its best! As an artist... I have found many sites of inspiration on this small island. This spectacular view of the ocean through the sand dunes was one of those inspirational moments... "View from Ocracoke Island #2"... the result. If you ever get the chance to visit these beaches please do so.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

View from Ocracoke Island #1

"View from Ocracoke Island #1"... 6x8" Oil on Panel, alla prima,
9-2007
SOLD... Thanks again Avie!

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The pristine beaches of Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina are unsurpassed in beauty in my humble opinion. The miles of natural shoreline beauty is awesome to behold... Creation at its best! As an artist... I have found many sites of inspiration on this small island. This spectacular view of the ocean through the sand dunes was one of those inspirational moments... "View from Ocracoke Island #1"... the result. If you ever get the chance to visit these beaches please do so.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Commission Work

As an artist... I love to express myself through my work... it's my Artistic Release. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to serve you by supporting me as a self representing artist through your patronage and commissions. Please visit "My Gallery" to see my style which I'd define as "Impressionistic Realism". My medium is oils and acrylics... I use only artist grade pigments and archival surfaces. I love painting landscapes, coastal scenes, country scenes, barns, cottages, "painting a day" still lifes, etc. I must be upfront by saying I only I accept commission work when I am free to paint in my style, medium, and time frame. I do not accept commissions for people or pet portraits. Feel free to contact me with your ideas...
Bernie Rosage Jr.

My Commission prices...

5x7"......... $170 ...... $8 S&H ..... 1 month turn-around time
6x6"......... $180 ...... $8 S&H ..... 1 month turn-around time
6x8"......... $200..... $8 S&H ..... 1 month turn-around time
8x10"....... $300 .... $8 S&H ..... 1 month turn-around time
11x14"...... $450... $15 S&H.... 2 month turn-around time
16x20"..... $650 .... $25 S&H.... 2 month turn-around time
20x30"..... $1000 .... $30 S&H.... 6 month turn-around time

Short and Stout

"Short and Stout"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Carol A.!

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I thoroughly enjoy painting every day objects around the house... I often use them when I paint from life for my "one a day" paintings. There's something about using an artistic license to make something we see every day (like a teapot) and transforming it into something fresh and new that appeals to the artist in me and hopefully communicates something to you, the viewer. Hope you enjoy this small painting I have titled... "Short and Stout".

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Haybales I

"Haybales I"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Beatrice!

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Freshly cut fields of hay scattered with rolled up haybales is one of my favorite scenes to paint. These fields are very common on Blue Ridge farms in the month of June. When I'm not painting them "en plein aire" I'm photographing them for my studio work. I never tire of their simplistic beauty.



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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Haybales II

"Haybales II"... 6x8" Oil on Canvas Board, alla Prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Mary B.!

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Another summer scene of haybales in the Blue Ridge. This one set in the early morning light. When I'm not painting them "en plein aire" I'm photographing them for my studio work. I never tire of their simplistic beauty and color harmonies.

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English Manor

"English Manor"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Reata!

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Let your eyes roam the grounds of this painting, "English Manor", and take in all the majesty and grandeur associated with what many Americans call the "Old Country".

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Black Eyed Susans

"Black Eyed Susans"... 6x8" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Bob!

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Black Eyed Susan's adorn a field in the Blue Ridge Mountains with all the beauty nature holds. Take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and flower scenes like this are as common and beautiful as the magnificent vistas.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Misty Mountain Hop

"Misty Mountain Hop"... 5x7" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
Private Collection

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I was driving down Railroad Grade Road on my way to Todd, North Carolina, one foggy morning when scene after scene like this soon became the inspiration for this painting, "Misty Mountain Hop" (OK... I'm a Zeppelin fan too). The muted colors, dense fog, and shallow depth perception gave a feeling of being in tune with the surroundings. It was as if the world was telling me to slow down and take notice of the things right in front of me... I guess we all should do that more often. I hope this painting brings you the peace that that misty morning did for me.

NS
REDO

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Highland Road

"The Highland Road"... 6x8" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Art!

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The Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina are the home to many fine people of Scottish descent. Many families in the area date back to the mid 1700's when they were deported to the Carolinas from their homeland under English rule. The Battle of Culloden (1746) was the final blow and what happened after the battle horrified the nation - the cruel harrowing of the Glens, when Scotland was laid bare by 'Butcher Cumberland'. Arriving in the Carolina Colony they found their way to the Blue Ridge mountains which resembled their homeland. These mountains furnished a new home, a peaceful life, and a fresh start. The Clans still gather at the Highland Games each July at Grandfather Mountain to keep the Highland traditions alive.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Highland Cottage

"Highland Cottage"... 6x8" Oil on Panel, alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks again Art!

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A peaceful lane meanders past a small cottage inviting any pilgrim to rest and enjoy the beauty of the Highlands. The fields of lavender and the distant views add to the spender... don't you wish you were there?... I do too...

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Afternoon Rest

"Afternoon Rest"...Lone Kayak #2... 6x8" Oil on Panel,
alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Stephanie!

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Once again my love of kayaking and painting have merged... my second painting in the series has taken us from the Outer Banks to a mountain lake. This scene has a relaxing feel... almost as if the kayaker has gone ashore to rest in the warm light of the afternoon.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Waterway Waiting

"Waterway Waiting"...Lone Kayak #1... 6x8" Oil on Panel,
alla prima, 8-2007.
SOLD... Thanks Mike!
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My love of kayaking and the waterway have once again merged into another painting titled... "Waterway Waiting". This scene depicts the calm of a beautiful day near the small coastal town of Ocracoke, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This lone kayak seems to be waiting for someone to take paddles in hand and set out on the water for a great time.

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