Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Waiting for Santa" and a Merry Christmas from the Rosages'

I painted this one for my youngest daughter, Olivia, who is 8 years old this Christmas.... click on image to enlarge.


"Waiting for Santa"... 8x10" oil on linen panel, alla prima from life, 12-2009.
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Dear Friends and Family...
You all have been a blessing to us and we, the Rosages', wish to extend a special Christmas wish for you... "May the Light of the World light your path in the upcoming year and warm your heart this holiday season"... Merry Christmas!
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We hope you enjoy our special family Christmas Card Video that we made for you... click below.
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In Faith....
Bernie and Tami
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"The Collin's Barn"... Bernie gives art demo to Mrs Nickle's 8th grade art class at NBMS.

"The Collin's Barn"... 8x10" oil on linen panel, alla prima by Bernie Rosage Jr., 12-2009. Study as an art demo for Mrs Nickle's 8th grade art class at New Bridge Middle School.

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This original oil painting study "The Collin's Barn" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase at my etsy.com store.

The subject for this painting is from an old photo taken some years back of the Collin's old pack house... the barn is being claimed by mother nature and neglect now and is only a remnant of what we see here. I have painted this old barn several times... it is located on the road I grew up on. The other special thing about this painting is that it was painted as a demonstration for Mrs Nickle's 8th grade art class at New Bridge Middle School in Jacksonville, NC. I occasionally do these art demos to help promote the arts to young minds and artists. The class was very receptive and asked some great questions.... check out the video below to get a glimpse of the cool day I had yesterday...




the painting framed....

Monday, November 30, 2009

THIS JUST IN... Bernie launches Art Affiliate Program...


If you are an art collector... Thank you! What would the art world be like without you? Our museums and galleries would be empty, artists would lose a platform to grow from, and all our lives would have less meaning.

A special thank you to all the patrons who have purchased my work over the past several years... you have been a blessing to me and I want to return that blessing to you through my Art Affiliate program.


The program is designed for my art collectors and braggarts who want to make $$$ by referring my available paintings to their friends, family, and acquaintances as potential patrons… does this sound like something you would be interested in?…


Read more and sign up at Bernie Rosage Jr. Art Affiliates.


Thank you sincerely... Bernie

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving everyone...

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Plein Air: Cedars at Northeast Creek

This original oil painting "Plein Air: Cedars at Northeast Creek" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $220 unframed ($270 framed) plus $15 S&H... Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

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"Cedars at Northeast Creek"... 8x10" oil on linen panel, en plein aire by Bernie Rosage Jr., 11-15-2009.
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This painting was painted en plein aire with the OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society) group that I paint with once a month. Sunday was gorgeous... we were just coming off a week long rain (approx 15 inches according to the local weatherman) and the sunshine and mild temps made the day perfect. We painted at the boat access area of Northeast Creek Park in Jacksonville, NC. The water was high due to the previous week of rain but that never hindered us a bit. I simplified the scene by editing man made objects like a gazebo and power lines (check out the video to see) and went for the essence of what drew me to the scene... the light on the reeds contrasted against the dark cedar trees.
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Youtube Video link...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bernie gives demo to Sophomore Art Academy at White Oak High School

I had the privilege and honor to speak to the Sophomore Art Academy at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC. I gave an art demo and it was really cool to have the undivided attention of approx 75 students who were so mannerly and asked some great questions. I attended art classes under the late Blanche Johnson at White Oak in the 1970's... wish she was there...



Check out the youtube video link below....

Bernie gives demo to Sophomore Art Academy at White Oak High School

If you are one of the students who was there please leave me a comment... I'd love to hear from you and get your feedback.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Plein Air Study: Swansboro, NC

This original oil painting "Plein Air Study: Swansboro, NC" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $125 unframed plus $15 S&H... Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

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"Plein Air Study: Swansboro, NC"... 8x10" oil on panel, en plein aire by Bernie Rosage Jr., 11-1-09.
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I was itching to get out and plein air paint... somewhere... anywhere. I called a couple of plein air pards and we decided to converge on Bicentennial Park in downtown Swansboro, NC. I went to the early service at church and arrived in Swansboro around noon. On the way I passed through a drenching downpour but was determined to paint even if it meant finding shelter to do so. Surprisingly enough the rain skirted around us all day with the exception of a few drops here and there. I used the Zorn limited palettte for this painting... it worked well for the overcast look of the day. The Zorn palette (often used by artist and namesake Anders Zorn) consists of Yellow Ochre, Cad Red, Ivory Black (with a tad of Ultramarine Blue) and Titanium White. This scene is set looking across the White Oak River towards Clyde Phillips fish house.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

100% Cotton by Bernie Rosage Jr.

This original oil painting "100% Cotton" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $300 unframed plus $15 S&H...  Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.
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"100% Cotton"... 14x11" Oil on canvas, painted alla prima from life, Bernie Rosage Jr., 2009.

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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 a "Ball" jar with an old iron in the 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.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

OOPS Art Show ~ Thurston Art Gallery ~ October 25 thru November 29, 2009


OOPS Art Show for the Yopp's Meeting House Fundraiser
October 25 - November 28, 2009
328 Peru Road
Sneads Ferry,NC 28460
910-327-1781


15 Onslow County artists from the plein air painting group OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society) gathered to paint the historical Yopp's Meeting House est in 1813 as a fundraiser.

Several of those 15 artists attended the opening reception for the exhibit last Sunday, October 25th. Pictured LtoR: Pat Boni, Steve Lambert, Donna Tyree, Earl Tyree, Tom McKenny, Bernie Rosage Jr., Karen Crenshaw, Sherry Thurston (artist and owner of Thurston Art Gallery), Mitchell and Penny Morton. Not pictured: Kassiane Patselas, Dean Remington, Stephen Greer Sr., Patrick Raynor, and Patsy Lain.

Various photos from the opening reception...



Great art...
Great cause...
we just NEED you!
Proceeds from the purchase of these paintings
will go to the Friends of the Yopp's Meeting House
for much needed repairs on the historic building.
Thank you in advance...

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Click HERE for related links about this event...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Opening Reception for the Yopp's Meeting House Paintings this Sunday at Thurston Art Gallery.

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Please come to the opening if you are in the Snead's Ferry, NC area this Sunday. Great art... Great cause... we just NEED you! Proceeds from the purchase of these paintings will go to the Friends of the Yopp's Meeting House for much needed repairs on the historic building. Thank you in advance...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Available Paintings by Bernie Rosage Jr.

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from the "Enchanting Ireland" Collection...


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Check out some of Bernie's recently SOLD paintings HERE...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

OOPS paint out to help save historic building...

OOPS artists gathered last Sunday to plein air paint at the historic Yopp's Meeting House in Snead's Ferry, NC. The Friends of the Yopp House are looking for help in any way to raise money for much needed interior repairs. 15 Onslow County ...artists are doing their part by allowing proceeds from their painting sales to go to this preservation cause. Join us at the Thurston Gallery, 328 Peru Road, Sneads Ferry, NC for the opening reception on Sunday, October 25th from 4-6 PM. Buy some art and help preserve this landmark! Check out this video trailer below plus details and photos HERE...



Opening Reception:
Sunday October 25, 2009
4 - 6:00 PM
Thurston Art Gallery
328 Peru Road
Sneads Ferry,NC 28460
910-327-1781
sherrythurston@charter.net

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Down East Tobacco Barn in Snow" by Bernie Rosage Jr.

This original oil painting "Down East Tobacco Barn in Snow" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $250 unframed plus $15 S&H... Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

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Down East Tobacco Barn in Snow... 9x12" Oil on canvas, alla prima, Bernie Rosage Jr., 10-2009.

Another tobacco barn... I never tire of painting them. Very seldom do we get snow in Eastern North Carolina... known as Down East to the locals. The scene comes from a photo taken last winter just after one of our few and far between snow falls. The mood for the scene is set by the almost monochromatic gray look with the chopped cornstalks allowing the only color in the setting. This old tobacco barn resting at the edge of a copse of long-leaf pines is typical Down East... A very peaceful scene... wouldn't you agree?

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

Thursday, October 08, 2009

"Major John Daves House" plein air by Bernie Rosage Jr.
















Major John Daves House, Historic New Bern, NC... 9x12" oil on gallery wrapped canvas, painted en plein aire 9-13-2009 for IPAP's WWPO by Bernie Rosage Jr. Click on image to enlarge... especially to appreciate the rich texture and palette knife work in this one.

This plein air piece was painted in historic New Bern, NC for the 7th annual IPAP Worldwide Paint Out. I painted this view of the Major John Daves House from the backyard of the John Wright Stanly House. The home (circa 1770) is located at 313 George Street and is a fine example of a Georgian coastal cottage. Major John Daves was a Revolutionary war patriot.

This original oil painting "Major John Daves House" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $250 unframed plus $15 S&H... Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Bid on this painting "Emma after Anders Zorn" by Bernie Rosage Jr for Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

Bernie Rosage Jr and New Bern ArtWorks and Company Gallery are auctioning paintings to raise money and awareness in October for Breast Cancer Awareness... Bernie is doing his part by allowing ALL the proceeds from bids on his painting "Emma" (below) to go to this GREAT cause. If this cause is dear to your heart please pick up the phone and place a bid on his painting. A win/win situation... get an original oil painting by Bernie and support the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness.

"Emma" after Anders Zorn... 8x10x1.75" Oil on panel, alla prima, using the Zorn palette (Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Lt, Ivory Black w/ Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White). Click on image to see a larger view...

This original oil painting by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available by auction to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness through an auction at New Bern ArtWorks and Company Gallery. Several of the artists affiliated with the gallery are also taking part in the important event throughout the month of October.

Here's how to bid... you have to call the gallery at 252-634-9002 and mention that you'd like to bid on Bernie Rosages' painting titled "Emma"... opening bid is $40... mention that you saw it on my website.  I realize this is a pain in the BUTT but it's for a great cause! BTW... all the proceeds from your bid go to the cause!

About this painting...
I have mentioned in the past that I like to study painting masters... old and new. I love to experiment with different techniques and palettes to gain a better understanding of my medium... oil painting. One of my favorite old masters is Anders Zorn... He was famous for using a limited palette... many times using only three colors plus white. I was experimenting with a modern version of his limited palette... (Yellow Ochre, Cad Red Lt, Ivory Black w/ Ultramarine Blue, and Titanium White),... and this cover of a painting he did of his wife, Emma Zorn, 1887, is the result. I enjoyed doing this small study.
Thanks in advance...
Bernie

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Cool Beans...Bernie awarded prize for Surf City Plein Air painting... Onslow Art Society "Images 2009" Art Show Winners!

I was fortunate to have all three of the pieces I entered in the Onslow Art Society's "Images 2009" Juried Show accepted... to top that... one won a Merit Award.

Here it is... a plein air piece I painted in last year's Art in the Park Paint Out in Surf City, NC. These old swing bridges are few and far between... seems I am always drawn to subjects whose time is up... go figure?????

Surf City Swing Bridge... 8x10" Oil on Panel, painted en plein air, 10-2008. $270 framed.
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This original oil painting "Surf City Swing Bridge" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $270 framed plus $15 S&H... Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Tarkil Branch Homestead" plein air by Bernie Rosage Jr.

This original oil painting "Tarkil Branch Homestead" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $195 unframed plus $15 S&H...  Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

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Tarkil Branch Homestead... 8x8" Oil on panel, painted by Bernie Rosage Jr. en plein air, August 2009.


Benny and Annette Fountain recently opened the Tarkil Branch Farm’s Homestead Museum, located on part of the working 375-acre farm near Fountaintown in Duplin County, NC. The farm came into the family in 1912 when Willie Hunter (Grandfather of Benny Fountain) purchased the land. In 1926, Willie sold 82 acres of land to David Fountain (Benny Fountain's father). This 82 acre tract included the 1830's house proudly on display.

They graciously opened the farm to the Onslow Outdoor Painters Society (OOPS) one Sunday in August for our monthly Paint Out... one of the BEST places we have painted to date. Benny dropped by and spent most of the afternoon with us and gave us an awesome tour of the buildings and shared the personal history behind the farm.... Southern hospitality at its best... thank you sincerely Benny!

Click HERE to read all about the farm, including bus tours, school groups, history, hiking trails, directions and much more.


OOPS members present... LtoR: Bernie, Jeff, Eileen, Earl, Donna, Olivia (my lil' painting buddy and daughter), Mitchell, Kit, Benny Fountain (owner), Pat, and Dean.

The site offered an array of vintage buildings as subjects to paint...

The crowning jewel was this old house which dated back to 1830 and was even occupied after the Civil War by Hosea Goodman Lanier a corporal in Company B, 3rd Regiment, North Carolina Troops, Confederate States of America.




Here I am working on my tobacco barn painting... photo compliments of Olivia, my lil' painting buddy and daughter.

Olivia decided to paint the outhouse... did a great job too!


Olivia's painting... The Outhouse... 10x8" Acrylic on canvasboard.

Friday, September 25, 2009

"Down East Tobacco Barn" by Bernie Rosage Jr.

This original oil painting "Down East Tobacco Barn" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $250 unframed plus $15 S&H... Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

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Down East Tobacco Barn... 9x12" Oil on canvas, alla prima, Bernie Rosage Jr., 9-2009.

Another tobacco barn... I never tire of painting them. They are such willing subjects... their character lines are as impressive as any "Old Salt" or "Mountaineer". Old tobacco barns like this one are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Their replacements... the bulk barn... just doesn't have the personality these old giants have. I spent many summers as a youth working around barns just like this one.


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

Free Art Marketing Seminar Thursday, October 1st at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville, NC

Dear Bernie,

What a joy to speak with you this morning and thanks so much forspreading the word about this free seminar! It really is alife-changer for artists who want to share their art more widely andeven create a handsome living from it!

I made a quick flyer last night, attached--Please forward on toeveryone in your network. The free seminar is next Thurs, Oct. 1st,6-9 pm and they need to register NOW to reserve their spot. All infois on the flyer below...

Can't wait to meet you and your artist friends next Thursday! Remember to call and reserve your spot now: 910-938-6322

Onwards!

Barnsley Brown
Barnsley Brown, PhDPresident, Spirited Solutions: Professional Speaking, Training, & Coaching... Giving you wings to soar, personally and professionally! Chapel Hill, NC Tel/fax: 919-967-1164

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Want to know how to best share and sell your art??


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You are invited to an
EXCITING FREE SEMINAR FOR ARTISTS!
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Coastal Carolina Community College
Small Business Center, Jacksonville NC
presented by Dr. Barnsley Brown
Thursday, Oct. 1st, 2009, 6 to 9 pm
SPACE IS LIMITED…
Call today to reserve your free space at 910-938-6322
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"Just want to thank you, Barnsley, for all you do in the realm of assisting people to 'live their dream.' It is really important work to assist people into their joy and true work. I am making headway on all the things I learned from you... And it is joyful and fun too! Thank you for all your help!" BJ, Artist and Art Educator in Carrboro, NC

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Waterfront Docks, Downtown New Bern. NC plein air by Bernie Rosage Jr.

This original oil painting "Waterfront Docks" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... the price is $250 unframed plus $15 S&H...  Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

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Waterfront Docks, Downtown New Bern, NC... 9x12" Oil on canvas, painted en plein aire for the IPAP's 7th annual WWPO, Bernie Rosage Jr., September 12, 2009.
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This plein air work was done for the 7th annual Worldwide Paint Out sponsored by the International Plein Air Painters.... read all about it HERE.

Opening Reception at New Bern ArtWorks and Company packs the house!

The house (New Bern ArtWorks and Company Gallery ) was packed for the reception for artists Bernie Rosage Jr, and Jonathan Grauel... featured artists for September. Both are pictured below...

Bernie and wife, Tami...

Vickie and I discuss the Enchanting Ireland works...

Tami and George....

My mom, Maggie, dropped by to show her usual support...
Here I am pictured with the Sullivan's... Great people and art patrons... It was a pleasure meeting them... thanks again for your support and patronage!

A special thanks to everyone who attended and a special thanks to all the collectors who purchased paintings that night. Please leave me a comment if you attended... I'd love to hear from you. The exhibit runs throughout the rest of the month just in case you missed it.
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Selected works from Bernie's "Enchanting Ireland" collection will be on exhibit at ArtWorks and Company Gallery and Studio throughout the month of September.
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“Enchanting Ireland”
September 1 - 30, 2009
New Bern ArtWorks & Company Gallery and Studio
323B Middle Street (rear)
New Bern, North Carolina 28560
(Through Port City Java)
252 634-9002

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Plein Air Painters and Cyclists converge on the historic town on New Bern for great causes!


The Eastern NC Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced over 2,400 cyclists and 300 volunteers participated in last weekend’s Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride. Cyclists left from Union Point Park in New Bern for the successful 21st annual Bike MS September 12-13. Over $1.34 million has been counted to date, and officials project that they are on target to meet their $1.7 million goal.

Also converging on the historic town were plein air artists from Eastern North Carolina participating in the International Plein Air Painter's (IPAP) 7th annual Worldwide Paint Out (WWPO). The paint out is designed to bring recognition to the tradition of painting "en plein air"... the French term for "in the open air". The event brings plein air artists from all over the world who agree to paint outdoors on the same date by organizing events in their local area. Plein air painters from Onslow, Craven, Beaufort, Carteret, Wayne, Pamlico, and Pender counties were present for the special 2 day event.


The following artists participated in the 7th WWPO:
Susan Cheatham (organizer)
Bernie Rosage Jr (organizer)
Mitchell Morton
Stephen Greer
Dean Remington
Kit
Pat Boni
Karen Crenshaw
Kristen Crenshaw
Donna Tyree
Mike Rooney
Ann Ward
Sue Henry
Vickie Vitale
Eleanor McAiver
John Hanley
Art Tyndall
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Apologies to any artist not mentioned.
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Hope you enjoy these photos from the paint out and make plans to join us for the 8th annual WWPO next September... see ya!
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Ann Ward presented Bernie Rosage representing OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society) with this cool bottle of wine! Thanks Ann!