Friday, June 19, 2009

Movie Teaser... SAVE the Date August 2, 2009...

An artistic journey to the Emerald Isle as seen through the eyes and palette of American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. The entire "Enchanting Ireland" collection (40 paintings) can be seen on exhibit at the Baysden Gallery, Council for the Arts, Jacksonville, NC, August 2009.

Mark your calendar for the artist reception and the opening of "Enchanting Ireland" on Sunday, August 2, 2009 from 2:3o-4:00 PM at the Council for the Arts.

The Council is located at 826 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC 28546.

The exhibit will run from August 2 -28, 2009.

Save the Date... August 2, 2009 and meet Bernie at the artist's reception.

Hope to see you there...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Hatteras Red with Bread" by Bernie Rosage Jr.

"Hatteras Red with Bread"... 11x14" Oil on canvasboard, alla prima from life, 2009.
I painted this still life from life at one of our (the four brush-ka-teers) Tuesday evening paint outs. This one went straight to a private collection... my mom's... Hatteras Red is her favorite of the Duplin Winery wines.
Love ya mom!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bernie's Ramblings: An apple for the teacher... Did you know?....

I'm not only an artist but an advocate for the arts... with that said... I believe that introducing the arts to children is of the utmost importance. Today is the last day of school so I thought it appropriate to ramble about these important things...

Did you know?
~ The arts teach kids to be more tolerant and open.
~ The arts allow kids to express themselves creatively.
~ The arts promote individuality, bolster self-confidence, and improve overall academic performance.
~ The arts can help troubled youth, providing an alternative to delinquent behavior and truancy while providing an improved attitude toward school.

Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:
~ 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
~ 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
~ 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
~ 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
~ 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Recently... I did an art demo in my daughter Olivia's, second grade class. I have done one of these demos in her classes since kindergarten. I set up a small still life and the children watched me paint an apple from life. We talked about painting and the arts in general. We also discussed the things they are doing in school right now that may be helpful in the career of an artist... things like the importance of each subject they are taking and how that relates to being a successful artist. They offered some GREAT answers and insights. Olivia was in rare form as she was helping every step of the way... after all... she is my painting buddy! In fact... we reached a point where I painted and she answered the questions. The kids were more interested in her as an artist... asking her questions like... "When did she start painting?"... "What does she love to paint most?"... I enjoyed seeing her and the class interact... a GREAT day in making memories!

"An Apple and a Pear for Mrs. Davis"... 5x7" Oil on panel, painted 2009, alla prima from life as a demo for Mrs Davi' second grade class.

Here I am pictured with Mrs Shirley Davis (Olivia's second grade teacher), Olivia, and my granddaughter, Savannah. Mrs Davis' second grade class was awesome... we opted for an apple and a pear this year (2009).

Olivia and Mrs Tyson (her 1st grade teacher)...

"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.

Olivia and I pictured with Mrs Davis' kindergarten class. Livie is holding a painting she did when she was four.

"An Apple for Mrs Davis"... 9"x12" Oil on panel, alla prima from life, September 27, 2006. Painted as a demo for Mrs Sandra Davis' kindergarten class.

Memories indeed! To be continued next year with Liv's third grade class!

Thanks for dropping by... feel free to comment... would love to hear them.

A couple of great articles about the importance of art and children can be found here:

Friday, June 05, 2009

"The Morrell Farm"

"The Morrell Farm"... 12x24x1.75" Oil on Wood by Bernie Rosage Jr. 2009
SOLD... Thanks again Jonathan!
Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"Impressionistic Azaleas" by Bernie Rosage Jr.

This original oil painting "Impressionistic Azaleas" by American Artist, Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase... Email Bernie about purchasing details HERE... please include the paintings title in the subject line.

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"Impressionistic Azaleas" by Bernie Rosage Jr. 12x6" Oil on canvas board painted alla prima from life.

Every other Tuesday night I paint with three other artists... we call ourselves the "Four Brush-ka-teers"... Our only rule... we paint from life. We set up a still life and paint alla prima for approx two hours. This one was done on one of our Tuesdays in April when the azaleas were in their glory... a beautiful site in Eastern North Carolina.