Friday, June 25, 2010

Had a GREAT time at the 3rd Annual Kinston Plein Air Paint Out

Mitchell, Karen, Bernie (me), and Susan... members of the plein air group OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society) recently participated in the 3rd Annual Kinston Plein Air Paint Out.

I set up my easel on Queen Street and painted Christopher's Cafe across the street. I was drawn to the light hitting the various newspaper boxes on the corner.

Here I am set up on the corner of Queen and Gordon streets... I was drawn to the clock on the busy corner. I jammed to Paul Rogers on the IPOD as I painted this one allowing me to concentrate on the painting vs talking to everyone (I'm a social-lite) plus the music occupied my left brain allowing the creative right side to take over more... :) This painting won 2nd place in the competition and sold that day.

I painted two of the three days allotted for the event. Here I am set up behind the Kinston Arts Council Building looking toward Queen's Street Methodist Church. The ornate towers spoke to me but I wanted to capture a feeling of light vs painting all that detail. Still jamming to Paul Rogers during this one! This one sold right away too. :)

Here I set up to paint the exact replica of the Confederate Ram CSS Ram Neuse.

While painting the various scenes in Kinston I think the COOLEST building in town was the new Mother Earth Brewing building. The new brewery has a tap room and is building a GREAT reputation in Kinston and Eastern NC. Here's one I did of their cool logo on the side of the brewery... BTW.. their motto is "Love, Peace, and Beer" how cool is that! I painted the old timer in as an after thought to help the composition. This painting sold that first day too.
Here I am pictured with the award winner and sold paintings.... Had a blast at this event and will return next year!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

3 of Bernie's paintings featured in "reinCARnation" Exhibit in Goldsboro, NC

Six OOPS artists (myself included) are to be featured in the upcoming "reinCARnation" Exhibit in Goldsboro, NC. Becca Scott Reynolds, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wayne County, organized the event and is excited to have OOPS participate. The exhibit will feature sculpture work and other media and run through the month of July, 2010.

JULY 2010
featuring live music from local pianist Jimmy Aycock!

Auto Related Artwork from artists across eastern NC including:
License Plate Guitars from Peter Geiger
Plein Air Paintings from OOPS painters in Onslow County

Jack Cobb: A Preview Collection (Samples from the art of the late Jack Cobb)

In the Mix (Mixed Media exhibit by Robert Jones of Snow Hill)


The Arts Council of Wayne County
2406 East Ash Street
Goldsboro, NC

Arts Council Wayne note... This event is an opening reception for an exhibit we are hosting at the Arts Council of Wayne County called "reinCARnation" that will feature recycled and auto related artwork in the lower level gallery. There will be a mixed media exhibit on the upper level from artist Robert Jones and a collection of work by the late... Jack Cobb which is a preview of a larger show that we will be hosting in the future. The opening reception is Thursday, July 1 from 5-7 pm and is free and open to the public. Jimmy Aycock will provide the night's entertainment on piano.

"Outstanding in Its Field"... Bernie Rosage Jr... 8x10" framed~ $200

"1940 Ford"... Bernie Rosage Jr... 8x10" framed ~ $200

"NOMAD'r What!"... Bernie Rosage Jr... 8x10" framed ~ $200

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bernie attends Mike Rooney plein air workshop...

Several OOPS members (myself included) recently enjoyed a one day workshop given by artist and friend, Mike Rooney. Mike taught us the Cape Cod style of painting which is colorful and FULL of light. We went through various exercises, watched him do a plein air demo, and then painted ourselves. The style was very challenging for many of us but it was a breath of fresh air to be taken out of our comfort zones and learn something new. A special thanks to the Council for the Arts for subsidising and organizing this awesome workshop!

Mike Rooney giving plein air demo...

Artists present were:

Bernie Rosage Jr.
Mitchell Morton
Dean Remington
Karen Crenshaw
Kass Patselas
Pat Boni
Ann Lees
Bonnie Rogers
Susan Cheatham
Pete Moffitt
Laine Francis
Barbara Bear Jamison

Monday, June 14, 2010

"Arts by the Sea" plein air in Swansboro, NC

"Arts by the Sea" Festival... Swansboro, NC... 8x10" Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, en plein aire, 6-12-2010, Bernie Rosage Jr.

The small North Carolina coastal town of Swansboro is dubbed "the friendly city by the sea"... and aptly so. It's quaint shops and great eating places make for a must trip if you are ever in eastern North Carolina. One of my favorite structures in the old town is the Olde Brick Store circa 1839. The former warehouse scarred by Civil War mortar shells once held naval stores, thousands of barrels of turpentine and sometimes prisoners.

When it I painted this plein air piece it was the centerpiece of festivities during the annual "Arts by the Sea" festival in Swansboro. The festival is also an annual event for the OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society) group for our June Paint Out.

It is a come and go as you please paint out... this year I painted in the afternoon with my painting bud... Mitchell Morton. We met several artists and art lovers. My apologies to anyone who spoke to me and I didn't answer... I wasn't ignoring you... I was jamming to Bad Company on my IPOD. :)

This painting will be on display and available for purchase in October 2010 at the Baysden Gallery for the OOPS group show... celebrating our third year anniversary.
Thanks for dropping by...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"Cedar Point Marsh" now available!

Title: "Cedar Point Marsh"
Artist: Bernie Rosage Jr.
Size: 6x8"
Medium and Surface: Oil on gessoed panel
Source: en plein aire

This original oil painting by Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase at Bernie's online store at Purchasing is fast, secure, and as easy with the click of a button... please visit my Artistic Release Store and check out my work. Click HERE to see details about this painting.

About this painting:
I am always drawn to the marshlands near my home... in fact... I never tire of painting them. I painted this scene on location en plein aire at the Cedar Point branch of the Croatan National Forest in eastern North Carolina. A great place to kayak, hike, camp, and PAINT! May this painting bring you the peace I experienced painting it.

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

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

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

"Strawberry Shortcake Anyone?" available now!

Title: "Strawberry Shortcake Anyone?"
Artist: Bernie Rosage Jr.
Size: 8x10"
Medium and Surface: Oil on gallery wrapped canvas
Source: alla prima from life

This original oil painting by Bernie Rosage Jr. is available for purchase at Bernie's online store at Purchasing is fast, secure, and as easy with the click of a button... please visit my Artistic Release Store and check out my work. Click HERE to see details about this painting.

About this painting:
Twice a month three of my artist friends and I gather to paint at my place. We call ourselves the "four brush-ka-teers". We paint a still life from life. This week Mitchell was in charge of bringing the still life and Olivia (my daughter) took charge in helping arrange everything just right... when we finished she thoroughly enjoyed feasting on it! Reddy Whip and Strawberry Shortcake... YUMMY!

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

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Four Brush-ka-teers!

Every other Monday night... I paint with three close artist friends... we call ourselves the "Four Brush-ka-teers".

LtoR: Dean Remington, Mitchell Morton, Stephen Greer, and Bernie Rosage Jr.

We take turns bringing a still life to paint from life. The camaraderie is awesome and I strongly suggest that other artists out there find a small group and do this. All of our work is benefiting from the the conversations, critiques, etc from painting together. The Brush-ka-teers have been painting bi-monthly for almost two years now. These guys and what I've learned from them are PRICELESS!

Here area few still lifes I painted at these gatherings...