Monday, January 31, 2011

Six Functions of Art: #2... Create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects.

Six Functions of Art
2. Create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects.

Chocolate Covered Cherry No. 3
5-16-2005 by Duane Keiser

Artists have the a knack for allowing us to see things in different ways… even everyday objects we take for granted can be transformed into works of art through their endeavors. Duane Keiser is a painter from Richmond, Virginia. He has been doing a daily painting since December 10, 2004, slowing down in April 2006 for other projects. I chose Duane’s work (I could have chosen any one of his hundreds of paintings) because he is "the father" of the ”painting a day” art movement that is sweeping the globe. The premise is to paint small “postcard” size paintings from life in one sitting every day. The subjects are usually everyday objects that often go unnoticed around us.

I participated in the “painting a day” project in 2007 and painted 180 paintings that year… not quite everyday but enough to keep me busy! Three of those paintings are listed below...

Thanks for dropping by... stay tuned for,,, Function #3 Record and Commemorate.

Cadmium Lemon
8x8" oil on linen panel
Bernie Rosage Jr.

Salt and Light
6x8" oil on panel
Bernie Rosage Jr.

Hammer Down
7x5" oil on linen panel
Bernie Rosage Jr.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Six Functions of Art: #1 Create places for some human purpose.

 Six Functions of Art

1. Create places for some human purpose.

Dolman at Poulnabrone, The Burren, County Clare, Ireland.
Art can be found everywhere. It often serves as practical purposes for our human needs, for instance, the intricate patterns on quilts are works of art but the quilt serves another purpose. The Dolman at Poulnabrone in Ireland is such a piece of artwork. It was originally covered with earth and served as a tomb. The Burren, a great rocky expanse in County Clare, is one of the world's truly unique places in that it can supports Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants side-by-side. Its ancient, awe inspiring stone structures hold secrets from the past that may never be unraveled. Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen is an ancient stone tomb dating between 2000 - 2500 B.C. It's just one of the many ancient historic monuments dotted throughout Ireland. I picked this as my example because I went to Ireland and was awestruck by countless scenes like this.

Stay tuned for Function #2... Create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects.

Below is an oil painting from my Enchanting Ireland series of this Irish wonder...

"Poulnabrone Dolmen"...The Burren, County Clare
24x30" oil by Bernie Rosage Jr.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bernie's Ramblings: The Six Functions of Art

Over the next several days I'd like to discuss the six functions of art – or the purposes for which humans create art. I plan to share examples of works (plus some of my own) that illustrate each of the functions and explain why I selected the works that exemplify these functions.

Six Functions of Art

• 1. Create places for some human purpose.

• 2. Create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects.

• 3. Record and Commemorate.

• 4. Give tangible form to the unknown.

• 5. Give tangible form to feelings and ideas.

• 6. Refresh our vision and help us see the world in new ways.

Stay tuned....

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Afternoon Burst" by Bernie Rosage Jr

"Afternoon Burst"
6x8" oil on panel
Bernie Rosage Jr

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bernie's Ramblings... Creativity

Creative people make our world a better place. Their sensitivity, flexibility, playfulness, productivity, fluency, analytical and organizational skills contribute so much to society on all levels. From the visual arts to NASA, creativity can be witnessed continually with benefits for us all. I think that there is something eternal within us that make us want to create.

My brother Mike.
 For me as an artist, I feel a need to create. If I am not creating there is a void and I’m miserable… just ask my wife and kids! The creative person I’d like to highlight is my brother, Mike. My sister and I are generally recognized as the creative ones in the family because we always had a pencil or paintbrush in our hands. Mike exhibits the creative traits mentioned, however, his medium is cars! He loves restoring old cars! He is flexible enough to see the possibilities of an old rust bucket sitting in some farmer’s old barn. He has the originality to modify metal and parts to transform a car from Maybelle to Mayhem! Mike can transform his ideas into reality with his analytical skills by tearing things apart and figuring out what makes them tick. He then exhibits organizational skills by putting everything back together even better than it was originally. He is very productive with his restorations and makes a healthy profit from his projects. However, like most creative people, he does it for the sheer joy of creating!

1954 Checy "Maybelle"

Same car after Mike transformed it to "Mayhem".

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What is art?

You are going to LOVE this video discussing "What is Art?"

Creature Comforts USA - Art (YouTube link)
Various Americans are interviewed about art. Animated by Aardman.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Had a great time in life class today...

I joined my pards from OOPS (Onslow Outdoor Painters Society) for our annual (inside where it's warm) life class. John Currie was our model and did an outstanding job! The real treat was listening to him play "Old Time" music on his banjo for three hours while we painted.

Bernie sketching during today's life class.

Model, John Currie, and his banjo.

30 minute charcoal sketch #1 of John Currie
Bernie Rosage Jr

30 minute charcoal sketch #2 of John Currie
Bernie Rosage Jr

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Available Paintings by Bernie Rosage Jr.

My paintings often evoke feelings of peace, serenity, and nostalgia... my greatest reward is when one of my paintings adds to the personal narrative of the viewer... an extension of his or her own story. My paintings pull at the heartstrings of many and have been collected by patrons throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia.

If you feel one of my paintings tugging at your heart contact me today at

Click this link to see my Available Paintings...
Thanks for dropping by...

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Photography Prints

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pete's Bridge...

"Pete's Bridge"
Alfred A Cunningham Drawbridge - New Bern, NC
6x16" oil of linen panel
BernieRosage Jr.
Painted for my new son-in-law who was one of the Engineers who built this draw bridge.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Artists painting Artists...

The Four Brush-ka-teers (minus Dean) had a blast last night painting each other! I painted Stephen who was painting Mitchell while Mitchell painted me... say that five times real fast! We spent about two hours painting and drawing from life... hope you enjoy the artwork.
"Stephen Greer" by Bernie Rosage Jr
Bernie's model... Stephen.
Stephen sketching Mitchell.
"The Artist" by Stephen Greer
"Mitchell Morton" by Stephen Greer.
Mitchell painting Bernie.
"Bernie Rosage Jr." by Mitchell Morton.

Monday, January 03, 2011

My wife the die-hard!

Tami running along Railroad Grade Road near Todd, NC.

My lovely wife (the runner) marathon training
while I plein air painted from the comfort of our car... :)
I'll share the paintings soon... I promise!
Happy New Year everyone!