Thursday, July 03, 2014

Three Lady Emma Hamilton Roses

An 8 x 10 inch painting of three of my roses...blooming now. This pastel painting and several others are taking a road trip down to Butternut Gallery in Montrose, PA. They are big, medium and small garden paintings...all reasonably priced. Hope you will stop in to see them during summer /fall. Call for hours: 570-278-4711.

I like roses with scent. Do you? Why bother with unscented ones? Yes, yes, they may stand up to the rain ...not turn all brown like some of my old-fashioned Albas. And, yes, they may bloom all summer. Who cares if they don't have a sweet perfume? Many of the best things in life are fleeting...home-made cupcakes, good-behaviour from dogs and heirloom roses.When the roses are taking a break and some of their foliage is shabby, look elsewhere (breaking waves, lilies, a good novel).

BTW, Lady Emma Hamilton is one of the hardier David Austin roses. It is not floppy, it re-blooms, it has dark foliage and few thorns and a color that belongs here in the Green Mtns. What's not to love?  I would describe the fragrance as "tea". David Austin says, "the flowers have a strong, delicious, fruity fragrance with hints of pear, grape and citrus fruits" . 

Always interested in your news.

You are probably wondering who was Lady Emma Hamilton.




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

For Pastels Only on Cape Cod...AWARDED!

Pastel Painters of Chicago Award:
Eastern Horizon, Rodrica Tilley

BARBARA COURTNEY JAENICKE  Juror of Selection and Judge of Awards wrote this about my painting;  "Even on the coldest of winter days, when the warm glow of evening light envelopes the cool hues of snow and is captured just right by the artist, you have a magical painting such as this one. The artist here pushed the extreme warm/cool contrast of this winter scene to create that magic-hour glow. The warm sliver of reflective water is just enough to draw the viewer into the painting without overpowering."


I am honored.


Eastern Horizon, my pastel painting of a sunrise from my dining room window, has been included in the Pastel Society of Cape Cod's annual national juried exhibition; For Pastels Only. You can see it and some other top notch work if you are lucky enough to be on Cape Cod between June 18 and July 13.
So, if you've had your fill of sand and sun step into the cool halls of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA. The Opening Reception is Saturday June 21 beginning at 6pm.

And if you are anywhere near Brattleboro this summer, let me know. We can meet at my studio...exciting news there...more room! Huge (everything is relative) expansion coming. More on that soon.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Mojave Desert


Irrigated roses, Sunday morning, Under the Eaves Inn at Zion in Springdale, Utah
I've been painting from Death Valley to Zion NP and you can see the latest 3 states (numbers 45, 46 and 47) in the Fifty State Plein Air Painting Project. I was in time for spring...not a banner year for desert wildflowers due to lack of snow and rain, but there were still plenty of blooms in ditches and pockets all over the Mojave Desert. I saw wildlife; mule deer, black-tailed jackrabbit, western cottontail, roadrunner, kit fox, birds that I cannot identify, and a western coach whip snake, commonly called Red Racer....none of which are in the photos below...just their habitat.
Desert Springs Botanical Garden, Las Vegas, NV
IMHP, the best thing in Las Vegas...and the home of above mentioned forty inch long pretty snake.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge - alkali water, home of the amargosa pupfish, Nevada and a totally delightful surprise for me. Uniquely beautiful place.
My Death Valley set-up with partially completed painting

Self portrait in Golden Canyon, Death Valley NP, California

Kolob Canyon, Zion NP, Utah
The Mojave Desert is the smallest and driest North American Desert. Covering just 22,000 miles, it is located in California, Southwestern Utah, Southern Nevada and Western Arizona. Both Death Valley and Charleston Peak are located in the Mojave Desert, giving it a range in altitude from 282 feet below sea level to 11,918 feet above sea level.

Let me know what you are up to. I welcome questions and comments...this trip filled some of my life dreams; Death Valley, Zion and Cirque du Soleil!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Vermont Pastel Society Members Show

Living in Vermont, just two and a half years, I like to explore; I took my first trip to Randolph yesterday. I drove through sleet, mud and downpour because I was delivering some paintings for the annual VPS members exhibit at the historic - and very much alive and thriving - Chandler Music Hall.


I could have taken Amtrak because the northbound Vermonter stops here in Brattleboro and then Randolph, every day.  Freight trains, too? I can see the typical rail yard assortment of buildings and mysterious equipment and piles of "material"....maybe a track repair facility? I'll find out because I am going back for some plein airpainting in Randolph. It's a town with character, music, art. What's not to like?

Dreams are Made of This 16 x 16 by Rodrica Tilley 2013

The exhibit of work by some members of Vermont Pastel Society is in the Chandler Downstairs Gallery. As you exit the ladies room you will see our paintings on two walls. You are invited to the opening reception this Friday April 4th, 5-7pm. (Stay for Mustard's Retreat and John Gorka performance) I have learned never to be disappointed at being placed near the bathrooms...many people will see your work...believe me, there are worse placements for art...and the lighting is good. My painting, Dreams are Made of This is available for purchase from Chandler. 802-728-9878

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Orleans Museum Visiting

 During a recent week spent in New Orleans we found countless works of art to appreciate. I fell in love with two painters in particular at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

 Clarence Millet's 20th century landscape oils absolutely glowed. The brushwork was loose and fine at the same time.


 The "cosmic vision" pastels of Will Henry Stephens really hit me....so inspiring.



 Gaston Lachaise'  Heroic Man towered over the competition at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA. 
And plenty of competition there was...over 60 modern and contemporary sculptors from all over the world were represented in this pleasantly designed garden with walks, bridges, pavillions and lagoons. 
Free admission.  Thank You! 


City Park in New Orleans has a slogan..."Every great city deserves a great park"...they sure got that right. Art, music, great food and friendly people are the norm there!


If you want to see why we were in Louisiana and what else my daughter and I did there look at the Fifty State Plein Air Painting Project.

I try to visit at least one art museum/gallery every month and write about it here...usually, just briefly sharing what I liked most. I welcome your museum faves and comments, too.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Twelve Nocturnes

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Moons have appeared in my work over the past 35 years. I feel their energy; they pull me from bed to watch them set. These small pastel paintings began with rough pencil sketches and notes made in the dark, out of doors. I purposely did not use a camera for reference. What I actually see is usually better than I am able to capture with my basic photographic skills.  I wanted to rely on my plein air observations. They were completed during daylight in the studio. 



I chose Algonquin names (in English) for many of the titles...so descriptive, useful and evocative. Shown from top; Sturgeon Moon, Worm Moon, Long Night Full Moon and Wolf Moon (on desk).


Go to the Butternut Gallery, 204 Church ST, Montrose, PA and you will see these small (six inch square) night scenes, framed in shadowboxes (eight inch overall square). You will also see many new works from seasoned and emerging artists and have quite a good time there. Call 570 278 4011 to confirm winter and early spring hours...tentatively Thursday-Sat.11-5.

The moons were mentioned on this blog last year before the dozen were finished and framed. By Thursday, March 6th, the whole dozen will be on the wall at the Butternut Gallery.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

First Plein Air Painting of 2014!



The first day to paint outdoors is always a joyous occasion for me.  45 degrees is my personal cut off point...and it got to 46 before the sun went behind clouds. It involved a trip to my studio to round up some equipment and supplies, but I actually got out on my deck to do a small pastel painting of our wetland...and one of our fallen pines with it's roots at a 90 degree angle to normal. We have freshly fallen snow and now that I've made something out of it, I can agree with all the Vermonters who are declaring with delight that this is a "real winter".