Mother’s Day Bouquet






There is no language barrier to the meaning of “Mother”! I collected great quotes about mothers and created a beautiful slide show with my collection of oil paintings of roses…enjoy, have a blessed Mother’s Day and pass!


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How To Create Vibrant Greens


Hi Everyone,

In todays post I’ve invited my friend and award winning artist Christine Waara to share her thoughts on “Conquering the Color Green”!

Christine Waara is an award winning artist from Fairport, NY.  Her subjects come from her life experiences: florals, landscapes, and still lifes.   While she primarily paints in watercolors, she also paints in pastel and oil as well.  Christine also teaches and gives demos.  Learn more at

I’m excited and honored that Christine went out of her way to create a video just for this post! In the video she will do a brief demo on how to mix greens in watercolor both directly on paper and on a palette using warm and cool blues and yellows to get different feelings and effects.

Thank you so much Christine!


Conquering the Color Green: Margot Fass

Please join in welcoming Doctor, Artist and Author Margot Fass- how does she do it all? In the short time that I have met Margot, I have fallen in love with her courage to intricately mix materials and subjects in her artwork. When I received her email with the images for this post, I was wowed! It brought me back to when I live in Puerto Rico where we love, appreciate and idolized little tiny frogs that sing, they are music to our ears. Today, Margot will be explaining her process for painting with the color green, enjoy!

By Margot Fass

When you think of frogs, what color do you imagine?  Green, of course, if you think of the iconographic red-eyed tree frog, one of the species of frogs, which thankfully is not yet endangered or threatened.

When this tiny nocturnal creature sleeps during the day, it is practically invisible in the green foliage.  My challenge in painting illustrations for the upcoming book about frogs, was to express in variations of green, the transitions between sunset, nightfall, a moonlit night, sunrise and daytime.

Sunset has some back lighting, with the light yellowy greens transitioning to a blue-green in the shaded parts of the painting.

Margot Fass

As night falls, but before the moon comes up, the trees are in deep bluish-green shadow, reflecting the blue sky.

Margot Fass 2

As the moon comes higher, the highlights on the green frogs and foliage are a light blue, and the lily pads becoming brighter as they recede into the distance.

Margot Fass 3

After many adventures (no, I won’t give the story away!), and a tiring night for Mom and Dad, the sun at last comes up, and we’re are once again seeing the back-lit green frogs against the blue-green leaf framing a pinky violet sky.

Margot Fass 4

By the time the froggies are on the way home, daylight has arrived, and the golden sunlight reflects on the frogs and foliage.

Margot Fass 5

Do you think the variations of green reflect the time of day accurately?

Are you as excited about seeing the finished Picture Book as I am?  (I’m on painting THIRTEEN out of fifteen!)  Hopefully it will be ready for the Fairport Canal Days show on the weekend of May 31st.

Finally, the book has had many title permutations, originally called Leap Frog – A Night in the Life of Agalychnis Callidryas Family.  Children’s book illustrator Nancy Lane suggested I have a name with alliteration.  What do you think of “Froglets First Frolic”? – A Night in the Life of Agalychnis Callidryas Family?

It would be possible, because of her formidable talents as an artist and social media expert, to be green with envy of Peggy Martinez.  However, I only feel grateful for her generosity in sharing her skills and knowledge with us.  Martinez for inviting guest artists to her blog, and I can only say many thanks to her for the opportunity to be a guest on Gift of the Rose.

About Margot:

Margot has been exhibiting in Rochester and in the Finger Lakes in group shows, invitationals     and solo exhibits. She combines fabric and other materials as a collage with figures. She has a love for the endangered and has a wonderful book to be launched this summer. We wish you the best!


Contact information

You may contact Margot via her website:

Only The Best!

Last month we celebrated the month of love with a wonderful display of artists from coast to coast and a blogger who shared her secret cookies! I’m extremely honored to have made new friends, deepen relationships and flattered to showcase emerging artists, big hugs and love to everyone, it would not have been possible without you!

Sara Pulver

Road Trip by Sara Pulver

Sujey Rodriguez

Sijey rodriguez

Arena Shawn

Arena Shawn

Melissa Schroder

Meslissa Schroder, Fiery Art

Leah Vallance

Two Lovers, LizDesign

Dorian Smythe


Louis Melendez

A Wheel For Passion ( final edit ) 2013 Louis Melendez

Diane Dean

Love Books resized, Diane Dean

Christine Parker

Parker,Christine,Boats in Barnegat Bay, acrylic

Kevin Meredith

Kevin Meredith

Betsy Murray

Betsy Murray, Image 3

Lisa Szkolnik

Resting, Lisa

Debora McDell

Deborah McDell

Milagros Coleman


Lynda Black

Lynda Black, Snuggle

and my beautiful daughters Rebecca and Jasmine Simei who made the prettiest heart shape wreath!

Becca with reef cropped banner left

Don’t miss this month where every Thursday, a guest artist will share their experience, tips and expertise about managing the “Color Green: Love or hate it?”!

“Color of Love”: Meet Kevin Meredith

Today, we end the “Color of Love” series with a remarkable storyteller and fine artist from Denver, Colorado. I want to express my deep gratitude to all the guests artists and bloggers that contributed to this month-long series, I truly enjoyed the connection, new friendships and bringing  readers like you new art, ideas and expressions!

I invited this talented artist from Denver, Colorado to join us because I was instantly attracted to the story in his art. I felt like there’s a story developing from each piece, a connection to humankind where the artist wants us to “read more” at your own imagination. It must be the mother instinct in me!
Please welcome todays guest of honor, Kevin Meredith

Kevin Meredith, image 1

Kevin MeredithKevin Meredith

About Me:

A little about me. I spent my childhood on a farm in the plains of the Midwest where creativity was a necessary ruse for entertainment.  Academically I later attended the University of Kansas School of Fine Arts. From then until present, I continue to refine my craft in the world of fine arts. My inspirational point in painting is to tell a story, capture a memory, real or imagined. To create something that might move the spirit and stir in you that same passion by which I am driven.

What “Color of Love” Mean to Me:

The Color of Love has different meanings. We love, share love and interpret love in different way’s. A love for a spouse is certainly not the same type of love we share with a mother, father or our siblings. Therefor, if asked to assign a color to the loves in our lives we might see a rainbow of our favorite hue’s.  My inspiration for painting is like the stirring we get when we pause for a moment.
To look at something and ponder its reasoning for being. A connection can be made and for me, at times, a painting may result as an expression to share. I have an eclectic view of what I like to paint, so who knows what the subject matter might be next.

Thank you Kevin for sharing your art with the world!

Contact information

Three web sites to connect with me. Each site offers something unique along with
price ranges;  ..  for ORIGINAL PAINTINGS  as well as prints that come
directly from my studio. The best pricing at this site. Best way to contact me!  .. prints printed and shipped from this site with
framed prints, matted prints, cards and more from this site.  .. offers pretty much the
same as Imagekind with the differences being in framing options.

“Color of Love”: Meet Christine Parker

Welcome to the “Color of Love”, a series for the month of February featuring guest artists and other surprises. A series of colorful ideas, expressions and artistic views!

I’m excited to feature today Christine Parker, she is a Daily Paint Works artist and has studied at the prestigious Students Art League. I love the mood in her landscapes, the subtle interaction of complementary hues yet  inviting!

Please welcome todays guest of honor, Christine Parker!

Parker,Christine, Santa Barbara Houses, Acrylic Parker,Christine,BeachCottages acrylic Parker,Christine,Boats in Barnegat Bay, acrylic

About Me:

painting is my passion and I try to allow time each day to paint, allowing that I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I’ve been painting for 15 years and have studied at the Art Student’s League of New York. Some of my favorite things to paint are New Jersey’s beach cottages and streetscapes.

What “Color of Love” Mean to Me:

The “Color of Love” is a feeling to me.  Most things that I paint call to me in some way.  I hope to capture that feeling in paint and brushstrokes.

Thank you Christine for sharing your art with the world!

Contact information: 
Etsy shop:
Daily paintworks:

“Color of Love”: Meet Sujey Rodriguez

Welcome to the “Color of Love”, a series for the month of February featuring guest artists and other surprises. A series of colorful ideas, expressions and artistic views! I apologize for M.I.A., life got a little hectic with a new class I taught, but we’re back!

Please welcome todays guest of honor, Sujey Rodriguez!

Sujey is an emerging artist from my homeland, Puerto Rico! I’m excited to act as mentor and guide to other artists, love to help whenever and however I can. We have her information in spanish, but don’t worry, I can translate, enjoy!Sijey rodriguez

Sujey Rodriguez


About Me:


Hola, mi nombre es Sujey Rodriguez. Vivo en Rochester, NY y soy artista en pintura.  Me apasiona la naturaleza del mundo y los colores vivos los cuales emplemento en cada pieza que hago, y mediante la cual dejo volar mi imaginacion para plasmarlos en la misma. Cada pintura que hago tiene un significado y sentimientos diferentes los que me mueven a hacerla.


Hello, my name is Sujey Rodriguez. I live in Rochester, NY and I’m a visual artist. I’m passionate about the worlds nature and vibrant colors which I apply in every piece I create and whereby I let my imagination fly and leave an imprint. Each painting I create has a different meaning and emotion that led me to create it.

What “Color of Love” Mean to Me:


El pensamiento central que viene a mi mente en la frase “El Color de el Amor”  lo puedo resumir en una cosa, es “El Color de la Vida”, porque la vida es amor. Sin el amor y la vida perderian interes. Si no que una cosa complementa la otra, sin color ni hubiera arte y sin amor tampoco. Porque mediante el arte y el color podemos expresar lo bonito de el amor!


The immediate thought that comes to mind of the title “Color of Love”, I conclude in one thought, it’s the “Color of Life”, because life is love. Without love and life there is no interest. One aspect complements each other, without life color there is no art and no love. Through art and color we can express the beauty of love!



Thank you for sharing your art with the world!

Contact information

If you would you like to contact Sujey, you can email me at



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