Monthly Archives: March 2013

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?”!

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