Category Archives: Color of Love

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



“Color of Love”: Meet Diane Dean

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 welcome Diane Dean, an artist from Madison, Wi. She is a self-taught watercolor artist, specializing in watercolor paintings and prints. Diane enjoys painting architecture details or from vintage books. Her goal is to transports her viewers to a place of peace and well-being.

Please welcome todays guest of honor, Diane Dean:

Love Books resized, Diane Dean

Painted Ladies resized, Diane Dean

Pink Victorian resized, Diane Dean

About Me:
I am a self-taught watercolor artist. I love to decorate and create, so it led me to painting.

What “Color of Love” Mean to Me:
I think the color of love is in the details. I love books and architecture, and the wonderful details they have. Of course, to love watercolor, we occasionally need to let go of detail, and let the paint speak.
I hope this work shows some of both.

Thank you Diane for sharing your art with us!

Contact information

“Color of Love”: Meet Lisa Szkolnik

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 introduce a talented local artist from my neighborhood. Lisa, attended Nazareth College and then obtained her Masters in Art History while studying in Florence, Italy. A closet artist who volunteered at museums and worked in art galleries, allowing her precisionist persona to shine and hide her inner artistic inclination. Finally, after years of traveling and searching, she settled back home in Rochester NY and decided to integrate her passion and professional life through portraiture with graphite and colored pencils. As a portrait artist, she enjoys the challenge of portraying texture, a sense of realism, and capturing the personality of her subject. Better yet is the variety of her work through children, animals, weddings, and other special occasions and relationships. Education:

Please welcome todays guest of honor, Lisa Szkolnik:

Hunter, Lisa Szkolnik

Resting, Lisa

Who, me, Lisa

About Me:
Who doesn’t love a challenge? As an artist, I enjoy the challenge of
creating texture with graphite and colored pencils. My greatest joy is
creating commissioned portraits – knowing that every drawing will find a
wonderful home. After studying art history in Florence, Italy and traveling
America, I finally returned home to Rochester to pursue my love of art.

What “Color of Love” Mean to Me:
In a drawing, for me the color of love is the subject itself. People
commission portraits of the ones that they cherish most in their lives,
both human and animal. It’s these important subjects that will share our
joys and sorrows, and give each of us colorful meaning in our lives.

Thank you Lisa for sharing your art with us!

Contact information
You can see more of my art work at

“Color of Love”: In Loving Memory

First of all , thank you to everyone who has followed the “Color of Love” series this month, here at Gift of the Rose, it’s been great. I’ve met many artists, shared your comments, art and even a recipe!

I started this blog a year ago, as a means to share my progress, challenges and aha moments as I created art for my first art show, “Gift of the Rose’. The exhibit was and will always be dedicated to my sister Margie, who suffered and passed away from asthma in 1999. Through this blog, I have committed myself to raise asthma awareness. I want to express my thanks to the community here that has supported me, the media for publishing my cause, the Golisano Children’s Hospital, local demonstrations and for fantastic followers like you!

Today, I want to dedicate this post poetically to Margie and to all of our loved ones that we have lost physically and forever in our hearts!  I’m starting with a poem, you can send your poem through comments and then I will post it, thank you!

Margarita "margie" Martinez

Let’s do a poem together

To Margie, my sister and best friend…

Thinking of you,
Funny how years go by, yet time is still,
Like it was just yesterday
when we were little girls…

Peggy Martinez

The times we played are close to my heart I find comfort knowing we will never be apart I can’t wait to …

From Melissa Schroder at Fiery Art

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