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“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!

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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

“Color of Love”: Debora’s Cookies

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!

Please welcome todays guest of honor, Debora McDell, Debora is a long-time friend, blogger and she works at my favorite place, the Memorial Art Gallery, as the Coordinator of Community Programs and Outreach. I couldn’t dream of having a better job than working in the same building with original masterpieces from Monet and Whistler, just to name a few!

Last Saturday, I posted a few delicious treats for Valentine’s Day and asked to share your favorite recipes, Debora immediately sent me her cookie recipe. She found it in the local newspaper many years ago and has become a family favorite. I can’t wait to try them!

Deborah McDell

Barb’s Cherry Kisses

1 cup butter softened

¼ cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 8-ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained and coarsely chopped

¾ cup chopped walnuts

Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 300º F

In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium low, cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend until just mixed. With the mixer on low, blend in cherries and walnuts.

With your hands, roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Roll hot cookies in confectioners’ sugar and cool on rack.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Thank you Debora for sharing this delightful treat with us!

You can find Debora at her blog, “Go Debora”, musings about her life, family and volunteer activities in the community…a latina from the heart!

“Color of Love”: Meet Leah Vallance

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!

Todays’ featured artist is from Nanaimo, BC, Canada. Mostly a self-taught artist, she enjoys many types of crafts: from all kinds of needlework to woodworking and interior design. Colour is her inspiration! She loves the process of creating a work of colour that someone else might enjoy. Her second Etsy shop is ” miniarttreasures”.

Please welcome todays guest of honor, Leah Vallance:

Two Lovers, LizDesign

Pink Poppi, LizDesign

Funky Trees, LizDesign


About Me:
For the most part, I am a self-taught artist. In my late forties I fell in love
with watercolor and the amazing colors it can produce. My paintings are
expressions of my love of color. Another favorite is using markers on stark
white paper embellished with ink. I also find inspiration in viewing the art of others. There are so many
outstanding artists and crafters on ETSY.

What “Color of Love” Mean to Me:
“Color of Love”
The “Color of Love” could be an expression of one’s innermost feelings of
adoration for something outside oneself. It could be the intense pleasure felt
when a work of art or craft reaches into your heart and grabs on. It may be
subtle or bold, soothing or cold but it is always “wow”.

Thank you Leah for sharing your art with the world!

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On My Easel: Lavender Rose

Lavender Rose, landscapeOn my easel is a 5×7″ oil painting in progress. I’m experimenting with a new idea and would really love your feedback!  If you were to purchase a small painting;

1) What is your preferred size?

Choose from -5×7″, 6×8″ or 8×10″

2) Framed or unframed?

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated! I’m posting via my phone for the 1st time, I apologize in advance if this doesn’t look right! Got to try it sometime!

Ok, that 1st try bombed…sorry!

“Color of love”: My Thoughts

Rose Petals

Happy Valentine’s Day

Woohoo, the big day is finally here! Today, I give you my Top 10 ideas of what I love!

{Color is blind}

{It’s such a treat to make art purely because it inspires me}

{A house on the beach}Love mom

{Precious family, children & grandson}

{Sunsets, feeling the warm sun on my skin}


{My Art studio ~ a little piece of heaven}

{A nice long walk}

{Good bottle of wine}

{Sinbad’s Restaurant ~ Pharoah’s Pitza}

What are your favorites???

“Color of Love”: Meet Dorian Smythe

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!

All the way from Colorado, today we present Dorian Smythe. A self-taught artist, Dorian is inspired by the beautiful european still life work of the renaissance era and the quiet hours he spends in his small studio. Involving dusty trinkets, discarded objects, and the delicate rendering of fresh fruits and vegetables, Dorians work focuses on nostalgia and familiarity. Dorian paints in a realistic traditional manner impeccable still life settings. Dorian offers prints on Etsy and is represented by the Gallery Asheville .

Please welcome todays guest of honor, Dorian Smythe:




About Me:
I am an artist living in Colorado, working in the still life genre. I enjoy hiking
and hanging out with my wife and two-year old son. I also love discovering dusty
trinkets at thrift stores and antique shops.

What “Color of Love” Mean to Me:
The “color of love” brings to mind the ability that warm rich colors have to make
you feel saturated with a certain comfort that resembles love. I think people
associate love with so many events, places, and memories in their own life while
society on the other hand has conditioned us to think about the color of love as
being variations of warm red tones, hearts and flowers. Everyone’s personal
memories of love are so unique, that makes it hard on us artists to convey – I wish
we could stop painting hearts and flowers!

Thank you Dorian for sharing your art with us!

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