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Chicago Woods sold!

Thank you to Chris Martin for his recent purchase of “Chicago Woods”. It fits beautifully in your room, Chris! The work was inspired by the beautiful colors of late fall in the Chicago Forest Preserve near my home. Each time I drove by I’d literally gasp at it’s beauty – especially on the sunny afternoon […]

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Encaustics and the discarded series

As another branch of my “Discarded” series, I have been incorporating antique photography into encaustic works. I have a fascination with antique photography. It’s sad and intriguing to find old family snaps and formal shots for sale at junk shops and antique stores. I can spend ages sifting through these crumbling old pages from someone […]

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One way to monoprint

There are lots of ways to create monoprints. I learned a fun way to do it in a workshop with Karlyn Holman a couple years ago. I’ve used this process to create probably more than 100 paintings by now. I’ve done series of flowers, vegetables an fruits, portraits, birds, and most recently I have come […]

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Absurdity birdity

A new series of monoprints has been inspired by an upcoming show “Art is for the Birds” at the Deer Path Art Gallery in Lake Forest, Illinois. I was looking at the bird paintings I’ve done in the past and at the many figurative paintings I’ve done in the past year and wanted to put […]

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NBC’s Chicago Fire and me

Yow!! Got a screen grabs of my artwork on national TV! NBC’s Chicago Fire, filming in Chicago, has purchased 2 of my paintings for the permanent set and borrowed 4 more for use on temporary sets. Last night’s episode showed the character “Shay” rescuing an at-risk baby – a poignant scene. But all I could […]

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More paintings to be on NBC’s Chicago Fire!

Thrilled to find out NBC’s Chicago Fire selected 4 more of my paintings from The Leigh Gallery  – this time on loan – for use on their sets! I assume that since they’re on loan they’re not for the permanent sets but rather for single scene usage. Keep an eye out for them – I […]

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Two large-scale watercolors now part of the Tony Odisho collection

So, how cool is this? The fabulous Tony Odisho, owner of Exsalonce Salon and Spa in Chicago as well as Tony Odisho Extensions and Ostia Hair Products (who also happens to be my hairdresser!) called me a couple weeks ago for a favor. He asked if he could borrow a couple of paintings as staging […]

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Snow day

A walk through a nearby Chicago park during the snow with my friend Roger and his dog O’Hare spurred this new series, which feels like a fun new direction in my work. Featured above is “Fetching”. Below are a few paintings in the series. This series is currently being shown at The Leigh Gallery and at […]

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My friends at Felines & Canines

Last month I wrote a post when I completed a series of pet portraits I planned on donating to my friends at Felines & Canines. I wanted to give them something to help decorate their soon-to-be-completed, totally renovated, new and improved pet shelter. Well – the long year of construction is finished – and now […]

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Just won an IWS Award of Excellence for my painting, “And then I lost it”

Big news – last night I was honored by winning an “Award of Excellence” at the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show for my painting “And then I lost it” (shown below)! I am over the moon thrilled about this. My first award since taking up painting again 2 years ago. I walked into the […]

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Experimenting with Pigment Sticks

I recently took a painting workshop called “Experimenting with Pigment Sticks”, with instructor Lisa Pressman at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point Wisconsin. I had a blast. Met some really great people including Lisa who was not only a great instructor but very inspiring as an artist and a person as well. And she got […]

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Rochelle Weiner originals on Network TV

Wow – I am super thrilled. Jean Leigh of The Leigh Gallery in Chicago sold 2 of my paintings to the set of NBC’s new series, Chicago Fire. I can’t wait to see my work on TV! If you’re watching, keep an eye out for these two  fall scenes. They’re about 15″ x 15″ in […]

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Getting myself back into fine art

  Artist’s Statement “I experience true moments of peace while I’m painting.” When I was little, whenever my brother and I would complain we were bored, mom used to sit us down with paper and crayons and let us go. This was my start as an artist. In school art was always where I excelled […]

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90 degree winter

It’s been so hot in Chicago lately that I was inspired to paint a couple winter landscapes, below. Nearly monochromatic, these were created using only four paint colors – 3 blue hues and one red. I am totally digging the stark quality.

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Spring further

I have continued working on the study from the previous post, “Spring Forest“. I have posted both versions of the painting below for comparison. I deepened shadows, pulled out yellows and whites and created more of a focal point with dappled light filtering through the right side of the painting. I experimented with a new […]

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Chicago spring

This spring has been so unusually warm and pleasant that Chicago has sprung into green more quickly than usual. I snapped a few photos recently in a forest near my house and here’s first attempt at capturing the moment in watercolor. This painting is basically a study – a small version (11″ x 15″) working […]

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A new direction

Painting from life I am thrilled to report a new direction in my art. Back in art school I used to really look forward to my painting from life classes. I love the immediacy of standing there and painting what you see and feel from another human being, right on the spot. It’s amazing to […]

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Accepted into IWS national exhibition!

I’m over the moon! I was just informed that my painting, “Jealousy in Red Gloves” (see below) has been accepted into the Illinois Watercolor Society’s national exhibition! I’ve been told that nationally rated artists submit paintings to be in this show every year, so to be one of 60 selected for competition is a major […]

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Now showing in Lincoln Park

On Thursday I installed my paintings at the new art gallery opening soon in Lincoln Park. It’s called “Fortunate Discoveries”, it’s located at 1022 W Armitage, and is a similar business model to the Andersonville Galleria. I’ve signed a lease and I get a wall all to myself. Fortunate Discoveries’ focus is original artwork of […]

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Portraits make incomparable gifts

Last month I was commissioned to create a double portrait. My new client wanted to give a very special gift to his partner. This man had lost his mother years ago, and even though his father has since remarried, a family portrait of them still hangs in his father’s house. She was a very special […]

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Winter in Chicago

Winter in Chicago, where are you? There’s been so little snow this year I used a photo from last year’s snow to create this painting. After a snow fall I like to walk through the city streets and green spaces and see what catches my eye. There’s almost always something that grabs my interest so […]

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Pet portraits from photos

I recently finished two new pet portraits. A portrait makes a wonderfully personal keepsake to remember someone who has passed to to commemorate a beautiful moment in your life. The portrait of Allie below was completed some months ago but was only just given as a gift over the weekend for the owner’s birthday. I […]

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New greeting cards have arrived

The new greeting cards are in! I did four love bird cards in honor of Valentine’s day, seen at left. Also fresh off the press are sets of four spring flowers, four spring birds, four landscapes and four desserts.  I’d love to hear your feedback! Cards are on sale now at the Andersonville Galleria and […]

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Remembering Grandma

This Christmas, to commemorate the passing of my wonderful Grandma Gertrude 10 years ago, I did a couple portraits of her to give to family members. I had wonderful source material – my mother had taken a series of beautiful black/white photo of Grandma years ago, so that was my starting point. Making the paintings […]

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My painting hanging in Germany!

How cool is this?  One of my paintings is now hanging in a home in Cologne Germany! And I must say she chose a lovely place for it. Thank you to Tania Danilenko for her patronage and for sending these great photos – love seeing where art ends up!

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Winter Birds – a great holiday gift

Since the first set of 6 has nearly sold out and I’m getting requests for more, I went ahead and created 6 new small canvases of winter birds. I focused on Cardinals and Bluejays. I just need to get the hanging hardware attached on the backsides and then it’s off to the Galleria for hanging. […]

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Red balloons

(Pictured above, Red Balloons – original acrylic painting on canvas, 12″ x 12″) Another to add to the moody series – this one more melancholy a bit sad and reminiscent. Dead tree, floating balloons, small red heart. What does it make you think of?

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More moods in blue

Finished up the second moody blue canvas last night. This one I am calling Ice Storm. Pictured above,  Ice Storm – 12×12 canvas, acrylic

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Moody blue

Working on some new canvases – kinda moody. Here’s the first one, “Blue Night”, 12×12, acrylic.

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Fun portraits for special events

Portraits make great gifts. Our lovely Bonnie just celebrated a milestone birthday, so I created a portrait of her as a birthday present. I found a great fun pic of her on Facebook and created this portrait from the photo. Went over very well at the party – Robin even found the hat from the […]

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Need gift ideas? Got a few for ya here…

In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve started developing a series of small paintings  suitable for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. The prices are marked to fit into any budget – small original acrylic paintings and mini framed prints starting at $35. Also available of course are sets of assorted greeting cards – sets of […]

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The comfort of home

(Pictured above, “Rita’s Back Yard”, watercolor) A lot of painters use a method called “plein air” – which means to bring your paints and paper and set up outside in front of an inspiring view and paint it on the spot. In my travels, I’ve seen this a lot. Florence, Paris, London, San Francisco, New […]

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Popping up all over the country

Would you believe my artwork is now hanging in a home in California? While visiting in Chicago, Donna Knippen of San Jose California found my booth at the Galleria and purchased this print of “Shadows”. She just sent me a photo she took of the print, now framed and hanging in her home! How exciting! […]

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Sweet attack

Wayne Thiebold made a name for himself during the pop art movement by painting cakes and pastries – and I can see why he chose them. They’re so pretty! Like making a painting of a sculpture, it’s art inspired by art. While the Pop movement was about glorifying objects of mass culture, my inspiration is […]

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Pet Portraits R Us

I just finished a commissioned puppy portrait of Maya – a gorgeous Great Dane. My client purchased this painting as a birthday gift for her friend, Maya’s owner. I always like to have a few paintings going at once so I’m not sitting there watching paint dry, so, while I was at it, I also […]

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Cleaning house and inspiration

Featured above: “Up early” – watercolor painting inspired by Milly’s garden For every finished painting, there are also a few that are started and then set aside. They’re always in the back of my mind as I am working on other things, waiting for the day I am inspired to finish them up. I finally […]

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Love a gallery night

Woohoo! Even though the holiday weekend kept the crowd smallish, I had a great time! Thanks for all who came to see me at the Andersonville Galleria last night. I met some great new clients – regulars to the Galleria – who loved my fruit and veg series (more to come there!) And the birdies […]

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Nuts for fruit and veg

I’ve been working on a series of fruit and veg for the last couple months and finished them up over the weekend. I was going for fun and funky, and certainly colorful. These are the same technique I’ve used for florals in the past – a mix of monoprint, collage and watercolor that I learned […]

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For the birds

I’ve been seeing them everywhere – birds have taken over the interiors and fashion industries in recent years. My head has been turned – so many cute little tweeters everywhere I look. So, inspired by what I’m seeing around me, I thought I’d jump in and try some monoprints with birds as the subject. For […]

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New booth at the Galleria!

This week I moved. Took me three days and I’m still not quite done. Arms are noodles, legs are sore, and I’m still washing paint out of my hair (just white wall paint, nothing too exciting.) I am talking of course about my booth at the Andersonville Galleria. In May this year I started renting […]

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A week of art

I just got back from a week in Canada hosted by my lovely upstairs neighbors. We stayed in a cabin overlooking a beautiful lake (photo at left) in Nestor Falls, Ontario and I spent the entire week soaking up the beauty of the place, snapping pics for future inspiration and … wait for it… painting. […]

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Shadows and daylilies, installment 2

A couple weeks ago I wrote an in-progress blog post about a new painting, “Shadows and daylilies”.  I’ve been working on it on and off since then and I wanted to post another installment. It was inspired by a photo I took outside of Galter Life Center in Chicago. That day the sun was hitting […]

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Justin’s sunset – the Aqua series

Well – I have many talented friends. This painting was inspired by a gorgeous sunset photo taken by my neighbor, Justin. I think it fits nicely into my “Aqua” series. Justin’s photo jumped right out at me because of the drama created by the composition and intense color contrast. His photo was amazing – I […]

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Seascapes

Pictured above, “Rolling”, watercolor, 32″ x 40″ framed. Browsing through Facebook I saw a couple beautiful ocean shots taken by my friend Celia. (I occasionally scroll through Celia’s albums because she’s got an amazing eye. This is not the first painting I did inspired by her photography). I’ve been looking for some subject matter that […]

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In progress: Shadows and daylilies

I’ve started working on a new painting based on a photo I took last week. Even though stopping to take a few photos made me a little late to my class, I think it was worth it. I feel strongly that you have to grab the moments of inspiration when they are presented to you. […]

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