Author Archives: Rochelle Weiner

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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Valentine’s Day at the Galleria

Woot! Thank you to Scott and Ken at the Andersonville Galleria for featuring one of my Valentine’s paintings in the front window display. I’ve just finished 4 new small lovebird paintings in time for the upcoming holiday. New greeting cards will also be available soon. Looking out the window right now with the snow coming […]

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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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Flourish Studios now carrying my greeting cards!

Well, how do you like that? My greeting cards are now available for sale at Flourish Studios at 3020 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago – how cool is that? I asked, they said yes, and now we’re front and center in the shop. Two rows of my cards displayed right behind check out. Pretty good!

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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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Acrylic cardinals

Great night last night at the Andersonville Galleria’s December First Friday. Wow – what a crowd! I was told it would be busy but actually seeing the check out line winding all the way down the hallway was a wonderful sight. I have no idea of the actual head count but in the three hours […]

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Wheaton terriers and birches

Playing around with some more monoprints lately. Dad and Lynda are celebrating their 65th birthdays this year so I decided to do a pet portrait from photos of their Wheaton Terrier, Seamus. He’s a dashing young guy – lots of energy – and I thought the monoprint process would help depict his personality as well […]

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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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Hi acrylics, long time no see

It’s been a very long time since I worked in acrylic – however I was at Michaels Crafts the other day and saw some sales going on pre-stretched canvases so I thought I’d give it a try. Luckily, I still have loads of paint left over from the last time I painted in acrylic, which […]

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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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Rochelle Weiner Greeting Cards – Yippee!

Ok – they’re here! I spent the last two days packaging up all the little cards in singles @$4, 4 packs @ $13 and 8 packs @ $24. On sale now at the Galleria! I also put together some fun little framed birdie prints – stocking stuffers, priced at $35. Great gifts!  

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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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Who’s afraid of a little snow?

I may be in the minority but I love a good snow storm.  Since I work from home, it takes away the stress of the situation and allows me to enjoy the beauty of the day. I often will take a long walk through the snow after a blizzard with my camera at the ready. […]

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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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Add another crinkle

Still working on the masa crinkled paper technique – I did another in my “Row of Trees” series. I really like how this technique adds a weathered feeling to the painting, an integrated texture that seems to really enhance a landscape painting. It’s funny working with this technique as you really have to be prepared […]

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Inspiration found outside Galter Life Center

Hustling to my exercise class the other day at Galter Life Center in Chicago, I stopped in my tracks. I was running late, only minutes to check in, whip off my street togs, shower down and jump in the pool for the class that was about to start… but yet I stopped where I was, […]

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Sun through trees series

I’ve been getting so many positive responses to my original “Sun through trees” based on a lesson by Karlyn Holman, that I decided to try another one. Kind of fun. The success is all in the vibrant color and the perspective of the shadows. Maybe next time I’ll try it grand sized. Pictured above, “Autumn […]

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Size counts

(Pictured above, “Roadside daffodils”, watercolor painting, measures 22″ x 30″, framed original $800.) For a long time I’ve been trying to “get big” with my paintings. If you’re not familiar with watercolor paintings, it’s kind of hard to work big. First of all since the medium is watery, it makes it mostly impossible to work […]

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Flying dreams

I’ve been doing a lot of sketching lately – I have been getting inspiration to do a series based on narratives that spring from my dreams. For years now I’ve been having dreams of flying. Sometimes I’m in a flying contraption, sometimes I’m just floating above the street, sometimes I’m really high, sometimes I’m just […]

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Sold!

Thank you to Frances Limoncelli and Ben Loomis of Chicago for purchasing the original of “Rainy Day Poppies” tonight at the Galleria! (I knew this team had good taste!) They also took home a print of “Summer white” – one of the monoprint series. “Rainy day poppies” is the first of a series I am […]

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Arty bollocks

I had a great time in art school. Loved my classes, loved my teachers, loved being around art all the time. Especially loved learning new techniques and just being free to make things – all the time. It was fabulous. I only had one problem – other artists. Don’t get me wrong – not ALL […]

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Cray pas and watercolor? huh?

I had an idea last week – why not mix cray pas with watercolor? Oil and water could create unexpected and hopefully very cool results. So, I tried drawing different images and lines on different kinds of paper and then painted watercolor on to it. The oily lines repelled the wet paint and retained the […]

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The beauty of wrinkles

Crinkled masa paper plus watercolor provides some interesting effects. I’ve done 4 paintings now, experimenting with this technique, and I have to say I’m really liking the effects you can get. The peonies pictured below turned out really soft and transparent-looking. Almost as if I’d used layers of colored tissue paper to make the image. […]

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Masa paper – the crinkle technique

Inspired by Chinese artist, Cheng-Khee Chee, I’ve been experimenting with the masa paper crinkle technique. It involves soaking masa paper in water and balling it up into a crinkled mass. This step breaks the sizing in the paper and when you smooth it out it’s left with a network of broken crinkle lines. When you […]

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Gallery night – woohoo!

Thank you to everyone who showed up on Friday night (June 3), for my official opening at the Andersonville Galleria. All my Chicago people turned up, even the driving in from the far suburbs, and my family also made it down from Milwaukee – yay! What a fabulous turn out! This was my first attendance […]

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I have a fan in Arizona!

What a thrill! I was just at the Andersonville Galleria preparing a new painting for exhibit and was lucky enough to meet a new fan! She is a lovely woman from Arizona visiting her daughter here in Chicago. She purchased two of my prints… “Row of trees” and “Birds on beach”. She was really nice […]

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Yupo, my friend

I am having a love affair with Yupo paper. This paper is used in commercial printing and is actually a kind of plastic. This means it does not soak up water so a watercolor painting sits on top of the page and dries only when the water evaporates. I’m working on a few different techniques, […]

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Fruits of my trespass

Okay! so I trespassed and I painted and here are the fruits of my activity (illegal?) Both peony paintings are a combination of collage and watercolor… a technique I learned from Karlyn Holman that I’ve been having a lot of fun with. The peonies in real life have such a delicate and lush presence, I […]

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