Friday, October 24, 2014

CROSSINGS - Ruth Andre

Holiday Gift Book - by Ruth Andre
$20 - includes shipping

This is my new book, "CROSSINGS". I gathered several of my cross paintings 
together to show this series of works in a lovely 20 page booklet. I thought the series 
would make a keepsake gift for special friends for the coming holidays. 
I hope you will enjoy "CROSSINGS"


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lone Cypress - Ruth Andre

"Lone Cypress"
4"x5" oil on canvas
by Ruth Andre

It was the end of the day and I was waiting for my painting friends to breakdown their easels and call it a day. When I saw them lingering I thought I might have time for just one more small painting. This old bushy Cypress was rugged and had to be strong to hold on through many a windy day. Luckily it was a glorious sunny day as we painted along the Butte's edge. It was, "A Painting Day".

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Old Cyress - Ruth Andre

"Old Cypress"
4"x5" oil on canvas 
by Ruth Andre

This is a little warm up painting I did as I stood by the cliffside path on a butte over looking the ocean  in Mendocino, California. The grasses along the path were still wet with morning dew and made for a wet walk. Luckily I was wearing Muck Boots and my feet stayed dry and warm. It was the beginning of, "A Painting Day".

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coastal Blues - Ruth Andre

"Coastal Blues"
oil on canvas by ruth Andre

Last week I hitched a ride with my painter friend, Bruce Hancock and traveled north to Fort Bragg and the Mendocino, California coastal towns. We were meeting a group of artists that we have been painting with for the past 7 years. Howard Rees was giving a four day workshop. The wind was just a breeze and the sun was shining as I stood on the butte painting this scene. Up the hill from my painting sight was the Mendocino boardwalk where several of my painting buddies painted the old Victorian shops. The ocean was mesmerizing with its many blues as the waves rushed to shore. Painting along the coast in northern California coast made for, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Busting 5 Myths About Art & Interior Design by Kristina Tober

I found a fabulous article and I want to share it with you. It was written by Kristina Tober  and is published on the Make It Better Blog. It gives excellent suggestions for selecting art for your home. I first saw the article on the Gallery 901 -  Santa Fe Art Gallery blog and asked if I could republish the article here on my blog, "A Painting Day".  Enjoy.

Kristina Tober Photo
Blog Post Make It Better

Friday, October 17, 2014

Desert Crossing - Ruth Andre

"Desert Crossing"
6"x6"x1.2" oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

 The subtle colors of the desert land have a calming quietness. The, "Dessert Crossing" painting reminds me of the desert spring colors. It would be wonderful to take a trip to the desert this winter to paint and explore the quiet vistas. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Valley Crossing - Ruth Andre

"Valley Crossing"
6"x6"x1.5" oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

The heat of summer is intense in the southwest and the colors of the land are bright and clear. There is a mixture reds and greens in the valley as the sun's rays warm the earth. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Crossing the Chama - Ruth Andre

"Crossing the Chama"
6"x6"x1.5" oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

A few years ago I met a group of artists at Ghost Ranch just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. We set off one morning and drove north on the dirt roads following along the Chama River. We painted, had a picnic and visited a local monastery. The day was full of adventures and crossing the Chama River made the day totally memorable. The Chama River meanders through the Chama Valley and it is breathtaking. The "Cross" series has been an interesting challenge. I love seeing the cross image come to life in its own way in each painting. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Friday, October 10, 2014

Safe Crossing - Ruth Andre

"Safe Crossing"
6"x6"x1.5" oil on panel
by Ruth Andre

Several things came to mind as I painted today. First I have received some lovely comments regarding the "Cross Series" paintings. It makes me happy to think these small works have been thought provoking and have given a feeling of serenity. I thought I would stop painting crosses after the six previously completed but now I am onto painting at least ten for a small booklet. I thought the booklet would be a lovely greeting during the holiday season. So there will be more paintings added to the "Cross Series".    It has been, 
"A Painting Day.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Crossing the Blue - Ruth Andre

"Crossing the Blue"
6"x6"x1.5" oil & mixed media on panel
by Ruth Andre

When my world feels a little down I tell myself all the good things I have to be thankful for and do my best to move onto a better place. I call this time, Crossing the Blue. It has been, "A Painting Day".