Thursday, April 24, 2014

Before the Rain - Ruth Andre

"Before the Rain"
6"x6" oil & mixed media on archival canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

While living in the mid-west the weather was a main topic of conversation. Weather could be really wet, cold, hot and all the in-betweens. Summer storms often brought thunder and lightening before the first drop of rain fell to the earth. The painting today, "Before the Rain" is in memory of those wild storms that passed through the heartland and got us all scurrying for cover. It has been, 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bits of Gold - Ruth Andre

"Bits of Gold" 
6"x6" oil & mixed media on archival canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

I have been invited to show my work at the local Sutter Creek Art Council in June. The council wants to exhibit my animal portraits and landscapes. I need to get painting some new work and headed off to the studio with good intentions to start painting a sorrel colt. Then I got side tracked and painted another little abstract with bits of gold peaking through the layered paint. Sometimes it is difficult to get the mind in motion at the task at hand. The show will be fun and the first local show I have done. It will be good to meet up with good friends and meet new people in the community of Sutter Creek. I hope you enjoy this blog, "A Painting Day" as much as I enjoy sharing it with you.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Racing for Gold I - Ruth Andre

"Racing for Gold"
6"x8" oil & mixed media on canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

When you live in the Gold Rush country in Northern California the remnants of the past are in view daily . Old gold mines still stand and panhandlers settle in at the creek banks as they pan for gold. The Gold Rush changed the west and maybe the world as people came from many countries with the wish to find gold. Thinking about the Sutter Street gold strike has made for, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cattlemen's Western Art Show & Sale - Ruth Andre

The Cattlemen's Western Art Show is coming up this week-end in Paso Robles, California. This is the 9th year I have been invited to exhibit my western paintings. There will be 50 artists from across the country showing April 4th - 6th. The reception is Friday night and it is always a lively event.

"Red Roan"
36"x36"x3" Framed
by Ruth Andre
The painting above, "Red Roan" will be the centerpiece of my booth at the Cattlemen's Western Art Show with horses, cows and a couple of landscape paintings hanging by her side. Come and enjoy the show as I have enjoyed 
"A Painting Day".

Monday, March 17, 2014

Miss Piggy - Ruth Andre

"Miss Piggy"
6"x6" oil on canvas
by Ruth Andre

This little pig is a commission that has been on the back burner for awhile. It is going to Texas to be with her brother, another piggy painting by yours truly. I do hope this is the last pig painting for a long while. Love the critters but I am pigged out. It has been, "A Piggy Painting Day".

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wind & Rain - Ruth Andre

"Rain & Wind"
24"x24"x1.5" oil & mixed media on panel
by Ruth Andre

Feeling close to nature is not always visual. There are times when the wind currents send a warning of a coming storm. As the wind rushes by you know it is time to make a dash for cover or stay put and feel the pelting rain and be washed by the heavens.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Rain Spirits - Ruth Andre

The windows are wide open in the studio today. The weather is really too beautiful to ignore with the sun warming the earth. We have had a few rain showers that have made the valley come alive with green grasses. It feels like home once again. At least for now all is well. The painting today is in celebration of the spring rains and the rain spirits that bring us such beauty. Lately I have been caught up with the beauty of the valley. Winter has been harsher than most this year and spring is more meaningful than usual. The image above has been taken from my website since I could NOT get the image to load showing its true color. Maybe the spirits have found, "A Painting Day".

Friday, March 14, 2014

Canyon Rain - Ruth Andre

 "Canyon Rain"
36"x36"x2" oil & mixed media on panel
by Ruth Andre

The red earth of the shear canyon cliffs inspired this painting. When it rains the sky is dark but the canyon still has a glow as the rain dances down to the valley floor. Feeling the forces of nature has made for, "A Painting Day".

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sky - Ruth Andre

6"x6" oil on canvas
by Ruth Andre

Just when you thought all the horses had been put out to pasture another one appears. I have been invited for the 8th time to the Cattlemen's Western Art Show Sale in Paso Robles, California. The Cattlemen's show has invited 50 Western Artists to show the week-end, April 4th-April 6th. The turnout is always lively with patrons from the Paso Robles area and with folks that visit from different parts of the country to see the show. It is always fun seeing the art of the other artists and catching up with them as the week-end gallops along. You are welcome so set the date for, "A Painting Day".

Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring Rain - Ruth Andre

"Spring Rain"
12"x6"x1.5" oil & wax on panel
by Ruth Andre

A patron sent an inquiry regarding the painting posted today and as I was looking for another painting I found "Spring Rain". After setting the painting out for a closer look I realized a new photograph was needed. The painting is much quieter than the original photo and I like seeing it now rather than how it was photographed previously.  This is a revisit to, "A Painting Day"