Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Painting Day - Hillside Reflections - Ruth Andre

"Hillside Reflections"
10"x10"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

I was out today and the roads were very busy which is unusual for our little town of Sutter Creek. Then I remembered we have a storm coming and most people were out stocking up in case they cannot get out for a few days. The painting above is one I posted sometime back but when I saw it today it seemed to be alive with the same energy of the season and the coming storm. I will keep you posted!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Painting Day - Rushing Creek - Ruth Andre

"Rushing Creek"
Three Panels Each 6"x6"x1.5" - 6"x18"x1.5" - Triptych
By Ruth Andre

California has been in drought for the past year. We need rain and it looks like the next storm will bring maybe more than we want all in one dose. We are supposed to receive several inches of rain in a two day period. With the last storm the ground took a deep drink. With the coming storm the creek will fill closing the road out of the valley. We have extra provisions set aside knowing the power will most likely go out after just a few hours of heavy rain. As the weather changes it is exciting and a pain the the behind all in one. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Painting Day - Woodland Reflections - Ruth Andre

"Woodland Reflections"
Three Panels Each 6"x6"x1.5" - Triptych
by Ruth Andre

This is such a busy time of year and we are all sailing around with much to do. I am enjoying the holiday season and am trying to do just what I want to do. Thanksgiving was a special time with my family gathering together at a family camp in the Sequoias in California. We went to see the giant Redwoods, General Sherman and General Grant. The whole forest was so beautiful but these old trees named after our famous forefathers were amazing to see. The camp was full of kids, parents and grandparents all celebrating their time together. May your holidays be filled with 
Good Cheer and much Happiness!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Painting Day - The Art in Wax - Ruth Andre

Gallery 901 - Santa Fe, New Mexico has accepted 5 of my "CROSSINGS" paintings for the "The Art in Wax" exhibition. Santa Fe is one of my favorite cities to visit and to be showing my art in Santa Fe is a very special treat. My accepted works are shown below as well as the show invitation. Enjoy!
"The Art in Wax"
Location: Gallery 901 -  901 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Opening Reception November 21st, 5-7 pm and continuing through December 30th

Gallery 901 presents a National Juried Encaustic Small Works Exhibition featuring artists from across the United States who primarily work in wax. All pieces are 6"x6" or smaller, two & three dimensional works on cradled wood panels. Jurors for the show are John Schaeffer and Sherry Ikeda, owners of Gallery 901. All art works are priced at $300 with a percentage of sales supporting the Encaustic Art Institute and the Espanola Valley Humane Society.

Show Opens - November 21st and runs through December 30th
Need more information contact Sherry Ikeda at or 505 780-8390
Free parking along Alameda City Parking facility - Just a few steps away.

"Water Crossing" by Ruth Andre

"Night Crossing" by Ruth Andre

"Double Cross I" by Ruth Andre

"Double Cross II" by Ruth Andre

"Cross Ties" by Ruth Andre

Enjoy the show!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Painting Day - Breaking Through the Clouds - Ruth Andre

"Breaking Through the Clouds"
6"6"x1.5" oil & wax on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

The mornings are looking so cold these days. I can look out and see the sun breaking through the clouds just up the hill while our land is still shaded by the clouds. The change in seasons is always exciting but fall is my favorite time of year. There is a stirring, an awakening to get yourself ready for something special. Maybe it is the coming holidays or the beauty that abounds in the changing landscape that makes me feel new energy. It is a special time and for me, "A Painting Day".

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Painting Day - Roadblock - Ruth Andre

6"x6"x.75" oil & wax on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

Some of you have been to my home and studio and know the road that I travel in and out of the valley. To say it is treacherous is not overstating the adventurous drive. A few that have visited say they will never come again. It is not due to my hospitality but due to our wild mountain road with a cliff on one side going down to the Rancheria River below and shear mountains on the other side. The road is also a single lane most of the way with turn-outs to let two cars pass. You are getting the idea that to live in the back country of Sutter Creek means you will also pay your dues for the quiet and solitude. My painting today is titled, "Roadblock" in reference to having my truck be just that on this country dirt road. Newcomers that fly down the road are often caught slamming on their brakes when they realize the road is just not wide enough for two vehicles to pass. It seems the traffic speed has risen from 15 to 20 miles per hour to faster speeds and at the higher speed it is very hard to stop on a dirt road. I have only witnessed 10 cars flying over the cliff's edge. Luckily everyone survived those tumbles and most of them were able to traverse the mountain and get back up to the road and then walk out to find help since cell service is spotty. This has been a bit of a "vent" post. I wanted to share that not all things are as they appear at times. It has been quiet today and, "A Painting Day".

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Painting Day - Morning Frost - Ruth Andre

"Morning Frost"
6"x6"x.75" oil & mixed media on panel
by Ruth Andre

Now that the season has changed there is frost on the pasture grasses each morning. The horses have a thin white coat on their backs as well. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ruth Andre - A Painting Day - Early Snow

"Early Snow"
6"x6"x.75" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

The valley is cold with a heavy frost now that summer has slipped away. Winter seems to be on its way. Some of my friends live where they have already had a winter storm that filled the landscape with snow. Are any of us ready for winter this year? 
I have real work to do in the coming weeks to paint for three shows. I will be picking up the brush soon to paint my furry horse and cow friends. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, November 3, 2014

Ruth Andre - A Painting Day - Wild Horse Crossing

"Wild Horse Crossing"
6"x6"x.75" oil on panel
by Ruth Andre

The wild horses still roam in the rural areas of the plains. It is so special to see the banes of wild horses being free. I have a favorite wild horse photographer and his name is Mark Terrell and you can find his wild horse photos Here on his blog, Wild Horses of Nevada Photography. Mark must be a patient man to capture on film the intimate moments within the wild herd. My love of the plains and the wild horses has made for, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Quiet Cove - Ruth Andre

"Quiet Cove"
6"x8" oil on panel
by Ruth Andre

There are so many hidden coves and quiet hide away areas in Fort Bragg. I loved seeing people walk along the beach with their dogs just enjoying the day. You can tell from my previous posts how much I loved being in Fort Bragg painting on the buttes and sandy coves. The group of painters loved this quiet cove with its sandy beach and beautiful view out to the sea. It was, "A Painting Day".