Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Totem - Star Light - Ruth Andre



Totem - "Star Light"
1.25"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
Painting Matted and Framed 5"x16"
by Ruth Andre

This is another painting to celebrate the coming holiday season, "Totem-Start Light". I really like this painting and "Totem-Star Bright" in the last post. They give me a feeling of true joy. The lively saturated colors entertain many memories. It h as been, "A Painting Day".



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Star Bright - Ruth Andre




Totem - "Star Bright"
1.25"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
Painting Matted and Framed 5"x16"
by Ruth Andre

I don't know about you but shopping for the holidays takes planning and a lot of hunting and evaluating to find the perfect surprise for those special people on the Gift List. I usually shop all year long because I am not good working my way through the holiday crowds and feeling the pressure to buy just so there is a present ready for giving. Today's painting is giving me a little festive push to gather some holiday spirit. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, November 6, 2017

Searching - Ruth Andre


"Searching"
4"x14" Acrylic on Paper
Matted and Framed - 10"x20"
by Ruth Andre

As promised in yesterday's blog post here is the third painting of the supposedly triptych. This painting went astray so I let it take me on another journey. The story behind this painting must be my husband's search for a favorite LOST flashlight. We have searched high and low to find this portable light fixture. FINALLY it was found this morning hiding under a tarped tractor in the barn. I think we should have celebrated and maybe we did in a way. With the mountain lions and bears roaming around our area at night it is good to see where you are going and see who else is lurking in your path. A flashlight is a necessity so I have been told!!!!
It has been, "A Painting Day".






Sunday, November 5, 2017

Falling In Place I and II - Ruth Andre



"Falling In Place I"
5"x5" Acrylic on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre


"Falling In Place II"
5"x5" Acrylic on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre

My online course, Studio Journey, is taking me into new painting territory. I am doing my best to work with acrylic paint and try different palette colors. The acrylic paint colors are so different from oil paints that it is a challenge. I mix a color and when I put it down it takes on a different look and also has a transparent quality. The class suggests to challenge yourself by working in a different way. As mentioned in the last post the class is working on paintings within a series. I started three paintings yesterday and when I started painting today the third one took a totally new direction, I decided to let it go and stayed the course with the, "Falling In Place" paintings above. I will be posting the third painting shortly. I am enjoying being in the online Studio Journey class.
It has been, "A Painting Day".






Friday, November 3, 2017

Carousel I, II and III"


"Carousel I"
5"x5" Acrylic-Oil on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre


"Carousel II"
5"x5" Acrylic-Oil on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre


"Carousel III"
5"x5" Acrylic- Oil on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre


I have started an online class called "Studio Journey" with Nancy Hillis. Our first assignment is to paint works in a series. We also are asked to write down our thoughts and ideas as we go along. The group of artists have joined together from all over the world. it is truly a fabulous experience to be part of this group. If you would like more information about Nancy's classes check out this .LINK.
We are also using acrylics and painting on paper. I decided to start with a small series using a different palette than my usual. I don't remember every choosing  to paint with green, lavender, navy blue and pink before. Each painting is quite different allowing the paint colors to hold the paintings together as a series.  I need to make some notes and start planning series number two.
It has been, "A Painting Day".







Sunday, October 29, 2017

Totem - Red Sky - Ruth Andre


"Totem - Red Sky"
1.25"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
Matted and Framed 5"x16"
by Ruth Andre

Totems Available Here

I just put a link up for the Totem Series. I will be adding to this collection prior to the Holidays. Each Totem painting is available Matted and Framed. Enjoy! Take a look around.

The studio was rocking today. The Totem painting above, "Totem - Red Sky" was completed and another larger piece finally made it to the photo-finish table. I have lots to say about the evasive painting and will share my trials and tribulations in the next blog post. I love painting the Totem paintings and if  you knew how long they take to paint you might be surprised. The paintings decide what they are going to be and I get dragged along until they say, done. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".











Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Structure - Ruth Andre




"Structure"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

The painting, "Structure" is a favorite work. It is minimal with strength in color and design. The title came to me as I finished the painting. I questioned whether the title depicted where we live or how we live. It seems structure is needed in our life to keep things running smoothly. We also need a structure to live in for protection from the elements. The painting also has a masculine vibe, a wool suit vibe. Maybe you see or feel the painting says even more. I feel it takes a fearless painter to be able to paint minimally. The tendency for a painter is to add rather than to subtract. Maybe this is true for all of us and the way we have learned to live. It has been, "A Painting Day".




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Totem - Mesa I and II - Ruth Andre



Totem - Messa I and II"
1.25"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
Matted and Framed 5"x16"
by Ruth Andre

This is the start of a new series of works that have brought true joy to the studio. I hear artists say, oh, it was fun painting this or that but in this case it is true. I have been thinking, Paint Big, but left that all behind to start this series of Totems. The Totems are symbols of what I have lived and see. The project has been in progress for a few days so be prepared to see the Totem series as each piece is completed. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".






Friday, October 20, 2017

The Mountain Speaks - Ruth Andre


"The Mountain Speaks"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre

The change in seasons has brought new energy to the studio along with a few new ideas to pursue. I am working on a few projects just for me and it feels so good. The first rain for the year came down last night and today the air was crisp and the trees seem to sparkle. My morning walk with Sadie was a bundled up affair. The valley is surrounded by mountains and the biggest mountain is directly in front of our home. There is no moving mountains but they do give shelter from the winds and shade from the sun. Our neighbors that live on top of this mountain drive eight miles past our house and up, up, up to get to their homes. I often wonder how they do it. The reward must be the view from on top since they can see for miles. I love the valley floor and the flat land with the creek's life force coming and going with the seasons. At times the mountain makes me feel as if it is alive with many stories to tell. It is good to be working in the studio on these cool Fall days. It has been, "A Painting Day".