Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Painting Day - Heart of Gold - Ruth Andre

"Heart of Gold"
6"x6"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

Moving back to the abstract is exciting and challenging all in one. Images transform themselves, meaning they feel just a step away. My mind is set in one direction and then another image takes its place. Layers of paint have transformed this little painting into a more cerebral work than my first graphic intent. I also used gold oil paint giving the nugget size work a rich quality.  It has been, 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Painting Day - Shelter From the Storm - Ruth Andre

"Shelter From the Storm"
6"x18"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel
by Ruth Andre

Today I painted but I also took shelter from the raging storm just outside my door bringing much needed rain to the valley. Being tucked away under a luscious  cozy throw with a good book in hand I felt right with the world. I thought about the life changing storms in my life. How sadness for one thing or another has made me seek shelter giving way to solitude with my thoughts. Seeking shelter is what gives me the strength to move forward as the storm retreats in my own mind. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Painting Day - Shelter From the Sun - Ruth Andre

"Shelter From the Sun"
12"x12x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Birch Panel
by  Ruth Andre

Shelter is a comforting word that allows us to conjure all sorts of scenarios. A slatted roof may not keep one dry in the rain but it allows relief from the relentlessness of the sun on a hot summer day. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Painting Day - Rock Shelter - Ruth Andre

"Rock Shelter"
6"x18"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

The word, "Shelter" has embraced my thinking and painting. This painting may be the beginning of a new series called, "SHELTER". I am thinking of the many forms of shelter that surround me and how I might paint them. Living in the valley under the shear quartz mountain rocks that surround the valley is the inspiration for the painting today. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Painting Day - Cloud Lullaby - Ruth Andre

"Cloud Lullaby"
6"x6"x1.5" Oil  & Mixed Media on Canvas
by Ruth Andre

The rain has cleared and a few clouds have lingered with the sun peeking through to warm the earth. This little painting is being shipped off for a benefit show in Wyoming. The exhibit is called, "Whodunnit" with each painting measuring just 6"x6". The artists have been asked to sign only the back of the painting making them anonymous. All proceeds help maintain an art education program for children that I truly endorse. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Painting Day - Passing Cloud - Ruth Andre

"Passing Cloud"
12"x12"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

The sun has found its way through the clouds once more after days of rain. The valley has been ravished with torrential rain leaving the creek to overflow swamping tree limbs and small boulders on the bridge that I walk daily. One day the rushing creek was so high the bridge was hidden to hold its own under the torrent of water. Today the warmth of the sun is filtering through the clouds bringing with it a feeling of peacefulness. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Painting Day - Eye Catcher - Ruth Andre

"Eye Catcher"
12"x12" Oil on Canvas 
by Ruth Andre

There is always more to do. I painted this little colt thinking I would take it with me to the coming Cattlemen's Western Art Show & Sale. The show is in March so just weeks away. Then I thought, no, I should send it to the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum's Invitational Show coming up this month in Canyon, Texas. There is always a question of what paintings to send where and then if someone just falls in love with a painting and wants to purchase a painting then there it goes. No problem there, right? So I really need to paint another horse or cow or landscape to make an easy decision on what to send. 
When I lived on our farm in Missouri we witnessed the birth of a new filly and watched her daily. One day I noticed the hair around her eyes had turned dark and the hair on her face was shedding. I had never had a baby horse to tend to and was concerned. Then I realized this is a natural way with new colts to shed their baby hair and first color. Watching Cayenne grow into a mature horse was never dull mostly because she was such a wild thing and a  real eye catcher. It has been, "A Painting Day".

A Painting Day - Home - Ruth Andre

I have been blogging for a few years and am constantly mentioning the valley where I live. The valley is just a few miles long but oh so beautiful no matter the season. Each day my husband and I walk up into the hills and cross the Rancheria Creek that goes through our property. It is a beautiful setting and has been the inspiration for many of my paintings. The "Water Works" series of abstract works were brought to the canvas truly inspired by the creek and how it changes throughout the seasons.  I have added two photos of the landscape and three "WaterWorks" paintings plus words that express what the creek means to me and my work.

 Rancheria Creek

Turkey Crossing


There is a creek that runs through the land I call home. It has a life
powerful and strong and then it whispers and finally sleeps. As I watch
the creek in winter the water pushes forward with its powerful momentum. The water is high and purges what ever is in its path until it drowned or thrown to the side. Nothing is left untouched. Tall trees are sometimes toppled after years of enduring the creek's relentless force. Then as quickly as the creek has become the harlot of the land it softens and quiets and makes love to the sun. There is just a quiet rippling of light and shadow. The creek is alive and must find its path to be all it can be. Then it slows and finally the last bit of moisture is swallowed by the sands of the creek bed. To view the creek through all seasons and to see the creek move with the impetus of nature it is hard to believe it will slow and disappear into the earth. The ebb and flow of the creek is what I have painted. 

"Deer Crossing"
12"x12"x1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

"Grass Creek"
12"x12"x1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

"Cresting Creek"
16"x16"x1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Painting Day - Cinnamon - Ruth Andre

8"x8" Oil on Canvas
by Ruth Andre

I am always amazed with beautiful photos of horses with their heads up looking majestic and regal. If you  know horses you know their favorite thing to do is graze in an  open pasture. Horses have their heads down most of any given day eating away. They may show interest in something for a short moment  when there is activity in the pasture but it does not take long for their heads to move straight down again into the grass and continue eating. My hat goes off to the truly talented equine photographers. It has been, "A painting day".