Thursday, June 30, 2011

Summer Days

I am in Malibu right now but thought you would like to see one more plein air painting from the Bishop, California trip.  The old oaks around the little lake were just so serene.  I was tucked away in a shady spot when I painted these old souls.  Feeling the summer heat and westerly breezes made for, "A Painting Day".

If you want to see more photos of the Bishop trip my friend, Bruce Hancock, has a nice blog post covering his side of things for the workshop.  Bruce's Link.

"Summer Days" 6x6-inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre Sold

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Art Class

I am getting ready to take off on my trip to southern California but wanted to share with you the art class that I had for some very special students.  Britany, Madison and Taylor wanted an art lesson so we set up on the back porch and went to work.  Children are a true inspiration.  They are so free and relish the bright colors and the whole idea of making brushstrokes on the canvas.  We started with a drawing using an oil pastel pencil and then the first thin layer of paint went down to show the Darks and the Lights of the painting.  The final brushwork was a bit thicker and voila each student had a nice painting.  It was definitely, "A Painting Day".

Madison starting her bison drawing using her pastel pencil.

"Mr Buffalo" 8x10-inches acrylic on canvas panel by Madison

Taylor's is working from memory on a prototype car painting.

"G9A" 8x10 inches, acrylic on canvas panel by Taylor

Britany has started her horse drawing.

"Horsey" 8x10-inches, acrylic on canvas panel by Britany

The artists are at work.

Ruth Andre

Monday, June 27, 2011

Art Show

My son, Ian, and family came for a visit and while taking a look in my art studio he said he wanted a closer look at the "Hopi" painting.  We decided to haul the painting over to the house and look at it unobstructed, away from easels, canvas and arranged chaos in the studio.  Voila!  Once the painting was being shown in a clutter free environment it truly took on its own presence.  What a change to see this painting in its new surroundings.  Touring the studio made for "A Painting Day".

I will be away for a couple of weeks so posting may be infrequent.  I will be visiting family in the San Diego, California area.  I am taking my paints and hope to have some painting time.

"Hopi" 36x36-inches oil on canvas © by Ruth Andre

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Pond

Have you missed me?  I have missed posting and just want to say thank-you for visiting my blog.  Your supportive comments mean so much to me.  I have been in  Bishop, California with a group of painters.  Bishop was a great place for painting.  We had the opportunity to paint the majestic Sierra mountains and the flat lands of the valley.  The painting above was painted at a small pond at a local park 4 miles north of town.  There were kids swimming in the pond and fisherman in boats the day we were there.  I loved the solitude of this old oak and the reflection on the water.  It was good to meet up with new and old friends.  We had a great group and a grand time and it made for "A Painting Day".

"The Pond" 6x6-inches, Oil/Canvas by Ruth Andre © Sold

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Morning Light & Moses Botkin Challenge

The Moses Botkin Challenge just rolls around faster and faster each month and along with it each artist is truly set to work with the month's challenge assignment.  The June challenge was to paint a self portrait.  Talk about something that just took me over.  One morning as I started my day I noticed the light in my room to be so soft and seemingly quiet.  I  thought the light would might make for an interesting painting.  I used my iPhone to take the reference photo first thing that morning.  The painting began and every time I would step away from the easel with my portrait in progress I would come back seeing one change after another.  Seeing myself up close and trying to convey the brush work image to canvas took all of me.  I did find the process to be fascinating and would like to try painting a portrait or figure another time.  Taking the challenge made for, "A Painting Day".  I will be posting the other Challenge artist's self portraits as they arrive.  I may not get all the Challenge paintings posted due to the fact I will be off to Bishop, California to meet up with fellow artists for a week of painting, but will do so as soon as I return.  Enjoy!

"Morning Light" 10x8 inches ©, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Vicki Ross-"Me", 11x14-inches ©

Diana Moses Botkin-"Mirror", 7x5-inches ©

Robin Cheers-"Self" 8X8-inches ©

Sharman Owings-"Lady in Red aka Me at 60" 8x8-inches ©

Suzanne Berry-"Untitled", 10x10-inches ©

Friday, June 3, 2011

Lunch Date

I was raised in the country and then reluctantly moved to the city and ended up staying in the city for way too long before I found a way back to the country.  We all have to make choices in life and moving to the city was one I never thought I would make,   I was living on the outskirts of Los Angeles and during that time I became an art representative for illustrators and photographers.  I loved working with the artists and watching the creative process take place.  I was the go between for artist and client.  It was a big job and one that was never dull.  Lunch dates were common for an art representative.  It was a way to entertain your clients and hopefully future clients and I went on many a 'lunch date'.  The painting above was painted here in the foothills and it just reminded me of those client meetings long ago.  My OTT light is out over my easel in my studio.  One is ordered and I will be back in business soon.  During this time I really need to venture out and paint a few more trees.  Now if I can get the weather to cooperate.  We have had rain and we are expecting more to come our way.  Memories made for "A Painting Day".

"Lunch Date" 5x5 inches Framed oil on canvas