Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Painting Day - Fort Bragg and Mendocino Paintings - Ruth Andre

For the past few years I have been traveling to Fort Bragg - Mendocino area to paint with friends. We have always had warm sunny days in the past but this trip the weather was quite foggy and cool. I have to say it was still great to be outside painting the beautiful landscape. The paintings below represent the different areas we painted. The first painting, "Call of the Sea" was painted at Mac Kerricher State Park just north of Fort Bragg. The second painting, "Harbor Watch" was painted at the Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. It was especially cold and windy and the fog was quite thick. I knew I needed to paint and as I looked out I saw mostly grey and then I spied these lovely old cypress trees and set them to canvas. The third and fourth paintings, "The Bluff" and "Always Watching", were painted in Mendocino just across from the little village of shops and restaurants. All and all it was a great trip and a much needed get away. As you can see it has been, "A Painting Day".

"Call of the Sea"
MacKerricher State Park
8"x10" Oil on Panel
by Ruth Andre

"Harbor Watch"
Noyo Harbor
8"x6" Oil on Panel
by Ruth Andre

"The Bluff"
5"x7" Oil on Panel
by Ruth Andre

"Always Watching"
6"x6" Oil on Panel
by Ruth Andre


Bruce B. Hancock said...

Ruth...I'm not sure that I saw all of these while in Ft. Bragg. Every one is a whopping success!!

Ruth Andre said...

Hi Bruce, I think there are three more paintings that I have not posted. I thought these were the best of the lot. It was a busy painting trip. I love the paintings you were able to paint and hope we can get out and paint more often together. Thanks so much for your good words. Ruth

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère Ruth,

Je découvre avec délice ces oeuvres peintes sur le vif.
Des couleurs superbes. J'aime toutes ces nuances qui se fondent pour mieux nous séduire. Elles créent une atmosphère particulière à chaque fois. Le regard se fixe comme pour mieux rêver...
Merci pour ces charmants moments...

Gros bisous ☼

Ruth Andre said...

Hello dear Ruth ,

I discover with delight the works painted from life.
Superb colors . I love all these shades that blend better to seduce us. They create a special atmosphere every time. The gaze is fixed as if to dream ...
Thank you for these lovely times ...

Big kisses ☼

Ruth: Martine, You always leave such lovely comments. Thank-you for the good words regarding these plein air landscapes. Ruth

Theresa Paden said...

These are stunning works, Ruth. Your style is so unique and truly beautiful. I wish I could see them in person!

Ruth Andre said...

Theresa, I appreciate your comment. I think I need to keep the plein air easel ready for a few more adventures. Ruth

Chris Lally said...

A very successful trip as far as painting goes, and I bet a wonderful trip to have gone with painting buddies. These pieces are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them.

suzanneberry said...

Oh my Ruth! I am deeply in love with each one of these incredibly gorgeous, rich and sumptuous works of art!!! STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!

Ruth Andre said...

Hi Chris, So good to receive your comment on these landscape paintings. There is a freedom painting outside that you cannot find in the studio. It was a great trip.

Ruth Andre said...

Suzanne, Your comment made my day. I love your work and your comment is much appreciated. Ruth

mary maxam said...

Yes, these are all gems Ruth, I like the way your abstracts inform these plein air works. Terrific!

Ruth Andre said...

Mary, Thank-you for the comment. It is true the abstract strokes are shining through with the new landscape paintings. I so admire your work. Take care, Ruth

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Wow! I love the paintings! I really admire you.

Caroline Simmill said...

Ruth these are simply stunning! I love them, looking at 'Always watching' I can see such pretty colours that work so well together, the thick paint is really beautiful adding texture to the work.