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".

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The House Next Door - Ruth Andre

"The House Next Door"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre

Have you ever walked by a house or walked down a road and had the feeling there could be lingering spirits watching you as you past by? The painting today celebrates the Halloween Holiday. It is a holiday for fun and play but it also congers up scary stuff. Enjoy!
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, October 9, 2017

Briarwood - Ruth Andre

4.5"x9" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

The painting today is a small study but imagine it to be 36"x72" or 48"x96". How would you perceive the two pieces? I believe size does matter when it comes to painting. I am not saying we should all paint big or every painting should be big but a large painting is commanding. A large painting brings you into its space making its own landscape. I worked for a short time for a contemporary artist, Norman Zammitt. Norman painted large paintings, some being 30 feet wide. Being in his studio and watching him work was educating and exciting. I assisted by working on small studies to double check what he must have had in his mind's eye. The studies were tedious and small ranging in size from 8" to 36" wide. It took days to prepare the canvas support with many coats of gesso finely sanded after each coat dried. Then the meticulous measuring of lines and finally the application of paint. Norman was never far and oversaw each step. Norman taught me many things but what I saw working in the studio was that I was in the presence of a true artist. There was nothing that got in his way to paint what was his statement. To see a promotion video for Norman's painting, "North Wall",  follow the Heather James Fine Art Link. It is an inspiring video that lets you peek inside and see one of Norman's works. For me working with Norman was life changing to take part in Norman's painting process and experience Norman's work in progress.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Indian Summer - Ruth Andre

"Indian Summer"
10"x10"x1.5" Oil-Wax on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

After a hot summer the fall weather sets in and sometimes the temperatures are quite cold. The sweatshirts and parkas are much needed for morning walks. In years past after the rush of cold comes a week of warm weather and windy days that send the drying tree leaves on their way. This time is called, Indian Summer, and a time that I love. The seasonal change seems to bring a new energy to be enjoyed. I hope you like this painting. This particular panel has been painted and finished three times. After completion the painting has been hung in the studio and after a few weeks I have decided it was not quite right so the new painting begins. I think, "Indian Summer" will stay to be enjoyed.
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Xanadu Gallery Catalogue - Ruth Andre

Xanadu Art Catalogue
Paige 10 - Paintings by Ruth Andre

 Xandu Gallery promotes artists in their monthly art catalogue. I chose to show the paintings, "Land I and Land II". The catalog of artist's works make for an enjoyable way to shop from your own home. Check out Page 10 for my two paintings available for an online purchase.

I want to say, thank-you for the many comments I received regarding acrylic paints. I fear I am not alone with my understanding of the medium but it seems we are all willing to give acrylics a try.
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Journey - Ruth Adnre

"The Journey"
4"x10" Acrylic on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I decided to give acrylic paint another try today. I have to say acrylic paints totally humble me. I am not in love with painting with acrylics but I like the outcome. Maybe it is the added tears that bring it all together. A good friend, Theresa Paden, paints animal portraiture using acrylics. She paints large canvases and she makes painting with acrylics look easy. I sent Theresa an email to let her know I am in awe of her painting skills. I know I am making more of this than necessary but the whole acrylic process astonishes me. The paints are very liquid in body and then once down on the paper they turn to glue. No kidding!!! The word practice comes to mind so I may try a few more works and see how they go. It has been, "A Painting Day". 
PS: I will try not to complain.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Passing Storm - Ruth Andre

"Passing Storm"
7.5"x9" Acrylic on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I have been away from the studio for a few days. A group of artist friends rented a house in Fort Bragg, California and spent four days on the coast. Need I say it was a fabulous time away and a much enjoyed gathering of friends. I will post a few of my plein air works here in a day or two. 

Today I got back to the studio to work on a new project. I decided to work in acrylics to test for color and painting technique. Acrylic paints are challenging at best. The colors are so different than oil paints. They dry a different color and the dry time and workability is quite different than oils. I guess what I am saying is I love oil paint and I really love working with Oil and Wax medium.  The nice thing about my acrylic painting is my painting will be dry in a few hours. It was a learning day and, 
"A Painting Day".

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Crossed Paths - Ruth Andre

"Crossed Paths"
6"x24"x2" Oil-Wax on Panel
by Ruth Andre

Painting on paper has become my go to backing but today I am showing a painting on a nice deep 2 inch cradled panel. The panel depth gives the painting strength and the look is really nice. This painting is hanging in the studio but it may need to come into the house. It is a quiet restful painting and it would be good to see it given a special setting. Maybe it needs to be seen in its forever home environment.  
Enjoy! It has been, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Possibility is There - Ruth Andre

"The Possibility Is There"
8"x4" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I have been painting for a coming Small Works show at The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. As you know I love working on small paintings. The small works give me time to explore and the pressure to make a good painting is much less than on a larger painting. I have been contemplating a venture that is rather costly but one that I seem destine to try. I am checking off the possibilities to see if I want to say, yes, or no. I will keep you updated if my answer is yes.

Friday, September 15, 2017

First Blush - Ruth Andre

"First Blush"
6"x10" Oil-Wax on Loose Canvas
Matted and Framed 10"x15"
by Ruth Andre

The cooler weather is giving my new work a lighter feel. I had planned this painting to be quite graphic and dark. It is good to let go and let the painting find its way. The medium is a mix of oil, wax and oil paint sticks. Does anyone else love paint-sticks like I do? 
The farrier was here this morning, I mean all morning. He is a good guy and is good with our mare, Hopi. I thought you might like to see the sweet girl and how the valley grasses have turned a deep golden color. 
It was, "A Painting Day".


I need to take another photo. Poor Hopi looks like she has a rather wide behind. She really is a gorgeous mare. Hopi came to us wild and only 7 months old. I spent a lot of time with her in her stall so she would learn to trust humans. She was also placed in the stall next to our head mare, Angel. Angel must have taught her the ropes because it was not long before Hopi was walking on the lead. I loved living in Missouri Farm Country. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Drift - Ruth Andre

4"x14" Oil-Wax on Canvas
by Ruth Andre

The breeze came from the west while walking this morning. The change of seasons is here. The trees are turning golden and losing their leaves. It is thrilling to feel the coolness of autumn in the air. I had started this painting, "Drift", a few days ago. It is painted on flat primed canvas. I think I will have it matted and framed showing the lovely canvas rather than having it stretched on wooden bars. I love the look of the canvas peeking around the painting. Life felt very mellow today with no appointments to run. It was a day to drift and enjoy. It was also, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stormy Weather - Ruth Andre


"Stormy Weather"
6"x8" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

My thoughts are with the ravaged flood victims. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people and all of the animals that cannot fend for themselves. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Early Moon - Ruth Andre

"Early Moon"
4"x6" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This morning I felt the first glimmer of fall. The air was cool and the tree leaves along my walking path had started falling. The influence of nature's palette must have met up with me in the studio today. My painting, "Early Moon has captured the essence of autumn. It has been, "A Painting Day". 

Monday, September 4, 2017

One More Step - Ruth Andre

"One More Step"
14"x10" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

My exercise of choice is walking and I take two walks up the hill behind our house per day. With the heat this summer it sometimes feels like a monumental task. It is also rewarding and this summer I have crossed paths with quail, turkey, a bob cat called, Bobbie, and a snake or two. Luckily the cows have stayed behind their fences and the mountain lion only appeared after leaving the shade of the big oaks by the creek. The neighbor's guinea flock shout at us but I love seeing them with their bulbous bodies and tiny heads. They remind me of old grandmothers wearing scarves. The horses stretch their heads over the fence of the their paddocks and whisper a greeting. You can see I am not alone on these walks and to make sure Sadie our red Border Collie is by my side.  
"One More Step" has made for, "A Painting Day".

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Band Played On I and II - Ruth Andre

"The Band Played On I and II"
Each Painting 4"x14" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

When life happens whether it be good or bad the news is shared and thought about and then it seems life moves on.  There may be follow up words of care but mostly, The Band Played On. We each have to make our own way and it is lonely at times as we press on. 
Wishing everyone a good long week-end for Labor Day. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Clouds on the Horizon - Ruth Andre

"Clouds on the Horizon"
12"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

Labor Day is fast approaching and I hope you all have plans to relax and enjoy. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It Fell From the Sky - Ruth Andre

"It Fell From the Sky"
6"x10" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

When good things happen we sometimes say, It is like it just fell from the sky. I have had this feeling a few times in my life and it is a wonderful happening. Mostly good things come slowly after days, weeks and years of preparation. I believe it is the journey that makes our life interesting. There is a lot of energy in this painting that has made for, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sideward Glance - Ruth Andre

"Sideward Glance"
Each Painting 4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

My escape to the studio was a two part adventure today. I was able to paint this morning and then again late afternoon. It works well when I give the paintings time to rest before adding more layers of paint. I also get to see the painting with a fresh eye or in this case a sideward glance. If there are two eyes here in these paintings it is truly abstracted but the name came to me as I finished the two works so I am going to go with it.  It has been, "A Painting Day".

Friday, August 25, 2017

Red Mountain - Ruth Andre

"Red Mountain"
12"x12" Oil - Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

The west is a place that calls to me and when I have visited the land of enchantment the red mountains and steep cliffs were totally awe inspiring.  While visiting Ghost Ranch north of Santa Fe, New Mexico I walked from the small village along a mountain path and was surrounded by the steep red cliffs jutting straight up. It was a beautiful place to see. I was a new painter then taking a workshop with the artist, Mauice Larioux. He told stories of his neighbor, Georgia O'keeffe and their turbulent friendship in years past. It was a grand adventure painting and staying in such a rustic art center far from the busy city. It was, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Sun Is Out - Ruth Andre

"The Sun Is Out"
6.5"x6.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This painting was once white and blue with a hint of yellow. I thought it looked nice but it did  not jolt any strong feelings so I let it sit for a few days. Today after feeding our sweet mare, Hopi, I went to the studio to see what could  be changed for a stronger painting. It had been a safe painting and now it is a painting that makes me know it is alive. It has a pulse. I am laughing at myself a little but it is true. While living in Encinitas, California the ocean was out my front door. Every morning I would walk to the front windows and look out to see the ocean. The fog was often my sad reward but then as the morning went on I would call to my husband and say, The Sun Is Out. It was a glorious time living by the sea but short lived. We left sunny California to farm in the Mid-West for several years. My morning view changed from  ocean blues and greens to green and yellow wheat fields as the season changed. I must admit it was a cultural shock but one I soon grew to love. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Back Door - Ruth Andre

"The Back Door"
6"x10" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

Every summer when my kids were growing up we would take a summer vacation to Falling Leaf Lake in Tahoe, California. The old summer cottages were quite rustic. The kitchen had an old vintage stove, a small refrigerator and a table covered with a plastic floral cloth. There was a patio and a back door with a screen that would slam shut with a bang when the kids went in and out of the cabin. The old door had seen many visitors and it had been painted several times. There were a few chipped areas to let  you know it was not always a green door or a yellow door but was also a red door at one time. These were happy and relaxed days away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The painting today, "The Back Door" is a strong and graphic painting with big areas of direct color. I like the strength of this piece very much. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stop Ahead - Ruth Andre

"Stop Ahead"
6"x10" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I was thinking about snow once again while painting, "Stop Ahead". The painting makes me think of snow covered walk ways and the swishing sound of cars streaming by. It could be a small one-stop-sign-town or a busy city street. No matter the location there is a feeling of quiet isolation. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Well Red - Ruth Andre

"Well Red"
6.5"x6.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

When we think of Minimal Art we usually think it is white, grey or black. The painting today, "Well Red" is painted in a minimal style and is definitely red and yet minimal. The color really sings and it feels warm and inviting. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sojourn II - Ruth Andre

"Sojourn II"
12"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

The Sojourn series has begun and continues with, "Sojourn II". The painting from yesterday's post and this one today are a little different in style. It is a new direction and one I have decided to explore. The paint is layered and scrapped to reveal layers below. Maybe this is a  letting go of sorts so the paints  can go their own way. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sojourn - Ruth Andre

"Sojourn I"
12"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This painting caught me off guard and maybe the same thing has happened to you. I went to the studio with a definite plan for a painting. As the paints were added the painting took on a life of its own. I kept hearing a voice saying, the painting is done. I was so caught up with my plan that I kept saying, NO it needs more. Finally all motion was stopped and I took a long look and decided to wait until tomorrow before continuing with the painting. Now that I have had a moment to walk away, my quiet sojourn, and view it once again, I am thinking the painting is finished. It was not only 
"A Painting Day" it was "A Wild Day" in the studio.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Traverse - Ruth Andre

10"x10"x1.5" Oil-Wax on Panel
by Ruth Andre

What happened to quiet summer days? It seems this summer has been busy from the get-go. The vacation trip to the North-West and then painting for The Art Spirit Gallery, art classes and family visits have made this summer extra special. I love the positive verve and the spirited days bringing more to life's experience. A friend once told me, you never want the game to end. It might mean extra innings but the game must go on to keep us satisfied. I chose the title, "Traverse" for this painting thinking the painting shows movement. It also shows there is usually more than one way to get from one point to another and you might need to take side paths to get to the final destination. Going back and forth eases the way for progress. It may seem slow at times but progress is being made.  
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, July 31, 2017

Barrister Winery-Art Spirit Gallery Exhibit - Ruth Andre

The Art Spirit Gallery is featuring my paintings along with three other artists at a special exhibit with 
the Barrister Winery in Spokane, Washington. The exhibit will run through the month of August. Each artist has their own unique style and will have several pieces available on display. 
The art reception promises to make for a lovely evening with music by Daniel Hall and dinner options by Beacon Hill Catering.

Reception: Friday August 4, 2017 - 5:00 to 10:00 pm

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Snow Trail - Ruth Andre

"Snow Trail"
7"x7" Acrylic on Paper
by Ruth Andre

It is quite hot here in Northern California. We are experiencing another heat wave. I am thinking the last heat wave may not have ended. Thoughts of cooler temperatures must be guiding my way in the studio today. Taking a snow trail and listening to the quiet of the snow covered trail sounds quite lovely right now. I have always wanted to try cross country skiing, but never have. It would be a wonderful way to see the back country's snow-covered trails in winter. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

There Is Always A Bright Spot - Ruth Andre

"There Is Always A Bright Spot"
7"x7" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre
This painting has a new home.

This has been a very busy week. I shipped paintings to The Art Spirit Gallery. The gallery is featuring me in an off sight exhibit and needed more paintings. I will be blogging about the coming show shortly. After all the rush to get work framed, packed and shipped in just a week's time it is  now time for a breather, a break to recharge. I went to the studio and my painting became very introspective. The title says so much and is directed to all the crazy comments that come ones way when in a crisis or death situation. There is always someone that point out what they believe are helpful words such as, luckily you have two children or, your family member or friend lived a long life or... Saying sorry is all that is needed, not a pep talk. I know they mean well but they do not understand. The bright spot may come and I am sure it will but not while the grief is so close to the heart. It is a time for healing from within. These are somewhat somber words for the day but the painting took me there so I went with it. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, July 24, 2017

Shelter I - Ruth Andre

"Shelter I"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre

The, "Shelter" paintings went to the framer today. It is always a treat to see my paintings enclosed within a frame. Once framed the paintings are then complete. I love the red in the "Shelter" series. The paintings exude warmth and energy. It has been, "A Painting Day". 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shelter II - Ruth Andre

"Shelter II"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
Matted & Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre

The series continues with, "Shelter II". Thanks go out to those that sent comments regarding, 
"Shelter III". I was asked what I thought of the color red. As with all colors red has its moods and moments. Seeing red on a Merry-Go-Round painted horse flying by is exciting and fun. Seeing a red STOP sign is a serious matter. Red is the color of passion and I believe most artists have passion for the work that they do. No one is forcing an artist to paint or sculpt. We do what we do because we enjoy art and it is a part of us to share with the world. 
Enjoy, it has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Shelter III- Ruth Andre

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

The color, red, has come into my life with a vengeance. I am painting red and more red paintings. Isn't red the color of choice for so many things. It is a positive exciting color that gives off an aura that makes me happy. Enjoy! It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cloud Cover - Ruth Andre

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

I love seeing the afternoon sky and how the color changes from shades of blue to pink, orange and yellow. The sky is like a beacon of light and then the color changes and night follows. 
It has been, "A Painting Day". 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Finding My Way

"Finding My Way"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I painted this piece and then scrapped it off and started again and again. I saw paintings come and go and though they might not have been bad they were not what I wanted. They did not have the spark that makes a painting. I find if I am willing to let a painting free itself from the first structure of an idea, the real painting is given space to form. It is wonderful and frustrating but when I find the painting, it is rewarding and I can let it go.  It has been, "A Painting Day".

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Red Car - Ruth

"The Red Car"
14"x20" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

My painting today, "The Red Car" was influenced while visiting relatives in Colville, Washington I was impressed with the logging industry that took place in and around this small town. The town made me feel like it took strong and strong minded men to run the mills. Everything was big. There were big trees, big working sites, big trucks and big men. When we drove up to visit my nephew and his wife I saw the cutest red convertible car in the drive way. It not only stood out because of the color but because it was totally incongruous to the area. It was a sporty model car that looked like fun. It looked like sunny days and fast drives through the forested roads. 
I am not sure why but the image stayed with me and came to the surface again while painting 
in my studio. Inspiration for paintings is sometimes totally unexpected but it is there just waiting to make itself known. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Gallery - New Show - Ruth Andre

The Art Spirit Gallery 
415 East Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814
208 765 6006

I am very proud to announce my work is now being represented by The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I have followed The Art Spirit Gallery for a few years and have always enjoyed the represented artists and the gallery exhibitions. It is such a delight to see my work also being shown on the gallery walls. The gallery is currently celebrating with their 
20th Anniversary Exhibition. It is a big show and one that is a delight to see. 
Preview the show HERE.
The Art Spirit Gallery chose my triptych "Red" series for the exhibition. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stepping Stones - Ruth Andre

"Stepping Stones'
6"x18" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I am on a few artist's email lists and one of my favorites is a blog by Nancy Hillis. Her Blog is The Artist's Journey. I totally enjoy Nancy's writing and her enthusiasm for art plus her abstract paintings are really very nice. The blog post that came today was very inspiring and as I painted in the studio her words continued to stir around in my mind. Letting go to paint, to experiment with the paints and to paint and paint some more is what I have taken from Nancy's well written words. Maybe you can see today's painting is a little different than my usual works. I had a paper primed with gesso and a first layer of paint just waiting for me in the studio. I decided to start painting quickly and let it be to see what would come from the exercise. I have posted a second view of the painting showing it in a vertical format below. Enjoy! It has been, "A Painting Day".

Second View - "Stepping Stones"
18"x6" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Curtain - Ruth Adnre

"The Curtain"
8.5"x8.5"Acrylic-Oil-Wax on Stonehenge Paper
by Ruth Andre

Today I did some experimenting with paper and mixed media. On this piece I mixed acrylic base  colors and once they were dry I added a mixture of oil and wax. The painting, "The Curtain" is somewhat influenced by how the creek is slowing for the season. The water is like a curtain closing over the bridge and the creek water is folding inward. There is just a trickle of water passing from one side of the bridge to the other. It won't be long and the lush green grasses and ferns along the creekside will be dormant until fall when the rains come again. Have a wonderful holiday. It has been, "A Painting Day".