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".

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Red Sled - Ruth Andre

"The Red Sled"
6"x10" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

The title of this painting makes me happy. I love seeing kids sledding and tobogganing down snowy slopes. They speed by with fearless wonder full of untamed energy. I know it is summer but snow is on my mind. Enjoy a bit of cool with the "The Red Sled" painting.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dream Landing II - Ruth Andre

"Dream Landing II"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Wax on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre

There are times in life when each day feels like a Saturday and then other times each day feels like a Monday. Lately I  have been waking to Saturdays and enjoying each day immensely. With the week-end and July 4th holiday coming soon there are festive times ahead. Painting in the studio is my plan for the next few days with no distractions. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dream Landing I - Ruth Andre

"Dream Landing I"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I tried something a little different today and painted without painting in the formatted square but let the paint stroke stop before meeting the edge showing a loose finish. I also wanted to paint with a very quiet palette. I had moved a table to an open area in the barn to feel the cool breezes flowing through from outside. Our wild cat, Mommay Kitty, kept me company as she watched from her high perch. Take care and enjoy, it has been "A Painting Day".
PS: Dreams do come true.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Snow Bank - Ruth Andre

"Snow Pack"
6"x10" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

Today felt like a snow day compared to last week's weather. We had cooler temperatures and it felt so good to be outside. There was no snow but this painting was influenced by my online property search for real estate in the north west. The photos are always beautiful and filled with green grass but a few photos show deep snow. I love looking at different areas for land and the homes that are offered for sale. Sometimes it makes me feel lucky to live right here in the valley.
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Heat of the Day - Ruth Andre

"The Heat of the Day"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

It is officially summer and the daily temperatures have been very high. Let's hope it cools down a little bit so we can all stop acting like zombies when we go outside. The red paint palette was the color of choice today. Red warms things up no matter the weather. Enjoy!
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Moon Over the Water - Ruth Andre

"Moon Over the Water"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This painting brings memories of summer nights, a full moon, and seeing the creek water rustling over the rocky creek bed. I may have needed to paint with cool colors on this very hot day hoping for a respite from the heat. Stay cool. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Painting - Matted and Framed 12"x12"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Covered In Green - Ruth Andre

"Covered In Green"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

When things go wrong and then go right,  you then know you are having a special experience. While traveling through Washington we had a flat tire. We were pretty much in, what looked like, the middle of no where. We stopped at a farm and took a look at the tire and then started to call for service. As we looked around we realized we had stopped at an alfalfa farm and we were surrounded by acres of very green alfalfa fields. It was a gorgeous sight and one I will never forget. The young farmer that owned the property said he had 3,000 acres all planted in alfalfa. Whew! This fellow also went to work changing  our tire and would not take payment of any kind, no money, no dinner, nothing. He said he just wanted to help. It took a couple of days to get the right tires ordered but we ended up enjoying the area and may have missed seeing this beautiful spot without the tire mishap. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

4"x4" acrylic on paper
matted and framed 11"x11"
by Ruth Andre

This was painted after a full moon made the valley as light as day. Looking out the kitchen door I could see  Hopi, our Paint mare, in the pasture resting in the moonlight. It has been, 
"A Painting Day".

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Creek At Night - Ruth Andre

"Creek At Night"
3.5"x4" Acrylic on Paper
Matted and Framed 11"x11"
by Ruth Andre

The temperatures have been high and with the creek still running it brings  the thirsty wildlife down from the mountains for a drink. At dusk a few days ago my dog, Sadie, and I walked to the creek to enjoy the running water and the shade from the old oaks. When I got home a neighbor called to say she saw me at the creek and when I left a mountain lion also climbed up from the creek to cross our property. I must admit I felt a chill and wondered if the mountain lion was watching Sadie and me from one of the old oak tree branches. This occurrence also made me wonder what goes on at the creek at night when all is quiet and cool. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, June 17, 2017

It Came From the North - Ruth Andre

"It Came From the North"
30"x22.5" Acrylic on Paper
by Ruth Andre

Vignettes for, "It Came From the North"

Summer is here but I am still thinking about the northern states we visited just a few weeks ago. Montana, Wyoming and Idaho were all so beautiful. I was constantly being reminded that we were visiting during the warm days of summer and I was told it does get very cold in winter. I have tried to imagine six months of wintery days with lots of snow after living in California most of my life.  There would definitely be a few challenges.
Even in our isolated northern California valley we do occasionally get a wild storm and we always check to see if the storm is coming from the west or the east. The eastern storms seem to have stronger winds.

The painting today is painted on Stonehenge paper using acrylic paints. For the life of me I cannot get a true color image of the entire paintings so that is why you see three small vignettes of the painting that are truer to the  cooler palette.  I may try photographing the painting again tomorrow in the morning light. I just looked at the vignettes once again and I like the  #3 cropped view. It may become its own painting some day. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Far Horizon - Ruth Andre

"A Far Horizon"
9"x12" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This painting, "The Far Horizon, is somewhat representational, at least to me, since it reminds me of traveling through the valley landscape. As I drove the back roads home today I noticed the oak trees had turned quite dark and the hillsides were mellowing to gold and white grasses. I love the season's palette with its deep contrast of color. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tall Grasses - Ruth Andre

"Tall Grasses"
8"x8"x1" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

The day is not complete without a walk up the hill behind our property. My dog, Sadie, and I walk the fence line, cross the creek and then up a steep hill passing beautiful pastures with views of the distance mountains. Today I noticed the grass was very high obscuring the pasture fence posts. With the record rainfall this winter came tall grass that needs to be mowed. The  grass cutting has been my husband's task and daily goal. From the looks of things he has more grass to conquer. As Sadie and I traveled up the hill I saw our neighbor's vineyard looks a lot like our fence row. We are all up to our necks, literally, in weeds. The painting today shows my interpretation of white dried grass hiding ,along the fence row. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Tall Grasses

Creek Crossing - Rancheria Creek

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jackson I & II - Ruth Andre

"Jackson I and II"
Each Painting 16"x16"x2" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

While in Jackson, Wyoming my husband and I had an opportunity to tour a beautiful contemporary home. We both loved the design of both the exterior and interior of the house. Approaching this lovely home was softened by lush fescue grasses and natural metal fencing. The house was a relaxed mixture of textures and color. A handwoven textile and colorful paintings adorned the walls. The furniture colors and cabinetry were subdued but represented the surrounding landscape giving a feeling of sun and shadow. The home tour was a true highlight of our trip that we totally enjoyed. The two paintings above have been in progress for a few days and as they submerged from their painted form the colors of a day in Jackson came forward. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Prairie Shadows I & II - Ruth Andre

"Prairie Shadows I"
Oil-Wax on Wood Panel
by Ruth Andre

"Prairie Shadows II"
Oil-Wax on Wood Panel
by Ruth Andre

I have been away for three weeks taking a road tour with my husband. We left California and spent the first night in Oregon and then we went on to Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada. We saw the most beautiful valleys, mountains and water ways with unimaginable colors that just made me want to paint and paint some more. The trip was fabulous. While in Wyoming I was able to meet an online artist friend, Lee Riddell. Lee paints the most beautiful landscapes in oil and watercolor. Lee's painting style and palette are understated and just plain gorgeous. It was so much fun to finally meet Lee while visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She is a very talented and fun lady.

We are home now and the adrenaline is still rushing through me with so many ideas that are filtering through from the trip. When we left our property was green with fresh spring grass and on our return we see the dried grasses waving in the breeze with shadows of a few hearty green weeds. With summer coming all needs to be mowed and weeded and more. 

Wishing your well. It has been "A Painting Day."

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Grass Is Greener - Ruth Andre

"The Grass Is Greener"
6"x8" Oil on Canvas
by Ruth Andre

The grass is greener this year or at least it is staying greener due to the amazing amount of rain fall we have had. I love the blustery winds and cool weather and the cloud filled sky. It is an invigorating time to be outside enjoying the spring landscape. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Springtime Oak - Ruth Andre

"Springtime Oak"
6"x8" Oil on Canvas Panel
by Ruth Andre

Winter has brought over 40 inches of rain to the valley and with the rain came a bit of flooding and a road that was impassable but luckily all is well. Since injuring my back badly I have not been able to paint and am just now trying to paint some small plein air pieces. The weather is just too nice to stay indoors. My front yard has a few old oaks so I stepped out onto my porch to paint "Springtime Oak". I am taking things slowly but hope to continue the painting quest. It has been, 
"A Painting Day".

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Solo Showing - Gallery 10 - Ruth Andre

Solo Show - Ruth Andre - Gallery 10

The New Year is here and speeding away in time. I have been busy getting paintings ready to present at Gallery 10 in Sutter Creek, California. The gallery asked that I show my animal and landscape paintings. With the reception being just a few days away I am starting to feel the excitement of seeing a gathered group of friends and meeting new patrons of the arts. I hope to have some fun photos to share while at the reception in my next post. Stay tuned as they say.