Friday, December 31, 2010

Wishing You the Best & January Calendar For You

We are all apt to celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 in different ways but I hope we all can reflect on the happy times of 2010 and learn from any setbacks or troubles we may have had.  May 2011 be a time to move on to a new beginning.  The new year is filled with promise and change.  The painting today is "Moving Out" and I have placed it on a Calendar so it can be downloaded for any one that would like to share and celebrate the new year along with me.  I plan to add a calendar photo at the end of each month for 2011 so check back for the February Post in a few weeks.  Happy New Year one and all!  Thinking of the New Year has made for, "A Painting Day".  Click Here for Calendar

"Moving Out" 18x24-inches oil/canvas by Ruth Andre Sold  

Sunday, December 26, 2010


This is Silver, a very adventuresome boy cat.  Once while visiting his owners for a few days Silver would roam the house and for some reason when he got playful in the night he would race over my bed at full speed bouncing on and off leaving me wide awake.  This boy cat had a very big heart and lots of love to share.  Meeting Silver made for, "A Painting Day".

Silver-6x8 inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre Private Collection
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Have A Wonderful Holiday

This is an exciting time of year.  We can all take a moment and be thankful and joyful for our friends and family.  We can also take time to give to those that mean so much to us.  I would like to send a special greeting to those that have given support to me with my art career this past year.  To all of you that visit my blog and a special thanks to those that make a comment or two.  It is so encouraging to hear from each of you.

The photo above was taken at my farm in Missouri a few years ago.  I am out in the horse pasture holding all four of my mares.  This was no easy task since Angel is the head mare and would only stand by her daughter, Cayenne and Hopi had to be careful of Cayenne since Cay likes to boss her around and then poor Mystery had to be all on her own since she is the low horse in the herd's pecking order.  I have lots of good memories living in the Mid-West and being a Farmer's Wife.  It was a great life.

Peace and Love to all.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hillside Oaks

As I walked through the mud today to get the horses in for the night I had  thoughts of summer and how it is like living in two different worlds as the seasons change.  The hills turn from golden to the brightest green.  The painting today was painted just down the road.  It is of one of the many old oaks that dot the landscape in the valley and the surrounding hills.  Thinking of summer made for, "A Painting Day".

"Hillside Oaks" 9x12-inches, oil/canvas, Framed by Ruth Andre

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of my favorite destinations to visit.  The endless array of galleries, restaurants  plus it is a shopper's paradise in the Southwest.  I was there for a gallery show and it was the last day so was out visiting the Railroad District.  As I was walking through a small mall area I spotted a spunky Terrier waiting for treats from his owner.  I had to stop and introduce myself to the owner and asked to pet this charming dog.  I was immediately introduced to Nutmeg and he won my heart with his charming ways.   A few weeks later I received two CD's with non stop photos of Nutmeg along with a request for a painting.  This was a fun painting and I enjoyed the loose brushwork and even painting her wild red collar.  Shopping in Santa Fe made for, "A Painting Day".

"Nutmeg"-10x10, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre Sold

Thursday, December 16, 2010


This is a painting I painted awhile back and it still holds my interest due to the mix of horses and knowing they are Mustangs, horses that represent our heritage and our west.  I admire the Mustang advocates that continue to fight for the freedom of Mustangs and responsible care of culled Mustangs.  My love of the Mustang made for, "A Painting Day".

"Mustangs"-18x24-inches Handmade Cross Cut Oak Frame
Available at Texana-361-319-04478 & 361-645-2074

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kylie Finish & Show News

Here is the finish for Kylie.  If you check back to the last post you will not see big changes in the painting but  you will see a few.  I lightened the background slightly and made Kylie's muzzle just a little thicker and added some highlights to her coat.  These changes enhanced Kylie's likeness.  The painting is a surprise for Jim,  Kylie's owner and the unveiling is tomorrow.  Let's hope it has been, "A Painting Day" to remember.

I received word today that two of my landscape paintings will be showing at the coming Yellowstone Art Musuem's 43rd Annual Art Auction.  The opening art reception will January 27, 2011 at the Museum.

Yellowstone Art Museum
401 North 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

"Kylie"-6x6 oil/canvas
"Rushing Creek"-6x8 oil/canvas
"Left on Turner"-6x8 oil/canvas

Friday, December 10, 2010


This is a work in progress of a good dog friend, Kylie.  She is a sweet Australian Shepherd and is owned by Jim Ginney, my good friend and painting framer.  Kylie is the official studio greeter and it is such fun to see her on my many runs to the framing studio.  I still have to add a few changes to Kylie's portrait but the likeness is there so I am pretty happy with the painting for now.  I will be adding the final changes in a day or two.  Meeting the sweet Kylie has made for, "A Painting Day".

You are invited to:
Ruth Andre-Solo Show
Gallery Show at the Gem N I Gallery - 815 Sutter Street, Folsom, CA. 
Saturday December 11, 2010 
Reception 5-9 PM

"Kylie"-6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Friend's Book - "Track Life"

Juliet R. Harrison's new book is now available and I want to share it with you.  I met Juliet a few years ago.  We were both members of the Equine Art Guild.  Juliet has a unique eye for equine photography and unmistakably loves her equine models.  This is Juliet's second book and it is a must have for those that love horses and want a look see behind the scenes of the track life.

Here is the preview of "Track Life in Saratoga Springs".   For more information visit Juliet's blog site and contact information.  Enjoy the book preview while I run to the studio for, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Trade Winds

As I was walking into the house late this afternoon leaving my art and the studio behind for the day,  I was thinking I needed a name for my latest painting.  I felt a cool breeze followed by a rush of air that was very warm.  I thought the mingling air currents might be similar to what it must have been like on the plains, trading ponies and beads before winter turned everything cold and white.  Still feeling the rushing air I decided the name for this painted Paint must of been sent to me as a sign that change is on its way.  Painting on Winter's Eve made for, "A Painting Day".

"Trade Winds"-6x6-inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Eye Do

When I first started painting, the landscape was my chosen subject and then one day I looked out to the pasture at my four horses and asked myself why I was not painting these beautiful creatures?  I started painting just the eye of the horse on 8x8 inch canvas'.  It was a fun project.   I am still enamored with the horse's eye and continue to paint focused-cropped-portraits.  This eye portrait is a painting of Diamond, a beautiful Palomino mare and it is one of the first paintings of my eye series.  Seeing the beauty of the horse made for, "A Painting Day".

"Eye Do"-8x8-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Monday, November 29, 2010

Roberta Goes to the Segil Fine Art Gallery

8th Annual Holiday Small Works Show
Exhibit Dates: December 4-31, 2010
Reception: December 4, 5-7pm

The holiday season is filled with Small Works Art Shows across the country.  It is a great way for collectors to see and buy art at a reasonable price from their favorite artists.  Raymond Logan, a very fine  artist, was delivering a couple of paintings for the Segil Holiday Small Works Show and saw Roberta across the room and sent an email saying Roberta was up looking for a new home.  If you are in Old Town Monrovia stop by the Segil Fine Art and take in the show.  You will see a nice selection of very fine small paintings.  Exhibiting at the Segil Fine Art Gallery for the Small Works show made for, "A Painting Day".

"Roberta"-6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

White Clouds Showing at the Gem N I Gallery

I have been invited to exhibit my paintings at the Holiday Art Walk-Second Saturday on Sutter Street in Old Town Folsom, California.  Several of my paintings will be available for sale at the Gem N I Gallery.  The town is a replica of the old west and they still have a cattle drive that goes down the main street once a year.  As you walk down the boarded sidewalks you will feel as if you have stepped back in time to shop in the many stores, galleries and restaurants.  I will be showing wildlife and equine paintings so if you are in the area it would be wonderful to meet you and share my paintings.  The show is just a couple weeks away so take some time and enjoy a bit of the old west.

The painting today is titled "White Clouds".  Friends living here in the foothills have two beautiful white Quarter Horses and they were standing side by side as I took the reference photo for this painting.  They were so serene and calm like two clouds floating in the air.  Seeing these two beauties made for, "A Painting Day".

Gem N I Gallery
815 Sutter Street
Folsom, CA
Second Saturday on Sutter Street-December 11, 2010
Reception starts at 4:30 PM

"White Clouds"-12x24-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lincoln II

Lincoln is a Friesian-Shire cross and quite a big boy.  I visited Lincoln some time ago at the Mystic Oak Ranch in Plymouth, California and have painted him before but decided he really needed to be painted on a larger canvas to showoff his beautiful coloring. While at the ranch I snapped a few photos of Lincoln.  He seemed to enjoy the photo session and being the center of attention.  He did his best to pose in between checking out all the mares in near by paddocks.  Lincoln's owner is a good friend that loves  horses.  Meeting and photographing Lincoln made for, "A Painting Day".

"Lincoln"-9x9-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Learning the Ropes

I have had the opportunity to meet ranchers in different parts of the country.  I see the ranch family as a working unit.  In this painting the young man is learning the art of roping.  I love seeing kids take on the ranch life challenges and I love seeing their parents right there with them.  The kids get a lot of support and seem to love learning ranch chores to earn the respect of their elders. Old time values still run strong in the rancher's life.  Watching ranch kids made for, "A Painting Day".

"Learning the Ropes"-10x10-inches, oil/canvas-Framed by Ruth Andre
Available at Texana-Goliad, Texas 361-645-2074, Email

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gift Giving Prints Available

I have been asked recently if I have prints available of my paintings?  Print making is an art all to itself and I have chosen to add the services of Imagekind, a print-on-demand company, to my blog. Buyers can choose their desired image size, paper or canvas for their print and have it matted or framed as well. The quality of this service is quite good and can be shipped easily to your door or as a gift to those special on your gift list.

Imagekind Quality:

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  3. Imagekind offers a multitude of sizes and surfaces.  Prints available on paper or canvas, matted, framed or not.
Click HERE for the link to Imagekind.

Thinking about the coming holidays has made for "A Printing Day".
"Paint in the Wind" 6x8-inches, oil/canvas-Framed, by Ruth Andre 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Spring Calf

The spring calves have come along nicely this year and are pretty big by now.  A new group of calves have arrived and as I was driving home yesterday there were two calves very close to the pasture fence next to the road and when they saw my truck they scampered off to their momma or baby sitter.  The cows seem to set up a little nursery with one or two cows in charge to watch over the baby calves while the main group of cows head off to eat the green grass that is showing on the valley floor and hillsides.  It is a joy to see these young calves and watch them out in the open pastures here in the foothills.  Traveling past the valley ranches, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Spring Calf" 10x10-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
Available at Texana-Goliad, Texas, 361-645-2074
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Sunday, November 14, 2010


Sometimes we overlook what is right in front of us on a daily bases or we see what is there and move along to something that may appear to be something grand.  Today I was getting my oil paints ready to paint and I looked out of my studio window at this Manzanitias shrubby bush.  The light was just right making shadows and a bit of shimmer from the sun.  I have seen this Manzanitias bush for years as I look out from the studio.  Today, it was right there and became my model for the day.  Manzanitias grow profusely in the foothills and the deer do not think much of them leaving them to  grow and blossom.  They are also a great wildlife plant providing nectar for butterflies and humming birds.  Seeing what was right there made for, "A Painting Day".

"Manzanitias"-4x4-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Friday, November 12, 2010

Texas Girl #4

When in Texas you had better love cows.  Luckily, I do!  The painting today is "Texas Girl #4", a Brahma and Hereford cross and one pretty lady cow.  I found her at a ranch near Goliad, Texas.  This painting has been showing in my gallery in Goliad, Texas and just recently sold so she will be heading off to a new home.  Loving cows made for, "A Painting Day".

"Texas Girl #4", 9x12-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre Sold

Texana Gallery
104 Courthouse Square
Goliad, TX

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gold Country Oak

I lived in the flat lands of Southeast Missouri for 12 years and when my husband and I moved back to California we chose to move to the northern part of the state.  We are in what is called the "Gold Country" due to the Gold Rush started right here at Sutter's Mill.  The change of scenery is amazing from the flat lands to the hills and mountains that reach high into the sky.  There are also rocks here and lots of them, a big no-no for farm land.  Here the land is cattle country and during those early years rocks were stacked and stacked upon one another to form fencing to hold the cattle and horses that must of roamed the hills but were corralled to certain owned acreage with miles and miles of rock fencing.  The rock fences stand today and they are really works of art with natures colorful beauty shining through.  Traveling the hills of Sutter Creek made for, "A Painting Day".

"Gold Country Oak"-5x7.5-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre sold

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Schoolhouse View

 Last summer as I was painting at the old Shenandoah School House in Plymouth, California, I noticed a dog come around the schoolhouse from one of the near by vineyards.  He seemed to be on a mission and ducked through an opening under the school house.  It was hot so I thought he might be going in to take a nap.  A few minutes later the dog appeared with 3 snakes dangling from his mouth.  I always look around my painting area for snakes but seeing the dog and his find made me a bit jumpy.  Plein air painting has its rewards and it concerns.  Painting at the old schoolhouse made for, "A Painting Day".  

Side note: Theresa Paden, an artist blogger, has challenged herself to paint 50 horse paintings in 50 days.  Today is day 50 and she has all of the paintings available to view on her blog.  Theresa is also offering one painting for free and the details on how to win this painting are on her blog.  Part of all sales will be donated to the California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai .  

"Schoolhouse View"-6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Friday, November 5, 2010

What A Painting Day

Today I met up with my artist friends, Bruce Hancock and Howard Rees.  We met in Drytown and then headed down to Turner Road.  It is really pretty any time of the year here in the foothills but right now the hills are just starting to turn from gold to green.  You can see the grass just peaking through the taller dry grasses.  I have posted a few photos of both Bruce and Howard and a final painting from my easel. It is always fun to attempt the challenge to capture nature's beauty with brush and paint. 

Just off Turner Road-Sutter Creek

Bruce Hancock

Howard Rees

Ruth working on this one with Bruce set up in front.

Bruce Painting on Chicago Road

Bruce's Finished Painting

This is one of mine.  I do not call myself a Plein Air Painter but I do enjoy getting outside for, "A Painting Day".

"Oak on Turner Road"-8x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Texas Sunshine

My Texas Longhorn Cattle mania continues with a painting using another photo from Sarah.  This lady Texas Longhorn cow is a colorful red with white and soft contented eyes.  I once stationed myself in my truck in a pasture of Texas Longhorn Cattle to watch them interact with one another and with their calves.  It was a gorgeous day and one calf must of needed to get up and get moving and when she did not the mother and the other cows, one by one, in the herd made their way over to the calf and did their best to see if they could get the little one to get up and walk.  I was taken with the community these cows had within their herd.  As I ate my boxed lunch one of the older cows came over to investigate.  She may of wanted a scratch on the back but not knowing these cows I kept my distance.  It was a day to remember and I thank Sarah for sending her photos my way.  Taking on a respectful love for Texas Longhorn Cattle made for, "A Painting Day".

"Texas Sunshine"-5x5-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
Commissions Welcome

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Texas Night

My friend, Sarah, has an eye for photography and the reference photo for the painting today is one from her collection of photos.  I think she found this Texas Longhorn Cow, I have called, "Texas Night", at a horse and cattle show in Grass Valley.  Sarah has several talents beside her photography.  She is also a clay artist Sculpting and designing Stoneware Buttons.  You can find her beautiful works at Palomino Blue Etsy Store .  Meeting Sarah has made for, "A Painting Day".

"Texas Night"-5x5-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre Sold
Commissions Welcome

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mystery Girl

Mystery was the second horse to come to our farm in Missouri.  It was discussed that Angel needed company.  Horses being herd animals really are not happy all by themselves.  Just as I was in the thinking mode on how to find horse number two, Angel's original owner found us,  introducing himself and saying he had Angel's half sister for sale, if we would like to take a look at her.  We drove from Sikeston to Perryville and met the pretty Bay Fox Trotter, Mystery.  She was somewhat wild acting and ran all over the place.  She knew something was up and she had an idea it was about her.  After riding Mystery the deal was set and we planned to make the pilgrimage to pick up Mystery the following day.  Angel and Mystery had been raised together for several years so when we got the trailer hooked up we decided to take Angel along to welcome her sister to her new home.  We arrived to pick up Mystery and pulled down the window cover on the trailer and what a racket began between the two girls.  Oh my, they seemed so happy to see one another.  I do  not know what was said on the way home but once out of the trailer Angel let Mystery know she was the queen and Mystery was just a step child.  The two horses get along fine even though Angel is the head mare and Mystery is the smart one.  I honestly do not know how that works out in nature but there must be a reason for it all.  Meeting up with Mystery made for, "A Painting Day".

"Mystery Girl-6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
Commissions Welcome

Friday, October 29, 2010


How do I start to talk about this horse without talking about his owner?  Connie is the owner and I call her my good friend.  My husband calls her "trouble".  You see Connie and I used to ride the trails of Missouri together and with a group called the "Cardiac Cowboys".  The cowboys were so old they called Connie and myself "The Girls".  Connie would trailer our horses to any and all events for the day.  We would go to horse sales and even when we did not go to a horse sale Connie would find horses that were for sale and buy them up and bring them home.  My husband thought this was a  no win situation and he knew it was true when Connie and I came home with my mare, Angel.  Yes, it was Connie that scoured the hills of Missouri and found my perfect mare.  I remember the day we went to test drive Angel and found her in a big pasture with a herd of horses.  She was the queen of the group but easy to catch so we haltered Angel and brought her up to the riding area.  Needless to say Connie was more than willing to trailer Angel home for me so off we went and husband, Tom, was waiting outside the barn when we arrived.  It all worked out that Angel had found a new home.  After finding Angel Connie found a few other horses and once while trail riding she negotiated a horse buy as we gaited along and had the horse in the trailer as soon as we arrived back in camp.  I do not know the whole story on how Cash came to be one of Connie's herd but I am sure it was a day to remember.  You can see the woman is trouble but I will always think of her as one of my best friends.  Riding with Connie made for, "A Painting Day.

"Cash"-4x4-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


This is Dixie, a Hanoverian weanling filly.  The painting was a commission that I painted awhile back and the due date was just before Valentine's Day.  The painting was to be a sweetheart gift.  I had only a couple of weeks to paint this very sleek and elegant young horse to meet the deadline.  Dixie has a strong personality and I wanted to show her beauty and her strength.  My client was very happy and the sweetheart was happy as well.  Painting for love made for, "A Painting Day."

"Dixie"-18x14-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre SOLD
Commissions Welcome

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bovine Artists

"Just Whistling Dixie"


The American Society of Bovine Artists  Second Ever Art Show & Sale is at the Cactus Jacks Gallery in Gruene, Texas through November and possibly part of December.  My two painting entries "Just Whistling Dixie" and "Heiffie" should feel right at home in Texas cow country.  I first heard of the Bovine Society from a patron living in Texas.  They say the west was not settled by horseboys but by cowboys and we need to celebrate the cow.  I joined immediately to be with like minded cow painters.
Finding the American Society of Bovine Artists made for, "A Painting Day".

"Just Whistling Dixie"-5x7-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
"Heiffie"-8x10-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Monday, October 25, 2010

Workshop-Day Three-Sun!

The third day of Howard's workshop started and ended with sunshine.  What a delight it was to see and feel the warm shining sun. We painted in Sutter Creek and I was painting down a little lane with Howard and Julie and had finished a small study and with only 20 minutes left before lunch I decided to paint one more,  A bit of a challenge and then I realized I had put all of my brushes away except for one 1" flat brush so that would make it an even bigger painting challenge.  With a painting flurry this little "Oak Shadow" painting emerged.  What fun!

After having lunch in one of Sutter Creek's many bistro type restaurants we set out again and I ended up down an alley way at the Foundry.  It is an old abandoned foundry that had its hay day during the Gold Rush era.  These two pieces of equipment were setting outside with various pieces of equipment that must of been much needed long ago.  I felt as if I was taking a trip back to another time as the brush and paint moved to the canvas.

 Howard gives workshops here in the northern California foothills and surrounding areas and out of state.  He is an accomplished artist and has worked in the commercial and fine art fields.   His artistic knowledge makes for an enjoyable workshop.  I must warn you he does have an unique sense of humor  that keeps the class moving along through those late afternoon critiques.  Send Howard an email for information on future workshops if you are up for a bit of good painting and a lot of fun.

"Oak Shadows" 8x10-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
"Foundry Workers" 8x10-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rain On The Way

Well it is still raining today and I thought I would add one more painting from the very wet workshop, Day Two!  We were up in Volcano California with Howard's group of painters and I headed for the old hotel near the end of Main Street.  I set up my easel near the hotel entrance with people coming and going but I was dry.  Just off the porch area was an old oak with a small cluster of flowers going dormant for winter.  It was cool and I was bundled up and took on the challenge to make it, "A Painting Day".

"Rain on the Way"-6x8-inches, oil/on canvas by Ruth Andre
I made this my keepsake memory painting from the workshop and it is safely nestled in my home.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The White House

It is raining today here in the foothills and the day reminds me of a painting workshop with Howard Rees last fall.  We were to meet for three days and the first two days the rain poured.  I mean it was really raining hard.  We met in Amador City the first morning and each artist took shelter under an eve of the old town buildings.  My first priority was staying dry and once finding a good spot I looked out and up to find this little white house on top of the mountain outside of town.  It was cold, it was wet but the memories are warm and we all had a great time and have stories to tell.  Heading to Amador City with Howard and the gang made for, "A Painting Day".

"The White House"-6x8-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre sold

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Day

"Half & Half 6x6-in o/c
 My day was planned.  I would get my morning choirs done and head for the studio.  Nothing could stop all my good intentions then I got the email asking if I could send the painting "Bella" along with my other entries for the coming Holiday Sale at the Clymer Art Museum in Ellensburg, Washington?  Need not ask twice and I went to find the mysterious Raven and finding her was a bit of a search.  I think I now know where everything is in my house, my studio, my barn and storage units.  I did find her and she is on the way to Washington to be shown with her buddies.  Getting ready for the the Clymer  Holiday Art Exhibit made for, "Painting Days".

                                                                     "Elk"-6x6-in o/c
"Bella"-5x5-in o/c

"Roseta" 6x6-in o/c

"Apple of My Eye" 4x4-in o/c

"Strawberry Shortcake" 6x6-in o/c

"Rodeo Queens" 6x6-in o/c

 Paintings available at the Holiday Miniature Art Exhibit
Clymer Museum of Art
16 Pearl
Ellensburg, WA 98926 - 509/962-4616
Commissions Welcome

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tres Amigas

Does this happen to you is the question?  Do you get really involved in one thing and kind of go hog wild or in my case Texas Longhorn Cattle wild?  I do not know what came over me but after seeing Texas Longhorn Cattle up close at the local Texas Longhorn Cattle show here in Plymouth, California, I kind of got crazy for them.  I would go out to auctions and would meet up with breeders to take photos of their cows. I wanted to paint them. They are one of the icons of the American West.  Once  you start reading about these cows you see how they were stellar candidates for living in the remote plains.  They were and are easy keepers and could be herded for long distances to market with very little feed.  They are pretty docile now for the most part but in the early wild years they were not to be tangled with for some were very wild and pretty mean when approached, even by a man on horseback.  You have to give them credit, they were tough.  I love painting these colorful and sturdy cows.  Seeing my first Texas Longhorn Cattle made for, "A Painting Day".

"Tres Amigas"-24x30-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Monday, October 18, 2010


Rabbits were seen all over the farm lands in Missouri.  Farmers do not take kindly to these little creatures but I am sure even in farm country they are good for something. We have rabbits here in the foothills of Northern California but they look more like Jack Rabbits with long ears that stand straight up.  This little one just needed to be painted.  Seeing Roberta made for, "A Painting Day".

"Roberta"-6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre