Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ruby Tuesday

A friend in Missouri called one day and said, you have to come over and see our new filly. What a treat to see this little feisty filly, in her way too big halter sliding back and forth. She was a very fine little thing and has grown to be a beautiful Missouri Fox Trotter mare. Seeing Ruby Tuesday made for, "A Painting Day".

"Ruby Tuesday", 8x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre sold

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cool Water

Summer has hit the foothills and this painting, Cool Water, seemed to hit the spot for today. I was out with the horses, giving them a good brushing and it was hot work. The horses do love the grooming attention. Seeing the mares waiting their turn, for a bit of time with the curry comb made for, "A Painting Day".

"Cool Water", 10x10-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Friday, June 25, 2010

Plein Air Paintings

Today I am showing a little Art Show at my framer's shop in Placerville, California. Jim Ginney is a fantastic guy and has been helping me choose just the right frames for the past few years. He has a wonderful spirit and seems to always know what is needed for the perfect marriage of frame and painting. Jim has selected a few of my plein air paintings to show at his shop and I am truly pleased. Jim is also a fine art photographer and when you visit his shop, you get a case of the "I Want", when you see his beautiful nature photography. Meeting Jim has made for, "A Painting Day".

Ruth Andre Plein Air Paintings
Jim Ginney 530/626-1124

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Side by Side

This little painting may need a few more swishes of paint but I am kind of excited about it and decided to send it out into the world. My good friend, Sarah, is leading my Paint horse, Hopi, for a little walk, side by side. Hopi is loving the attention and Sarah is enjoying this feisty little mare. Seeing Sarah and Hopi side by side made for, "A Painting Day".

"Side by Side, 7x5-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I don't know what it is but the days are zipping by and there seems to be no end in sight of things to do away from the studio. It is frustrating to have your day planned and the one and only thing you want to do is be in the studio and then the plan changes and you are here there and everywhere. Today, I am posting Rosarita. The little filly is taking a look back and I think it may be what I need to do to keep moving forward. Rosarita is a 2009 filly from the Sawyer Creek Appaloosa Farm in New York. They have a very neat website with a photo camera in the foaling stall. The mares are tricky and find ways to have their babies, when you head into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. Seeing this little filly, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Rosarita", 6x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre sold

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Red on Red

I was at a local horse show and the young lady in this painting was setting out for a practice run before her number was called. I loved her sorrel horse and the red vest glinting in the sun, as she loped around the arena. Seeing Red, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Red on Red", 12x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wild Bachelor Boy

This is a wild stallion living on the western plains. I love his intense color and inquisitive eyes. Seeing this handsome Wild Bachelor Boy, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Wild Bachelor Boy", 6x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Friday, June 18, 2010

Red Quarter

Here in the foothills of northern California, I am surrounded by Quarter horses. I admire the Quarter horse for their beauty and their athletic abilities. Today's painting is "Red Quarter, a sorrel Quarter horse gelding. Traveling the back roads and passing the near by ranches, makes for, "A Painting Day".

"Red Quarter"
16x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Lately, dogs have been on my mind. I have met people wanting portraits painted of their favorite pooches. I have a couple of Golden Lab paintings in the works. The painting today is a Golden Lab, Carmen. She is obviously a very happy girl with a look of total glee in her eyes. Painting Carmen made for "A Painting Day".

"Carmen", 10x10, o/c by Ruth Andre sold

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bison Bull

I must have vacation fever. I so much want to jump in the truck and take off for Wyoming and take in the Yellowstone National Park. Buffalo would be my first and greatest interest but being in the high country of Wyoming would be spectacular. The painting today is Bison Bull and he is a big guy on a big canvas, 36x36-inches. He has a most curious expression. His eye is letting me know, he is very much aware of what is around him. Painting Bison Bull, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Bison Bull", 36x36-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Red Roan 1 & 2

In 2007, I painted my first big canvas. It was of a red roan and the canvas size was 36x36-inches. Today I painted a 6x6-inch canvas of the same red roan. The first larger work took several days with much caressing of the paint. The smaller canvas was done in a few hours. It was an interesting challenge and made for, "A Painting Day.

"Red Roan" 2, 6x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre
"Red Roan" 1, 36x36-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lincoln - 2

Last week I was out taking photos, at the Mystic Oak Ranch, for a horse portrait commission. My client wants one small painting of her very big Friesian/Shire cross horse. I decided to paint two portraits and will let my client decide which one she feels represents her big guy the best. Seeing Lincoln made for, "A Painting Day".

"Lincoln" 2, 6x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre sold

Thursday, June 10, 2010


The vacation season is here and this painting is a friendly warning to be careful of the Bison, at the National Parks. They are big animals and from what the locals say, they are twitchy, or unpredictable. The reference photo for this portrait was taken by Jill Maguire. Jill and Dan O'Brian raise buffalo on their ranch, Wild Idea Buffalo Company, in South Dakota. Their website is quite informative and Jill has some great recipes to share. file:///Users/Ruth/Desktop/
Meeting Jill online and seeing her gorgeous photos made for, "A Painting Day".

"Careful", 11x14-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Walk This Way

Today, I had to leave the valley and I could see the green-green grass of spring is disappearing and the hills are turning their golden hue of summer. The painting today is, "Walk This Way", a typical scene here in the foothills, this time of year. The momma cow is leading the way, with a calf in tow. The grass is high and dry. Seeing the cattle walking along, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Walk This Way", 6x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre sold

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shaded Oaks

I painted a baby filly today but it is in the, what to do next stage, so I am posting a plein air painting, I did over the week-end, at Pardee Lake, here in the foothills. I love getting outside with my paints. It is not a serious venture. I look on the outings as pure fun. Mixing paint and getting it on the canvas quickly, is a challenge all of its own. Stepping out of the studio, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Shaded Oaks", 6x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Monday, June 7, 2010


Today I finished the first small painting sketch for my favorite equine veterinarian, Karly Delano. Karly and her husband E.J., along with their very knowledgeable staff are the medical angels for our small herd of horses. Karly has a good way with horses and I got to meet her handsome Friesian-Shire cross, horse, Lincoln, last week. Lincoln is a big fellow with a very pleasing disposition. Meeting Lincoln made for "A Painting Day".

"Lincoln", 6x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre on hold

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ave Maria Va

This is a painting surprise. I have wanted to paint my friend's horse for sometime and today was the day. Ave Maria Va is an Arabian mare and is so very fine. She has a dish face and a "kind eye", that is so characteristic of the breed. Seeing Ave Maria Va made for, "A Painting Day".

"Ave Maria Va" 8x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre private collection

Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Las Hermanas" #1, #2 & #3

Here is the completed triptych, "Las Hermanas". Each panel is 9x9-inches. I decided to frame each painting with a thin burnished silver frame, so they can be hung side by side or vertically. The horses are looking out as if each has spotted something coming their way, on the horizon. Seeing the three mares, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Las Hermanas", 9x27-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Golden Boy

This painting sketch is of a handsome golden Palomino. The color is almost unreal, it is so golden. Palomino horses are always impressive and much admired for their color. Seeing this Golden Boy, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Golden Boy", 6x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I love the "Eye" of a horse and I thought the cropped photo of this horse's eye was intriguing. I have posted the eye-painting and the reference photo to show you how I have interpreted the image into brushwork on canvas. Seeing this bit of mystery, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Champagne", 6x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre sold