Friday, July 30, 2010

Wild Ones

The painting today is of wild Mustangs out on the open plains. I am very taken with the plight of the wild horses and hope we will always have wild horses roaming our vast plains. Seeing these two Mustangs made for, A Painting Day".

"Wild Ones", 8x10-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Funny Face

While in the back country of Kentucky I visited a beautiful farm and to my surprise they had a herd of Texas Long Horn Cattle. I should say the cows were Texas Long Horn cattle and the resident bull was an Angus bull. I was in the pasture taking photos of the cows and the big Angus bull was on the far side of the pasture. Then I felt a little nudge, looked around and there was Mr. Angus right behind me. I think he was letting me know these were his cows and I was welcome to leave. I gave a wave good-bye and headed for the gate. Before my invitation to leave I did take a photo of this little calf that I named "Funny Face". The surprise cow and bull meet up made for, "A Painting Day".

"Funny Face", 8x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just Whistling Dixie

If you saw the little Hereford painting from yesterday you will recognize one of these young Herefords. This painting shows two Herefords standing together, waiting for what will happen next? I kind got a kick out of the one on the left and thought she looked like she might be whistling. So the name, "Just Whistling Dixie". Taking a trip to the Double CC made for, "A Painting Day".

"Just Whistling Dixie", 5x7-inches, o/c, framed, by Ruth Andre-$375. plus shipping

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This is the smallest painting I have ever tried to paint. It is a tiny 3x3-inch cow portrait. I visited the Double CC Ranch just over a few hills and this little Hereford had just gone through the line for the annual check and she was happy to be out on her own again. Seeing this young Hereford made for, "A Painting Day".

"Ellie", 3x3-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre-$150 framed

Monday, July 26, 2010

Just Being A Lady

I used a reference photo taken by Jay Stevenson of his lovely daughter Tennie. The Stevenson's live on the Pathfinder Ranch in Wheatland, WY. The cattle ranch is the real thing and the cowboys and the cowgirls that work the land and the cattle are the real thing. Their life is not an easy one but it must have many rewards running their own ranch. Seeing Tennie working the cows made for "A Painting Day".

"Just Being a Lady", 8x10-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Friday, July 23, 2010

Texas Lady - THREE

Here is the final Brahma/Herford cow from the Texas Ladies series. When you look at these cow faces you can see why I had so much fun painting the three Texas ladies. Their owner lives in a beautiful area of south Texas, near Goliad, Texas. The area is full of history and a must see is the Presido La Bahia, a mission built in 1749. Visiting Goliad, Texas and seeing the land and cattle made for, "A Painting Day".

"Texas Lady" - THREE, 9x12-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre-sold

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Texas Lady - TWO

Yesterday I posted the painting, Texas Lady. I have been asked to post the other two Texas Lady paintings so here is number -TWO of the series. As you can see each cow is very distinctive and a real beauty in her own way. These cows have good breeding and are pretty docile for easy handling. A bit of Texas made for, "A Painting Day".

"Texas Lady"
9x12-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre-sold

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Texas Lady

This is one of my favorite cow paintings and it is of a Brahma/Hereford Cross. This black and white beauty stole my heart. I painted her for a lady rancher in Texas along with two other pasture mates for a special gift to her husband. I enjoyed this painting project. Each cow was a different color and each seemed to have their very own personality. The big brown eyes of Texas Lady made for, "A Painting Day".

"Texas Lady", 9x12-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre-sold

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Magic Dreams

The post today is a painting of Magic, a very special lab owned by a friend of mine. Magic found a home as an adult dog with Sharon Cohen. Sharon also has Magic's grandson, Tank, and the two labs are very happy indeed to have each other's company. This special lady lab is resting on her dog pillows taking a snooze. Sharon is a talented designer of individual hand loomed knits. Her company is Bicron Designs. You can find more about Sharon's beautiful designed knits on her website link below. Seeing Magic made for, "A Painting Day".

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

Monday, July 19, 2010


I went to visit a friend and she had this darling donkey. I think she had a really strange name so I have named her Roseta. It seemed to fit her coloring and her southwest heritage. Roseta will be a special guest at the coming "Mischief" exhibit at the Studio Gallery in San Francisco. I have three small paintings making their debut at the gallery. Seeing Roseta made for, "A Painting Day".

Roseta, 6x6-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre-$375.00
Studio Gallery
1815 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA
Reception- 7/21/10-2-6pm

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Woven In Time

This is a book of iPhone Finger Paintings inspired by my love of the woven form. While living on a farm in Missouri I became a basket maker. I wove vessels and totally enjoyed collecting weaving materials from nature. The book, "Woven In Time" is a joining of my painted works and earlier woven forms. You may click the link below to preview the complete book. Painting with the iPhone made for, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, July 11, 2010


This has been an exciting week. I have been able to get out and photograph horses and buffalo in Southern California. There will be paintings coming soon from this very fun trip. Today's painting is a handsome buffalo. As I was painting this piece, I felt the image come alive with every stroke. With the spirit of the buffalo in mind, I named him "Shaman" and it made for, "A Painting Day".

"Shaman", 12x12-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ladies in Waiting

While waiting the eleven months for my mare, Angel, to give birth to her little filly, I read the book, "Blessed Are The Brood Mares" by M. Phyllis Lose. It was a book full of information about brood mares, and what to expect during the birth of the colt. I remember the April afternoon when Angel said this is it. I had the book near by and it was a good thing since the little filly was a little twisted around and needed a good yank to get her out into the world. Whew! It was scary and I said, I would never do it again. My mare was a good mother, so I too agree, "Blessed Are The Brood Mares". Seeing our mare and her new filly, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Ladies in Waiting", 30x40-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre


This is a painting of a young man and his horse, as they were waiting for their number to be called for competition. The horse was as patient as can be and acted like he knew the routine and was in good hands. The two of them were partners and did well in the ring. Seeing this horse and rider made for, "A Painting Day".

"Partners", 5x7-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Paint in the Wind

I love Paint horses. Their coats are always unique and their coloring interesting. They are walking art works. The painting today is Mickey, a Paint with a vibrant sorrel and white coat. He is standing out in the pasture and his mane is blowing in the wind. Seeing this handsome boy, made for, "A Painting Day".

"Paint in the Wind", 6x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Patriarch of the Plains

This painting is a tribute to the wild horses out on the plains. They are going through a difficult time right now. The wild herds are being rounded up and in time, I am afraid there will not be wild horses in the US, except for an occasional feral horse that has been let go or one that has escaped. Times are changing. Seeing this beautiful stallion made for, "A Painting Day".

"Patriarch of the Plains", 16x12-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre