Monday, August 30, 2010

Apple of My Eye

A few  years ago I painted this little Appaloosa filly.  The previous painting was 10x10-inches.  This one is 4x4-inches and the two paintings look like they were painted by two different people.  This one is a lot looser and has a bit of freedom in the use of color.   Maybe I am having a growth spurt?  Taking on the challenge to revisit the Appaloosa filly made for, "A painting day".

"Apple of My Eye"-4x4-inches, oil/gesso board by Ruth Andre
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Friday, August 27, 2010


Today two veterinarians were here to do a small surgical procedure on my mare.  My studio is in the barn so while the vets worked I stayed out of the way and decided to bring out yet another tiny 3x3-inch canvas and paint.  I am  not a nurse and am kind squeamish about medical matters so painting was a good idea.   I chose to paint a lovely mare named, Seville.   Hiding out in my studio made for, "A Painting Day".

"Seville", 3x3-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ellie & Kate


Kate-3x3-inches, oil/canvas

Ellie-3x3-inches, oil/canvas

Today I was at my framer's studio to pick up a few framed works.  This wee 3x3-inch painting made me smile.  It is one of two paintings that may be a tiny diptych - 'Ellie & Kate".  Kate is waiting for her frame so I will show Ellie all dolled up.  Heading to Placerville to see Jim and Sarah made for "A Framing Day".

 Ellie-3x3-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
Kate-3x3-inches, oil/canvas, soon to be framed by Ruth Andre
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rain in the Morning

Quarter Horses are athletic hard working horses especially on working ranches.  The work goes on day to day.  This little roan is waiting for his rider to start the day.  The herd of cows needs to be moved and he is ready.  This painting found a home with a Texas Rancher.  Following the herd made for, "A Painting Day".

"Rain in the Morning"-24x30-inches, oil/canvas sold by Ruth Andre
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sunday Stroll

Texas Longhorn Cattle are part of America's history.  They roamed wild across the prairie lands.  I visited a Texas Longhorn breeder, Alamendra Longhorns, owned by Pete and Ginny Boyce in Manteca, California a year or so back.  I got a tour of their ranch and even climbed a barbed wire fence to take a few photos.  The GATE was way over on the other side of the pasture so over I went. Longhorn cattle are majestic in their own right.  I love seeing their many colors, strong physique and their magnificent long horns.  I do appreciate Pete for taking me around his ranch.  Meeting Pete Boyce and seeing his Texas Longhorn herd made for, "A Painting Day".     EMAIL:

"Sunday Stroll"-24x36-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Slip

                                                    "The Slip" - 5x5-inches, oil/canvas

I know, I know, I go from western works to landscape and now a figure painting!  This is a special painting and is being donated to the City of Hope for continued research for Women's cancers. Each artist was invited to paint either a slip or a corset.  I liked the idea of the slip mixed with a little romance. "The Slip" is being shipped out today to the Ghost Gallery in Seattle, Washington for the "Celebrating the Shape of Life"exhibit. I have donated this painting to my aunt Frances, who has taught me much about life and how to continue to live it to its fullest, even when you are handed the roughest of times.  I call her Auntie and she is a great inspiration to me and to all the people that know her.  We all need an "Auntie" in our lives.  Knowing Auntie all of my life has made for, "A Painting Day".

"The Slip"-5x5-inches, oil/canvas-by Ruth Andre  Donation
Ghost Gallery-Exhibit-August 31-September 11, 2010  Seattle, WA

Friday, August 20, 2010

Rushing Creek

"Rushing Creek"-6x8-inches, Oil/Canvas
$195.00 plus shipping

There are so many paintings to be made just outside my studio door.  This one was painted just south of Sutter Creek off of  the old Hwy 49.  The leaves had just started to change from the dark green of summer to oranges and rusts of fall.  The current in the creek was strong and it was a beautiful scene.  Painting close to home made for, "A Painting Day".

"Rushing Creek"  -  by Ruth Andre

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shaded Oaks

I met with a local group of artists and we headed for Amador Lake here in the foothills.  It was a perfect day and just out side my oak covered covey I saw this group of oaks in the shade of the mountain.  I loved the blues and greens and the subtle grays I saw while painting the oaks.  There is  nothing quite like painting outside from life.  There are so many colors to be found.  Being on the lake in Amador made for, "A Painting Day".

"Shaded Oaks"
6x8-inches, Oil/Canvas-Framed
$195.00 plus shipping

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I usually post Western works but today I am  heading down to the coast to Encinitas and posting a landscape painting from my painting archives.   As I mentioned yesterday I have a sick horse and I am a bit overwhelmed with my horse doctoring schedule and will post a few landscapes for a few days.  I love getting out of the studio with my paints.  These are my bit of fun in the sun paintings.  Encinitas was my home a few years back.  It is a lovely ocean community.  Heading back to Encinitas made for, "A Painting Day".

"Encinitas"-6x8-inches, oil/canvas-Framed, $195.00 by Ruth Andre

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Carmen is a Golden Lab and she has that look that makes you want to give her a big hug.  Labs are an energetic breed filled with a very caring manner.  I love painting dogs and would like to add more to my portfolio.  Commissions are welcome!  Painting this darling girl made for, "A Painting Day".

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

Monday, August 16, 2010


This is a painting I completed awhile back. It is of a beautiful Appaloosa mare. I have a very sick horse at home right now and spending my time going back and forth to the pasture to medicate Angel's eye every two hours. It is so sad to see this lovely mare in distress. I did get a painting started today and if all is good tomorrow I will be sharing a just completed horse painting. Being the medic made for," A Stop & Go Painting Day".

Valentine-24x18-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Sunday, August 15, 2010


I had fun this week-end reviewing a few photos I took at the Mystic Oak Ranch in Plymouth, California. Ken and Michele started the Mystic Oak Ranch in 2002 and specialize in Warmblood/Friesian crosses. My painting today is one of their stallions, Uthyr. The ranch website is very informative and you will enjoy seeing their horses. Check out the "Fun Photos" link. Visiting Mystic Oak Ranch made for, "A Painting Day".

Uthyr-6x6-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Friday, August 13, 2010

American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum

The "America's Horse in Art" Show & Sale 2010 is now available for viewing online. Please take a look at the show and enjoy the wonderful western artists and their depiction of the Quarter Horse. I have two paintings in the show, "Ranch Dudes", that was previously posted and "The Lone Ranger" that I will post today. If you are in Amarillo, the show runs August12-November 13, 2010. Loving Quarter Horses made for "A Painting Day".

"The Lone Ranger"-12x12-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre-$950.00

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Butterfly Dreams

These two ladies are more of Karen's herd in Live Oak County, Texas. I loved how they are just enjoying the day. No worries! Seeing these two lady Herefords made for, "A Painting Day".

"Butterfly Dreams", 6x8-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
$400 framed & $320 unframed.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


A new friend sent a few photos of her herd of cows. Karen lives on the family farm, in Live Oak County, Texas, that was originally bought by her grandfather in the 1930's. She and her husband are carrying on with the farm and raise Hereford Cows. Karen adores these cows and Missy is one of her favorites. Meeting Karen has made for, "A Painting Day".

"Missy", 6x6-inches, oil/canvas, by Ruth Andre Framed $375/Unframed $295

Monday, August 9, 2010


This little filly born and raised on a working cattle ranch in Oregon. She will be herding cattle in the next few years on the range where she was born. The history of these old ranches and how the families have lived for generations on the same land is such an important part of America.

"Sugar", 9x9-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre

Friday, August 6, 2010

Texas Girl

While visiting a local ranch I was out taking some landscape photos. I heard a rustling noise and two huge Texas Longhorns, cow and steer, came out of a tree and brush area. I was quick but got a photo of these grand creatures. Being scared to death made for, "A Painting Day".

"Texas Girl", 4x5-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Great White

The white buffalo is revered as being a sacred symbol to many Indian tribes. It is awe inspiring to see a white buffalo. I can only imagine what it must of been like to see a great white buffalo surrounded by the dark brown hides of the others in the herd living wild on the plains. The white buffalo has special meaning to me. I have felt its spiritual essence. Seeing the Great White made for, "A Painting Day".

"The Great White", 6x8-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre Sold

Ranch Dudes

This is a big deal for me and I am really happy to share the news. Two of my paintings, "Ranch Dudes" and "The Lone Ranger" will be on exhibit at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas. The exhibit, "American Horse in Art" show & sale will run August 12th -November 13th, 2010. If you are in the Amarillo area, this is a show to see. Being invited to the American Quarter Horse Museum made for, "A Painting Day".

"Ranch Dudes", 12x16-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


This is a bit of a news Blog. The painting Franklin is in Marietta, Georgia for the Atlanta Equestrian Exhibit and if you are down that way, you surely would enjoy the exhibit. Franklin made for, "A Painting Day".

The Gallery at Paper Mill Village
Show dates: August 6-August 28-2010
Reception: August 6th from 6:00-8:30 pm
255 Village Parkway Suite 320
Marietta, GA

"Franklin", 6x6-inches, o/c Framed by Ruth Andre $375

Monday, August 2, 2010


Shenandoah is the 4th painting for a series of horse portraits with shadows. I enjoy painting these intimate horse portraits. This is a friend's Quarter Horse, Diamond, and she lives just over the mountain on a small ranch in the Shenandoah Valley. Seeing Diamond made for, "A Painting Day".

Shenandoah-12x12-inches, o/c by Ruth Andre