Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Sun's Dance - Ruth Andre

Happy New Year!
Have you started your Resolution List for the New Year? I plan to share mine with you as they come to fruition. May 2013 be fabulous, happy and rewarding. I am looking forward to sharing,
 "A Painting Day".

"The Sun's Dance" 6x6 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Monday, December 24, 2012

Late Night Rain - Ruth Andre

The rain continues to pour down here in the valley. The cow folks are thrilled with the moisture for it makes for good green grass and keeps the cows and calves well fed. Tonight after feeding the horses I went to the studio just as the day's light disappeared over the mountain. The dark of night set in and I could  hear the rain's steady fall as I painted. Listening to the ran made for, "A Painting Day"

"Late Night Rain" 8x8 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Morning Snow - Ruth Andre

The luminous feeling in this painting made me think of the morning sun as it shines on fallen snow or in my case a heavy blanket of frost. The white layer has only a fleeting moment to dream before the sun's rays melt it away. Morning is a beautiful time of the day and it has made for, "A Painting Day".

"Morning Snow" 12x12 inches, oil on canvas by  Ruth Andre

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Musical - Ruth Andre

The energy of the season seems to abound with shopping, decorations and local musicals. We have a very small theater in Sutter Creek but I am so happy that it is part of the community offering weekly performances. It is a very old theater and when I walk down the rows of seats it reminds me of times past and how special the theater must have been to the local population. Live theater seems to be larger than life even on a small scale as in our theater. The entertainers are true to their profession with glittering costumes and the stage is alive with lights and the draping curtains can swallow one up with each passing scene. Being in Sutter Creek and visiting the theater has made for, "A Painting Day".

"The Musical" 9x12 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Canyon Spirits - Ruth Andre

The land feels alive with a closeness of those that walked the earth in times past. The ancients are not far away. Memories and dreams fill my heart and have made for, "A Painting Day".

"Canyon Spirits" 6x6 inches, oil on canvas

Almost Home - Ruth Andre

Winter is here and I am finding the season coming to me with what I paint. Memories of cold winters and how inviting it is to be home. The morning temperatures here in the valley are in the low 20's making my trip to the barn a real adventure. The horses are waiting by the gate ready for breakfast. The land is white with frost and the water buckets have a layer of ice to be broken. Heading back to the house to enjoy my morning tea is pure luxury. Thinking about winter has made for, "A Painting Day".

"We Are Almost Home" 12x12, oil on panel by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winter Flurry - Ruth Andre

Winter is settling in here in the valley. We had a blanket of frost that kept well in the shadows all day. The subtle colors of the winter landscape have made for, "A Painting Day".

City View - Ruth Andre

Have you ever stayed at a high end hotel and when you open the draped window,  most of what you can see is the building next door? I guess we need to make the most of the view no matter what is in front of us. Loving my painting time for it has been, "A Painting Day".

"City View" 4x6 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Which One Is Yours? - Ruth Andre

This small study reminds me of an apartment view. A bank of windows seemingly the same but quite different when viewed from within. Aren't we all seemingly the same but quite different when we take the time to notice? Enjoy the view. It has been, "A Painting Day".

"Which One Is Yours?" 4x6 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Solo Flight - Ruth Andre

The holidays are always busy and then there seems to be a few things that come along that make all just a little more hectic than needed or wanted. I am sure I am not alone and you are all out there moving as fast as you can to get things just right to celebrate with family and friends. I did sneak out today and painted a couple of studies. I had to do it. My mind needed a break and it was so nice to be surrounded by my studio walls and the quiet.
 The painting today, "Solo Flight" is a message to myself that it is up to me to make the most of what has been given to me. I have loved ones in my life but life itself is a solo flight. Each day is special. Today was very special because it was, "A Painting Day".

"Solo Flight" 4x6 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter Creek - Ruth Andre

This is a painting I did a few months ago. It got set back and forgotten. The scene is of the stream that ran through our Missouri farm pasture separating one field from the next. It is a vision of a very cold day on the farm and it reminds me of where I am living right now with the winter rains and overcast days. It is cold too! Like many of you I am busy with Christmas, getting packages wrapped ready to ship. The holidays are busy but fun and I do love giving special gifts to those important people in my life. I hope you are all enjoying the holidays.  Once the packages are on their way and the house is decorated I do hope to have, "A Painting Day".

"Winter Creek" 6x6 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Saturday, December 8, 2012

HIgh Desert - I, II, III - Ruth Andre

"High Desert #1"

"High Desert #2"

"High Desert #3"

Today a new neighbor invited my husband and I up to see his home several miles straight up the mountain from our property. We made it to the top of the mountain passing the winter sage,  manzanita and local bush scrub. The home was very nice and the view of the setting sun was spectacular. I felt as if I was surrounded by the colors found in the high desert just a few miles from home. It was good to paint again. My studio is still drying out but I found a dry place and it made for "A Painting Day".

"High Desert #1" 4x6 inches oil on canvas by Ruth Andre
"High Desert #2" 4x6 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre
"High Desert #3" 4x6 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hilltop - Ruth Andre

It rained so hard today that the barn where I have my studio became flooded with water as well as my studio. The storm that passed through came with such a vengeance that the pasture for the horses looked like a lake and then the quiet creek flooded over its banks and made its way to the barn. It will be rubber boots weather for awhile. The creek will continue to rise with water run off from the surrounding mountains. The hilltops are green and so is the valley floor as rain continues to fall.  I think in a previous post I mentioned not being ready for the season's change. Now you know why! The winter storm has made for, "A Painting Day".

"Hilltop" 6x6 inches, acrylic on panel by Ruth Andre sold

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Stained Glass - Ruth Andre

This painting reminds me of how brilliant and intense the sun can be as it slides out of view for the day.  It is like seeing a stained glass through the trees. The beauty of the sun's rays has made for,
"A Painting Day".

"Stained Glass" 5x5 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre sold

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Fog - Ruth Andre

While visiting my daughter I was able to paint from the dining room balcony with a view looking out to the sea. The fog was coming in as dusk brought muted shades of grey and dark blues. I loved the quiet subtle colors as the day came to an end. Finding a quiet place made for, "A Painting Day".

"The Fog" 5x5 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre sold