Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Painting Day - Home - Ruth Andre

I have been blogging for a few years and am constantly mentioning the valley where I live. The valley is just a few miles long but oh so beautiful no matter the season. Each day my husband and I walk up into the hills and cross the Rancheria Creek that goes through our property. It is a beautiful setting and has been the inspiration for many of my paintings. The "Water Works" series of abstract works were brought to the canvas truly inspired by the creek and how it changes throughout the seasons.  I have added two photos of the landscape and three "WaterWorks" paintings plus words that express what the creek means to me and my work.

 Rancheria Creek

Turkey Crossing


There is a creek that runs through the land I call home. It has a life
powerful and strong and then it whispers and finally sleeps. As I watch
the creek in winter the water pushes forward with its powerful momentum. The water is high and purges what ever is in its path until it drowned or thrown to the side. Nothing is left untouched. Tall trees are sometimes toppled after years of enduring the creek's relentless force. Then as quickly as the creek has become the harlot of the land it softens and quiets and makes love to the sun. There is just a quiet rippling of light and shadow. The creek is alive and must find its path to be all it can be. Then it slows and finally the last bit of moisture is swallowed by the sands of the creek bed. To view the creek through all seasons and to see the creek move with the impetus of nature it is hard to believe it will slow and disappear into the earth. The ebb and flow of the creek is what I have painted. 

"Deer Crossing"
12"x12"x1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

"Grass Creek"
12"x12"x1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

"Cresting Creek"
16"x16"x1.5" Oil on Cradled Panel

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Painting Day - Cinnamon - Ruth Andre

8"x8" Oil on Canvas
by Ruth Andre

I am always amazed with beautiful photos of horses with their heads up looking majestic and regal. If you  know horses you know their favorite thing to do is graze in an  open pasture. Horses have their heads down most of any given day eating away. They may show interest in something for a short moment  when there is activity in the pasture but it does not take long for their heads to move straight down again into the grass and continue eating. My hat goes off to the truly talented equine photographers. It has been, "A painting day".

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Painting Day - A Grey Night - Ruth Andre

"A Grey Night"
6"x8" Oil on Canvas Panel
by Ruth Andre

I have been painting for the coming shows and the painting today seemed appropriate to post. I have hurt my right hand, my painting hand so things seem little grey today. I am sure the hand needs to rest but if by Monday it is still in pain a doctor's visit will be made. I have a few deadlines looming so I need to be all good and ready to go soon. I am not really complaining, just letting you all know what is going on here in the little valley studio. It was, "A Painting Day".

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Painting Day - How Now - Ruth Andre

"How Now"
8"x10" Oil on Canvas Panel
by Ruth Andre

I have two shows coming up that need traditional paintings. I am doing my best to stay traditional but the wild strokes of the brush are making their way to the canvas. I have decided to let the work find its way. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Painting Day - Summer Day - Ruth Andre

"Summer Day"
6"x6" oil on canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

The new year is here and new goals are in the works as well as quiet chatter as to what to do. What do I leave behind and where will I settle in to make my time as an artist count? It is exciting to see new possibilities. Sometimes I feel making changes with my art is like moving from one house to the next. What needs to be taken and what needs to be left behind? Why is is so hard to pick up and go? I do know I have to have my own convictions and belief in myself. So many people are complacent wanting the artist to stay put and not change and even at times wanting them to go back to what was comfortable for them. They do not seem to understand that making art is not just making art. There is growth for the artist that must be tended. There is no standing still when making more is your goal.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Art in Wax Exhibit - Ruth Andre

"Night Crossing"
6"x6"x1.5" oil & mixed media on birch panel
by Ruth Andre
Available at the Gallery 901 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

1-"Night Crossing"
2-Water Crossing"
3-Double Cross I"
4-Crossing Ties"
5-Double Cross II"

This is a Shame-On-Me post. I had written this post and set it aside regarding the "Art in Wax" exhibit at Gallery 901 in Santa Fe and forgot to publish the post. The show runs through December 30, 2014 so if you are in Santa Fe or would like to call the gallery regarding one of my paintings it may be available. I am so sorry for the delay for this post.

Small Works are popular around the holidays and I have already entered two shows featuring small works this year. The Gallery 901 on Canyon Road in Santa Fe will be exhibiting all 6"x6" cradled panel paintings in the, "Art in Wax" exhibit from November 21 to December 30th, 2014. The reception will be November 21st. I am thrilled to be part of this show in the City Different - Santa Fe. It made for, "A Painting Day".

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Painting Day - Paintings & Frames - Ruth Andre

"River Ridge"
6"x12" Framed Oil on Canvas Panel

"Desert Light"
6"x12" Framed Oil on Canvas Panel

"River Dance"
6"x12" Framed Oil on Canvas Panel
by Ruth Andre

I am always amazed how paintings change once framed. The three painting above are all triptychs and I chose to frame each of the three individual works in one frame. I hope you enjoy seeing the transformation. The New Year is just days away and my resolution list is growing. The creative spirit is alive in all that we do and surrounds us daily. It has been, "A Painting Day". 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Painting Day - Where's Momma

"Where's Momma"
4"x4"x.75 Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays! 
I want to wish you
all the best 
for the holidays and a New Year filled with great joy. 
I have enjoyed posting here on ,"A Painting Day" writing about what 
goes on here in the valley as I post my paintings. Right now we have 
a great deal of cuteness going on since the late calves that were born just a month
ago are getting up in size. The momma cows group them together in what I call a
nursery with one cow left to babysit while the other cows go out to graze. They 
have a good system keeping the babies protected and the mommas fed. The painting today 
is of a small heifer calf with a sweet look in her eye. I do love these little ones. Yesterday,
was, "A Painting Day".

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Painting Day - Passages - Ruth Andre

4"x18" oil & mixed media on Arches paper
by Ruth Andre

Original Oil on Paper by Ruth Andre
Giclee prints will be available in 2015

Today was a day to stop and enjoy a few moments tucked away in my studio. I, like everyone else I know have been making lists and shopping to get ready for the holidays. As the year comes to an end it is a time to give and to reflect and to set goals for the coming year. My thoughts turned to the passing of time and the passages of our life. Today's painting is called, "Passages" and it is painted on  Arches paper. I felt that this work on paper was successful and that led me to think about making multiple prints of the image. My mind is buzzing with ideas and it is exciting. I truly hope your holiday is filled with joy and love and may the New Year be filled with great happiness.
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Painting Day - Hillside Reflections - Ruth Andre

"Hillside Reflections"
10"x10"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

I was out today and the roads were very busy which is unusual for our little town of Sutter Creek. Then I remembered we have a storm coming and most people were out stocking up in case they cannot get out for a few days. The painting above is one I posted sometime back but when I saw it today it seemed to be alive with the same energy of the season and the coming storm. I will keep you posted!