Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Master Secrets Summit Interview - Ruth Andre

 I have had a lot of fun lately. I was invited to be interviewed by Kathryn Lloyd with the The Master Secrets Summit online art site. Kathryn Lloyd spent almost one hour asking me questions about my art and my challenges as an artist. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed being a part of the

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Old Oak - Ruth Andre

"Old Oak"
6"x6" oil on canvas
by Ruth Andre

This painting is another old oak tree that lies west of my home in the fence line. The old fence posts are standing this way and that. They are old and are made by hand cut wood. At this time of year the oaks are dark against the golden hills that surround the valley. The colors are softened but still bold grey-blues and dark purples. I love the contrast between the dark trees and the sunlit land. It has been, 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Roadside Manzanita - Ruth Andre

"Roadside Manzanita"
5"x7" oil on canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

My easel is still set up on the front porch and I painted this native manzanita bush that stands close to the road. The morning sun was hitting the bush giving it a surreal brightness and the shadow of the mourntain fell across its front like a dark grassy path. My camera is giving me fits at the moment so  you may see an improved photo in a day or two. I hope! It has been, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Just Down the Road - Ruth Andre

"Just Down the Road"
6"x8"oil on canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

I am posting another front porch plein air painting today. My camera went wild on me so I do not have a good photo of the Russian easel as promised but I will get a photo and share it soon. I love just walking out my front door to paint. The location for this painting is just down the road heading east to our neighbor's ranch. Our neighbor raises cattle so we see her cows everyday. I love watching the herd as they move from pasture to pasture. I have at least one or two more front porch paintings to paint and am looking forward to getting out the door tomorrow morning. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Oak on Quartz Mountain Road

"Oak On Quartz Mountain"
8"x6" oil on canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

Today I decided to step out onto my front porch with my new Russian Easel and paint plein air. I will post a photo of the easel in the next post. I purchased the easel years ago and am just now getting it out to use. This is the first painting using the easel. This oak stands tall and marks our property corner to the southwest. It was nice to have a scene to paint right here at home. I plan to continue painting and circle the house and stay in the shade of the porches since it is still very hot here in the valley.
Staying home has made for, 

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Protectors - Ruth Andre

"The Protectors"
72"x48"x1.5" oil on canvas
by Ruth Andre

Ruth Andre - "The Protectors" 

Have you ever been truly challenged? I decided to take on painting a large landscape painting. The canvas is quite large, 6 feet high and 4 feet wide and it seemed to grow as I painted it. My palette knife was a huge cement trowel. Mixing paint was also a challenge since I needed a large area for the big piles of paint and then a much larger area to mix the paint and have different mixes ready to go to gain the spontaneity needed for the work. It has truly been, "A Painting Day"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seaside - Ruth Andre

8"x8" oil on canvas panel
by Ruth Andre

Summer can make me forget there are other seasons that get cold and there is real work to be done. I recommend taking a day trip  to the coast to walk along the water's edge. It is so good for the soul. Summer has made for, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, August 16, 2014

WAX ON - Sierra Wax Artists - Ruth Andre


The photos above were taken at the WAX ON art reception at the TSAO Gallery in Davis, California. The show is sponsored by the Sierra Wax Artists. Three of my paintings were accepted for the show but for some reason I only have photos for two of the paintings at the show, "Lost In the Shadows" and "Laguna". Both paintings are 36"x36"x2" mixed media on cradled panel. My third entry is shown below. The show will run until September 5, 2014. TSAO Gallery 530 756-4100

"Complete With Camera"
18"x18"x1.5" Mixed Media on Cradled Panel

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Sky - Ruth Andre

"Summer Sky"
6"x6"x1.5" oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

Summer brings so many good things to life. The garden is flourishing, the shade of the trees is so inviting and the sky is a gorgeous blue. The daytime temperatures are high making working outside a challenge. Summer will always be a favorite time of year. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Night Flight - Ruth Andre

"Night Flight I & II"
10"x20"x1.5" oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

"Night Flight I"
10"x10"x1.5" oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

"Night Flight II"
10"x10"x1.5" oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre