Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Painting Day - Winter Sage - Ruth Andre

View One - "Winter Sage" 
48"x12"x2" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

View Two - "Winter Sage" 
12"x48"x2" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

View Three - "Winter Sage"
12"x48"x2" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

I have been compiling notes today regarding what abstract painting means to me. Painting abstractly is the essence of freedom using color and composition to give the painting life. I also believe that an abstract painting has  the possibility to be viewed in more than one direction. The three images above are all the same painting but each view takes on a completely different look. The painting allows for a personal decision on how and where it will be hung. Enjoy the views.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Painting Day - Red Rock - Ruth Andre

"Red Rock"
12"x12"x1.5" Diptych - Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

The Cattlemen's Western Art Show & Sale is coming up next week-end March 27-29, 2015. This is the 25th year for the show and my 11th year to be invited to exhibit. It will be fun seeing the work of 50 artists and meeting up with new and old patrons. This year I will be showing my traditional equine and landscape paintings and a few of my current abstract works. It should be an interesting and fun showing. There is also a 'Print" room where beautiful works can be found at comfortable pricing. New giclee prints have been added this year for a few of my most popular equine works. Come and enjoy the day and see the beautiful art works first hand and meet the artists.

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Painting Day - Red Clouds - Ruth Andre

"Red Clouds"
6"x12"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre
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I have been reading a lot lately. There are so many good books and now with access to digital books it is so easy to read several different authors. Some of the authors are new and some I just had never gotten in touch with previously. Louis L'Amour and his book, "Lonesome Gods" captured my spirit. Mr L'Amour amazed me with the splendor of his words. I felt the landscape that surrounded the characters and saw the clouds passing by over the desert lands. Today's painting is a small tribute to the wilds of the desert that Mr. L'Amour created. It has been, "A Painting Day".

YouTube - Oil & Cold Wax Demo

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Painting Day - Desert Path - Ruth Andre

"Desert Path"
6"x6"x1" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

I have found when change happens it appears to happen quickly catching those around us off guard. Is no one paying attention or is it we are all thinking nothing will change? Boundaries move and life changes. I have felt a need to make a change with my painting. The vision is there but letting the vision come freely to the canvas is sometimes no easy task. The painting above is an idea of the change that I would like to make. It is just a first step but a step none the less and that counts for quite a lot. This small painting took hours to complete. My goal being to find a subtle softness in the image. There are shades of white, pink and orange and many layers of transparent paint to give the work depth. The painting is a beginning of something new and has made for, "A Painting Day".

YouTube - Oil & Cold Wax Demo

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Painting Day - Border Crossing - Ruth Andre

"Border Crossing"
36"x36"x2" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel 
by Ruth Andre

Today I unwrapped a painting that was painted  sometime ago and it was like meeting an old friend. I decided not to leave it tucked away in the studio.  The palette of rust, gold, yellow and blue sang out a special greeting. The vignette photos below show the hidden but lively colors. There is also a full-size photo of the total painting. Enjoy the show. 
A Request was sent via email to talk about "Border Crossing" and what the painting means to me. The obvious within my own experiences would be the act of crossing from the US border into Mexico and then back again. The moment the crossing is made all is different in big and small ways. The language of course changes but how business is done and how people move and communicate are all different. My husband and I had a wholesale flower growing farm of over 100 acres in Baja California and we crossed the border almost weekly. The drive between our two ranches took almost five hours. We would arrive very early and sometimes very late and it was dark but there was always someone there to greet us upon arrival. How did the people know we were there? Why was it important to them that we we received messages at those hours? It always amazed me that the communication in such a remote area could be swifter than email at times. There was only one telephone in town and we waited in line to use it and the conversation was heard by many. Cell phones were not the norm at this time. There are also Borders we cross daily and I call it, staying in the game of life. If we can just keep the ball moving and the game going and the excitement for life full we will have so much more in the time spent on earth. What borders we cross day to day make us who we are. Thank-you, Ann M for your request. You are very thoughtful and I thank-you. Ruth

"Border Crossing" - Vignette I

"Border Crossing" Vignette II

"Border Crossing"
36"x36"x2" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Painting Day - The Whole Ball of Wax - Ruth Andre

18"x12"x1.5" - Diptych - oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

"War Bonnet - Hisgi"
12"x24"x1.5"- Diptych - oil & mixed media on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre

The show is called, "The Whole Ball of Wax" and the reception is this Saturday, March 14th, at "The Art House Gallery" in downtown Sacramento from 4-6pm. Two of my mixed media abstract paintings will available. Show March 14 - April 7, 2015.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Painting Day - Heart of Gold - Ruth Andre

"Heart of Gold"
6"x6"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

Moving back to the abstract is exciting and challenging all in one. Images transform themselves, meaning they feel just a step away. My mind is set in one direction and then another image takes its place. Layers of paint have transformed this little painting into a more cerebral work than my first graphic intent. I also used gold oil paint giving the nugget size work a rich quality.  It has been, 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Painting Day - Shelter From the Storm - Ruth Andre

"Shelter From the Storm"
6"x18"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Wood Panel
by Ruth Andre

Today I painted but I also took shelter from the raging storm just outside my door bringing much needed rain to the valley. Being tucked away under a luscious  cozy throw with a good book in hand I felt right with the world. I thought about the life changing storms in my life. How sadness for one thing or another has made me seek shelter giving way to solitude with my thoughts. Seeking shelter is what gives me the strength to move forward as the storm retreats in my own mind. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Painting Day - Shelter From the Sun - Ruth Andre

"Shelter From the Sun"
12"x12x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Birch Panel
by  Ruth Andre

Shelter is a comforting word that allows us to conjure all sorts of scenarios. A slatted roof may not keep one dry in the rain but it allows relief from the relentlessness of the sun on a hot summer day. It has been, "A Painting Day".