Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Painting Day - Lagoon - Ruth Andre


"Lagoon"
4.5x4.5 inches Oil & Cold Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre
Challenge Painting One

While painting for the new online video workshops I painted two small paintings on paper. This painting, "Lagoon" is one I painted after visiting a beautiful lagoon in Malibu, California. It was a quite lagoon just a short walk from the ocean shore. I would also like to announce that this is the first of a series of small paintings on paper. I hope to paint 100 paintings as a challenge for myself. I am also in the process of ordering mats for these paintings on paper and will be offering the paintings matted and sleeved or matted with a frame. Photos will be coming soon. Enjoy and follow along for the 
Painting Challenge 100.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Painting Day - Video Promo - Ruth Andre

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Please enjoy this short Promotional Video for the, "Inspired Painting With Oil & Cold Wax" video. If the Promo Link above does not work you can also view the Promo Link Here on YouTube

The videos can be instantly downloaded and will be available on your computer in your download document file. The "Inspired Painting With Oil & Cold Wax" video is 45 minutes long and the "Paper To Paint" video is 30 minutes long. Each video is full of information with a short gallery show of my paintings  at the end of each video. I hope that answers a few questions regarding the videos. If you have more questions please Contact me by Email.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Painting Day - Video Workshops - Ruth Andre




This is the big day and the debut day for my two new videos, Inspired Painting With Oil & Wax and Paper To Paint With Oil & Wax. Both videos focus on abstract painting and learning to see using a creative focus that can transform your paintings to be all about what inspires you. Make your paintings truly your own. I enjoyed making these videos and hope you will enjoy following my path and come paint with me.

Inspired Painting With Oil & Cold Wax

Paper To Paint With Oil & Cold Wax

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Painting Day - Lazy Day - Ruth Andre


"Lazy Day"
9"x9"x1.5" Oil & Mixed Media on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre
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My visit to the Los Angeles area included a good week in Malibu, California. There is something so special about being on the coast and seeing the ocean and feeling the sea breezes. It is magical and made me just want to grab a hammock and spend a lazy day in the sun. 


Malibu Coast in May

Wishing and doing are two different things because I spent my time working on two new DVD videos. The whole video making process was challenging and tons of fun. The focus for each video is on how to find the inspiration to paint that which is meaningful to the artist. Following how I find my inspiration will hopefully help others find their own inspiration. I show how to bring found inspiration back to the studio to paint what is true to your own heart. The painting, "Lazy Day" in this post is a demonstration painting I did for the first video. I will send an update in a future post when the DVD videos are available. It has been, "A Painting Day".




Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Painting Day - Workshop - Ruth Andre



"Title Wave"
4"x4"x.75" oil & cold wax on cradled panel
by Ruth Andre
$75 plus $10 shipping

I had the opportunity to teach a small Oil & Wax Workshop over the week-end. The workshop was held in a borrowed studio in Malibu, California and the class focused on Finding Inspiration for painting. I am often asked how I find my painting inspiration and thought I would share the tools I use. My fearless students were NOT artists but professional women working in accounting and banking. At the end of the day I was truly inspired.  The students were able to take what inspires them and translate that inspiration into what they love with their paintings. The class was a lot of fun and I thought the class paintings were beautifully done. It was truly, "A Painting Day"


Student Painting by Brenda Plasz
oil & cold wax on cradled panel


Student Painting by Lili Kaiser
oil & cold wax on cradled panel


Student Painting by Lili Kaiser
oil & wax on cradled panel


Student Painting by Brenda Plasz
oil & cold wax on cradled panel




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
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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
$3,500.00

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