Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Painting Day - Sun and Clouds - Ruth Andre


"Sun and Clouds"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Challenge 100 Painting Thirty-Three
by Ruth Andre


Today the temperature is soaring outside at 107.5  and it is an energy saving day so we are not allowed to run the air-conditioner. I am sneaking a session on the computer to write this blog. It is darn hot, too hot and I know it gets hotter in other parts of the country so I am not really complaining but I am not able to paint since it is way too hot in my studio. I feel tied down with no place to go. Yesterday it was  hot and then clouds formed and we had a bit of much needed sky shade. It was so nice and made the temperatures almost tolerable. I do like the painting today, "Sun and Clouds". The lively yellow and white has a lovely contrast on the dark background. Hopefully the clouds will find their way into the valley again today. It may be too much to ask for but a quiet rain would be very welcome. 



NOTE: On July 1st there will be a price change for the Challenge 100 Paintings. The paintings will be $125.00 matted with a 12"x12"professionally hand cut mat. If you are interested in a Challenge Painting buy now and save.


Monday, June 29, 2015

A Painting Day - Fence Rails - Ruth Andre


"Fence Rails"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Challenge Painting Thirty-Two
by Ruth Andre

This painting, "Fence Rails", is a painting that seems to be a step forward. The feeling of place is there along with a vibrant buzz of color. It is a favorite painting for me in the Challenge 100 Series. It also has meaning since the valley is lined with fences to either keep livestock enclosed or to keep wildlife at bay with gardens protected. My neighbor, Peggy, is an amazing woman and takes pride caring for her ranch. She has cattle and with cattle  she has fences that are constantly being watched and repaired. During my daily walk I passed Peggy digging postholes and stretching fencing. The dry grasses were spitting out here and there between the fence rails. The job took several days but it had to be very satisfying for her to see the fencing completed standing straight and strong. Peggy is a good neighbor and a woman to admire.



NOTE: On July 1st there will be a price change for the Challenge 100 Paintings. The paintings will be $125.00 matted with a 12"x12"professionally hand cut mat. If you are interested in a Challenge Painting buy now and save.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Painting Day - Rising Moon - Ruth Andre


"Rising Moon"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Challenge Painting Thirty-One
by Ruth Andre


Today's painting, "Rising Moon", brings back memories of a long cold night watching and praying my head mare, Angel, would survive the night and be back to her old self. The vet was called late in the afternoon and she left with instructions to watch Angel through the night. It was a moon filled night but it was cold so my husband and I watched from the truck's front seat and then would go out and walk Angel every hour doing our best to keep her on her feet. Angel was a proud mare and took her position as the head mare seriously. The other mares all took a wide birth when Angel showed her disapproval. She was my dream horse and the one that I loved to ride through the back country of Missouri. We spent many miles together and she treated me as her equal. When I brushed Angel she would rest her nose on my arm as if to say, Thank-You. She and I had a communication that made us close. The night ended with the morning bringing the vet and finally I had to let her go.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It hurt then and it hurts now just to remember that night. When the moon is full my memories go back to that night, a night of loss of a good friend, my horse Angel. 

NOTE: July 1st there will be a price change for the Challenge 100 Paintings. The paintings will be $125.00 matted with a 12"x12"professionally hand cut mat. If you are interested in a Challenge Painting buy now and save.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Painting Day - The Creek II - Ruth Andre


"The Creek II"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Challenge Painting Thirty 
by Ruth Andre

This is the second painting for "The Creek". If you have been following my blog you know the creek that runs through the valley is very special to me. It is the heart of the valley nourishing the land and the wildlife. I hope you are enjoying the Challenge 100 Series as much as I am painting each small painting. It has been, "A Painting Day".

4.5"x4.5" oil and cold wax Painting and 12"x12" hand cut mat $95
4.5"x4.5" oil and 16"x16" hand cut mat $100






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Friday, June 26, 2015

A Painting Day - The Creek I - Ruth Andre


"The Creek I"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Challenge Painting Twenty-Nine
by Ruth Andre

The Rancheria Creek is still with pools of water surrounded by rocks and grasses. The wildlife in the area still find their way to the creek at dusk and through the night for the grass and a much needed drink of water. It is very hot and the wild grasses on the hills have dried. Summer is a time of transition. 
The Challenge 100 Series of paintings continues to be a wonderful time for me to be painting in the studio. It is my time to reflect and paint. It has been, "A Painting Day".

4.5"x4.5" oil and cold wax Painting and 12"x12" hand cut mat $95
4.5"x4.5" oil and 16"x16" hand cut mat $100






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Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Painting Day - Summer Rain II - Ruth Andre


"Summer Rain II"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold wax on paper
Challenge Painting Twenty-Eight
by Ruth Andre


We are experiencing a heat wave today and it is supposed to extend on for a few days. There is a slight chance a summer rain might pass through the valley giving a short respite from the heat. We are also on an energy alert plan limiting use of anything using electricity and that includes the air-conditioner. So far so good. 
The painting today is the second Summer Rain painting. I love the warm and cool feeling in these paintings. They have their own energy.

4.5"x4.5" oil and cold wax Painting and 12"x12" hand cut mat $95
4.5"x4.5" oil and 16"x16" hand cut mat $100

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Painting Day - Summer Rain I - Ruth Andre


"Summer Rain I"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Challenge Painting Twenty-Seven
by Ruth Andre

I have been away from home for a few days and spent two days without the Internet. I am back home and so very happy to be home. I saw the town I grew up in Southern California look overwhelmed with people and houses and it all made me feel very sad. The quiet beauty is gone and replaced with the constant whirl of cars and more cars. Maybe what they say is true about not being able to go home again. Turning down our country road here in Sutter Creek, California made me feel happy to back in the valley. My growing up years are now just a memory. The painting today, "Summer Rain I" is one of my favorite paintings in the Challenge 100 series. I will post its companion tomorrow. Summer rains are gifts from the heavens that need to be savored and enjoyed. 

4.5"x4.5" oil and cold wax Painting and 12"x12" hand cut mat $95
4.5"x4.5" oil and 16"x16" hand cut mat $100

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Painting Day - Shadows - Ruth Andre




"Shadows"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Cold Wax on Paper
Challenge Painting Twenty-Six
by Ruth Andre

Today I am in southern California meeting up with old friends. The trip from the Los Angeles area took my breath away. There were seven lanes of traffic racing down the highway. Too many cars for me but here I am in the lovely Temecula Valley thinking it is not so bad after all. There is a strong breeze and the surrounding mountains remind me of my childhood home just a few miles away. As I walked down a pathway the shadows swayed back and forth as the trees caught the afternoon breeze.

The Challenge 100 has been very interesting and one that I would recommend for those artists wanting to find more in their art. Give it a go and see what happens. I would love to hear about your experiences. Enjoy!

4.5"x4.5" oil and cold wax Painting and 12"x12" hand cut mat $95
4.5"x4.5" oil and 16"x16" hand cut mat $100

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Painting Day - The Land - Ruth Andre



"The Land"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Wax on Paper
Challenge Painting Twenty-Five
by Ruth Andre

I am blogging from out of town. A trip to celebrate a big birthday for my daughter. Leaving the valley and the land for the big city is always an experience. So many people and so much going on at a break neck pace. It feels so different to me even though I once lived in the city for several years. Today's painting, "The Land" is meant to feel serene and full. Walking on the land as a caretaker means so much to me. There is the quiet to land but filled with stories as well. It speaks of those that walked the land many years ago and how it has changed hands over the years. Farmers know the value of  good fertile  soil. Their livelihood depends on the riches of the land. I mostly know what it feels like to walk the open land and enjoy its beauty. 

4.5"x4.5" oil and cold wax Painting and 12"x12" hand cut mat $95
4.5"x4.5" oil and 16"x16" hand cut mat $100

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Ruth Andre - Follow The Path - Ruth Andre



"Follow the Path"
4.5"x4.5" oil & cold wax on paper
12"x12" hand cut mat
Challenge Painting Twenty-Four
by Ruth Andre

There are many paths in life but sometimes it is just smart to take the path most worn, the path that has history for being a good and easy path to follow. I see the neighbor cows travel along the same paths year after year when traversing their hillside pastures. The path has been used over and over again making easy access to and from the creek where they get their water. The cows have a natural instinct for finding the best path and sticking to it. Finding the right path also makes me think about staying the course and sticking to what needs to be done and getting it done. So for today I will "Stay On the Path".

4.5"x4.5" oil & cold wax Painting & 12"x12" hand cut mat $95
4.5"x4.5" oil & cold wax Painting & 16"x16" hand cut mat $100



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