Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time Travel - Ruth Andre

"Time Travel"
6"x6" Found Papers, Painted Papers, Wire, Bottle Cap and Gold Leaf
by Ruth Andre

This collage may be an entry for a coming Altered Art Show. I have never tried using found objects in a collage so it was interesting working with box paper and an old bottle cap that I found years ago and saved. I would like to compete a couple more altered works to see what finds its way to the finished work. I am enjoying the collage process very much. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Davis Ranch View - Ruth Andre

"Davis Ranch View"
6"x8" Oil on Canvas 
by Ruth Andre

Saturday I got my husband to take me to a paint out to meet plein air artists at the Davis Ranch down Hwy 88. At the moment I cannot lift, bend or twist so Tom set my pochade box and paints up for me and I was ready to paint. The Ranch sells vegetables and fruits grown on the many acres of land surrounding the store front. We were eight artist strong and took up shady spots though out the ranch. I focused on the windrow of old oaks and tall shrubs near the back of the ranch. It was really a perfect day and I chose a shady spot under the trees leading out along the road. My friend, Bruce Hancock was just across the way painting an old tractor that had a lovely rusty patina. It was a fun outing and I had the chance to meet a few new artists. It was, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gold Fever - Ruth Andre

"Gold Fever"
6"x6" Mixed Media Collage
by Ruth Andre

"Gold Fever" Collage Close-Up

Today's work is a collage with hand painted papers, gold leaf, metal and stone beads plus wire. It has been exciting adding each element to complete the collage I have been told not to bend, lift or twist to help my back heal so I am working setting down and boy is that making things challenging. My distance to see the work in progress is shortened and it feels like a handicap so I have been standing after each paper or new media is added. I also take smart phone photos to give a distant view. I decided to move the composition to a more fluid mood by adding torn gold leaf and wire that floats above the collage piece. Living in Sutter Creek and seeing the remaining old and forgotten mine hoists along with vintage metal and rock buildings is a reminder of the days when gold was found in the creeks and land in the valley. Sometimes men with metal pans are seen at creek side panning for gold even today. They all hope to find their dream, Gold. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Just Passing Through - Ruth Andre

"Just Passing Through"
8"x6" Oil on Canvas Panel
by Ruth Andre

Today's painting was painted on an outing just five miles from my home in Drytown, California.  Drytown is a wide spot in the road with a couple of antique shops and an old diner called the Old Well. In its day Drytown flourished with over 60 saloons and amenities for the gold rush miners. I met my friend, Bruce Hancock for the morning paint out. We picked our shade spots and went to work. When I paint plein air the memories for the day stay with me. The rush of traffic buzzing by and then the complete silence with cars coming and going. The weather was over 100 degrees but
 we had a good paintings session and headed for home before either one of us melted.
On a personal note my back has become a real problem and I may be having surgery in the next few months. I miss my studio time more than I can say.  I will keep you posted!
It has been, "A Painting Day".


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Following My Path - Ruth Andre

"Following My Path"
6"x6" Painted Papers, Glass Bead, Linen on Panel
by Ruth Andre
On Hold

There are times I look back on my life and think I might have, should have done more to follow my own dreams, my path. Maybe I did and just don't remember events as they were. At the time did I put things on hold?  The passage of time has a way of sheltering our desires and making us think we could have done more. Could I have worked harder? Could I have made more time for just me and what I thought was important? Maybe there were too many important things happening to think just about myself and my own personal goals. I tell myself, now is the time to do all that I can be by being who I want to be and doing what I want to do no matter what people say. It seems there is always someone giving advice filled with suggestions. My advice is to find time for yourself by carving out time to do what gives what is needed to make your life whole. The collage work is very addictive and the process takes time to gather the papers and paint them and then cut them and place them in a pleasing composition but the work is stimulating. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Valley Sage - Ruth Andre

"Valley Sage"
8"x8" Painted Papers, Rock, Linen Collage on Panel
by Ruth Andre

This piece uses purple and pink hand painted papers and a rock found underfoot in the horse pasture. The linen thread wraps and runs free and that is how I feel about living here in the valley. I can wrap my arms around the valley's beauty and still run free on my own land. Observing the land and thinking about its history gives reverence to my daily life. 

Please forgive the wonky photo but it was taken quickly at Jim Ginney's farming studio to share with you before the glass was added. The shadow box frame and matting has given a new dimension to the collage work and given the piece its own space. I left a few more collage works with Jim and is extraordinary assistant, Sarah Murray, for future framing. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Heart of the Valley - Ruth Andre

"Heart of the Valley"
8"x7.75" Painted Papers, Rock, Linen on Board
by Ruth Andre
On Hold

I live outside a Gold Rush town called Sutter Creek. The valley was the home for many miners mining for gold. The remnants of the old gold mines still exist as you pass through the country side. In the past Gold was the heart of the valley and then I believe it went back to rivers and creeks that criss cross valley and mountain towns. I like to think the Rancehria Creek that passes through our small ranch is now the heart of my valley. I am a collector of rocks. The rocks don't have to be especially beautiful to catch my eye. Sometimes it is not the color of the rocks but the shapes that I find as I walk with the horses in the pasture. I always need a pocket to tuck away a small treasure. The heart rock in this painting is one found underfoot while brushing the horses. I hope you
 are enjoying these new collage works. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bear Hunter - Ruth Andre

"Bear Hunter"
5"x7" Handprinted Japanese Papers on Board
by Ruth Andre
On Hold

"Bear Hunter"- Bear Fetish

One day our neighbor, Peggy, came to the house and she said she had just seen a bear cross her property following a path next to her home. She first thought it was a man hunched over and then she realized it was indeed a bear. She let it pass but had a good look at the big guy through a window. I have thought of Peggy's story am hopeful if this or another bear pass through I will see him before he sees me. This collage is embellished with an ebony bear fetish that was found on  a trip to Santa Fe. The bead shops in Santa Fe and Taos are quite lovely and once you step in the door there is no leaving without a purchase. I won't say how many beads I brought home but I am happy to report a few of them are finding homes in these new collage pieces. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Loose Ends - Ruth Andre

"Loose Ends"
7"x5" Handprinted Japanese Papers - Linen on Panel
by Ruth Andre
On Hold

The "Loose Ends" painting is my favorite collage so far. I feel it is strong and with a sweet softness. The linen pieces are held tight but still venture out into the painting. By painting these papers I feel a connection that makes the collage my own experience to share. If you too are interested in collage you might like visiting the National Collage Society's website. You will be able to see several artist's work and the diversity that represents collage. It has been, "A Painting Day". 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Moonlight - Ruth Andre

7"x5" Japanese Papers and Paint on Board
by Ruth Andre
$150 Mounted on Paper  

I can see layering papers to form an art collage can become a true passion. I have had some paper work that needed doing but I could hear the studio calling. Finally after a day away I ventured into my studio and set myself to work. Working with these lovely handmade and painted papers takes me into another zone. I am looking forward to painting some new papers and and exploring new compositions. Enjoy, it has been, "A Painting Day".