Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Back Door - Ruth Andre

"The Back Door"
6"x10" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

Every summer when my kids were growing up we would take a summer vacation to Falling Leaf Lake in Tahoe, California. The old summer cottages were quite rustic. The kitchen had an old vintage stove, a small refrigerator and a table covered with a plastic floral cloth. There was a patio and a back door with a screen that would slam shut with a bang when the kids went in and out of the cabin. The old door had seen many visitors and it had been painted several times. There were a few chipped areas to let  you know it was not always a green door or a yellow door but was also a red door at one time. These were happy and relaxed days away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The painting today, "The Back Door" is a strong and graphic painting with big areas of direct color. I like the strength of this piece very much. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stop Ahead - Ruth Andre

"Stop Ahead"
6"x10" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

I was thinking about snow once again while painting, "Stop Ahead". The painting makes me think of snow covered walk ways and the swishing sound of cars streaming by. It could be a small one-stop-sign-town or a busy city street. No matter the location there is a feeling of quiet isolation. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Well Red - Ruth Andre

"Well Red"
6.5"x6.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

When we think of Minimal Art we usually think it is white, grey or black. The painting today, "Well Red" is painted in a minimal style and is definitely red and yet minimal. The color really sings and it feels warm and inviting. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sojourn II - Ruth Andre

"Sojourn II"
12"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

The Sojourn series has begun and continues with, "Sojourn II". The painting from yesterday's post and this one today are a little different in style. It is a new direction and one I have decided to explore. The paint is layered and scrapped to reveal layers below. Maybe this is a  letting go of sorts so the paints  can go their own way. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sojourn - Ruth Andre

"Sojourn I"
12"x12" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This painting caught me off guard and maybe the same thing has happened to you. I went to the studio with a definite plan for a painting. As the paints were added the painting took on a life of its own. I kept hearing a voice saying, the painting is done. I was so caught up with my plan that I kept saying, NO it needs more. Finally all motion was stopped and I took a long look and decided to wait until tomorrow before continuing with the painting. Now that I have had a moment to walk away, my quiet sojourn, and view it once again, I am thinking the painting is finished. It was not only 
"A Painting Day" it was "A Wild Day" in the studio.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Traverse - Ruth Andre

10"x10"x1.5" Oil-Wax on Panel
by Ruth Andre

What happened to quiet summer days? It seems this summer has been busy from the get-go. The vacation trip to the North-West and then painting for The Art Spirit Gallery, art classes and family visits have made this summer extra special. I love the positive verve and the spirited days bringing more to life's experience. A friend once told me, you never want the game to end. It might mean extra innings but the game must go on to keep us satisfied. I chose the title, "Traverse" for this painting thinking the painting shows movement. It also shows there is usually more than one way to get from one point to another and you might need to take side paths to get to the final destination. Going back and forth eases the way for progress. It may seem slow at times but progress is being made.  
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, July 31, 2017

Barrister Winery-Art Spirit Gallery Exhibit - Ruth Andre

The Art Spirit Gallery is featuring my paintings along with three other artists at a special exhibit with 
the Barrister Winery in Spokane, Washington. The exhibit will run through the month of August. Each artist has their own unique style and will have several pieces available on display. 
The art reception promises to make for a lovely evening with music by Daniel Hall and dinner options by Beacon Hill Catering.

Reception: Friday August 4, 2017 - 5:00 to 10:00 pm

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Snow Trail - Ruth Andre

"Snow Trail"
7"x7" Acrylic on Paper
by Ruth Andre

It is quite hot here in Northern California. We are experiencing another heat wave. I am thinking the last heat wave may not have ended. Thoughts of cooler temperatures must be guiding my way in the studio today. Taking a snow trail and listening to the quiet of the snow covered trail sounds quite lovely right now. I have always wanted to try cross country skiing, but never have. It would be a wonderful way to see the back country's snow-covered trails in winter. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

There Is Always A Bright Spot - Ruth Andre

"There Is Always A Bright Spot"
7"x7" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre
This painting has a new home.

This has been a very busy week. I shipped paintings to The Art Spirit Gallery. The gallery is featuring me in an off sight exhibit and needed more paintings. I will be blogging about the coming show shortly. After all the rush to get work framed, packed and shipped in just a week's time it is  now time for a breather, a break to recharge. I went to the studio and my painting became very introspective. The title says so much and is directed to all the crazy comments that come ones way when in a crisis or death situation. There is always someone that point out what they believe are helpful words such as, luckily you have two children or, your family member or friend lived a long life or... Saying sorry is all that is needed, not a pep talk. I know they mean well but they do not understand. The bright spot may come and I am sure it will but not while the grief is so close to the heart. It is a time for healing from within. These are somewhat somber words for the day but the painting took me there so I went with it. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Monday, July 24, 2017

Shelter I - Ruth Andre

"Shelter I"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
Matted and Framed 12"x12"
by Ruth Andre

The, "Shelter" paintings went to the framer today. It is always a treat to see my paintings enclosed within a frame. Once framed the paintings are then complete. I love the red in the "Shelter" series. The paintings exude warmth and energy. It has been, "A Painting Day".