Sunday, June 25, 2017

Desert Lands - Ruth Andre

"Desert Lands"
6"x10" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

The summer days have changed the landscape from the rich green of winter to the colors of a desert land. The grasses are what the Chamber of Commerce call golden and they truly are and then the grass will turn almost white as summer progresses. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Heat of the Day - Ruth Andre

"The Heat of the Day"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

It is officially summer and the daily temperatures have been very high. Let's hope it cools down a little bit so we can all stop acting like zombies when we go outside. The red paint palette was the color of choice today. Red warms things up no matter the weather. Enjoy!
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Moon Over the Water - Ruth Andre

"Moon Over the Water"
4.5"x4.5" Oil-Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This painting brings memories of summer nights, a full moon, and seeing the creek water rustling over the rocky creek bed. I may have needed to paint with cool colors on this very hot day hoping for a respite from the heat. Stay cool. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Painting - Matted and Framed 12"x12"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Covered In Green - Ruth Andre

"Covered In Green"
4.5"x4.5" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

When things go wrong and then go right,  you then know you are having a special experience. While traveling through Washington we had a flat tire. We were pretty much in, what looked like, the middle of no where. We stopped at a farm and took a look at the tire and then started to call for service. As we looked around we realized we had stopped at an alfalfa farm and we were surrounded by acres of very green alfalfa fields. It was a gorgeous sight and one I will never forget. The young farmer that owned the property said he had 3,000 acres all planted in alfalfa. Whew! This fellow also went to work changing  our tire and would not take payment of any kind, no money, no dinner, nothing. He said he just wanted to help. It took a couple of days to get the right tires ordered but we ended up enjoying the area and may have missed seeing this beautiful spot without the tire mishap. 
It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

4"x4" acrylic on paper
matted and framed 11"x11"
by Ruth Andre

This was painted after a full moon made the valley as light as day. Looking out the kitchen door I could see  Hopi, our Paint mare, in the pasture resting in the moonlight. It has been, 
"A Painting Day".

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Creek At Night - Ruth Andre

"Creek At Night"
3.5"x4" Acrylic on Paper
Matted and Framed 11"x11"
by Ruth Andre

The temperatures have been high and with the creek still running it brings  the thirsty wildlife down from the mountains for a drink. At dusk a few days ago my dog, Sadie, and I walked to the creek to enjoy the running water and the shade from the old oaks. When I got home a neighbor called to say she saw me at the creek and when I left a mountain lion also climbed up from the creek to cross our property. I must admit I felt a chill and wondered if the mountain lion was watching Sadie and me from one of the old oak tree branches. This occurrence also made me wonder what goes on at the creek at night when all is quiet and cool. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, June 17, 2017

It Came From the North - Ruth Andre

"It Came From the North"
30"x22.5" Acrylic on Paper
by Ruth Andre

Vignettes for, "It Came From the North"

Summer is here but I am still thinking about the northern states we visited just a few weeks ago. Montana, Wyoming and Idaho were all so beautiful. I was constantly being reminded that we were visiting during the warm days of summer and was told it does get very cold in winter. I have tried to imagine six months of wintery days with lots of snow after living in California most of my life.  There would definitely be a few challenges.
Even in our isolated northern California valley we do occasionally get a wild storm and we talk about if the storm came from the west or the east. The eastern storms seem to have stronger winds.

The painting today is painted on Stonehenge paper using acrylic paints. For the life of me I cannot get a true color image of the entire paintings so that is why you see three small vignettes of the painting that are truer to the  cooler palette.  I may try photographing the painting again tomorrow in the morning light. I just looked at the vignettes once again and I like the  #3 cropped view. It may become its own painting some day. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Far Horizon - Ruth Andre

"A Far Horizon"
9"x12" Oil and Wax on Paper
by Ruth Andre

This painting, "The Far Horizon, is somewhat representational, at least to me, since it reminds me of traveling through the valley landscape. As I drove the back roads home today I noticed the oak trees had turned quite dark and the hillsides were mellowing to gold and white grasses. I love the season's palette with its deep contrast of color. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tall Grasses - Ruth Andre

"Tall Grasses"
8"x8"x1" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

The day is not complete without a walk up the hill behind our property. My dog, Sadie, and I walk the fence line, cross the creek and then up a steep hill passing beautiful pastures with views of the distance mountains. Today I noticed the grass was very high obscuring the pasture fence posts. With the record rainfall this winter came tall grass that needs to be mowed. The  grass cutting has been my husband's task and daily goal. From the looks of things he has more grass to conquer. As Sadie and I traveled up the hill I saw our neighbor's vineyard looks a lot like our fence row. We are all up to our necks, literally, in weeds. The painting today shows my interpretation of white dried grass hiding ,along the fence row. It has been, "A Painting Day".

Tall Grasses

Creek Crossing - Rancheria Creek

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jackson I & II - Ruth Andre

"Jackson I and II"
Each Painting 16"x16"x2" Oil on Cradled Panel
by Ruth Andre

While in Jackson, Wyoming my husband and I had an opportunity to tour a beautiful contemporary home. We both loved the design of both the exterior and interior of the house. Approaching this lovely home was softened by lush fescue grasses and natural metal fencing. The house was a relaxed mixture of textures and color. A handwoven textile and colorful paintings adorned the walls. The furniture colors and cabinetry were subdued but represented the surrounding landscape giving a feeling of sun and shadow. The home tour was a true highlight of our trip that we totally enjoyed. The two paintings above have been in progress for a few days and as they submerged from their painted form the colors of a day in Jackson came forward. It has been, "A Painting Day".