Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bird Painting oil "The Breakfast Blend"

"The Breakfast Blend"

I just finished this little oil painting from my bird series of paintings.  I call it "The Breakfast Blend."  It is painted on gallery wrapped canvas size 7x7x2".   There is a little bit of glare on this photo because it is still wet.  This has been a fun series to paint and this one is now available.  If you would like more info on this painting you can email me at:  br1fineart@cox.net

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Arizona Highways sky "A beautiful drive home"

Arizona Highways
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These pictures I took while driving home today from a little trip up in the mountains.   As the elevation dropped and the pine trees quickly disappeared from view, the drive home was still really beautiful.   There was such a pretty sky this afternoon and I got a few nice pictures of the desert.   The "Arizona highways" sure are beautiful especially during monsoon season.

I went up north to do some photographing of birds for my paintings, but came back with lot of beautiful landscape and floral reference.   I look forward to starting some new paintings.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Quail and Hummingbirds to paint - My backyard photos

"Daddy Quail"

This photograph of a daddy "Quail" was taken in my backyard the other day.  He loves to sit up high on one of my patio chairs to watch over mama "quail"  and their (at the time) five little babies.  He does not like me to take pictures so I have to be quick and quiet.   I was getting attached to the "quail" from a distance and enjoy watching them from my window.  One morning following the day I took this photo, there were only 4 babies left.  Now there is only one left.  I just can't imagine what happened to them.  They used to try and sneak out to the front yard where I have lots of grass.  It is much to dangerous out there for them, and they must have gotton lost...or worse.  Our heat here is about 115 plus degrees.  HOT, HOT, HOT.    

 "Ma & Pa Quail"

Here they are together when there were still five baby "quail."  I got lots of great reference material for my next "quail" painting, but wish the other babies had made it.  Since I have started feeding all of these birds it is amazing how many different species of birds  I have right here in my own backyard.

 "Anna's Hummingbird" (I think)

This "Anna's Hummingbird" likes to sit out on my patio tree to stay near the "hummingbird" feeder.  They are so territorial, and really fight for the feeders.  This "Anna's hummingbird" likes to stand guard and chase away a "black chinned hummingbird."

 "All Fluffed Up - black chinned hummingbird"

The "black chinned hummingbird" also sits nearby.  Here she is "all fluffed up" and ready to fly.  It was also 115 degrees outside, so maybe they do that to cool off?  I have lots of great new shots to use as reference for my next series of "hummingbird" paintings.

"Time to Go"

See you next time.

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Oil Painting Lilies


"Lilies" are the emblem of summer and abundance.  It means "forever in love" to the Chinese, and the white lily suggests  "purity" in the Christian world.  Lilies come in a variety of colors and each has it's own meaning.  "The Lily of the Nile' (African lily) means secret love, discreet rendezvous and love letters.  The yellow lily expresses fun and graditute.     

My oil painting of "lilies" is painted on gallery wrapped canvas.  It is 20"x 20" and I also offer it in giclee prints.   If you would like more information about this painting you can contact me at:  br1fineart@cox.net

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

MIM "Musical Instrument Museum" A Fun Day

"The World's First Global Musical Instrument Museum"

My daughter Emily playing the harp at MIM
This wonderful new museum happens to be near my home.  It opened last spring and I just happen to visit the other day and absolutely loved it.  It is so amazing in fact that I just had to share it with you. 

"The Musical Instrument Museum"  "MIM"  celebrates music.   If you are a music lover, or musician this museum will inspire you.  It is one of the most beautiful places I have seen and the instruments are incredible.  "MIM" collects and displays musical instruments from every country in the world, and you can see and hear the sounds from each as experienced in their cultures of origin.  It is definitely a place to see if you are in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. 

There is also live performances by internationally renowned artists in the MIM theater.  If you just want to go and see the museum, allow several hours to go through it all.  My daughter, mother and I went over the 4th of July.  We did lose grandma for a while and discovered that she had gone to Europe without us.  We were wandering through Latin America for an hour looking for her, but it was all fun and the music samples were wonderful. 

There is a room at the end of the tour where you can play some of the instruments.  Some are quite unusual.  Here are a few snapshots:

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I can't wait to paint some of the instruments into my "bird series" paintings.
I took a few hundred photographs.
Amazing place!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hummingbird painting - "Sugar Rush"

"Sugar Rush"

This new oil painting called "Sugar Rush" has a mixed media border with gold leaf.  It is painted on a gallery wrapped canvas size 24x6x2.  The little "hummingbird" is a "Rufous" hummingbird.  It will be going out to a show in Dubois, Wyoming for a few weeks with four other paintings, but will be available after that.  If you would like more information about this painting you can contact me at:  br1fineart@cox.net