Tuesday, August 30, 2011

INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF REALSIM show at Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe

This is one of the pages in the October issue of  "American Art Collector"
magazine that will be out soon. 

The "Sage Creek Gallery" in Santa Fe is hosting the 6th Annual "IGOR" show on September 30th.  I am so pleased to be a part of this wonderful event.  My "All That Jazz" oil painting was the piece that was selected by the jury.  The "International Guild of Realism" currently represents around 260 artists hailing from 33 countries around the world.  The Guild seeks high quality artwork, ranging from the ultra-contemporary to timeless traditional realism.   There will be 70 artists works on display for this wonderful show.  John O'Hern, retired curator of the Elmira Museum of Art in Elmira, NY will be an honored guest judge.  He was the curator for one of the best realism museum exhibitions during the years called "Realism Today," with several of the most famous living realists of the world exhibiting in it year after year.

Here is a little IGOR Promotional Preview Video for the upcoming show:

Barbara Rudolph

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Amati Violin Painting "Pizzicato" (All Finished)


The "Amati violin" is finished now.  This little tiny bird a "Verdin" frequents my backyard.  He likes to sip from my hummingbird feeder or feeds from the bottle brush tree nearby when it is in bloom.  This "bird" is so small and sweet.  The "Verdin", I named "Vernin" is almost as fast as a hummingbird.  It used to be quite shy, but now lets me get rather close through the kitchen window to photograph.  I decided he would be the perfect "bird" to sit upon the strings of my "Amati violin" oil painting." 

I am calling it "Pizzicato"  (A note or passage played by plucking the strings instead of bowing)

This oil painting measures 16x12" and I will have it professionally framed for my show later this winter at the "Celebration of Fine Art"  in Scottsdale, Arizona.  If you have any questions about this painting or would like me to paint "your own instrument" please contact me.  You can also scroll down a few posts to read about this amazing instrument and the "Wyatt Violin Shop" as well as the beautiful and talented girl that played it.

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Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Painting the Amati Violin - Next Step

Continuing on with the next phase of the "Amati Violin" oil painting.   It is coming along nicely here....but hmmmm....what little "bird" should I use?   Since that is now my signature ( to put a bird into each of my paintings) I have to select just the perfect little "bird" for my painting that I will call "Pizzicato."

Tune in tomorrow to see the finished  piece.

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Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Painting the Amati Violin - Blocking in the color

This is the next stage of my "oil painting" where I am blocking in the color of the "Amati Violin."  I want to try and keep the highlighted areas of the old wood soft and light.  I have to allow the oil painting under layers to dry completely before I can apply the next layer.  I will always have about five or more  paintings going at a time so that no time is wasted while waiting for these areas to dry.  I can just switch back and forth between the different paintings.

Read more about this "Amati Violin" on the previous post. 
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Barbara Rudolph

Friday, August 26, 2011

Painting the Amati Violin - A Musical and Visual Journey Combined

"The Amati Violin"
Chalked in drawing and just beginning the painting

In an era when the finest "violins" are fetching millions of dollars, you might wonder if such objects  ever reach the hands of violinists who are not millionaires. 
The 1620 Amati Violin owned by Bruce Babbitt
 I was so pleased to have experienced the pleasure of hearing my relative "Kristen Tourville's" Master's "violin" recital at Northern Arizona University last April.    Their friend and music patron Bruce Babbitt, generously loaned this beautiful instrument for her to play for her Master's recital.  Her own "violin" had been damaged and was not repaired in time for her recital.  This loan was made possible by the efforts of the "Wyatt Violin Shop" in Kansas City, Missouri.  (see link below)

I was able to snap a few quick photographs of the "Amati Violin" after the performance for painting reference.  It seemed the perfect inspiration I needed for my "musical themed paintings"  I am working on for my next "Celebration of Fine Art" show.  I could hardly wait to return home to my studio to begin a series of paintings.  The top image is just the beginning stage of the piece.  I had already painted my background of my canvas in oil and allowed it to dry.  My next step was to lay out the sketch for the beginning stages of the paintings.  I will post more of the "in-progress" images over the next few days.

About this very special violin:

This "violin" was made in 1620 and bears the original "Antonio and Hieronymus Amati" label.  It has four certificates including one by Daniel Draley putting it as the work, almost entirely, as that of Nicolo Amati.  It is an important instrument of historical significance.  Andreas Amati was the earliest maker of violins whose instruments still survive today.  He is credited for giving the modern violin family instruments their definitive profile.  His two sons Antonio and Girolamo (aka Hieronymus) "The Brothers Amati", as they were known, implemented far-reaching innovations in design.  Nicolo Amati entered the shop around 1620 at the age of only 14.  He was most likely doing the bulk of the work by the 1620's but the label on the violins from that period still reads "The Brothers Amati."  Famine and plague swept through Cremona in the 1630's.  In this city of violin makers, Nicolo was the only violin maker who survived.  This historic twist is that not only was he the only one to survive, but he is considered to be the best craftsman of all the violin makers in this family.  This shop flourished for its violin production but it also produced some of the most promising violin apprentices of all time, including Andrea Guarneri, Francesco Ruggieri, and a young Antonio Stradivari.

The backside of the Amati

After the performance.
The Beautiful Kristen Tourville (on the right) and her lovely sister Emily. 
 My cousin Katie (their proud mother is hiding behind)  

A little bit about Kristen Tourville
She received her Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University in 2005 as a student of Dr. Carolyn Huebl.  While pursuing her classical studies as well as traditional fiddling techniques, she was a member of both the Vanderbilt symphony and various quartets as well as the founder of Vanderbillies, a bluegrass fiddling trio.  She performed for various functions on the Nashville music scene including playing on the Grand Ole Opry with Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel.   Kristen's dream is to impart some of the beautiful teaching moments upon the next generation of musicians.

Please check back in soon to see this painting of the "Amati Violin" in progress

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Barbara Rudolph

Monday, August 22, 2011

Saturday Afternoon - Paint Chip Project

Needing a break from my many paintings in progress and an extremely busy schedule lately, I had a sudden impulse on Saturday to make something new.  I recently read a "DIY" (Do It Yourself) decorating blog where they had made something out of all of those extra "paint sample chips" that had been accumulating over the years.  I have an old rod iron table that I left out in the sun and rain for a long time next to my BBQ.  It had a good frame on it, but was black and getting ugly and worn.  The wood on the two shelves were getting cracked and even a bit warped, but I decided it be the victim for my Saturday afternoon makeover project.  (Which actually ran into Sunday and Monday morning a little too.)  

I am sorry to say that I got so into the project that I completely forgot to take photos of it before, but trust me...it was "ugly."
This is one of the old wood shelves as I started the project.  I began by cleaning it off and then painting both sides of each shelf blue.  I just used acrylic paint because that is what I had on hand.  I also collected up all of my paint chips that I had that were in the light blue, green, violets and soft yellows.   I measured my "paint chips" into 2" x 3" pieces and cropped each one with an Xacto knife.

Then I went outside and spray painted the rod iron frame of my table with gloss enamel from Home Depot.
The frame of the table - finished
Shelf painted in blue to match iron frame

Then I laid out all of my supplies and decided where each square of color would be placed on the top shelf of my table.  I spray glued each square "paint chip" one by one and positioned it on my table top.  I left just a small space between each "paint chip" to give it a little bit of a mosaic look.
Supplies I used
"Really Easy"

The gel medium applied here, but will dry clear 

Once dry, I coated the top with 2 coats of Liquitex acrylic matte medium, then two coats of Golden Extra Heavy Gel Gloss.  These are the supplies I had on hand, so I used them.  The idea I saw on the "Addicted to Decorating" blog post used something called Modge Podge, which I didn't have.  So I just used what I already had in my art studio, but be sure and let each layer dry completely in between layers.

I then stained the top 
I hand rubbed in a wash of "raw umber" acrylic over the top of my table to create a little distressed and antique look.  Once dry, I varnished it with a satin varnish.  Then I placed my shelves into the table frame and now it is "Finished!"

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My inspiration for this project came from:

And her post idea came from "Hope Studios"

Barbara Rudolph

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Baltimore Oriole - Oil Painting

Oil Painting
This oil painting of a "Baltimore Oriole" was a commission.  I started out with the photograph of the "bird" that was taken by my clients father which was sent to me by email.  I printed it off and began the painting a while back and had fun painting it.  I love the bright orange colors in this "bird" and I wish we had them in Arizona.  It measures 8x11x1.50".  I continued painting the branches around the edge of the canvas which I think gives it a more interesting look when hanging.  

I have been away from blogging for a while, but not from painting.  It seems this has been the most busy summer I have ever had work wise.  As fall approaches, I will have some upcoming shows and I have been busy in my studio working towards completing as many new paintings as possible.  Now....if I can just get them to dry in time. 

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Painted around the edge of the canvas

The beginning of the painting

Barbara Rudolph - Arizona