Thursday, January 27, 2011

Painting Birds "Jimmy Choo Shoe House"

"Jimmy Choo Shoe House"

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes 
To many to choose
Will it be Gucci, Prada, Luis Vuitton?
For one little bird, it was Jimmy Choo...of course!

Oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas.  7"x7" 
Lot's more to come at the "Celebration of Fine Art."

Barbara Rudolph

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cello & Bird Painting "Lemon Cello"

"Lemon Cello"

Painting at the "Celebration of Fine Art"


This new oil painting of a "cello" has a little bird with a touch of yellow, so I call it "Lemon Cello." It is painted on gallery wrapped canvas size 32" tall by 12" wide.  The little bird is sitting on the bridge.  I just finished it, so it is not even dry yet.  It is for sale now at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale, Arizona.  For more information about this painting please contact me:

Barbara Rudolph

Monday, January 17, 2011

Jazz, Painting Birds "All That Jazz"

"All That Jazz"


In progress 2


In progress




Do you love "Jazz"?  My new oil painting "All That Jazz" features many of the greatest "Jazz" musicians of all time.  Louis Armstrong was a cultural Icon....the founding father of Jazz.  I have compiled a group of books together with one of my birds, to create a fun and interesting still life for the "Jazz" lover in your life.  To list just a few of the books in this painting like Charlie (Yardbird) Parker.  He was one of the most important and influential saxaphonists and jazz players of the 1940's.    Mingus played the double bass, piano, cello, trombone and was also a composer.  Many other "Jazz" books are painted in too like Ethel Waters and Miles Davis. 

This painting took many months to bring to a finish.  It is 18x24 and is framed.  It is available for sale now at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale, Arizona.   If you are in the area, please stop out to see it.  You can also email me for more information about this oil painting.  Your comments are always welcome.
Barbara Rudolph



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mother Bird and Nest "Arriving In Style"

"Arriving In Style"

This new oil painting on canvas started with a pretty piece of fabric.  It was bright and colorful and I liked the design elements it had.  I decided to paint a little nest with the eggs and a mother bird.  The bird was a finch that I photographed in my backyard.  I decided to call it "Arriving In Style."  It is now available at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Today was the first day of the ten week show that brings together 100 artists from all across the country.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Murder Mysteries - Oil Painting "White Butterfly"

"White Butterfly"

(I was going to call it "Booked To Die"...but decided I had better go with the other title.)

This oil painting "White Butterfly" was so much fun to paint.  Do you love a good murder mystery?  If yes, you might enjoy this detailed "oil painting" that includes four very interesting books.  "White Butterfly" by Walter Mosley,  Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon",  "Booked To Die" by John Dunning, and a book by Sheldon Rusch called "For Edgar."  Yes I'll admit... that last book I chose for the cover...it fit right into the story I wanted to tell with my painting.   

It all started with a beautiful carving of a black capped chickadee that my late father had carved.  The base on the carving was broken, and I thought it might be fun to use it in a "still-life" painting.  I placed it upon the "murder mystery" books and tried various lighting changes.  I took a lot of pictures until I got it just right.  Then I set out on the long journey to paint it.   I wanted to capture a little drama in the painting.  I painted in the "white butterfly" just above the "bird" as if....he was... "booked to die."  Of course if you prefer a happy ending..."white butterfly" will do too.  The "key" sitting upon the shelf might just hold the mystery to this piece.  What do you think is about to happen?   

It will be framed and hanging in my studio at the "Celebration of Fine Art" in Scottsdale, Arizona, which opens on January 15th.  For more information about this oil painting, you can contact me at:

Barbara Rudolph

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