Monday, December 31, 2012

Celebration of Fine Art 2013 Opens on January 12th in Scottsdale

Opens on January 12th
runs through March 25th

Visit 100 Artists' Studios in Less Than a Day

Join us for the 23rd Annual Celebration of Fine Art
Open Daily 10 AM to 6 PM

Located on the SW corner of Hayden Rd and Loop 101, off Exit 35 in the big white tents 
From Point of Rocks, MD to Bend, OR, artists from across the country are packing up their art work and their supplies and making their way to Scottsdale, AZ for the 23rd Annual Celebration of Fine Art.
You will find 100 artists in their working studios January 12 through March 24 every day from 10 am to 6 pm. The dedication of these artists to their craft and to the Celebration of Fine Art is awe inspiring. One visitor to the Celebration had this to say about the experience, “Truly, you chose the word “celebration” wisely and accurately. Here, a person can stand in awe of the amazing power of creativity and evolution. 

Barbara Rudolph

Monday, December 10, 2012

"The Arizona Bach Festival" 2013 Invitation - Barbara Rudolph


This is the 2013 invitation for "The Arizona Bach Festival."   The name of the painting on the cover of the invitation is "Pizzicato."  The little bird is sitting on an Amati violin from 1620, which I had the pleasure of painting last year.

If you are in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, be sure and get your tickets to see this wonderful festival which opens on January 6th.  I am so honored that they chose my painting to grace the cover of the invitation.

If you are interested in the painting "Pizzicato", I offer it in a limited edition giclee on canvas.  You can contact me for more details.  (The original oil is sold)
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Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"Flies For Sale" - Kingfisher oil painting -realism

"Flies For Sale"

This is a new oil painting of a "kingfisher" selling some "flies."  Since "kingfishers" are the real experts at catching fish, I thought it appropriate to have this "bird" sitting on a branch selling the flies.  This is a fun oil painting for the "fly fisherman" in your life.   It measures 12 x 9".  The original oil painting is custom framed and will be available at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale, Arizona which opens on January 12th.  (This painting will also be available is limited edition giclees later this month.)  

Here are some of the "in-progress" photographs of "Flies For Sale"
(you can click on the images if you would like to see them larger)

This is the early stage of the painting, after I had painted in the background

In the image above, I finished painting the "kingfisher" and the branch.

The next step was to find and photograph the actual "flies" or "fishing lures" to be used in my oil painting.  A friend of mine, loaned me a box of beautiful "lures" to used as reference in this painting.  Below is a photo of a few of the "flies" that I decided to add into my painting.

"Flies" for the "fly fisherman"
Some of the "fishing lures"  I used in my oil painting.

Here is a quote from Arizona Highways about Fly-Fishing and also the 12 top fishing spots in the state:

"Fly-Fishing" has been called an art, a science, and a Zen-like activity surrounded in mystique.  It is for men and women who actually get their feet wet.  All that really matters is the experience - the art of trying to trick a fish into striking a virtually weightless imitation of an insect.  Fly-Fishing is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and Arizona is the perfect place to get your feet wet.  Here are 12 of the best fishing holes in Arizona:

1.   Lee's Ferry

2.   Lake Powell
3.   Oak Creek
4.   Black River (East & West Forks)
5.   White River (North Fork)
6.   Lake Pleasant
7.   Bartlett Reservoir  
8.   Roosevelt Lake
9.   Apache Lake
10.  Arivaca Lake
11.  Patagonia Lake
12.  Little Colorado River

I hope you enjoy this painting.  If you have any questions about this painting or pricing, just drop me an email.  It feels good to be back to posting again.  After several family emergencies I have been 100% consumed with family matters.  I have a show opening in one month and sooooo many paintings to complete.  I hope to get many more of the new paintings finished up and posted very please stay tuned.

Barbara Rudolph 

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chickadee Painting - "Waiting For A Song"

"Waiting For A Song"

This is a new mini oil painting of a little "chickadee" sitting on a tree branch. There is something wonderful about "chickadees". They are so cute with round heads and little bodies.  They are curious about everything.  We unfortunately don't have them where I live, so I cannot speak from personal experience, however they were one of my late father's favorite subjects to carve. The "chickadee" has a black cap and bib, with white cheeks and gray black wings and tail.  They also have a whitish underside with buff colored sides.  "Chickadees" have a habit of investigating people and everything around their homes.

This little "bird" was painted over an antique "sheet of music" that I embedded into my canvas.
5"x 5" oil on canvas.  It will be available at the next "Celebration of Fine Art" show in January.

Barbara Rudolph
Celebration of Fine Art

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Royal Palms Resort presents the artists of the Celebration of Fine Art

royal palms resort and celebration of fine art Present:

Palette to Palate:
A celebration of fine art, food and wine!

"Abundance" by artist Jennifer O'Cualain

You are cordially invited to the preview of

Palette to Palate
Friday, November 16th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Featured Artists:

Jennifer Bellinger,  J.R. Eason,  Cary Henrie,  Becky Joy,  Heather Judge,  Rebecca Lee,  Curt Mattson,   Sheri & Ralph Meldrum,  Jennifer O'Cualain,  Bryce Pettit,  Kevin Powers,  Heidi Rosner,  Barbara Rudolph  and  Joe Woodford

With LIVE painting by:
Becky Joy and Jennifer O'Cualain

Come and be one of the first to discover this alluring new art collection on display exclusively at Royal Palms.

5200 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Please RSVP to
or 480-443-7695

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5200 East Camelback Road | Phoenix, Arizona 85018
Phone: 888.654.8652

Barbara Rudolph

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


"For Molly"

I just finished the two oil paintings of the "Children's Books and Toys" commission.  I have been working on them for a long time, all throughout the summer in fact.  It feels good to bring them to completion.  I am happy with them and am excited to deliver them to my clients home.  The one above is for "Molly", their grand daughter.  Some of the items that were asked to be included were and "elephant", a "sock monkey", a "penguin", a "ladybug" and some of their favorite children's books.  I changed a few titles and images around in the books to make them unique for these two paintings. 

The one below is for "Lily".  I had to paint in a little "bird" too since "birds" are my specialty.  Each oil painting is 24 x 18".   I am not sure what I am going to do without these two paintings in my studio any more.  It wont look the same.  They were so much fun to paint.  I think the hard part was gathering all of the various items I would need to set up the still life for reference.  Once I did that and got the first sketch in, the painting part goes smoothly.

I hope you like them.  You can see the progression of these paintings on earlier posts here on my blog.

"For Lily"

Here is a picture of the "Children's Books & Toys Painting" all finished, and sitting side by side, and then a few detail photos to follow:
(you can click on the images to see them a little bit larger)

all ready to go

detail of "Molly's

detail of Lily's

If you have a comment, I would love to hear it.  Click on the "comment link" below to leave one.  If you are interested in a commissioned painting you can contact me for info.
Thanks for looking.

Barbara Rudolph 

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Children's Books and Toys paintings - continued progress

Bear and Bunny are plumb worn out after a long day of posing for my 
"Children's Books and Toys commission"

Here are a few photos of the continued progress of the two paintings:

I still have to paint the penguin and the foreground, still lots of shadows to add too.  


I have continued with painting in book titles and blocking in the colors for the little toys and block letters. 

click on image to see larger

Here they are side by side, not finished yet, but getting closer.

The next time I post, I'll hopefully have them finished up.  There are so many small details yet, like the little Dr. Seuss  logos, more book titles to paint in, shadows, and I think they need a butterfly yet and a "little bird" of course.  

Barbara Rudolph

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Children's Books and Toys - Oil Painting in progress

This is the next phase in the "Children's Books & Toys"
oil painting for "Molly"

As I continue to work on both of these oil paintings, I switch back and forth between them allowing the oil to set up so I can do the next phase of the painting.  Above is the one with the teddy bear, duck and elephant for my clients grand daughter Molly.  Below is the painting for "Lily" sitting on my studio floor, waiting patiently for her turn in the next stage of the painting.

Now I will put "Lily's" back on the easel:  It's Lily's Big Day:

 I worked on a few of the books here and began to fill in some of the background layers of color in the center of the painting.  

Below - - It is Molly's turn to wait patiently for the next stage in her painting.

Tune in again soon to see the progress of these two paintings.

Barbara Rudolph

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Children's Books and Toys commissioned oil painting - ( In Progress)

The space above the bed.....where the commissioned children's
paintings will hang 

Early last summer I received a commission to do two oil paintings for a lovely room that was designed for my clients grandchildren.   

The idea was to create two paintings to hang above the twin beds in the guest room.  Each oil painting had to include some popular children's books and several other things like:  a penguin, a sock monkey, an elephant, and must include the names of each of the granddaughter's.   I went over to their home to take photographs of the room and to measure the space above the beds where the paintings will hang.  I also was asked to match the colors of the room.  So....I started with the fabric in the beautiful curtains, which are absolutely perfect for a child's room, bright and colorful.  

The curtain fabric for matching
the colors in my paintings

I then began my search for all of the books and items that I was going to need to do the paintings.  I borrowed some of the books and objects from a few people I knew, and also visited books stores as well as frequent visits to my local library.  I also purchased an old set of the vintage wood letter blocks on ebay.  I thought those old blocks would be perfect to spell out the names of each grandchild in my still life paintings.

I took about 200 photographs of various ideas for my paintings.  I then had to narrow them down to my favorites and ended up with several photographs from which to paint from.  I also set up the still life as close to the photos I took in my studio.  It helps to work from life (seeing the actual still life helped me with seeing the shadows.  

I ran into a few problems here and there because I had to continually renew my library books so I didn't have to take apart my still life.  (I have been working on these paintings for months), so I eventually just returned the books that needed to be returned and I am finishing the paintings now using my photos for reference.

This was such a fun project, time consuming but really fun.  Below are a few images of the paintings in the beginning stages.  I had already primed my canvas, painted the background color, and after that dried, I lightly sketched in my plan for the paintings:

This one is "Lily"
(Beginning the oil painting)

(This is the beginning stage of Molly's painting)
I hope you will stop back in again soon to see the next phase of my "Children's Books and Toys" commissioned paintings.  Don't worry.....I promise to paint in a "bird" somewhere too, since that is my specialty.

Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Winkin, Blinkin and Nod" Sparrow - oil painting triptych

"Winkin, Blinkin and Nod"

I just finished my 3rd "sparrow" oil painting to go in my triptych.  I like the idea of keeping them together as a  set, and hopefully they will find a good home.  I decided to name them "Winkin, Blinkin and Nod" which I remember was a favorite from an old Andy Griffith show.  "Winkin, Blinkin and Nod,"  was actually a popular children's poem written by an American writer and poet "Eugene Field," and it was first published in 1889.

Here is a close up of "Nod" the 3rd "house sparrow" in my set.
(You can see the first two sparrows in my previous posts on this blog)

 Each canvas measures 6 x 6 x 1.5"  and the "triptych" "Winkin, Blinkin and Nod" will be available at the next "Celebration of Fine Art" show which opens in January.

Here is a side angle view of the set:

Barbara Rudolph
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sparrow oil painting (The second in the triptych)

"Sparrow 2"
The second in the triptych

This little "bird" I photographed outside my window.  I am painting a triptych of "sparrows" and this painting is the second in the set of three.  It measures 7 x 7" on gallery wrapped canvas.  The set will be for sale at my next art show at the "Celebration of Fine Art".  The "sparrow" paintings are complex, and I am trying to capture a true likeness of each bird in oil paint.  I enjoy painting these smaller pieces as I continue to work on my new large paintings.  Some of my large paintings take months to complete.  It always feels good to bring one to completion even when they are this small.  The set of three will make a nice wall hanging together, I am still working on the 3rd one.

Barbara Rudolph

Celebration of Fine Art

Friday, October 12, 2012


This little "sparrow" oil painting is going to be part of a triptych of small "sparrows".  This is the first in a set of three.  I painted it on a chunky gallery wrapped canvas size 6 x 6".  I photographed the little "bird" outside my kitchen window.   They like to come and eat at the feeder right up until dark, then they disappear again until morning.   I painted it on the dark background, which I often do to bring the focus on the little "bird."   I will post the other two once I finish them.  The set will be available at my next "Celebration of Fine Art" show, which opens in January.

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Golf Painting "Birdie" (One Under Par)

(One Under Par)

One of my new oil paintings "Birdie" began with the idea for some "golf paintings."  I had a pair of men's "golf" shoes that belonged to my late father, so I decided it would be fun to paint one of them in a fun still life.  I took a lot of photographs of my idea first.  I also spent a lot of time trying to capture some good photos of a "hummingbird" that frequently sits in my patio tree.  

Setting up the still life here

Watching, waiting and then photographing my bird for the painting

Deciding on the pose to use

detail of golf glove 

Here is a photo of my oil painting when in progress

This new "oil painting"  "Birdie" will be available at the next "Celebration of Fine Art" show which opens in January.  I will also have a limited edition of giclee prints on canvas of this new painting for sale.  The original oil is being framed now, and it measures 9 x 12".  It will make a great gift for the "golfer"/"bird lover" in your life.

Email me if you have any questions, and your comments are always welcome.  Just click on the comment link at the end of this post to leave one.

Barbara Rudolph