Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Birds and Shoes - oil paintings

The Fashion Blues

This little oil painting was part of a three piece commission.  My client brought me her favorite pairs of "shoes" to paint with a "bird" on each of them.  I painted a "bluebird" on the blue sandal first.  The canvas size on each one is 8 x 8".

"Two Step"

The second one was a tweed black and white shoe with bright red trim.  I painted a little warbler onto that "shoe".   The 3rd one was actually painted during my previous year's art show.  It was a fun little animal print shoe that I posted a while back called "Curious Couture."

"Curious Couture"

It's always nice to get commissions finished up and shipped out.  I hope she will enjoy them in her new home.

Barbara Rudolph

Monday, April 29, 2013

Who Let the Dogs Out Video......and the baby quail rescue

Backyard Fun....and the baby quail rescue

Who knew dog sitting for four days would actually be a TON OF WORK.  Don't get me wrong, it was fun too, but Oh Boy.....puppies....big puppies with lots of energy.  Today's post is not about art, that is because the past four days I didn't have time to paint anything because I was dog sitting my daughter and her boy friends bloodhound and pit mix pups.  I spent a lot of time trying to rescue a family of "baby quail".  The dogs discovered them and it was quite an adventure.  

   Poor tiny baby quail......running for her life

After the dogs went home and I began to put my yard, patio and what was left of my potted plants back together, I did a search to see how many of the babies made it through the past few days too.  (There are some.)  Then I sat down, poured a glass of wine and made a fun little 1 minute video of Remi and Benelli playing.

Click the link here to have a look:  (Be sure and click on the 380p to see the photos a little clearer)

Barbara Rudolph

Benelli & Remi

One of the baby quail

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Bird Paintings Video - How to make a video of your own artwork

Have you ever heard of "Animoto?"  It is a fun way to share your photographs.  I had fun making a little video of some of my favorite "bird paintings."  It is a great way to show a collection of artwork too, so I am sharing the link to "Animoto" and this is what I came up with of my own "oil paintings."

Click on "The Bird Paintings"link here to watch and enjoy: (Be sure and click on the higher resolution option and full screen too so you can see the paintings clearer)
The Bird Paintings

Barbara Rudolph

click here to find out how to make your own video with "Animoto"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gambel's Quail Family, oil painting - "The Quails"

"The Quails"

This is a new oil painting of a family of "Gambel Quail".  It was a commission from my last art show.  We have lots of these "birds" in the desert southwest.  I often get the "quail" in my backyard and they are fun to watch.   The male "Gambel quail" will always be close by standing guard over the family.

The "Gambel's quail are found almost exclusively in the southwestern United States, mainly in Arizona.  Their range extends into Mexico and east to parts of Texas, west to California and a small part of southern Utah, Nevada and Colorado.

This oil painting is 12 x 9" 

Here is a little information about the "Gambel's quail"  from the desert museum:

Gambel's quail (Callipepla gambelii) have a chunky round body with a feather plume on their head. Males have a dark and thick plume, a black face, neck and also a black patch on the breast. Females have more dull and thin feather plumes and lack the black markings. Mature males have much more striking plumage than females.

Gambel's quail have the ability to select green foods in sufficient quantity to provide nutrition, but also to obtain the moisture they need. The ability to adapt its food choices to seasonal changes allow it to survive in the arid desert environment.
Gambel's Quail live in warm deserts with brushy and thorny vegetation. These birds also survive well in cultivated communities and prefer mesquite lined river valleys and drainage's near these lands. Desert mountain foothills, mesquite springs, plains with diverse vegetation and any area of the desert receiving slightly more rainfall than surrounding parts, are all home to good populations of Gambel's quail.

Barbara Rudolph
my website

Monday, April 8, 2013

Parrot Tulips with Scarlet Tanagers - oil painting "The Tulip Party"

"Tulip Party"

This oil painting features two "scarlet tanagers" sitting on some "parrot tulips." I painted it for my recent art show and am finally getting around to taking a pretty good  photograph of it.  It is 60x24" on gallery wrapped canvas.  I love to paint "birds" and the "scarlet tanagers" are a nice contrast to the bright yellow color of the "tulips."

Here is a detail photo as well as some of the in progress shots:

detail 1

In progress in the studio

This painting is available for purchase.  Contact me with any questions.

Barbara Rudolph
my website

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hummingbird on Violin oil painting "The Recital"

"The Recital"

This little oil painting has a little "hummingbird" sitting on a "violin."  I took the photograph of the "hummingbird" outside my window not long ago.  I wanted to paint a very small painting of just the center of a violin, and this little bird was just the right fit.  I painted it during my last art show and it happened to sell on my last day of the show.  It was a fun painting.  I used a "canvas panel" instead of canvas. I decided that I like to paint on canvas instead.  The primed panels (boards) absorb all of the oil paint so fast that it takes quite a bit more layers of paint to achieve the look I want.  One good thing about the canvas panels is that you can achieve very fine detail.

Barbara Rudolph

I got this shot of a "hummingbird" this morning outside my kitchen window