Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fourth of July Sparrow Painting

A is for:   American Tree Sparrow

Here is another little miniature oil painting in my "sparrow series."  This one measures 5 x 7" and is painted on board.  I love the variations of color in the sparrows, each one is so unique and can be a challenge to capture in oil.  I thought this little painting would be perfect for the 4th of July.

Original & prints are available


About the "American Tree Sparrow" from the Cornell Lab "All About Birds" 

  • Size & Shape

    American Tree Sparrows are small, round-headed birds that often fluff out their feathers, making their plump bodies look even chubbier. Among sparrows, they have fairly small bills and long, thin tails.
  • Color Pattern

    A rusty cap and rusty (not black) eyeline on a gray head, a streaked brown back, and a smooth gray to buff breast in both male and female American Tree Sparrows give an overall impression of reddish-brown and gray. A dark smudge in the center of the unstreaked breast is common.

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sparrow oil painting from my "Little Sparrow Series"

"Little Sparrow"

I just finished this "little sparrow" oil painting on chunky canvas.  ( 6x6" ).  I did several of these at my last art show and sold them as a set of three. ( See Winkin Blinkin & Nod ).   I decided it would be fun to do another new group of "little sparrows" again for my next few art shows.  As I work throughout the summer on new oil paintings, I can take a break from my extremely detailed larger paintings, and paint these fun little ones.  

The "sparrow" above is brand new and is available for purchase.  I am working on a few companion pieces to go with him now.   They sell at my show for around $350. each, but a little less when purchased in a group.  I spend a great deal of time on them but I really enjoy working on each one.  Often I paint late into the night.  I love to photograph sparrows and find them interesting to watch.  They are such friendly little birds with so much personality.

Barbara Rudolph

Friday, June 14, 2013

"Did I Hear You Say Golf?" - Sun Conure Oil Painting with Boston Red Sox Cap & Golf Shoe

"Did I Hear You Say Golf?"

I just finished my commissioned oil painting of my clients bird Coco.  He is a "Sun Conure"  (sun parakeet).  I painted him with several favorite objects, the "Boston Red Sox" hat, his "golf shoe, golf ball and Footjoy glove."

The oil painting is 12 x 16". 

The Sun Parakeet or Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis) is a medium-sized brightly colored parrot native to northeastern South America. The adult male and female are similar in appearance, with predominantly golden-yellow plumage and orange-flushed underparts and face. It is commonly kept in aviculture.

Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Friday Night Painting at the Royal Palms Resort

Painting at the "Royal Palms Resort"

The "Celebration of Fine Art" has a beautiful display of original paintings and sculptures throughout "Cervantes Bistro" and the common areas of this beautiful hotel.  Each Friday a few of the artists will be there to sculpt or paint.  Above, I am continuing to work on my Boston Red Sox + Golf commission painting, with my clients "sun conure" Coco.

Also working there was artist "Becky Joy" and "Heather Judge".  Heather has a beautiful display of large colorful mixed media paintings hanging and Becky has many of her large gorgeous Southwestern oil paintings throughout the rooms of Cervante's.  

See Becky Joy's art here:

See the beautiful works of Heather Judge here:

The "Royal Palms Resort"  

5200 East Camelback Road Phoenix, Arizona 85018
Ph: 602.840.3610 | Fax: 602.840.6927

Barbara Rudolph

Friday, June 7, 2013

What does a Sun Conure, the Boston Red Sox and golf have in common?

"Photograph" of a Sun Conure  (Sun Parakeet)

What do the Boston Red Sox, Golf and a Sun Conure have in common? 

answer:    "A Commission"

My clients have a "bird" (a sun conure) named Coco.   They are also Boston Red Sox fans and love the game of "golf".  During my last show at the "Celebration of Fine Art" I was asked to paint Coco sitting on a few of his owner's favorite things.  I had his "Boston Red Sox" hat, his personally marked "golf ball" (with the Red Sox design), his "golf glove, golf tee" and his "golf shoes."

I took many photographs of the objects together, and then chose the one that I thought would make the best composition for the oil painting.

here is the rough sketch for the painting

Since I didn't have Coco in person, I had to rely on photographs of their bird.  I plan on painting him into my still life composition.  

Coco is a beautiful bird and I hear he has a wonderful personality too.

I first painted in my background color.  The next step was to sketch out the placement of Coco and the objects.  I decided to start blocking in my color with the three main objects:  Coco, the Boston Red Sox hat and his golf shoe.

Here I added some shadows behind Coco and the objects in the still life.  I will continue to build the colors by layering my oil paint in thin layers.  I have to finish the details in the golf ball and golf shoe and continue to work on Coco. I have to let each layer dry before I can paint in the next one.  

Tonight I will be painting at the "Royal Palms Resort" here in town, continuing to work on this oil painting.  
The "Celebration of Fine Art" (artists) have original paintings and sculptures throughout this lovely hotel.  Every Friday night throughout the summer months a few of us will be painting or sculpting at "Cervantes Bistro" in the "Royal Palms Resort".

Check back in soon to see the progress on this painting I call.... "Did I hear you say golf?"    

Here is a snapshot of artist "Becky Joy" painting at Cervantes.  She will also be painting at the "Royal Palms Resort" tonight.  Click the link here if you are interested in visiting or reading more about the Celebration of Fine Art at the "Royal Palms" and our Friday night summer painting events.


Barbara Rudolph