Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boston Red Sox win the World Series - paintings

The "Boston Red Sox" beat the "St. Louis Cardinals" in Wednesday nights game 6 of the "World Series."

Since I love to paint "baseball" themed paintings, I am re posting a few favorite paintings that relate to the "Boston Red Sox" and the "St. Louis Cardinals"

"Did I Hear You Say Golf?  
With the Boston Red Sox hat and marked golf ball.

Available in giclee print on canvas

"The Best Game In The World"

Available in giclee print on canvas  12 x 16"

"Spring Training"

(This one is a personal favorite of mine)  It is available in giclee prints on canvas 11 x 14"
The Chickadee is also the state bird of Massachusetts

"The Boston Tea Party"

This is a brand new painting with the State
Bird of Massachusetts

Available in giclee prints 7 x 7"


Any of these would make a great gift too.
I hope your favorite team won!

Contact me for pricing and availability.

my website

More new baseball paintings are in the works now....stay tuned to see them or visit my website.
Barbara Rudolph

This image came from USA Today Sports - Greg M . Cooper

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Bluebird" - Oil Painting & "How to mix those beautiful blues for your painting"


This new little oil painting of a "Bluebird" is one I just finished up for my upcoming show.  It measures 5 7" and was painted on an "Ampersand Panel" - with a smooth finish.  I find that I prefer those panels now instead of stretched canvas because I can get twice the detail in half the amount of drying time.

Here are some of my secrets to achieve a nice "blue" color for your bluebird

My first secret is that I always start by priming my canvas or panel with black gesso.  By doing this simple step first, you can achieve much better depth and color brilliance.  If you put it to the test by painting on a pure white canvas, and then paint the same thing on a black canvas, you will find that painting over the dark one allows you skip many subsequent layers of color.  It takes a lot more painting layers and drying time to achieve a brilliant color over a white canvas as it does over the black one. 

Hint:  Take a day and prime a whole bunch of them at once with the black gesso, then when you are ready to paint, you will have them all ready to go.  I prefer "Liquitex Gesso."  I have tried other brands and they do not have the coverage Liquitex provides and also just don't go on as nice.  (in my opinion)

For mixing those beautiful "bluebird" blues: 
Try using ultramarine blue and phthalo blue.  Add white to the highlighted areas of your "bluebird."  
It's best to glaze on your colors (thin layers), that way they dry quicker and you can apply more coats and build up to the beautiful blue color in your bird.  I don't always like to follow rules in my paintings, so if I have a little "cerulean blue" on my palette, I may ad a tiny bit to lighten my blue mixture.  

A blue color can be made paler by adding a small amount of white without losing the quality of the blue color.  For the dark areas it's best to mix a little cadmium red to your blue instead of using "black."  I often will cheat and use a touch of black around the eye area.   

(Giclee prints of this painting are available)

Why is a bluebird blue?
(Taken from Young Naturalists publication)

The male bluebird has more success in attracting a mate, finding a place to nest, and producing a family of healthy young bluebirds.

Cool Color Facts 
-Bluebirds aren't really blue. They are gray. A bluebird’s feathers refract, or bend, light, 
so they look blue to us. When light enters a bluebird’s feather, it bounces off tiny air 
pockets and cells in such a way that only the blue wavelengths return to our eyes.
-Because a bluebird’s color depends on bouncing light, it can look different from a 
distance. From far away, a bluebird might look more like a plain grayish-brownish bird. 
But as you get closer, you’ll see that it looks brilliant blue.

Barbara Rudolph

Credit - I would like to give credit to the man who took the beautiful photograph of this lovely "bluebird" at the Grand Canyon.  His name is Ken Morgan, and he was kind enough  to allow me to paint it.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Mini "Sparrow" oil painting - for Sonoran Arts League

"Little Sparrow"

The annual "Hidden In The Hills" - Studio tours will be coming soon.  It takes place during the weekends before and after Thanksgiving.  You have an opportunity to meet more than 160 "Sonoran Arts League" artists, demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their work at studios throughout the north valley.

One of the requirements of being a member of the "Sonoran Arts League" is to volunteer.  There is also an opportunity to paint some miniature paintings (2 x 2")  in trade for volunteering hours.  I decided to do half and half, so this little miniature "sparrow" oil painting is the first of four miniatures that I will be donating.

I will also be participating in the studio tour at "Studio #23" just east of Scottsdale Rd off Jomax Rd.
The 17th Annual Studio Tour and Sale catalogs are now out and include maps of all of the artists studios.  You can email me if you need more information, or visit the "Sonoran Arts League" website.  
Sonoran Arts League

Barbara Rudolph

Friday, October 18, 2013

International Guild of Realism (IGOR) show going on now

IGOR Show in Full Swing 

The Waiting Game 
by Ed Copley 
Oil on Linen 24 x 18 inches

This is the International Guild of Realism's annual art show, which is a combination museum exhibition and selling event. This time it is held at the Tempe Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ. Of the 350 entries submitted by IGOR members, 104 paintings from 91 award winning artists from around the world were selected. The show is scheduled for October 4th - November 30th and includes works by ARC Living Master™ Vala Ola and Duffy Sheridan, and ARC Associate Living Master's Donald Clapper, James Van Fossan, Ed Copley, and Jon Boe Paulsen.

IGOR is an ARC Allied Organization.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

State Bird of Idaho - "Mountain Bluebird" - painting

"Mountain Bluebird"

The state bird of "Idaho"  -  "The Mountain Bluebird" is another painting from my "state bird series".  The "mountain bluebird" is painted in oil over a vintage state map of "Idaho".  It includes a beautiful postage stamp of the "Idaho" state bird."  

This original painting is available for sale and I also offer this in a giclee edition on paper, ready to frame. The giclees came out beautiful and are also for sale.  I will continue to post more of them as I get them photographed.

The price for the paper edition is only $95.00 and it includes a 1" white border around the image. 
Original oil painting - $550.00

Here is a detail of my State Bird of Idaho:

Barbara Rudolph

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pictures from the 8th Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition

 Last weekend was the opening for the 8th Annual "International Guild of Realism" show.  It was a three day event for the artists who traveled here for the festivities.  There are artists from 35 countries that are members of the Guild, and 30 of the artists were able to attend this wonderful event even from as far away as Norway. artist - Jon Boe Paulsen  

My daughter Emily in the center (with the red hair) came as my guest, and myself  (next to her in the black dress).  It was a spectacular night at the VIP opening party.  The show is hanging through November 30th, at the:  "Tempe Center for the Arts."

 Some of the award winners above
(link to all the artists and winners below)

One of my favorite artists has two gorgeous paintings in this exhibition
James Van Fossan

The lovely talented Painter and Poet "Mary Jane Q Cross"
I enoyed meeting her so much!
Her beautiful painting called "Gently Letting Go" is quite large and spectacular
in person.  She paints with her fingers, no brushes - AMAZING!

Artist Josh Tiessen looking at some of the paintings in the show
He is the youngest member of the Realism Guild 
and is an amazing artist

 We had a performance by one of the X-Factor finalists and 
also guitar played by James Van Fossan

At the public opening - last day of events
Show will hang through Nov. 30th
My daughter and I at the VIP opening.  Standing on the
lake in front of the gallery 

There are so many amazing artists in this exhibition, and I was just thrilled to be a part of it.   Here are just a few of the artists websites listed below...but for a complete list go to:  to see all of them.  Also there is a wonderful article in this months "American Art Collector" magazine about the "International Guild of Realism show."  You can pick up a copy of the magazine in your local bookstore or online.

Here are just a few of the artists in the show:

Ed Copley   -
Jerry Berg -
Donald Clapper  -
Karen Yee  -
Camille Engel  -
Marsha Chandler  -
Vala Ola  -
Lee Alban  -
Linda Besse  -
Karen Budan  -
Paula  Henchell  -

See everyone in the show here:
International Guild of Realism


Barbara Rudolph
my website

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mockingbird - State Bird of Texas - Painting

New Painting   
"Mockingbird" -  The State Bird of Texas 

I finished another painting in my "State Bird" series.  This one features the "Mockingbird" which is the state bird of  "Texas."  This series is painted on gallery wrapped canvas 12 x 5".  The background includes an old vintage map of the state of "Texas."  There are some miscellaneous collage elements in the background of the painting included with the old map.  The "Mockingbird" is painted in oil over the background.  I also include the actual "Texas" postage stamp in the painting.  

This original painting is available for sale and I also offer this in a giclee edition on paper, ready to frame. The giclees came out beautiful and I think my "Texas" state bird is one of my favorites so far.  I will continue to post more of them as I get them photographed.

The price for the paper edition is only $95.00 and it includes a 1" white border around the image. 
Original oil painting - $550.00

Here is a detail of my State Bird of Texas:

Please email me if you would like to order one.  (Makes a great gift)

Barbara Rudolph