Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Richeson 75 (2014) - "Animals, Birds & Wildlife" competition catalogs are out

I just received my catalog today from the "Richeson 75"- "Animals, Birds & Wildlife" competition.  I was excited to have 5 pieces selected for the 2014 catalog.  Above, my painting titled "The Playoffs" made it into the top 75.

The "Richeson" School of Art & Gallery is dedicated to furthering the awareness and appreciation of original art and the artists that make it.  

This is the cover of this years catalog by an artist named "Denise Hawkins."

These four paintings of mine are "Meritorious" entries:

Visit:    www.richeson75.com

Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Oil painting of a bluebird with study guides - "Bluebird Watching"

"Bluebird Watching"

Oil on panel      14 x 11"

I finished up a new oil painting for my next art show.  It is called "Bluebird Watching."  I placed a pair of binoculars on top of some old field guilds including one by Stokes, and a book on "bluebirds" that belonged to my late father.  The "bluebird" is standing on some beaver bark sticks looking down, as if he is the one doing all of the watching.

I started this painting a while back on a larger canvas size.  It was bothering me that everything was bigger than life, so I scratched the first painting and began the 14 x 11" size.  It just seemed more natural to me to paint it true to size.

Below is an image of the finished painting all framed up.  It will be for sale at the next "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The show opens on January 17th and runs for 10 weeks.  This show brings together 100 of the finest artists from across the country.   Painters, jewelers, sculptors, wood turners, ceramic artists will all be together under one roof working together.


This oil painting will also be available in a limited edition of giclee prints on canvas. 

Barbara Rudolph
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Celebration of Fine Art show

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Aanbidding der koningen, Federico Barocci, 1545 - 1612


Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum, Netherlands - "Make your own Masterpiece"


Barbara Rudolph

Monday, December 22, 2014

PAINTING A WOLF IN OIL - "Wolf with Magpie Feather" - "Bye Bye Birdie"

In progress

A few months ago I started an "oil painting of a wolf."  Attached are some of the in-progress painting images.  I am skipping the earliest sketches of this painting because I unfortunately took those photos with my cell phone and cannot seem to download them to my computer.  So ... after several failed attempts to retrieve those first images, I am beginning with some photos of the early stage of the painting and after most of the initial color has already been blocked in.

In progress 2

I had to do many layers of color in order to achieve the softness of the fur.  The eye was tricky as well as the proper placement of the ear.  I had to redo those areas several times to get it right.  I had some initial constructive criticism to help me see my problem areas from friend and "master animal & bird sculptor Ken Newman."  He knows animals inside and out, and was very helpful.  ( I am not sure he will approve or not of the finished painting as far as proportions go, but I am happy with the finished result.     Scroll down to see ......

 Still early on in the painting here

Continuing to add layers in the fur

Working more on the eye, nose and shadows

click to enlarge

"Bye Bye Birdie"

Painting in the "feather" helped to keep my "birds in art" theme going as I try to branch out into some new "wildlife" paintings.

This oil painting will be custom framed and available at the opening of the "Celebration of Fine Art" in Scottsdale.  The opening is on January 17th and brings together 100 fine artists from across the country.  We all set up studios there and work and sell our art over the 10 week duration of the event.

(A special thanks to the photographer of this wolf image - "Joe Casselli" who gave me permission to paint it.)

Barbara Rudolph

Monday, December 1, 2014

"Scout" - A Little Rescue Dog - oil painting


The past two weekends have been spent doing an art show in north Scottsdale.  All went well and now I am back to painting again which feels great!  This year for the 12 days of Christmas I will be starting a new oil painting every day for my next big art show which opens on January 17th.  

Above is a little oil painting of one of the artist's dog named "Scout."  He was a rescue dog and was so cute I couldn't resist doing a painting of him....(even though my specialty is painting "birds."

This painting measures 6x6" and was painted in oil on a wood panel.

Barbara Rudolph


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hidden In The Hills Annual show starts this weekend.....Barbara Rudolph, Jossy Lownes, Becky Joy, Sheri & Ralph Meldrum

Visit me at Studio #24   -   Both weekends before and after Thanksgiving

Get ready for the Holidays and pick up some gift items.  In addition to my fine art oil paintings, I will have small originals, giclee prints and new sets of greetings cards.   Many of the cards are unique and handmade,  perfect for holiday gift giving.

Studio #24 will have art by Barbara Rudolph, Becky Joy, Jossy Lownes and 
Sheri & Ralph Meldrum

The 18th Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour and Sale starts this weekend.  180 Sonoran Arts League artists will be demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their work throughout the 47 participating studios.  The tour will take you through the neighborhoods of the Arizona Desert Foothills in Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale to see paintings, jewelry, sculpture and pottery.

( Jossy Lownes is the host studio I will be exhibiting with) 

26640 N. 78th St  -  Scottsdale, AZ  
(Just East of Scottsdale Rd off of Jomax Rd)

To see more studio locations and the directory map - you can also visit the Sonoran Arts League website at:  Sonoran Arts League shows and information


Painting by Jossy Lownes
Painting by Becky Joy

Copper Weaving by Sheri & Ralph Meldrum

We hope you can stop by for a visit

Barbara Rudolph

Friday, November 14, 2014

Arizona Cardinals football painting - "GO CARDINALS"


The "Arizona Cardinals" are having a winning streak now with 8 wins.  Since I live in Arizona, I couldn't resist painting one of my "sports" themed oil paintings with a "cardinal."  The "Arizona Cardinals" will be playing another game on Sunday Nov. 16th against the Detroit Lions.  

With the "Super Bowl" being played in "Arizona" this year, it would be exciting to have the "Arizona Cardinals" play in their home state.  This oil painting will be framed and available at the "Celebration of Fine Art" in Scottsdale, Arizona.  So if you are in town for the big game, or just to see the wonderful art in Scottsdale....you can stop by the "Celebration of Fine Art" to see or purchase this oil painting called "Go Cardinals."  

For more information about the "Celebration of Fine Art" see the link at the end of this post.  The show opens on January 17th and is open every day through the end of March.

Super Bowl Sunday is the day on which the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) is played. NFL is the highest level of professional American football in United States. The game was created as a result of agreement between NFL and American Football League (AFL). The two were merged in 1970. Super Bowl Sunday is considered national holiday by most fans. It is the second-largest day for food consumption in the U.S. after Thanksgiving Day. The Super Bowl is also one of the most watched American broadcasts attracting more than a hundred million viewers.

Here is a photo of my oil painting in progress:

This painting is framed in a custom wood Italian made frame and is available for purchase.  I will also be offering it in a "limited edition" of prints.  Please contact me for pricing and availability.

Barbara Rudolph

"Go Cardinals"

Friday, November 7, 2014

Hummingbird Fun

Here is a small oil painting of a "hummingbird" I just finished.   It is on a small canvas size 9x3".  I kept this "hummingbird" painting simple with a plain background.  I was outside in the early morning photographing a couple of "hummingbirds" in my patio trees.  They are so fun to watch.

I think this picture is a baby "Anna's hummingbird."  He didn't seem to mind me taking his picture but was very curious about me.  He was so much smaller than the other hummingbird nearby, so I wonder if it's the baby?  Usually they chase each other away from the feeder, but these little ones were quite friendly.

Barbara Rudolph

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sparrow on Titleist Golf Hat - oil painting

"The Chipping Sparrow"

Here is a snapshot of a brand new oil painting called "The Chipping Sparrow."  It will be for sale at one of my upcoming Scottsdale winter art shows.  I will be posting a professional photograph of it on my website as soon as I have it ready.  It will be custom framed.  The canvas size is 10x10".

This painting features a little "chipping sparrow" sitting on top of a "Titleist" golf hat with a golf ball and "ping" golf tee.

You can see more paintings like this on my website under "the sports page" portfolio of work.
my website 

If you are in the Scottsdale area around Thanksgiving weekend, you can visit me at the "Hidden In The Hills" 18th Annual Artist Studio Tour & Sale.  Nov.21-23 & Nov.28-30, 2014.  I will be in studio #24.    For a map of all of the open studio locations, you can go to:



Another wonderful show not to miss in Scottsdale is called the "Celebration of Fine Art."  It opens on January 17th,  2014 and runs through March 29th.



Barbara Rudolph

"A Birdie"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Notecard sets available by Barbara Rudolph Fine Art


I have several designs now available in notecard sets.  I will be adding new designs too in the following months.  They will make great gifts for the the holidays too.  Three of the packaged designs come 12 to a pack with envelopes.  Those are $21.00 each.  These sets include:

"The Sunflower Sparrow"
"The Bluebird Blend"
(card size is 5.5 x 4.25)

"The Bluebird Blend" also comes now in a giclee print mounted on board
7x5" giclee on board  -  $80.00


I also have two new sets available with "High Tea" and also "Spring Training."  This set comes with only 6 cards and envelopes to a package and they are a little larger than the notecard sets above.
(card size is 6 x 4.25")   $18.00 per set of 6

Stock up on some for holiday gifts.....FREE SHIPPING IN THE US (if ordered by Thanksgiving)

Barbara Rudolph

Friday, October 10, 2014

Farmers Market inspired painting in progress - Bunny with Pink Beauty Radish

Lately,  I have been going to the local "farmers market" to purchase my favorite heirloom tomatoes and various organic fruits and vegetables.  Now that the weather is finally cooling off here in Arizona and we are heading into fall, there are lots of wonderful veggies in season.  Sometimes the fruits and veggies are so beautiful that I can hardly wait to get home to photograph them (for future painting reference) before they get eaten.

Last week I picked up some huge "pink radishes" that are called "Pink Beauties."  The pink "radish" is what inspired a new painting....

Above is a photograph of the "Pink Beauty Radish" that I purchased at the "farmers market" and is also the inspiration for this new painting....

"Pink Beauties"
Annual Rose-pink color, round, smooth, small taproot, unique flavor, crisp white flesh, grows large but stays mild and not pithy, adds a delightful and unique color to relish trays.

Veggies from the local farmers market

This kind of radish is called the "French Breakfast Radish"

This is the beginning of the new "radish" painting.   I took my favorite photograph from a series I shot of the "pink beauties" to work from.  I had already prepared my canvas with a background color and allowed the oil paint to dry completely.  I then chalked in my idea for the "radish" painting.

No "radish" painting would be complete without a "bunny rabbit", so I decided to have the "pink beauties" laying on top of an old wooden box with the bunny looking at them.

(Now.....I know what you are thinking...."Where is the bird going to be?")  I have decided that this painting will not have a "bird."  I still specialize in "birds in art" however I have had a desire lately to paint more wildlife.  There are a lot of challenges in learning to paint fur and to capture a likeness of the animal.  I find it is a new direction I am heading into.

1st step   -  painting in the "pink beauties"

The next step in the painting is to begin to fill in the first layer of color.  The "radish" will take several layers of color to get the "pink" color right.  The leaves will also take several layers of color.  I allow each layer of oil paint to dry first before I glaze on the next layer of color.

Here I have added more color to the "radish" and also beginning to paint in the old wooden box and bunny.

This is the stage I am at now with this painting.  I still have a long way to go but the main colors have been blocked in.

Tune in again later to see the progress of this new painting.

Barbara Rudolph

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bluebird on Corinthian capital from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - oil painting

"At The MET"

I recently finished up this "oil painting" that was inspired by my visit to the "Metropolitan Museum of Art" in New York.   One of my favorite galleries in the museum was the gallery of European Sculptures.  Some of the highlights I enjoyed were the Italian Renaissance and French 18th century sculptures.  The Greek and Roman galleries are full of classical art with objects from small engraved gemstones to over-lifesize statues.

I took a lot of photographs for painting reference ....  and this "Roman" pilaster capital caught my eye for a painting.  This capital was once set against a wall.  It is dated from the 1st half of the 1st century A.D.

Scroll Down to see this painting in progress..................

Standing in front of the MET - I was looking up

Beginning my painting here.  I already painted in the background and allowed it to dry.  Then I chalked in my sketch of the capital and began to paint it in oil.

Working to fill in more of the background of the capital here

Jumping ahead....I paint in the first layer of my "Bluebird."  

The Eastern Bluebird is also the State Bird of New York

Once I painted in the shadow of the capital it started to add more depth to it

Adding the Finishing touches

This new oil painting is 24 x 24" and is painted on deep gallery wrapped canvas.  It will be for sale this winter at my art show:  "The Celebration of Fine Art" in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barbara Rudolph


A few favorites from the gallery

Sitting on the steps in front of the MET