Monday, January 6, 2014

Countdown to the Celebration: Celebration of Fine Art in 60 Seconds

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"Celebration of Fine Art" in 60 seconds

The Event

The Celebration of Fine Art is where art lovers and artists connect. This juried, invitational show and art sale, now in its 24th year, features more than 40,000 square feet of working studios and works of art by 100 renowned and emerging artists from across the country. During the 10-week event, visitors from around the globe will gather to admire and acquire an unsurpassed selection of artworks in all mediums and styles from some of the continents’ most talented artists. The Celebration of Fine Art opens its doors in Scottsdale, AZ on January 11 through March 23, 2014, with 100 working artists in their studios creating art daily.
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Seasoned art collectors and first-time buyers alike find the atmosphere both casual and comfortable. Art lovers truly get to know the people creating the art they love and watch them work in the full spectrum of art media in an impressively broad range of styles. Artists are working continuously within their studios alongside thoughtfully created galleries that not only invite conversation, but encourage visitors to return again and again. And certainly, with more than 40,000 sq ft of space, season pass tickets, and new works of art emerging frequently during the 10 week event, there is ample opportunity to admire and acquire a work of art.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said it best when he wrote “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” With 100 artists to choose from, there is no better way to fulfill one’s daily requirement of artistic beauty then to take a stroll through the Celebration of Fine Art in search of artwork that will inspire for years to come.
The Celebration of Fine Art has been called “One of the West’s Premier Art Events” by Art & Antiques magazine.
“I’ve been coming to this show for the past six or seven years, and it always has the best mix of artists with a wide array of mediums and visions.”
– a resident of Phoenix, Ariz.
“Absolutely fabulous show – especially to see the artists doing their work right in front of you. Phenomenal work! The best art show I’ve ever seen.”
– a visitor from Chicago, IL.
Troy Moody preparing glass for a new stained glass piece

2014 Dates: January 11 through March 23, 2014

The Celebration of Fine Art ™ is located in the “big white tents” in the heart of beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona on the southwest corner of Hayden Rd. and the Loop 101 (exit 35). There is a Cafe, restrooms and plenty of parking on site.
Hope to see you all soon!
Barbara Rudolph
studio# 224

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Birds in still life - new oil painting - "Birds Eye View"

"Birds Eye View"
oil on canvas

This new oil painting features 2 little "goldfinch" with a couple of "bird" field guides. It also includes an old book by "Zane Grey" from 1915 titled "The Rainbow Trail."  

Zane Grey, one of the greatest storytellers of the American West, was not only a famous author, but also an avid adventurist, sportsman and world-record-setting fisherman. His name and writings are world renowned, among Western fans and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

"The Field-guide of American Wildflowers" is a book from 1902.  This is the book that referenced the "butterflies" concerned with the cross-fertilization of flowers.  I painted lots of detail here where I used a very tiny paint brush.

The old catalog of "Birds In Art" belonged to my late father who loved to carve "birds."    He passed on his love for "painting birds" to me.  "Birds In Art" is an international exhibition organized by the "Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum" in Wausau, Wisconsin.......which I hope to one day be a part of.


This new painting, "Birds Eye View" is custom framed and will be for sale at my upcoming show in Scottsdale,  at the "Celebration of Fine Art" which opens on January 11th.

Here are some more images of my painting while in-progress:

The candlesticks, books and feathers are just from around my house.  I also photographed the little birds right outside my kitchen window.  It was a very challenging painting, but I really enjoyed painting it and working from a different perspective.

Barbara Rudolph
my website

Celebration of Fine Art show & information

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum / Birds In Art

For more information about Zane Grey click here: