Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Crime and Punishment - Oil Painting with Cat and Dead Goldfinch

"Crime And Punishment"
oil on canvas

This oil painting is part of my series with "books."  I painted the kitty looking over the little dead "goldfinch" with no shame in his eyes for the crime he has just committed.  I used the book "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky to get my point across.  

It was really a fun painting and has brought a lot of laughter to my studio at my current exhibition at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale.  The original oil sold early on and I included the book to go with the painting.  It was such a fun painting that I decided to do a series of limited edition prints too, so those are available.

Hopefully this painting will bring a smile to your face too.  (The little "goldfinch" actually must have hit my patio window….(the kitty really didn't get him.)  I photographed the little bird to use as a study for future work.  It wasn't until later that I came across the book and the idea came into mind.  The beautiful cat was a photo I had taken of my friends kitty.

If you are interested in a giclee print of this painting, you can email me.

Barbara Rudolph

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Box of Memories" - sparrow oil painting

"Box of Memories"

This brand new oil painting has a little "sparrow" sitting on top of a small antique box.  It measures 10 x 8".   The colors are soft with a little bit of pale blue.  The photo looks a little bit darker than the actual color.  I sold it today at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale.   It's a wonderful show that brings together 100 artists from all over the country.  

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New York Yankees Baseball Painting: "The Fan"

"The Fan"

This new oil painting "The Fan" is for sale at the "Celebration of Fine Art" show in Scottsdale.  The little "bluebird" appears to be shouting out for his team.  Although the "Yankees" don't practice here in Arizona, "Spring Training" is just beginning and we have lots of baseball enthusiasts in town.

This little oil painting measures 10 x 10" and is custom framed.  It is also available in a limited edition of giclee prints on canvas.  

Here I am at the art show painting a new oil painting of a baseball glove….getting ready for "Spring Training." 

Stop by the "Celebration of Fine Art" in Scottsdale if you are in town.  You can see 100 artists at work in their studios all under one roof.  Stop by studio #224 to see some of my "baseball paintings."

Barbara Rudolph
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Violin oil painting with Hummingbird - "Maestro"


This is a new small oil painting of an old "violin" that I painted with a "hummingbird" on top.   I call it "Maestro."  It is available for sale now at the "Celebration of Fine Art" in Scottsdale.  This show brings together 100 artists from all over the country.  We set up our studios and work there every day for 10 weeks.  We will be open until March 23rd.  Click on the Celebration link below for show information.  

Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fawn with birds oil painting - "Beyond the Trees"

"Beyond The Trees"

This new oil painting was a fun one to work on.  I decided to paint two little "fawn" to go into one of my usual "bird" paintings.  I found a couple of beautiful photographs of the "fawn" and wrote to the photographers to ask permission to purchase and then paint them into my landscape with the "birds."  

A couple of my trees died for some odd reason last summer, and my landscaper had cut and neatly stacked the branches in a nice pile on the side of my house.  I decided to use some of the branches in my painting by placing them on the bottom shelf of a little table.  I then decided to paint the two little fawn in front of the table.  I thought the stack of branches would be a nice area to place a bird.  I suppose it's a little sentimental because I really loved the two trees that I lost.  I planted them many years ago and they thrived for many years, but I suppose their time was up.  

I took a lot of photographs of my arrangement with different lighting.  I decided on a very simple composition and just jumped right in to paint it.  

I started with a black background and then chalked in the basic composition.  Here is a snapshot of it in my studio in progress.  I don't recommend beginning the details of the painting before you figure out your background color and composition…but I jumped right into the fawn painting anyway this time.  I wanted to lay out the basics  and then decide on the color for the background.  

(I tend to break a lot of rules….but whatever works for you is the way to go)  I learn from my mistakes all the time.

I decided on a green background

Detail of one of the fawn

I stacked a couple of books on top of the table.  One of the books "Birds of the Forest" belonged to my late father.  It is a very beautiful book with lovely illustrations and information about birds.  Since I often paint "birds and books" I decided to paint this one in.  The second book I made up and also decided to use it as the title of my new painting, "Beyond The Trees."

Detail top of painting

Detail of both fawn

I added a teacup on top of the books and then painted in my branches and all of the the "birds."  This painting has kind of a story book feeling to it.  The little fawn and the birds have come together in the forest…..maybe for a "tea party?"

Wouldn't it be nice in a "Children's Hospital or Community Center?" 

Here it is framed and hanging on one of my walls at the opening of the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.    Celebration of Fine Art

Barbara Rudolph

Photographer of the fawn laying down was by "Andrew Jackson"