Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hummingbird - Oil Painting


This new "hummingbird" oil painting is 6 x 12" and is painted on a wood canvas panel.  It is available now at the "Hidden In The Hills" Studio Tour and sale in north Scottsdale, or contact me.

Visit this weekend......
Hidden In the Hills - 19th Annual Artist Studio Tour & Sale
Friday, Saturday & Sunday  Nov 27, 28, 29  2015  -  10:00-5:00
Studio #23     26640 N. 78th St   Scottsdale

Happy Thanksgiving

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, November 8, 2015

"The Seamstress" - Oil painting with hummingbird and nest - plus a "Fun Idea"

"The Seamstress"     8x10"    Oil on panel

Some friends of mine recently mailed me a little abandoned "hummingbird nest" that I used for reference in this new piece.  I painted this little "hummingbird" sitting on top of a spool of red thread.  She is weaving the colors into her nest.  This new oil painting will be for sale at my next art show in a few weeks.

Fun Idea:
I have found that if I have colored dryer lint from the dryer, I don't throw it away.  I roll it up into a little ball and place it outside in a tree.  The birds love to come and pick small pieces of it for their nest building.  I don't usually get to see the nests, but I have found some abandoned nests with colored threads and fluff before.  It's always a fun discovery.

Barbara Rudolph

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"BIG DADDY Q" - Oil Painting - Portrait of a quail

6 x 6" oil on panel - framed

This is a new oil painting of a big "quail" that will be for sale at the "Hidden In The Hills" art show in a couple of weeks.  I have a family of quail that love to hang out in my back yard every day.  This big guy rules the family.  Here are a few snapshots I took of him:

Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bluebird Oil Painting - "4 Cups of Sugar and Two Eggs"

"4 Cups of Sugar and 2 Eggs"

Oil on Panel- 10 x 8"

This new oil painting was inspired by a pretty little cream pitcher.   I decided to paint the "bluebird" sitting on the edge of it.  I will have it for sale at the "Hidden In the Hills" art show coming up in a few weeks along with many other small ones.  They will make great gifts for the holidays.


"The Bluebird Blend"
"Bluebird of Happiness"

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, October 25, 2015

HIDDEN IN THE HILLS - Studio #23 - Barbara Rudolph

19th Annual Artist Studio Tour & Sale

"Birds Eye View"  -  Oil on canvas
Barbara Rudolph  -  Studio# 23

Every year, on the two weekends around Thanksgiving, the Sonoran Arts League presents a free, self-guided tour of 44 artists studios.  This year, 178 artists will be displaying their art in every medium.  You can plan your tour to visit as many of the studios you wish through the interactive Web site at:

I will have many of my smaller oil paintings there with birds, wildlife, sports themes and other still-life compositions.  I will be in studio #23.  This tour will take you through the neighborhoods of the Arizona Desert Foothills in Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.  

You will find artists working in oil, acrylic, mixed media, ceramic, photography, pastel, watercolor, stone,  bronze and jewelry.

Studio#23 is "The Jossy Lownes Studio".  It is very easy to find and is just off of Scottsdale Road and Jomax.  There are maps online to each of the Hidden In The Hills participants.  There is also a wonderful magazine with a complete directory available.  You can also just follow the signs which will be posted all over the street during the two weekends of the event. 

NOVEMBER 20-22  &  NOVEMBER 27-29  2015
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Studio #23 will also have the contemporary paintings by "Jossy Lownes" who paints in both acrylic and oil.  Her latest work is fabulous and you will surely enjoy seeing it.

Also the husband and wife team of "Ralph and Sheri Meldrum." They are masters in the creation of copper art.  They make beautiful copper weavings and large mixed media pieces for interior walls.

Also displaying at studio#23 is well known "Plein Air" painter "Becky Joy."  Becky is an artist and instructor and travels the world doing workshops.  She is famous for her beautiful skies, sunsets and landscapes.  

Oil painting by Becky Joy

Acrylic Painting by Jossy Lownes

Copper piece by Sheri & Ralph Meldrum

New Little bluebird   5x7" oil on panel  - Barbara Rudolph

We hope to see you there.  Just go North on Scottsdale Rd, East on Jomax, and turn left (North) on 78th street.  You will see the sign to Studio #23.

Barbara Rudolph

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Yellow Lab Oil Painting - Step-by-step FINISHED

"River Rush"
(Yellow Lab - oil painting - 32 x 42")

I finished my oil painting of "Emma" the "yellow lab."  I took the photograph of her last March while she was chasing sticks in the river.   I decided to call it "River Rush."  I posted some in progress photos of this painting in a couple of earlier posts if you might like to see it from the beginning.

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Barbara Rudolph

This painting will be for sale at one of my upcoming winter art shows in Scottsdale, AZ at the "Celebration of Fine Art."

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Highlights from the 10th Annual "International Guild of Realism" exhibition

Opening Night - 10th Annual International Guild of Realism

Click here to see a video of the 10th Annual International Guild of Realism events from Alexandria, VA.

Video Highlights of the 10th Annual Realism Exhibition

I have been so busy lately.... so I never got a chance to post some of the "highlights" from the Realism exhibition before I went to Colorado.  There is a nice post/video I just saw on the "Art Renewal Center" blog today that captured many of the fun events from this exciting show. (click on the link above to view).

The show was held in late August in Alexandria, VA at the beautiful "Principle Gallery."  There were three wonderful days spent with many of the artists.  One of the events included a tour of Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art.

My "Bluebirds" oil painting (above) sold.  The wonderful music painting below was by a fabulous artist "Alex Zonis."  Her work is absolutely amazing, and I enjoyed meeting her so much.  Her painting sold opening night.  In fact...they sold quite a few paintings on opening night.  The crowd was unbelievable and I am so happy that I decided to fly across country for this one.

Here are just a few snapshots from the opening....

Guenever was one of the artists at the Realism exhibition.  She does amazing detail and paints with lots of color.  Click on her name above to see more of her work...

On another note, I just found out yesterday that my painting "Bluebirds" also took 2nd place in the American Art Awards 2015 - Realism/Animal category.  

Barbara Rudolph

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Bluebird Watching - in Westcliffe

"Bluebird Watching"  14x11"   Oil on Canvas

"Bluebird Watching" is one of my oil paintings that sold in Colorado at the "Art For the Sangres."  I enjoyed taking pictures of the wildlife during my visit to Colorado.  During my drive there I stopped along the way at various rest stops.  The distant view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains was amazing.

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Spanish for "Blood of Christ) are the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains.  They are in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.  They have a number of fourteen thousand foot peaks in the Colorado portion, and thirteen thousand foot peaks in New Mexico.  The name of the mountains may refer to the occasional reddish hues observed during sunrise and sunset.

I pulled of the road for a few moments at a rest stop on my way into Westcliffe.  I couldn't resist photographing this sign on "Bird Watching."  

 In Westcliffe, Colorado during an early morning walk I could see the mountain bluebirds all along the fence posts.  

Taking morning walks past the ranches, this one was an Amish gathering on Sunday morning.  It really is very peaceful there.

The sunsets are beautiful too.  Here is an amazing picture my cousin Steve took of the sky one evening.

Barbara Rudolph

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Colorado Road Trip & "Art For The Sangres"

I just got back home from a road trip to Colorado last week for the "Art For The Sangres" art show in Westcliffe, Colorado.  It was my first time doing this show and I had a wonderful time.  Since I haven't been blogging for quite some time, I thought I better get back to it.  My winter art shows will be starting up soon (next month) and there will be so much to share.  In this post I just want to share some images from my trip to Colorado.

The day I left Phoenix, it rained all the way to Durango.  I stayed the first night in Durango and then went on to Westcliffe the next day.  It is quite a long drive but the views were spectacular.  All of the fall colors were popping.

I arrived at "Painted View Ranch" to set up my work for the exhibition.  This annual event called "Art For the Sangres" is held at this beautiful ranch each year in the Wet Mountain Valley (one of the last great ranching valleys of Colorado.)  This art show is a fundraising event to support the San Isabel Land Protection Trust. By purchasing art, 40% went to protecting land, water, and wildlife.  I was very happy to be a part of this years show along with 23 other fine artists.

"Painted View Ranch" 

I spent a day 4 wheeling way up in the mountains.  The scenery and wildlife there is amazing.  I loved it.

Opening Night at "Art For the Sangres"
Opening Night - Art for the Sangres
Artists - Adele Earnshaw, Joe Garcia, Barbara Rudolph
Two of my favorite artists were also doing this show, and I was so excited that I finally got to meet them in person.  Adele Earnshaw from New Zealand.  She is an amazing artist.  Also "Joe Garcia" a fabulous wildlife painter.  My parents purchased a piece from him many years ago, so it was really fun to finally meet him.  I have to say all of the art there was gorgeous!

I have to mention one of my favorite things we did while in Westcliffe, was visit the "Loan-A-Ranger Pawn shop.'  It was fabulous for photographing objects for some future still-life paintings.  The owner was so kind to allow me to do that.  I was searching for a "banjo" because I needed some pictures for a future painting.  We found a banjo too and my friends ended up purchasing it.  They live in Westcliffe, and now can polish up their skills at playing the banjo.  We had a great time!

Banjo purchase
 My favorite "pawn shop"     "Loan-A-Ranger"
Loan-A-Ranger Pawn Shop - Westcliffe, CO

Driving home was a gorgeous drive too.  The beautiful moon, I had to stop to take some photos of the eclipse.  My pictures didn't come out as nice as this one that my cousin Steve took back in Westcliffe.

Barbara Rudolph
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Art For The Sangres

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yellow Lab oil painting - Step by Step - My Continuing Progress - (2nd post)

My Continuing Progress...

Ok....Now getting back to where I left off the other day ... on Post #1  (Painting in progress of the yellow lab named Emma)

The image above is from the first post.  To refresh, I had taken a photograph of my friend's lab "Emma" while she was playing fetch in the river.  I chose one of my favorite images above to work from in this painting.  You can refer to my first post to see more images from the early stages of this oil painting.   (Click on images to see them larger)

Today's progress....

After a few days break I got back to painting on this canvas today.  This next image is where I began  continuing to paint in the fur on the tail and back legs.  (There is a lot of work to do yet on the water droplets, so for now they are just simply blocked in with my first layer of color.)

Next:  Painting in the first layers of the wet fur and working my way down to where the fur meets the water....

Here I just begin to paint in the area of the water.  This is only a first layer and I will probably do many layers allowing each to dry in between to achieve the realistic look I am going for.

I also will do several layers of paint to achieve the look of wet fur.  I worked my way down to the water in this stage while I allow my first layer of fur to dry.

I am using a medium called "Walnut Alkyd Medium."  I am mixing it with my oil paint to help it flow smoothly.  A friend had given me this bottle to try and I really like it.  It really helps to move the paint around when working into a dry surface.

I also really like to use"Lucas 1862 Finest Artists Oil Paints."

This paintbrush also is very helpful to achieve the "wet fur" look.  I actually paint with it putting the pointed part of the brush down and moving it upwards.  It is a 1/4" Dagger by Princeton Art & Brush Co.  #3050DG

Here I am continuing to paint in the beginning of the water motion....

More water detail here....(my photo came out a little dark here, but you get the idea)

Tune in next time to see more of this painting in progress...

Barbara Rudolph