Category Archives: Art

Painting: Daughters of the Earth

My most recent painting: Title:         Daughters of the Earth Artist:       Linda Ruddy Year:         2017 Medium:  Acrylic Size:          Framed – 20″ x 24″ Several artists, this … Continue reading

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2016 Year of Changes

 2016: What a roller coaster ride!! This has been a year of changes:  New home, new work experiences, new social, two more grandchildren (I now have four).  A year of lots of “firsts” and making solo decisions.  It’s been a … Continue reading

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Images that Inspire

I think by now, that anyone following my blog knows I am pulled to images like a magnet.   I get some kind of energy, some kind of inspiration, some kind of emotional food and water nourishment.  And behind the … Continue reading

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On the Cusp of Change

Maybe as humans we’re always changing, but sometimes it stands out and you know you’re on that roller coaster and not sure when or how you will get off.  Last year while I was pre-occupied by all the medical after … Continue reading

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Creative Leap Year-ss – Painting Journey

(FYI:  Began this Post in December 2013 and now it’s January 2014)  (FYI:  I tend to reflect backwards in the month of December – looking back over the year and looking back over my life’s journey) (FYI: I enjoy writing … Continue reading

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“Elan Vital” from 1992

Speaking the obvious “Not all art is the same”.  Sometimes I think that my best paintings were created years ago.  Part of my heart and soul went into their making and they speak of humanness, some deep emotion coming from … Continue reading

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Art Lesson: Reflections on Water

Breaking the rules is one of the joys of art and it opens the door for the artist to explore and innovate.  That said, there are times when knowing the rules helps with problem solving. Here’s a study I painted … Continue reading

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Art Lesson: Shades of Gray

Think ratios:  80:10:10   =    80% gray:10% light: 10% dark Think of a painting in terms of contrast:  light and dark and all the shades of gray in-between. This is one of many formulas for making successful art.  The … Continue reading

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Art Lesson: Fore-Middle-Back

When painting a landscape you want to think of the space divided into foreground, middle ground, and background. In my example above, the background is airy and atmospheric with blues and purples to gain the sense of distance.  Blues and … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart. One hundred years from now the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child.  Teachers are the heart of learning.” ~ early … Continue reading

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