Category Archives: Art

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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“Give what you have….”

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Committed Action

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (or creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely … Continue reading

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Girl With a Mirror

 “Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.” ~William James (1842-1910)   …..and my views on this quote:  YES, this quote is true BUT from my experience, Patience is the key.  … Continue reading

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Test of Time

In art, painting, the question arises on whether a work can stand the test of time.  In relation to materials, it is best to always use the highest quality: professional grade paints, acid free papers, properly prepared canvases, etc.   It can also … Continue reading

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Blog Header Art

  After a trip to Mile Square Park, seeing the Canada geese up close, I decided to do a goose girl theme painting.   The version I chose for my blog is painted with acrylic paint, Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna colors, thinned down … Continue reading

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Published 2010

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Paintings by Linda Ruddy, titled Transition and Native Land, published Spring 2010, Saddleback College magazine,Wall Literary Journal, Volume 10.

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