Aspens Backlit

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Aspens Backlit, oil on linen, 20x16


On a gorgeous autumn day we drove Guanella Pass, stopping frequently to photograph brilliant yellow and golden aspen foliage. I was excited by the sun glowing through the translucent leaves of the quaking aspens and the patterns formed by the pale aspens against the deeper greens of cedars and pines. I hope that you will feel the warmth of the sunny day and remember the spicy fragrance of the new fallen leaves on the forest floor.

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Portrait Painting in Oils

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Josh's Fedora, oil, 14x11

Portrait Painting in Oils : February 2015 


Portrait Painting in Oils - Four 2-Hour Classes ?Instructor Ruth Soller - $120/4 Classes

Location ? Ruth Soller Studio, 1405 Lander Lane, Lafayette, CO 80026

Dates February 6, 13, 20, 27, Friday mornings 9:30-11:30 am

Register by January 31, 2015

Contact Ruth to register - phone 303-469-2072, email  


Objectives: This class builds on the skills learned in Portrait Drawing Basics

Learn to paint a head and shoulders portrait in oils using the Daniel E. Greene portrait palette. If you desire to mix beautiful flesh tones and build on your portrait painting skills, this four session class will provide the tools and encouragement you need to complete an oil portrait. Working from photographs which the student provides we will sketch the head and features in correct proportions and learn color comparison and modeling skills.


                   Portrait Paintings by Ruth Soller, oil, 14x11

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Beaver Meadows Rocky Mountain National Park

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Beaver Meadows Rocky Mountain National Park, oil on linen, 9x12


This is a view of an early snow in Beaver Meadows region of Rocky Mountain National Park. We are so fortunate to live near Rocky Mountain National Park and to be able to make a day trip to visit or hike. Winter comes early and stays late in the high country. I'm happy to be able to paint this scene from the comfort of my studio while it is snowing outside. From my front window I spy a pair of flickers searching for food between the stones of our front porch column.

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Kat on Rose Chaise

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Kat is a lovely young woman who posed for our portrait painting group. She has a serene and classic bearing and wore a long gown in black and burgundy while posing on a rose colored chaise lounge. I found the contrast between Kat's porcelain skin, the black satin dress and the black and grey drapes quite interesting. I've painted a previous study of Kat mostly from life; and this is my most recent studio portrait painting done from photographs.

What do you like best about this painting? What story or memory does it bring to mind?

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New Studio Virtual Tour


Ruth Soller Studio Tour

Many of you have shared that you missed my new studio open house; so it may be fun for you to take a quick virtual studio tour.

Here is the street view of our home and studio.

This display area also serves as art photography backdrop.

My primary easel is set between two northwest windows.

A drafting table keeps my palette and paints ready to go.


A wicker chair is set to provide natural light for a model.

Wide plank hickory laminate flooring is economical and easy to care for. 


Two full size closets are fitted by my handyman husband with shelving to store supplies, gear, and inventory.

Adjustable track lighting runs the length of the room along a 9 foot ceiling.


A carpeted board allows unframed mini paintings to hang using Velcro dots. 


If you desire a personal tour email to schedule an appointment.

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Yosemite Valley

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Yosemite Valley, oil on linen, 24x30



I created this large studio oil painting as a commission for a friend from high school in Arkansas. She and her family love to visit Yosemite National Park on vacations. My husband and I visited Yosemite on our honeymoon; and I also love the grandeur and awe inspiring beauty of the park. It was a joy to research and create this painting. In this view you see majestic El Capitan on the left, Half Dome near the center, Bridal Veil Falls towards the right, and some of the enormous pines in the foreground.

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Portrait Drawing Basics: Dabbler Workshop

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Malene by Ruth Soller, charcoal pencil, 18x14

Ruth Soller News ? January 2015



Portrait Drawing Basics- Dabbler Workshop

Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Avenue, Louisville, CO

Louisville Art Association sponsor, Ruth Soller instructor

Saturday, January 17th, 9 am -12 noon,

LAA members $15 tuition, nonmembers $20 tuition

Contact Letitia Hess at to sign up

Learn to draw the human head in correct proportions with basic shading. If you ever struggle to sketch a portrait, this fun dabbler workshop will provide the tools and encouragement you need to begin drawing the portrait with confidence. Working with a model we will begin by posing and lighting the model and progress to sketching the head and features in correct proportions and with light and shadow patterns.


Portrait Sketches by Ruth Soller, charcoal pencil, 18x14 approximate

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Sandstone Ranch Cliffs

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Sandstone Ranch Cliffs, oil, 14x11

I painted this view of these sandstone cliffs at Sandstone Ranch in Longmont, Colorado. This piece required two plein air sessions with additional studio work in order to achieve the depth and drama I envisioned. My husband thinks the rock formations resemble the massive stone head sculptures on Easter Island and I tend to agree. I especially enjoyed the contrasts between the warm and cool colors in the rock faces against the cool overcast sky. 

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Teller Farm Pinto

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Teller Farm Pinto by Ruth Soller, oil on canvas, 8x10

Today was a gorgeous autumn day for painting outdoors in Colorado with Louisville Art Association Plein Janes at Teller Farm Open Space in Boulder County. Bright sunshine and crisp air enhance the crimsons, golds, and ochres of the fall foliage. Teller Lake was glassy smooth with clear reflections of the cottonwoods and snow capped Front Range mountains. A herd of skewbald and piebald pintos caught my eye as they grazed along the fenceline. What story or memory does this painting inspire in you?

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Waneka Lake

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Waneka Lake, oil on canvas, 12x9

On a partly cloudy summer morning I set up to paint from the south shore of Waneka Lake near the boathouse. Ducks paddled among the branches overhanging the lake edge. Children laughed and screamed in the nearby playground. Joggers ran laps around the lake, while families set up picnic lunches beneath towering cottonwoods. Altogether a joyful respite.

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