Longs Garden Poppies, oil on linen, 12x9, $500
Longs Garden in Boulder, CO is a lovely painting location in spring and summer. Here is a sunny day with the poppies in full bloom. This studio painting was created using my photographs from an earlier plein air session.
Nymph Lake Rocky Mountain National Park, oil on linen, 30x24
Lafayette, CO artist Ruth Soller offers Creativity Day Camp
Ruth Soller is an award winning artist with 26 years of experience and resides in Lafayette. Soller remembers her beginning as an artist by taking a summer art class in her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is excited to offer a similar experience for youth ages 10 to 13 in her Lafayette studio. Creativity Day Camp will meet Monday through Friday, June 22-26, 2015, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Each day will focus on one element of art with a variety of projects and outdoor sketching activity. Soller offers a positive and encouraging approach along with plenty of individual instruction. Each student will progress at their own rate. Space is limited; so it is important to reserve your space now by contacting Ruth Soller at 303-469-2072 or Ruth@SollerOriginals.com.
Ruth Soller recently taught a three hour workshop on Portrait Drawing Basics for Louisville Art Association at Louisville Center for the Arts. Soller is a member of Louisville Art Association and Plein Air Artists Colorado.
Ruth Soller's painting Cache de Poudre is installed at the entrance check-in desk of Good Samaritan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Lafayette, CO. Other paintings by the artist are held in both private and public collections that include the International Association of Fire Fighters, Washington DC; High Plains Plastic Surgery, Amarillo, TX; Vermont Country Stores Scales Museum, Weston, VT; and Caddell Construction Co., Inc., Montgomery, AL. Soller's paintings are available at Framed Image in Denver, CO and www.RuthSoller.com.
White Buffalo Nocturne, oil on linen, 24x30
Legend of the White Buffalo
I learned of this legend passed down by the Lakota Sioux of South Dakota after visiting the Badlands and viewing herds of buffalo. The white buffalo is extremely rare, said to occur only once in 6 million births. White buffalo are considered sacred to the Lakota Sioux and may have spiritual significance similar to weeping statues, bleeding icons or crosses of light in some Christian traditions. White buffalo symbolize abundance and sacred life as evidenced in this legend.
One summer long ago seven council fires of Lakota Sioux met together to discuss their lack of game as the people were starving. Two young braves were sent out to hunt in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
A beautiful young woman with long dark hair and dressed in buckskin and carrying a bundle wrapped in a buffalo hide appeared before the young hunters. She told them that she knew their thoughts and that one had good thought and one had bad thoughts. A cloud of dust rose around the man with lustful thoughts and only a skeleton was left. The second hunter was very frightened but listened to the holy woman's message.
The woman said that change was coming and soon there would be an abundance of buffalo, but there would also be trials as the climate of the earth was changing. Her message was that all people of every color must work together if they hoped to thrive in the future. She gave the bundle containing a sacred pipe to the young brave to share with the tribes. The sacred pipe has been honored and passed down for nineteen generations.
As the woman departed she tumbled four times and changed in color from black to red to yellow and finally to a white buffalo calf. Soon after the visit of the holy woman herds of buffalo became abundant. It is believed that the changing colors of the woman represent all races of humans, who must work together in unity to save our earth for future generations. The Native Americans see the white buffalo calf as a sign of life's sacred circle.
Wolf Moon Set Over Front Range, oil on linen, 24x30
Since my blog about Chasing the Moon, I have continued to collect photographs, memories and sketches in preparation for this larger painting. My vision of the January full moon glowing brilliantly over the fresh powder on the front range of the Rocky Mountains crystallized in my memory. On mornings when we had new snow I would venture to a nearby point to photograph the scene. I learned that each full moon has a specific name chosen by Native Americans or early settlers based on their understanding of the season and the events of nature. Ancient civilizations kept track of the phases of the moon in order to plan for each season's hunting, planting or harvesting. The moon I remembered seeing in January was known as the Wolf Moon, because of the hungry wolves howling at the moon during the long frigid winter nights.
Reception Saturday, March 7th, 6pm
You're cordially invited to the opening reception for the Panhandle-Plains Invitational at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Avenue, Canyon, Texas. I'm pleased to have three oil paintings in the show which will hang in the Foran Family Galleries from March 7th through 28th, 2015.
White Buffalo Nocturne, oil on linen, 8x10
A white buffalo or white bison is considered sacred or spiritually significant in several Native American religions; therefore such buffalo are often visited for prayer and other religious rituals. The coats of buffalo are almost always brown and their skin a dark brown or black, while white buffalo are extremely rare. The National Bison Association has estimated that they only occur in approximately one out of every 10 million births.
Native Americans see the birth of a white buffalo calf as a prophetic sign, similar to the weeping statues, bleeding icons, and crosses of light that are meaningful to some Christians. As Christians may view these signs as a renewal of God's ongoing relationship with humanity, so Native Americans view the white buffalo calf as the sign of life's sacred circle.
An early story about a white buffalo was documented by historian Josiah Gregg and travelers on the Santa Fe trail. In 1833 during the Leonid Meteor Shower (The Night the Stars Fell), a white bison was killed by the Cheyenne who scribed a peace and trade treaty on its skin.
Winter View, oil on linen, 9x12
This is a winter view from our back patio in our new home. I hope to paint a series of this scene in varying seasons, times of day, and weather conditions. What view do you see in a new way each day?
Aspens Spruce Lace, oil on linen, 14x11
It was a glorious fall morning when we stopped along the way to photograph these golden aspens, blue spruce, and Queen Anne's Lace on Guanella Pass. I love the back light filtering through the translucent aspens leaves and the pattern of the delicate wildflowers leading our eyes into the scene. I'm so grateful to call Colorado home.
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.