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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Outdoor Creations Boulder County Open Space

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Storm over Alexander Dawson by Ruth Soller, oil/canvas, 9x12



"Outdoor Creations ? A 2014 Boulder County Juried Art Show"


Reception: Friday, October 10, 6-9 p.m. at The Great Frame Up?Longmont, 430 Main


Appetizers by Guillaume's European Catering


Exhibit Days: October 10 ? November 7, 2014

Gallery Hours: Monday ? Saturday, 10 a.m. ? 6 p.m.


Youth artwork: On display at the WOW! Children's Museum,

110 N. Harrison Avenue, Lafayette, October 1?November 22


More Information:


or contact Karen Imbierowicz at or 303-678-6268

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Cottonwood Kennels Barn

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Cottonwood Kennels Barn, oil on canvas, 11x14



Cottonwood Kennels of Boulder, Colorado, welcomed the Plein Janes of Louisville Art Association to paint plein air on their property. Cottonwood Kennels provides day care and boarding for dogs and we were greeted by cheerful barking by dogs of many breeds playing outdoors. In nearby pastures sheep, goats, and a friendly alpaca grazed and hens pecked. A rambling deck was the perfect viewing point for the barns and the pond below weeping willows. An inspiring and lovely morning was enjoyed by all!

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Lily Lake RMNP

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Lily Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, oil on canvas, 11x14

I painted this view of Lily Lake on the eastern border of Rocky Mountain National Park on a crisp and windy summer morning as ripples danced across the water.

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Walker Ranch


Walker Ranch, oil on canvas, 9x12


I created this plein air oil painting of Walker Ranch for the Boulder County Open Spaces Art Competition. It was a lovely evening for the Summer Heritage Day as actors in period costumes performed tasks and entertainment of the 1880's. This painting features James Walker's livestock/hay barn built in 1880, the log house built in 1865, and the granary/root cellar built by James Walker in 1881-1182.

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Art Steamboat Selects 30 Top Artists

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Lower Falls of Yellowstone (c) Ruth Soller, oil on canvas, 30x24, $2500 

Art Steamboat selects 30 top artists in 5 states Western Region 

Colorado artist Ruth Soller's oil painting Lower Falls of the Yellowstone is selected for Art Steamboat, Fine Art Competition and Sale in Steamboat Springs, CO, August 1-17, 2014. Art Steamboat showcases the works of 30 top level 2-D artists selected from a five state western region including Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. Juror Betsy Dillard Stroud will select one $10000 Grand Prize from the 30 finalists displayed in the public gala opening event on August 15. Art Steamboat is a collaborative effort of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Mainstreet Steamboat and local art gallery professionals. Lower Falls of Yellowstone will be displayed from August 1-17 at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts which showcases local and regional emerging artists at its 1500 square foot gallery located at 837 Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. 

Art Steamboat Awards Ceremony 
Fri. Aug. 15, 2014 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
The Art Depot, 1001 13th St. 
Steamboat Springs, CO 

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