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Sandstone Ranch Cliffs


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


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


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

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: www.BouldercountyOpenSpace.org/paintout

 

or contact Karen Imbierowicz at kimbierowicz@bouldercounty.org or 303-678-6268


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Cottonwood Kennels Barn


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


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

 

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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Ozarks October, E. Dickson St.


Ozarks October, E. Dickson St.by Ruth Soller, oil on linen, 5x7

 

I invite you to visit Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the third week of October. If you have not enjoyed the privilege (as I did) of growing up in this idyllic college town, home to the University of Arkansas, you will be amazed at the beauty of the autumn color of the turning leaves of the maple trees. Can you keep my secret? Last fall Steve and I traveled to New England to experience the famous fall foliage tour and we saw some lovely sights. However, none of the sights we saw in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont exceeded the color of the Ozarks in October! 

 

Make sure to drive, bicycle, or walk east of College Avenue (Highway 71) along East Dickson Street, Mission Blvd., and Maple Street. Observe century-old mansions while feasting your eyes on the most gorgeous maple trees ever. Take the loop around Mt. Sequoia where you may visit the United Methodist Church Assembly and stop at the cross for an overlook of the downtown and the campus. Visit the University of Arkansas campus, especially the walkways around the preserved historic Old Main for more stunning town views. My most recent painting Ozarks October, E. Dickson St., created for a childhood friend, is one small example of the sights you may see.

 

Describe your favorite autumn location or scene? If you would enjoy owning an oil painting of your favorite scene, please contact me to discuss details you desire. I would love to make your dream painting a reality.

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Walden Duck Pond


Walden Duck Pond, by Ruth Soller, oil, 12x9, $500

 

I painted Walden Duck Pond en plein air for the Outdoor Creations Paint Out to enter in the Boulder County Juried Art Show. My first attempt to paint Cottonwood Marsh resulted in the dreaded "layer cake" composition. By this I mean a boring horizontal composition with multiple layers, for example, sky, distant mountains, distant trees, grasses, water, near grasses and cattails. I decided to sand it down, gesso the panel and make a second trip to Walden Ponds for this painting. I'm much more pleased with the composition, value patterns, and brushstrokes in this piece. 

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