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 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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Storm over Alexander Dawson

Storm over Alexander Dawson by Ruth Soller, oil, 9x12
Summers are short in Colorado. This year we are blessed with thunderstorms often in late afternoon or early evening, resulting in lush green vegetation across the front range. Do you think that plein air painters are smart enough to come in out of the rain? Not necessarily! Several beat a hasty retreat to the safety of their vehicles where they continued to paint "plein car". Meanwhile a few hardier souls or extreme plein air types braved thunder, lightening, winds and rapidly changing clouds and light effects to pursue their art.  
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Ruby Portrait

Ruby Portrait, oil, 14x11

Ruby is a charming and beautiful model whom I first met in a figure drawing group. She is a joy to paint with the Louisville Art Association portrait painters. I'm pleased with the analogous color harmonies in this oil portrait study.

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Bright Red Exhibition




Hunt for Red Fox Breakfast, oil on linen, 11x14, $600



You'll be seeing red at the Louisville Art Association's Bright Red Exhibition from July 8 through July 31 at Louisville Library, 951 Spruce St, hours Mon-Thurs 10 am- 8 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-6 pm, Sun 1-8 pm. My oil paintings Hunt for Red Fox Breakfast and Geraniums will be available for sale alongside works by LAA members. 


Geraniums, oil, 9x12, $400

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Cure for the Summertime Blues

Longs Peak from McGregor Ranch, oil, 22x28


You're cordially invited to the cool and refreshing Cure for the Summertime Blues at Framed Image, 5066 Hampden Ave., Denver, CO 80222. 

Outstanding regional and national artists exhibit works in summer blues and greens, which will be displayed July 1 through August 30, 2014. 

Gallery hours are Tues-Fri 10 am-5:30 pm and Sat 10 am-5 pm. My paintings available for sale in the show are Longs Peak from McGregor Ranch, oil, 22x28 and Westlake Park View, oil, 9x12.



Westlake Park View, oil, 9x12


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Spring Plein Air

Marshall Mesa Trailhead, oil, 8x10, $400 framed

Westlake Park View, oil, 9x12, $500 framed

Crabapple Blossoms study, oil on linen, 5x7, $100 unframed

I'm so happy to be out in the fresh Colorado air painting the landscape and flowers. You may have recently spied me at Marshall Mesa Trailhead, Westlake Park, Columbine Meadows Park, or Metzger Farm. My shiba inu Saki accompanies me sometimes as she is in training to be a plein air dog. You will recognize her because she resembles a red fox with a curled tail. I'm looking forward to joining the multi-talented Plein Janes of Lousiville Art Association on Friday mornings for our paint outs. If you are interested in following my creative adventures, please sign up for monthly updates including new paintings, invitations to shows and parties, and special sales. Add your email address here: 
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