I want to remind everyone that I’m selling my art now. I’m offering small paintings, on paper for $15-$20 ish. Shipping for the USA *and* international is free.
This painting is $20. It’s 8.5×11″ it’s alcohol ink on transparent yupo. (basically it’s ink on shiny paper). The colors are much brighter in person. Let me know if you’re interested in the comments or at
very.crazy.ruthie @ gmail.com
This painting sat around a long time before i before i figured out how to finish it. I spent a considerate of time the green background with a variety of mediums, watercolors, acrylics, ink, spray ink. I wanted that to be the painting, but even i decided the damn thing was a background. When i’m stumped about what to do next with a painting, i ask my husband. He’s really not all that into art, but he often has insightful, fresh ideas. I asked him what he thought i should do next. He just said, orange. I agreed.
I was left on my own to figure out what to do with simply the idea of orange. As i said, the painting sat there looking lonely, still taped to a board. I knew exactly the orange color i wanted and even where it was. I have two bins of acrylic paint. One is low priced paint and the other is expensive paint. The tubes in the cheaper bin are full and the ones in the expensive one are all practically empty. It might be time to buy a couple of tubes of the fancy paints, colors you can’t get with the the others. The one i wanted was in the expensive bin (Golden brand paint) that was just called, orange. It’s a very bright, but not neon color.
I didn’t have any idea to do with this cool color and cool background. Then i read on a news site that there were a lot of wildfires in northern california, much further north than where i live (the bay area), thank goodness. But it touched me. I imagined the trauma of having your house burn up.
I thought the orange would be like the swath of the fire ripping through the state.
The orange paint is creamy and thick, totally opaque. A little really does go a long way. I mixed some with water and stirred it up with a palette knife’. When it was viscous enough to drizzle, i poured it across the green and added a few drops around the main fire (orange line). They’re like little fires that had jumped away, maybe to start other big fires.
inspiration always comes to me, even if it takes a long time to get to me!
i’d like to remind folks that i am selling my art, some is available and a bit of it had been sold or i can’t bring myself to let go of it. 🙂 ask me in the comments if you have a question or if you want to buy something. you can also contact me at:
very.crazy.ruthie @ gmail.com
i’m selling this stuff really cheaply. i’m not going to ask gallery style prices. most things on paper will be $15 shipping for those is free. yup, even international!
acrylics are on canvas most of the time. those will be a lot more expensive and will be expensive to ship. i’d be happy to discuss it with someone, but most of the work like watercolors and inks are all on paper. most of my work is small. for example,
5″x 7″ aka 18cm x 12.5cm or
8″x 10″ 20.32cm x 25.4cm
those are sizes that fit standard american frames. i’m sorry, i don’t know the standard sizes for everywhere else and i’m too lazy to look up a bizillion sizes.
i have sooooo many alcohol ink painting, for instance the first painting in the grid below is an alcohol ink painting. i think i have that one. haha. if i don’t have the alcohol ink painting you want (any of them in my gallery) i can probably find a similar one.
paintings like this will be $15
Art has been a powerful form of therapy for me. i’ll show you!
This was one of my first acrylic paintings. I wanted to create something surreal. almost all my experience with art was abstract. It came to me naturally. surreal was a lot harder!
the lizard print is from when I was in high school, one of the toughest times in my life. My parents were in the middle of an ugly divorce and my bipolar was undiagnosed and out of control. I was drinking heavily.
My four years of art class was a haven. We got to use the 2 big art rooms and supplies on lunch or after school. The teacher, Sister Claire was wonderful.
this is a lino print i made in one of her classes. she taught us to cut mattes too, i did a good job, but this photo doesn’t make it look that way!
“lino lizard” 1989
I didn’t paint a lot until 2009. It was a very difficult time in my life.. I felt hopeless and shut down. I found art as a form of therapy. I knew I was creative and i’ve appreciated modern art as long as I can remember.
I didn’t know what to do about it. Then I read about prismacolor pencils online. I bought a ream of card stock and a set of them. I used up the whole ream and half of the pencils.
“pachyderm” an early colored pencil drawing
I drew all day, most days and I felt better, as time went on. I joined deviantart and started to learn. I asked everyone everything.
I worked on learning to paint and draw. It was practice and obsession. It was incredible. The world seemed open again. I tried as many mediums as could.
I made friends with artists on social media sites. We discussed artists we liked, techniques, inspiration and motivation. We validate each other and give and get positive feedback.
As I said, my art epiphany happen in 2009. It wasn’t the only time I painted. Both times my muse was my depression.
In 1995 I was asked to take a leave of absence from a job at E*Trade Securities that I hated, because of my bipolar disorder issues, I wasn’t able to act appropriately in a corporate environment. I cried at work, I missed way too many days, got angry when I was micromanaged, on and on. It was much too uptight, high stress, and just wasn’t what I wanted for myself.
After getting pushed out of my job i became extremely depressed. I was angry and scared. I felt ashamed. Thank goodness I had my husband to save me.
My dear father wanted to help. He gave me money to buy art supplies because he, my husband, and my psychiatrist thought it would be therapeutic. it was.
I went wild! It was feeling the thrill of buying art supplies for the first time. I chose large format canvases, oil paints, linseed oil, turpentine, brushes, drop cloths. I was really excited again. I started painting. Some of it was really enjoyable. I didn’t like making all of them because they woke up feelings I needed to feel but didn’t want to. Therapy! Catharsis!
“comet cleanser” an oil painting i did in 1995. you can see the catharsis!
Unfortunately, I only did that for a year. After that I made notebooks I filled with pen and ink drawings and oil pastels. i have no idea what happened to them, which is really too bad.
at one point I drew on a big pad of newsprint with sticks of charcoal. I put the pad on my old easel. I did lots of scribbling, making marks, (and making a mess!), practicing graceful curves suggesting the human body. Making big strokes and lines, drawing freely made me *feel* free.
I made and sold artisan jewelry for a couple of years after that. it kept my creative juices flowing and was a lot of fun. During this time I also did some oil painting.
one of my necklaces. i sold it to someone in australia!
one of my oil paintings done during the time i was making jewelry, before i got serious about painting.
Now I paint with many kind of paints and inks. I make psychedelic drawings with markers and fine liners.
It’s still going on. I’ve learned so much! That cliche about the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know is definitely true in this case. I think it will get more and more interesting as I carry on my art journey. It is still, and always will be, a large part of the therapy I need for my mental and physical ailments.
“woman on the wind” water color
this is a 16″x 20″ acrylic painting on canvas. the background was painted with brushes and the shapes were done with palette knives. this was the first acrylic painting i’ve done in quite awhile. painting with acrylics (i don’t use oils because of the well known drawbacks.) on canvas is always a treat. i’d always do it that way, but i don’t have anywhere near enough storage space for piles and piles of canvases.
my husband tells me that my paintings look like great backgrounds, so i have been trying to have distinct structures in my work. i dunno. i think maybe i prefer the great background kind of painting. it’s what comes naturally.
we’ll see how things go. 😀