Thursday, September 30, 2010


6"w x 4"h pastel

* contact the gallery for purchase

At first glance, all was dark...

subdued and moody tones coating the sky.

At second glance, thin ribbons of colors were revealed...

streaking, as hot flashes.

Transitions I-VI by Nancy Goldman

Transitions I - VI

Here are six non-representational paintings I did for a contemporary art show starting on Friday night and going for a week.  All of the paintings in the show are $99.00 or less.  There are some really interesting paintings in the show and if you enjoy contemporary art, it's worth a visit.

These six paintings are painted to flow together but also stand alone as individual paintings.  They can be hung vertically, horizontally or even in a circle (with all six) because the design is continuous through all of the pieces.

These are acrylic paintings on 12" x 12" gallery wrapped canvases with the sides painted black and they don't need frames.
These are hung vertically in the gallery.
The regular price of these paintings is $150.00 each but during this show only, they are $99.00 each or all six for $550.00.  
The show is at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in downtown Santa Ana.   The opening for this show is this Saturday, Oct. 2nd from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  This gallery is part of the Santa Ana Artists Village and the first Saturday of each month (this Saturday) is their art walk from 7:00 - 10:00 when galleries and artists workshops are open to the public.  There are wonderful restaurants here also and it's a fun evening out.  I hope you can stop by the OCCCA and say hi on Saturday.  I will be there for sure from 6:00 to 8:00 and then I'm going to check out the other art and food venues myself.  I hope to see you there.  I will also be there on Friday night from 6:00-8:00 but if you come that night, the art walk won't be happening.  This is a grab and go show so some of the artwork may be purchased Friday night and gone before the art walk.

 The address for the OCCCA is 117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA  92701 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


14"h x 11"w pastel

A bell that chimes every hour on the hour for over 80 years. 
That is the Chimes Tower and more can be read about it on my 
blog posting For Whom the Bell Tolls on April 27th.

The above painting is included in the Colors of Catalina 
exhibit at Tirage Gallery. 

The reception will be Saturday, October 9th from noon to 5pm 
and the show runs from October 9 - November 6. 

Stretch Duel, abstract horse racing painting by Carol Engles

10x14 mixed media on paper. This piece is done with watercolor and pastel -lots of pastel! Again, I wanted to show the color and speed of Thoroughbred racing. Hope you like it!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Arabian Three, charcoal drawing by Carol Engles

9x12 charcoal drawing on paper. This is a commissioned piece. To see more of my art or to contact me:

California Abstract Artist Carol Engles

Friday, September 24, 2010

Equine Pastel Drawing "Topaz" by Theresa Paden

By Theresa Paden
#5 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
8" X 8" Pastel on paper
15% of the sale will be donated to California Coastal Horse Rescue
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm taking a three day workshop in Pasadena, 
Today at the workshop, Leslie demonstrated how to create 
a beautiful painting without a paint brush!.  
It's amazing what she can do using only a palette knife! 
 Then we all painted vibrantly colored boats in a harbor, 
with our palette knives, using oils on panels. 
  It was lots of fun and we learned a lot. 

This pastel drawing of a beautiful blue-eyed horse 
is number 5 of 50 Horses in 50 Days. 
If you're interested in purchasing it, please email me.


taking timeout with a good friend, we went down near the cannery in Newport when I photographed this for I thought "Here is my next painting" The colors of the water, the shapes of the boat all made for good composition for the above painting.
For this and more "CLICK HERE"

More Desert Plants

 Barrel Cactus Painting

Seven Barrels
Acrylic on Canvas

Another painting inspired by sculptural desert plants growing in the Southern California Desert.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


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7"h x 5"w

The traveler ventured to distant lands seeking. 

His days were full with adventures to share with one and all.

And each evening blazed with colorful skies,
completing his extraordinary experience. 

Silk Fuchsias by Nancy Goldman

Silk Fuchsias
Image Size 21" x 21"
Silk dyes on silk

To see more of my paintings, please visit my website or blog.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


11"h x 14"w pastel on wooden panel + gold leaf frame
$625 + $25 insured priority shipping

Remember that old saying "Time flies"? It definitely does. 

I was just reminiscing about my travels to the Petrified Forest 
National Park and amazed that it has been one year, since I was 
juried as one of the Park's 2009 Artist-in-Residents.

I lived within a three-room historical adobe at the Park for 
two weeks and painted non-stop from early morning to late 
evening. True bliss!

Above is a pastel on a primed wooden panel, which greatly enhanced 
the texture of rough rocks. And the mountainous scene is one 
of many located along the 3 1/2 mile loop leading from the Park's 
main road to the Blue Mesa Trail. 

Desert Plants

Similar But Different

Barrels and Fenceposts
48" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas

Another painting inspired by Mother Nature and the Southern California Desert.
This one is similar to another I posted a couple weeks ago, but no big blue agave on this canvas.
The previous was a commission for a couple in La Quinta.
This one is still available for purchase.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Chartreuse Field One, abstract landscape painting by Carol Engles

14x19 mixed media on paper.

California Abstract Artist Carol Engles

Goin' Home by Nancy Goldman

Goin' Home
Image Size 18" x 30"

To see more of my paintings, please visit my website or blog.

"Splashing" Equine Painting, by Theresa Paden

By Theresa Paden
20" X 20" Oil on canvas, $300
15% of the sale will be donated to California Coastal Horse Rescue

This is painting number one of 50 Horses in 50 Days 
Painting the water in this painting was so fun! 
I loaded my brush with paint and flicked it across the lower area 
to make the paint splash onto the canvas.  

If you're interested in purchasing this painting, please email me. 
I accept PayPal and checks.

San Francisco Oil Painting - Golden Gate Bridge Painting by Karen Winters

"Golden Grandeur"
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge oil painting
18 x 24 oil on canvas

From the viewpoint of Baker Beach, the Golden Gate bridge soars across San Francisco Bay

This is just one of many recent paintings I'm doing of San Francisco. I'll be posting more soon on my San Francisco Paintings page

More about this painting at this blog link

New art daily at Karen's Blog
Visit my gallery site for an archive of available and sold paintings

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Grey Field One, abstract landscape painting by Carol Engles

14x19 acrylic with pastel and charcoal on paper

California Abstract Artist Carol Engles

Art to Benefit California Coastal Horse Rescue

I am very excited to announce that starting today I will be 
painting and drawing 50 horses in 50 days and 15% of the profits will be 
given to California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai. The equine artwork 
will consist of drawings and paintings. Some will be small 
and some larger. The styles will also vary and will include 
impressionistic, expressionistic, and abstract. 

  California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai provides food, shelter, 
rehabilitation, medical care, and adoption services for horses that have 
been abused, abandoned or neglected. This is an opportunity for 
me to help those horses. It's also going to be a growing experience 
for me as an artist. I hope you will follow along and watch 
my progress over the next 50 days! 

Click here to go to my blog.


4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping

Three abreast in the calm waters as they 
slowly swayed and rocked.

And the sun cast golden rays downward 
illuminating the night.

My thanks to Patti.

Ruth Andre Painting-Ranch Dudes & The Lone Ranger

I want to share with you an exhibit at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.  The complete show may be viewed online.  You will find an excellent group of artists showing western works.  Click HERE to view the exhibit.  I have two works represented in the show, "Ranch Dudes" and "The Lone Ranger".  Being invited to show at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum made for, "A painting day".

"Ranch Dudes"-12x16-inches, oil/canvas-Framed by Ruth Andre
"The Lone Ranger"-12x12-inches, oil/canvas-Framed by Ruth Andre

Saturday, September 18, 2010


10" x 8"w pastel
Courtesy of Tirage Gallery*
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This grove of wild flowers is where I was traipsing 
around for hours, before I discovered I was stranded.


I was smack dab in the center of Catalina Island for hours, 
mesmerized with the sights and colors. 

There I go... with my head in the clouds and ducking the rain drops!

 Fortunately I finally spotted and flagged down a 
Catalina Conservancy Employee tooling down the road, 
who radioed a ride for my return to Avalon. 
(no, it wasn't a garbage truck as Tirage claimed)

This is one of my paintings included within the Colors of Catalina 
show, comprised of four participating galleries of the Pasadena Art 
Association. Works may be viewed now at the galleries, with mutual 
open house receptions on Saturday, October 9th, from noon to 
5:00 p.m. Myself and many of the exhibiting Artists will 
be in attendance.  

This is a show not to be missed - hope to see you there!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Coral Canyon Rocks, abstract mixed media painting by Carol Engles

5x7 acrylic with pastel and charcoal on paper. $50 plus $10 U.S. shipping

California Abstract Artist Carol Engles

Old Tustin by Nancy Goldman

Old Tustin
Image Size 16" x 16"
Silk dyes on silk

To see more of my paintings, please visit my website or blog.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Arabian Two, charcoal equine drawing by Carol Engles

8x10 charcoal drawing on paper. This is a commissioned piece. I tried to capture the elegant, distinctive movement of an Arabian in a semi-abstract style.

California Abstract Artist Carol Engles

Ruth Andre Painting-Lunch Date

Have  you been to Volcano, California?  The main street is about a block long and the buildings that line the street were built during the "Gold Rush" era.  There are some fun places to shop and to eat with a theater for a bit of drama.  This little painting is of two old oak trees at the far end of town, near the old jail that still stands today.  Taking a road trip to Volcano made for, "A Painting Day".

"Lunch Meeting"-5x5-inches, oil/canvas-Framed by Ruth Andre

Desert Plants

Mother Nature Sculpts

Opetunia Burbanki
36" x 48"  
Acrylic on Canvas
$ 3500.00

I see desert plants as sculptures created by nature.  

This painting represents a thornless type of Prickly Pear which was developed in the hopes it could feed free range cattle in arid conditions.  It was not successful as such, but makes a fabulous addition to a desert landscape.  This particular painting was inspired by a plant in the Southern California desert.

When painting desert plants, I take artistic liberty with the color and shape of the plant and it's flowers to enhance the composition and chosen palette.  

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ruth Andre Painting-Standing Tall

On the way to Galt, California to buy a few bales of hay for our three hay eaters.  My husband was at the wheel of the truck when he heard me say, Stop.  I saw this beautiful paint gelding in the field near the road and wanted to get out and take a look at him.  This stoic fellow was very happy to have company and seemed willing to pose as I took a few photos.  Paints are a beautiful breed.  Their coloring is always a lovely surprise, like puzzles in a box.  Heading to Galt made for, "A Painting Day".

"Standing Tall"-48x24-inches, oil/canvas by Ruth Andre
Available at Texana- 361-645-2074 - Goliad, Texas


4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping

Upward it shot, as a projectile bursting above the trees. 

Overlapping the sunset's thin strips of clouds
spotting the sky with dusky colors.


Que` no Alex... I think it's your cigar smoke billowing.

Monday, September 13, 2010


4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping

Darkened clouds filled the vast sky.

The daylight was escaping quickly. 

Yet as the sun descended, the beams of bright light burst forth...

and illuminated the night.


Two Pie Apples

6" x 8"
Acrylic on Canvas Board

I am giving away this little painting of two apples just waiting to be peeled and cut into a pie.

Visit my blog:
for details.

Silk Coconuts by Nancy Goldman

Silk Coconuts
Image Size 25" x 25"
Silk dyes on silk

To see a slideshow of the WIP photos, go to Flikr

To see more of my paintings, please visit my website or blog.

Expressionistic Rooster Painting, "Early Bird", by Theresa Paden

 Expressionistic Rooster Painting
 "Early Bird"
by Theresa Paden

11" X 14" Acrylic on canvas


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Canyon Rocks Six, mixed media abstract by Carol Engles

5x7 acrylic with pastel and charcoal on paper. $50 plus $10 U.S. shipping.

California Abstract Artist Carol Engles

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ruth Andre Painting - "Half Wild"

There are a few paintings in the many that come off the easel that you become attached to and actually want to keep for yourself.  I try not to do this and after being an art representative in Los Angles several years ago would tell my clients not do that very thing.  Paint it, learn from it and move on to the next painting.  With that said this little filly, half Arabian and half Mustang, has a place of honor on a little easel all of her own in my kitchen.  I visit with her daily.  For some reason this little one caught my heart.  The story goes that her mother, the Mustang, jumped the fence to be with her soon to be daddy, the Arabian stallion and Half Wild is what became of the union.  I kind of like the idea that the Mustang mare still had a wild streak.  Being half wild made for, "A Painting Day".

"Half Wild", 6x6-inches, oil/canvas-Framed by Ruth Andre NFS

New Artist

Nature Inspired Paintings

Barrels, Fenceposts and Agave   48"x48"

I am happy to be able to share my nature inspired work with you.  California desert, California mountians (especially Lake Tahoe), California farm land, all influence and mold my creativity.

Fenceposts   48" x 36"

These two paintings are from the Desert Plant series on which I continue to work.  Take a look at my web site to see additional work.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rocks I by Nancy Goldman

Rocks I
Image Size 18" x 24"

To see more of my paintings, please visit my website or blog.


4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping

Life seemed so insurmountable.

Obstacle after obstacle. 


Yet with a closer scrutiny, I observed glorious colors.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ruth Andre Painting - "A Shady Spot"

My work is usually pretty quiet and subtle with shades of muted colors and grays but today I am showing a little wild painting called "A Shady Spot".  It was painted on location at the Amador Flower Farm here in the foothills.  The daylilies were bright and bountiful under the big oak trees.  Enjoying the flower fields made for, "A Painting Day"

"A Shady Spot"-6x6-inches, oil/canvas, framed by Ruth Andre

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping

Pale, pastel and subtle the colors whirled.

Casting pink shadows that kissed the rooftops.

As the evening danced in.

Monday, September 6, 2010


 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" pastel
8" square archival white matte, glass + gold leaf frame
$150 + $15 insured priority shipping