A Brush With Rusty
A Brush With Life

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Trillium" ACEO original watercolor painting by Rusty Harden

ACEO  2 1/2  x 3 1/2
Rusty Harden

With this warm weather it won't be long before the trillium are in bloom.  Last Spring my Wednesday morning art group met at Studio 14 Gallery's owner, Evelyn Staub's home.  Behind her lovely home is a woodland area which was thick with blooming trillium.  Fellow artist, Sonnie, even spotted a knodding trillium.  Even though I captured several wonderful references for painting on my camera, I find myself in great anticpation at returning again this year.  I had time to sketch some studies last year.  Perhaps my schedule will allow me to actually paint them "plien aire". 

When I painted this one on Sunday afternoon,  my mind went back to that day.  I think that is one of the wonderful reasons to go out and experience the nature we strive to capture in our art.  Did I mention the flowers that led to my life of crime??  Well, that's another post. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

"Red Tailed Hawk" ACEO original by Rusty Harden

"Red Tailed Hawk"
ACEO 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Original Watercolor Painting
Rusty Harden

The Red Tailed Hawk is one of the wildlife ambassadors at the Brukner Nature Center, Troy, Ohio.

We are reminded that we share this planet with other amazing living creatures and what we do or do not often has an impact on their very survival.  Education is the key.  The proceeds of this sale will go to Brukner Nature Center, directly.

Monday, March 5, 2012

"Return to Oz" Mixed Media Painting By Rusty Harden

"The Wizard's Ball"
14"  x 20 1/2"
pen, colored pencil, watecolor
arches hotpress paper

Inspired by Ray Shuell's painting
of Dylan's song, "Desolation Row"
I couldn't help but to create some additional lyrics:
Down on Desolation Row" War on Fairytales Rusty Harden
I’ll call my friend Alice
who has left her Wonderland.
Her heart had shrunk with malice
When the rabbit took the stand.

The Queen is yelling from the tower
“Off with her head.”, you know.
Alice and I have the circus to see
Down on Desolation Row

Dorothy climbed the vortex wall
to get to the ruby shoes
Tinman plays the Wizard’s Ball
singing the cryptic blues

Glenda had her bubble burst
and is married to the Scarecrow
Both have an endless thirst
that leads to Desolation Row

Christopher is a slumlord
Cares only about the rent
Eeyore always knew the score
Found himself a tent

Tigger’s got a girlfriend
Now he’s not the only one
Poo lives around the bend
His honeypot is gone

Once a family, but who knew
How’d the story go
Piglet warms a rabbit stew
Down on Desolation Row

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Cuppa Joe" CBS Sun Art by RustyHarden

"Cuppa Joe"
8"  x 8"
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

Isn't it funny how we collect coffee mugs with all kinds of pictures on them.  When did that begin?  Who thought up that incredible marketing idea?  I don't personally have a collection but I enjoy looking at the variety when I'm shopping, especially at a tourist trap.  They have the best mugs, don't you think?