September Ruby Studios is a collection of watercolour paintings that began in September 2003. Wanting to share these paintings with others who appreciate art, nature and the beauty of the world, this blog was created. There are presently 162 paintings in the September Ruby Studios collection. By painting and gaining inspiration from family, friends, garden and travels, this collection will continue to evolve.
This painting was inspired by the playful rocks in Fairmont Creek, British Columbia. "Canada Rocks". Their true colours shine through when the sun and moving water flow together. One sees what one looks for.
This portrayal of Crowther Memorial Junior High School (built in 1985) in Strathmore, Alberta highlights its freestanding bell. In this painting we see someone at the open door, ready to take another step towards inspiring others to go forward. John Quincy Adams said of a leader, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
In Chinese culture the plum blossom is seen as a friend of winter and represents the value of endurance. Plum blossoms typically have five petals with the five petals symbolizing five blessings, longevity, prosperity, health, virtue and good living. The flowers in this painting blossomed one Alberta spring after a prairie winter.
This portrayal of Crowther Memorial Junior High School (built in 1985) in Strathmore, Alberta highlights its freestanding bell tower. A freestanding bell tower is often referred to by the Italian term campanile. Throughout history bell towers were part of churches. One of the most famous bell towers is the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The tilting tower is the campanile of the cathedral of Pisa which is found behind the bell tower. The Tower of Pisa was completed in 1372 and stands 183 feet tall. Another famous bell tower is Ivan the Great Bell Tower in Moscow, Russia. Built in 1508, it is the tallest tower in the Moscow Kremlin complex standing 266 feet tall.
Today, bell towers can be found as part of churches, civic buildings or schools.
(click schools to see examples of scholastic bell towers )
I wonder how tall The Crowther Memorial Campanile is?
From a peak of more than 1700 wooden grain elevators in Alberta in the 1930's, an article written in 2013 estimates about 120 are left standing. Known as prairie sentinels they once served to connect people on the prairies, much like the Inuksuk of the Arctic. Upon arriving at a grain elevator, the next closest one could often be seen. This grain elevator at Kuusamo is WSW of Sylvan Lake on the CN line from north of Red Deer to Rocky Mountain House. It was closed in 2002 and became privately owned. The reference photo for this painting was taken in the fall of 2014.
In the traditional Christmas Carol, "I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In",composed in England in the 1600's, the significance of the three ships has long been debated. One could not actually sail into landlocked Bethlehem. Was the composer referencing the Three Wise Men? Perhaps they were symbolic of camels, which have long been referred to as Ships of the Desert? Maybe the ships were symbols for Faith, Hope and Charity? Or quite simply Mary, Joseph and Jesus?
In this Christmas painting, there are not three, but six sailing ships. Santa is greeting them enthusiastically, as he too, has embraced a sense of adventure. Santa looks to Miss Adventure to take him sailing and join Ethan, Tristan, Logan, Reegan, Sadie and Oliver in their sailboats already out on the lake. No matter the symbolism of the original three ships, these six ships, with their red and white sails, are a definite symbol for the joy and happiness children bring to all those whose hearts are open to the joy, peace, hope and charity of Christmas.
These bamboo culms were painted to represent the inner and outer beauty of aging. As we age, we may begin to fade on the outside (greys and yellows), but the fire inside burns strong (reds and yellows). All going well, we maintain the memories, strength and passion of our youth (greens).
Embrace your greys and strive for a little red, yellow and green every day.
This image of an island was referenced with a photo from Salt Spring Island, one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia, off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It is an image portrayed as a moment of time when the skies are dancing, the early morning light transforms the water into a mirror and the almost disappearing horizon is made visible by another distant island.
Usually red to orange in colour, some species range from dark purple to black. Rose hips have a high content of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium and iron and may be used fresh or dried in countless recipes. Sip a cup of rose hip tea, enjoy a glass of refreshing rose hip punch or rose hip wine, smother your pancakes in rose hip syrup or if you are brave, indulge in a bowl of Swedish rose hip soup.
What is red? Passion? Courage? Danger? Beauty? Determination? Anger?
Red is all that and more.This bamboo was painted primarily in two reds (Alizarin Crimson and Dragons Blood) and one blue (Prussian Blue). This painting, started out red, but soon became softened with blue, reminiscent of an accidental discovery years ago by the colormaker Diesbach. Perhaps an accidental discovery that couldn't have been more beautiful if it were planned. Diesbach, working in Berlin in the early 1700's, was trying to make particular stong red, when he created a deep blue that we now know as Prussian Blue.
The creation of this blue, the first modern, synthetic colour was completely accidental.
This bamboo began as a journey towards an expression of passion through the use of red. That very same Prussian Blue, developed accidentally, was the catalyst that changed the passion of red to quiet determination.
We must never be afraid to try something new. Often the results lead us to beautiful new discoveries.
The Wakefield Covered bridge (Wakefield, Quebec), now a historical attraction, was originally built in 1915, but was destroyed by fire in 1984. The bright reflections in the water not only represent the restored bridge's fresh coat of paint but are reminiscent of the power of the flames that destroyed it. This covered bridge was one of the first bridges to link the two shores of the Gatineau River. The restoration of the bridge was completed in 1998 through community effort.
Bridges are links that help to bring people together. As the Olympic Games begin today in Sochi, Russia, let us hope that new bridges will be built to strengthen the dream of peace in the world.