I am proud to present Feature Artist Ruth Welter – Ruth captures the beauty of nature, birds, flowers, and butterflies in her acrylic paintings.
Feature Artist Ruth Welter
Dave – Hello Ruth and thank you for joining me today. I first meet you on Twitter and I have been a fan of your artwork from day one. How long have you been creating art?
Ruth – Thank you so much, Dave, for taking the time to talk with me. I started painting back in 2000 I believe. I first started off in pottery and decided after a few years that this was not the creative route for me. I got quite interested in painting at that time and dabbled a bit on my own and then liked it so much that I found a wonderful teacher who offered classes to all ages and skill levels in her home, I started studying with her for the next few years. By that time, I was hooked and knew I wouldn’t be able to stop painting.
Dave – The color palette you use is warm and mesmeric. Did you start creating your artwork with these colors or did it evolve over time?
Ruth – I seem to always, even at the beginning, tended toward these colors. When I first started to paint though, I guess I was more cautious, now I’m much bolder with my color choices. I try to use colors that make me happy when I see them.
Dave – What mediums do you use to create your paintings?
Ruth – I primarily use acrylic paint for all my work. I love using my paint in a wet technique and I particularly like this for my backgrounds. When I’m creating a background, I often have a spray bottle filled with water and lots of paper towels standing by. Once in a while, I will also use some watercolor paint to create some neat background effects as well. In most of my pieces the last few years I’ve become quite addicted to an acrylic stucco medium I’ve been using. I especially love this medium on paper as it shows the sandy, rough texture of the main subject against the delicate watercolor paper and wet paint technique that I enjoy.
Dave – Have you ever experimented with other mediums?
Ruth – Yes I did, years ago I used watercolors and also at one point I tried oils as well. I felt like the acrylics married the best of what I was looking for and so I ended up using them. I never say never though so who knows what the future brings with mediums. I try to keep my mind open to new possibilities.
Dave – You share your love of birds, flowers, and butterflies with your artwork, where do you get your inspiration for your paintings?
Ruth – I’m an avid gardener and funny enough, my interest in gardening started right around the time my love for painting began. I honestly think the love and interest in both feed off of each other, still to this day. To me, gardening is extremely artistic, I love experimenting from year to year in my garden as much as I do my art. Everywhere I go, whether my own garden or those I visit, I take photos constantly. Ideas from these visits might not spark for years, but when they do, some part of what I experienced on a visit to a garden or working in my own, becomes a painting.
Dave – Would you share with us a couple of your favorite pieces and tell us the story behind them?
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“Little Blue Hummingbird & Pink Hibiscus Garden Cameo” is one of my newer paintings and one of my favorites. I love hummingbirds, they are my favorite birds to paint and I love watching them in my garden and photographing them as well. This little guy was created using ideas from photos I have taken and throwing in some hibiscus flowers for good measure. I thought they made the perfect colorful combination.
“Chubby, Puffy Little Bluebird & Roses Garden Cameo” I really love roses and had quite a few in my garden where we lived in NY for many years. I photographed them so many times and also out and about visiting other gardens. They are some of my favorite summer flowers to paint and I thought they would pair well with this chubby little bluebird visitor.
Dave – Thank you for sharing with us your journey. Where can people follow you online and purchase your artwork?
Ruth – Thanks for taking the time to talk with me, Dave.
I can be found at the following places online –
www.thepaprgarden.etsy.com – paintings, prints, and stationery made from my works.
www.twitter.com/rhwelter – my creative journey.