Sunday, November 29, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Sunday Meditation

Sunday Meditation © Antonia Ruppert
Today's art started out as an encouragement to myself.  Some of the words are:

Be encouraged.
God will handle it.

Then I added my daughters names in the hair. And then I thought of my nieices and younger cousins. So their names were added as well.

This is my prayer/meditation for today.  I want to see these lovely sentiments for the next generation.

Art everyday=making art for others.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Art Everyday Month--painting at the edge of the day

Sketch - after the circus
©Antonia Ruppert

After cooking, cleaning, visiting the circus and putting the child to bed--we ushered in art.  Now that is creating at the edge of the day as author Toni Morrison suggests.

Sometimes these types of sketches become part of larger works--like here:

Dreaming of Innocence
Acrylic on Canvas
©Antonia Ruppert
and here:

Dreaming of Stars
Acrylic on Canvas
©Antonia Ruppert
Dreaming of Christmas
©Antonia Ruppert
Whether a sketch or an actual painting, these creations have become a testimony to the bible verse "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might." In this season of life, I try not to "despise these small beginnings" as scripture says.

Sometimes painting at the edge of the day=Art Everyday. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Art everyday- sweetness

Cranberry cake
© Antonia Ruppert

Ahhh!  This was my Thanksgiving dinner contribution. I love the cranberries folded into vanilla, almond, flour, sugar and butter. 

The family taste test results are in: the cake part was truly yummy but the cranberries were very tart.  Pucker up!

Here is a lesson--don't skimp the sugar. In an effort to lower calories, I used a 1/2 cup less of sugar.  And one could tell. 

Lesson learned.

That lesson carries over into art. Whether you are a new or seasoned collector, know this: working with an artist to create your decor is using all of the sugar.  

Working with an artist --like me--means sweet results.

I'm thankful for all who venture to work with me.  

Commissioned landscape
© Antonia Ruppert

Thank you for reading my posts, following me on Facebook, for purchasing my work and for your positive feedback.

I'll have another chance at that cranberry cake. I will make another one for a dinner party I'm hosting on this Saturday.

Believe me, I will not skimp on the sugar.  

See for ways you too can add real sweetness.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful for these 4

Landscape Progress
©Antonia Ruppert

Where I am, folks are getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. After spending much of the day cleaning, organizing and decorating...

©Antonia Ruppert
...I loved making progress on my painting shown first above. 

After reading blogger and wordsmith Melanie Jongsma's Thanksgiving post, I thought I would also share four projects I'm most thankful to have worked on this year.

1. Faces of Strength 
This nine month project was an idea I had to simply get to know moms within my local community.  I interviewed moms in the Berwyn community and a few surrounding areas. From those discussions, paintings were created.  Twelve paintings were shown at New Life Community Church(Melrose) earlier this spring. More will be shown next February and March in a new show at Loyola University Chicago.  I started out to make friends and connections and gained so much more.

Thank you to the mothers who spent time with me!

Holding the Treasure
Acrylic Mixed Media Collage
©Antonia Ruppert

2.  For Lauren (private collection)
This painting meant so much to me because like my patron's daughter, I lost my father.  Being able to provide this painting from one of her only pictures of the two together, was heart-warming for me.  

Thank you Mia and Lauren!
For Lauren
©Antonia Ruppert

3.  Genesis of an Artist 
This painting was three years in the making.  I am so grateful that it is completed.  Not only did I complete it, I submitted it to the Museum of Science and Industry's Black Creativity juried art exhibit.  Though I won't know until December whether it was accepted, I am happy  to have completed the submission process.

Thank you to Elaine and all of my Facebook friends who helped me name this piece!

Genesis of an Artist
4. Joseph
This is a painting that will be unveiled at the Barrington Christmas Artwalk 2015 in December. Though I am not at liberty to share it now to you due to the unveiling,  know that I am grateful for this opportunity. You may find more info about the Christmas Artwalk 2015 online here.

Though this is not all I am thankful for,  these projects send me into worship to God.

Thank you for your continued support of me and the art God allows me to make. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Remembering those gone on

Remembering Those Gone On
Watercolor and pencil

Art everyday.

Art Everyday Month - Ultra Creative Day

Progress on landscape
©Antonia Ruppert

Today was ultra creative in different ways. Don't you love days like that?

Not only did I work on a commissioned landscape, my daughter and I and a few other committed souls helped decorate our church for the holidays.

We laughed, listened to Christmas music and made the place spiffy.

Photos by Tiffany Daniels.

Earlier in the day, I noticed the blend of fall and winter.

Leaves in snow
© Antonia Ruppert

Winter leaves
© Antonia Ruppert

It was a lovely--ultra creative day.  Are you noticing your growing creativity as we move into this holiday season?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Art Everyday Month - A Song

Today's art is a song.  I love to paint. And I love to write. And I love to sing.

I grew up listening to my grandmother and her sisters sing. I thought everyone sung like that. It was just that natural.

Let me know if you can not hear this song and I can repost it as a link.

Thank you for listening.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Filling Pages

Sketchbook drawing
Ink and Marker
© Antonia and Imani Ruppert

Filling pages starts with experiences. Boring, mundane experiences. Adventurous, exuberant experiences. They all mean something. 

Filling pages -whether for personal journaling or article writing- means expression of these experiences. You have to have a want - a desire to say something. 

I've been keeping a journal/sketchbook since I was 12 years old. I obviously adore filling pages.

When I opened the sketchbook today, I saw my ten year old's creation(she drew in my book!). I decided to add my own drawing with hers.

Two artists are better than one.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Thank you Michael

Drawing of Michael
Ink on Paper
©Antonia Ruppert
Today's post is dedicated to my husband of 14 years, Michael. I'm so grateful to have someone to share not only my creative journey but life with. 
With gratitude.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Be Your Own Best Fan

Just sayin'
Photography by BNHoskins Photography
©Antonia Ruppert

Sometimes you have to be your own best cheerleader. It matters not who likes your posts or who friends you. Sometimes you must come to the point in time where you have prayed and no one is there but you. 

That's okay.

Be your own friend. Like your own stuff. Enter the exhibit. Host the big dinner party. 

I'm taking my own advice. Despite the fear, I'm entering in two paintings into an exhibit I've wanted to enter for at least three years. The odds are stacked, but I can not win what I don't enter. 

Just sayin.'

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Accountability

New painting progress--Oil on canvas 

I told a friend today that posting daily is keeping me accountable to creating daily.   
It's funny what happens when you share a goal with someone. What about when you share a goal in a format like this?

I have found that accountability helps us use muscles we already had. The "want to" muscle. The "I wish" muscle.

Close-up of painting in progress.

Accountability + creativity = much productivity.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Colorado Escape

"Flagstaff Mountain"
© Antonia Ruppert

Art Everyday Month continues. One of my new collectors obtained a pre-sale painting of Colorado from me.  Here is a preliminary sketch below.

This painting will be fun to paint because my collector chose two lovely colors: moss green and yam orange. Below is my initial watercolor using her colors. 

Next, I may create some additional studies (preliminary sketches, etc.) and then I'll be ready for the final painting (oil on canvas.)

When I see nature up close and so majestic, I can't help but sing Mali Music's:  

"All the glory belongs to You, all the glory belongs to You, Oh God."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Art Everyday Month - What's Your One Thing?

Oil and Charcoal on Canvas
©Antonia Ruppert
Do that one thing first. That's what I learned today. My friend and fellow artist Elaine shared a resource with me- The One Thing - a book by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan.

The synopsis from their website- What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? 

That one thing for me was to finish this painting which I started in 2012.  I wanted to finish it to submit it for the Black Creativity 2016 juried exhibition held at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  I felt like the painting needed revisions. Here is the painting before the revisions: 

Oil and Charcoal on Canvas
©Antonia Ruppert 

Thank God I finished it before I left the house today. 

As it turns out, I blew a tire this afternoon. So I spent the day getting roadside assistance and getting my tire fixed. 

Surprisingly, nothing bothered me about how I was spending my time.  I had already completed my most creative work. 

So I ask you - What is your one thing such that by doing it would make your day?

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

Also, this painting is currently untitled - but on my Facebook page, I am currently accepting "title" suggestions.  Go there to share your suggestions.

I appreciate you already.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Being Present

Drawing - Being Present
Watercolor and Ink
© Antonia Ruppert
Does a cell phone, which can transport one to game land, music land or social media land, help or hinder one's ability to be present? 

(Do you keep your cell phone dinging with notifications during family dinner)?

Today's art everyday creation is my hand holding my cell phone. I could see my face so I drew that too.

I had my cell phone in hand for a while. I had no desire to do anything with it but listen to some encouragement from Bishop T.D. Jakes and draw.  No surfing, etc.

Today, I chose to be present.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Bad Hair

Bad Hair-drawing
Ink and watercolor
© Antonia Ruppert

As I drew myself today, focusing on my hair, I realized other people across the world are having a "bad hair day." Their bad hair is a symbol of death and carnage. 

As we say bedtime prayers tonight, may we remember our neighbors in Beirut and   

Friday, November 13, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Day 13 - Revision time

Genesis of Survival--progress
30"x 40"

Making art everyday can help strengthen something you previously made. Today, I spent some time on an older painting. Revising tones and color. Here is how it looked before:

Genesis of Survival

My goal is to tweak it into greatness. I'll be sure to post the finished image.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Mount Shasta Finished

Mount Shasta Majesty
© Antonia Ruppert
This commissioned piece is completed and I can not wait for my collector to see it in person.  Here is a collage showing the process I took to create this piece.

Mount Shasta  Majesty - Process Collage © Antonia Ruppert

1. Red violet underpainting in acrylic
2. Full color underpainting in acrylic
3. The addition of oil color on top of the acrylic
4. The oil finish


Art everyday = sacrifice and making room for the unexpected. The unexpected might be a nudge toward mastering color or perspective.  It might just mean that your soul gets to sing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Going Slow

Mount Shasta- work in progress © Antonia Ruppert 

Slow down. That is what I'm trying to do today. At least that is what's called for in this latest commissioned painting of Mount Shasta. 

I started fast with acrylic paint. 

Mount Shasta - work in progress © Antonia Ruppert

But the current layer of oils on top of the acrylic called for deliberate, steady and slow brushwork. 

I stepped back and squinted too.

I remember how one of my instructors,  Clayton J. Beck III, at the Palette and Chisel Art Academy in Chicago, explained that he slows down as he gets closer to completing a painting. 

Are you slow and deliberate in your work or are you full-speed ahead? If you usually speed through a task, try slowing down(it might just work).

Flagstaff Mountain, Colorado © Antonia Ruppert 

Before I go - my Colorado pre-sale of paintings has been extended to November 19th. I'm committed to creating paintings from my trip to Colorado. As a pre-sale, you are able to obtain these paintings for your collection for less than usual. See more here:

Speed read it only if you must. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Experimenting vs. Playing

Photo © Antonia Ruppert

Experimenting or playing? What do you think? 

Which sounds like work? Which sounds like I am creating a masterpiece for a museum?

Who cares as my daughter would say. Let's just say today, I'm experimenting by playing. 

Photo © Antonia Ruppert

Using a cut potatoe and the bottom of a water bottle, I'm printing with acrylic paint on the canvas. 

Photo © Antonia Ruppert

I then sprayed both canvases with ink. This will be the underpainting for an idea I'm working (playing) with.

Play on.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Art Everyday - Day 9 - Mount Shasta

Work in progress. Mount Shasta. © Antonia Ruppert.

Art everyday - day 9: a work in progress. 

For this commissioned painting, I started with a base of acrylic and am starting to add layers of oil on top. While far from being done, I'm loving the way it is shaping up.

More progress soon.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

To Tackle Mountains - Art Everyday Month

Study from Flagstaff Mountain © Antonia Ruppert

Sometimes one needs the help of friends. That was the case yesterday-- my last day in Colorado.

I awoke in the middle of the night and thought "my adventure is incomplete." I need to be up in the mountains. I need more pictures of the environment here.

To make a long story short, I was helped by a friend (Susan) and her husband (Brad) who live in Boulder, Colorado. Thanks to them, I was able to take in Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder. Four and a half miles up, turning swiftly around as the road went up. 

©Antonia Ruppert

This city girl, who is usually not fond of heights, took it all in.

Thumbnail sketches from Flagstaff © Antonia Ruppert

After taking in the sights and taking a massive amount of pictures, we made it just in time to the airport. Thanks to Brad's natural ability to speed(gulp). 

Who helps you tackle your mountains?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Art Everyday Month - Day 7

Art Everyday Month - Day 7, Sketch of family watching TV, 7x10, © Antonia Ruppert
Artists from around the world are participating in Art Everyday Month this November. I have created something everyday so far in November despite traveling this week to Colorado.

After flying home to Chicago today, my family ended the day by watching "Me, Eloise," an animated children's television show.

So for day 7, here is my sketch of my family watching the show. Guess who fell asleep?

Art Everyday Month | Day 6

Sketch of my teddy bear, pencil on paper, © Antonia Ruppert
Here is my sketch for today--day six of art everyday month. 

I was not going to post this because it's not like "my work." But, I thought forget the "rules." 

Who says one can not express love in this way?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Writing and finding my voice

Sharing the Journey, (study/work in progress), 7x10, watercolor, ink and wax crayon- © Antonia Ruppert

I wrote everyday in the month of October. Several pages longhand. 

Why? My business coach, Jane, suggested I explore another avenue of creativity. I decided on writing because I have always kept a journal and wrote songs or poetry.

So when artist and writer Cynthia Morris of shared in her newsletter about her online writing course Free Write Fling, I thought it was perfect timing. 

Though I started writing because of the class, I came to truly enjoy it because it became a space where the real world could not reach me. It became a place of truth.

Moreover, I learned that one has to commit to writing as with any endeavor.

I had to move heaven and earth to make my writing a priority. Sometimes I wrote in strange places like at the laundromat.

What were the results?

Clarity. Stronger and deeper voice. Connecting with myself. I found myself writing and speaking truth in everyday situations. Telling people things they may or may not have wanted to hear. 

So here I am in Golden, Colorado at a  conference for artists (Art Biz Breakthrough 2015 led by Alyson Stanfield).

I made it to Colorado this week despite what looked like insurmountable challenges. At one point in October while writing, I emphatically wrote that "I would go." The intention and determination swelled up in me.  After much prayer, the way was made clear shortly after that.

Visual art...and writing. A powerful combination which I'm no longer afraid to own.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Portable Space | Art Everyday Month

Portable "office"

Have you ever missed an old friend? Today, I felt the ache for color. 

Surrounded by fall colors everywhere in Golden, Colorado--today, I needed to connect these sights with paint. 

Solution? Watercolor paint, a paper cup supplied by the hotel for water and wax and water soluble crayons. Simple tools to fill my need for color.

Color was everywhere. Here is what I saw today. 

Are we feeling welcomed yet?

This is right outside of the Golden Hotel.

Don't you just love these colors? 

Outside of Table Mountain Inn

Study of a street in downtown Golden, Watercolor and Ink on paper, 7x10

What colors might You use to paint beautiful fall colors? Have you ever had to be mobile or portable with your setup?  

I invite you to share with me.