Sunday, January 18, 2015

Original Acrylic Plein Air Landscapes of the Desert by Cheryl Ratcliff

 "Witch Doctor"
Acrylic on Board

 "Monzogranite Formations"
Acrylic on Board
8" X 10"

 "Desert Sunset"
Acrylic on Board
8" X 10"
 "Joshua Trees"
Acrylic on Board
8" X 10"

" Desert Pastels"
Acrylic on Board
5" X 7"

" December Desert"
Acrylic on Board
4" X 6"

"Mojave Yucca"
Acrylic on Board
4" X 6"

Monday, December 8, 2014

I Must Have Flowers.....Original Oil Paintings by Cheryl Ratcliff

"I Must Have Flowers, always, and always."
Claude Monet

"I Must Have Flowers...1"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas panel

"I Must Have Flowers....2"
8" x 10"
Oil on canvas panel

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oil Painting of A Red Door by Cheryl Ratcliff

"The Red Door"
Oil on canvas board
8"x 10"

“The mind I love must have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass, an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two, a pool that nobody's fathomed the depth of, and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind.”

― Katherine Mansfield

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Original Oil Painting of Man Singing by Cheryl Ratcliff

"Love Lifted Me"
Oil on canvas
8"x 10"

Sometimes all you need is a song.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Original Mixed Media Girl Portrait with e.e. cummings Poem

"Let It Go"
Mixed Media

let it go – the
e.e. cummings

let it go – the
smashed word broken
open vow or
the oath cracked length
wise – let it go it
was sworn to
let them go – the
truthful liars and
the false fair friends
and the boths and
neithers – you must let them go they
were born
to go
let all go – the
big small middling
tall bigger really
the biggest and all
things – let all go
so comes love

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Original Mixed Media Portrait of a Girl and Hafiz Poem

"I Wish I Could Show You"
Mixed Media 
9"x 12"

Poem that is on this painting--

"I Wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being"

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Original Abstract Painting by Cheryl Ratcliff

For Kristen

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Original Oil Landscape of Wildflowers by Cheryl Ratcliff

"Mountain Side Gold
9" x 12"
Oil on Board

“In Blackwater Woods,” by Mary Oliver

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is
nameless now.

Every year
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
is salvation,

whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Original Oil Portrait of A Thinker by Cheryl Ratcliff

"A Thinker"
Oil On Stretched Canvas
16"  x 20"

to see this clearly

I am no magic trick, no doer of miracles, no water walker.

I am no architect of glory, no layer-on of hands, no angel wing.

I am no weaver of gold, no mythmaker, no parachute artist.

I am no halo of stillness in a downpour.

I am no treasure chest, no hero, no thunderbolt wielder.

I am no rabbit foot or lottery number.

I am no combination lock, no mystery ingredient, no optical illusion.

But here is a handful of sunflowers from the florist's sidewalk jungle.

Here is a blanket to spread on the grass for an afternoon.

Here is a song on the radio that calls for dancing.

Here is a chocolate bar I will share with you.

Here is a road sign, a notebook, photographs of those I have loved.

Here is a slice of bright blue sky, a hummingbird

thrashing her wings around an apricot tree.

To see this clearly

is enough.

Maya Stein


Monday, January 20, 2014

Original Oil Of Old Gas Station by Cheryl Ratcliff

"Seen Better Days"
Oil on board 
8" x 10"

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sunday, December 8, 2013

"Pears on Red Cloth"
Oil on board

Friday, November 29, 2013

Floral Still Life by Cheryl Ratcliff

12" x 24"
Oil on board

"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
There is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
The world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase 
"each other" doesn't make any sense,"


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Original Oil Painting of Red and White Wine With Apple by Cheryl Ratcliff

Oil on board
9" x 13.5"

"Don't surrender your loneliness
So quickly
Let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you
As few human
or even divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart
Has made my eyes so soft,
My voice
So tender,
My need of God
Absolutely clear."


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Original Oil Landscape of the Sunset Over Coeur d' Alene Lake by Cheryl Ratcliff

"The Light Lingers"
Oil on Board

"O soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your inner beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You in truth are the soul, of the soul of the soul." Rumi

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bitteroot Workshop with Catherine Gill and Bob Phinney

I just spent a great weekend getting re inspired to make time in my life for art! I took a Bitterroot Workshop taught by Catherine Gill and Bob Phinney. It rained the whole time, but we had great demos and critics, plus Qi Gong with Karl-Erik Andreasson. Cathe and Bob are masters of their craft, wonderful teachers full of great instructional wisdom and humor. The workshop was filled with great artists and it was wonderful to learn so much and make new friends!

Sketching demo at Farragut State Park by Bob

Bob teaching how to do a grisaille 

Cathe is great at explaining her techniques

wet and cold watching demos

Beautiful North Idaho!

 Great to see side by side demos in different media

Grey day!

Bob and Cathe having fun showing us their ooze mixed media techniques
with chalk pastels used with oil paint or water colors.

Bob's painting that Cathe finished

Cathe's painting that Bob finished

The orange truck that Tracie and I painted in the rain. We decided that we discovered a new sport--
Extreme Plein Air Painting

Tracie and her beautiful painting

My new friend, Tracie Hubbard

Sketches done of the Bayview Marina from inside Tracie's car.

Now I'm really thinking about Big Shapes and Value and filling up lots of sketch books!

Thanks Bob for some good lessons on perspective.