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Paintings by Year
New start in new town, getting to know the way of life and forming a plan. Ruth attended many tour led hikes to find incredible nature surroundings that brought a lot of rejuvenation and inspiration.
Acrylics 24x36 This sculpted painting of field flowers, dreamy hills, ocean, and impasto sun was started while dreaming of this place called paradise, then finished after artist, Ruth Collis, moved here. Scenes surrounding Pismo Beach are just like this in Spring.
Mermaid tail made of all acrylic paint on min easel with shimmer and custom name option.
Three-dimensional painting made from cake decorating tips and thick paint. Underwater scene looking up to above.
Micro canvas and easel of an impasto sun, 3D waves, gritty sand, and an umbrella shading someone enjoying the Pismo Beach view of rolling hills nearby.
Micro canvas of 3D waves of texture at the gritty painted sand of Pismo Beach.
Fun, colorful, bright and cheery mini birdhouse.
3D tulips made of thick acrylic paint grow around this adorable mini birdhouse with white picket fence.
This was major accomplishment finding an acrylic medium that would make the incredible shapes of tafoni which is honeycomb weathered rocks. Salt, pebbles, and wind form these shapes in softer sandstone rock material. This was a great find at Fiscalini Preserve, Cambria, California, just North of Pismo Beach. Mica Flake shards added for glamour. Acrylics 9x12 on 3/4 inch Stretched Canvas
Liquid paint forms lava colors and carries these all acrylic wrinkled up black 3D ember strips with it. All Acrylics 9x12 inch on 3/4 inch deep Stretched Canvas
Huge move to pleasant weather, inspiring nature, major art town, and start dreams of art exhibits & gardens. Major challenges finding and settling into a place, then setting up an art space. Got 4 pieces in 3 shows here in the Pismo Beach area.
3-dimensional heart made from a pastry tip and thick paint to decorate this cute heart shaped gift box.
Thick paint forms a black and orchid butterfly to top this colorful heart shaped gift box.
Immense sculpture can be formed with just thick paint alone. Ruth Collis has figured out how to make it stiff and not fall over. Can be a sculpture by itself or used as sculpture in a painting. Entirely Acrylics 11x14 on 1.5 inch Streched Canvas
Rock painted as a 3D sunflower with acrylics.
Rock painting takes on a whole new dimension with 3D thick acrylic paint to make this sunflower.
This sunflower takes on a whole new dimension with 3-dimensional acrylic paint.
(34 paintings and 1 sculpture)
Invention of the first ever free-standing coral sculpture that stays up without falling over, made entirely of thick acrylic paint. Big success with the Russian Tulips blended dimensional flowers for Mother's Day.
Peel Painting by Ruth Collis using thicker paints and some gritty texture. All acrylics.
Thick and gritty textured purple heart by Ruth Collis, using the Peel Painting method and a heart mask of silicone.
First "Field of Flowers" impasto painting by Ruth Collis for her online video course, then deciding to do a second one in landscape orientation for the course layout on Udemy.
Highly thick impasto painting by Ruth Collis, with use of the palette knife painting tool and special technique for getting this dreamy painterly sun in this pretty red field of textured flowers.
Third "Field of Flowers" painting to get higher quality still shots instead of video footage, for Arrow Magazine article by Ruth Collis
First literal free-standing sculpture made entirely out of paint with no support structure, by inventor, Ruth Collis Feb 29, 2016.
Textured painting commission painted by Ruth Collis of arch in Utah.
The first original prototype for creating Russian Tulips with paint for a fine art painting and not with perishable frosting. Background has palette knife look and tulips are completely 3-dimensional and all acrylic.
This is a 2nd painting of the Russian Tulips but in a mesmerizing blend of pink colors, made entirely from all acrylic paint and not frosting. By using the Russian nozzle cake decorating tip and highly thick paint of a special brand, this has enabled incredible 3-dimension in a painted fine art form by Ruth Collis
Third painting with lighter marbly background has 3-dimensional flowers made from all acrylic paint and not frosting. These are styled with the Russian Tulips cake decorating tips that was a rare find and hard to import into the USA from Russia, but now made into a fine art painting.
Red Russian Tulips on an artistic marbly background, made entirely of thick acrylic paint by Ruth Collis
Custom 3D roses made entirely of thick acrylic paint with cake decorating tips to give the similar shape like frosting. These are permanent fine art flowers that won't wilt. White rose with red edging on marbly artistic background, by Ruth Collis.
Efficient use of Russian Tulip flowers for 22 mini paintings in a test environment for Mother's Day gifts.
These 3 coral tiles are completely made out of thick acrylic paint and done by using cake decorating tips to get the stylized shapes, by Ruth Collis, and mounted on a 1 and half inch thick stretched canvas for further dimension.
This White Mushroom Plate Coral is made entirely of thick acrylic paint and sculpted with cake decorating tips by Ruth Collis. Touch of pearly silver shimmers for highlights.
(33 paintings and 5 video courses)
The new year started with an incredible series of inventions beginning with crinkled paint that worked perfect for a poppy flower, first paid online video course showing how to make pipe corals from unused acrylic palette paint, followed by a new Peel technique, Simple Poppies, and an all new Impasto Pieces product in beta, where you arrange dried fine art impasto pieces into a painting, like a puzzle, but at a fraction of the cost of a whole painting shipped to you. Studio organizing to find a drying and storage system for bulk amount of paintings, anticipating the great multiplying of this Peel Painting style.
Wrinkled paint invention by Ruth Collis. See the gathers that formed this incredible all acrylic paint poppy.
Learn how to make dimensional pipe corals all from rolling unused palettes of built up paint called paintskins. Save paint. Prevent paint from going down the drain & no clogged pipes.
Warm colored corals form tube sponge pipe shapes in this sculptural painting made entirely from thick acrylic paint by Ruth Collis.
Save money on expensive gels and make your own painting texture with this course on making your own chunky texture Gel.
From the Peel Paintings course on how to press & peel paintings for neat texture effects. See www.PeelPaintings.com for more.
From the Peel Paintings course, this painting shows the high textures peaks from the Peel technique.
This is the palette of left over paint from "Fork Fun," turned into a painting, even THIS one had a left over palette paint for yet a 3rd painting. One painting just makes another.
This is the thick acrylic paintskin formed from the palette of another painting called "Fork Fun Palette" that was left over paint from the original "Fork Fun" painting. This impasto abstract is called "Fork Palette Paintskin."
Peel Painting by Ruth Collis, made of acylics, and used as demonstration in her Peel Painting courses.
Peel Painting by Ruth Collis, outlined in black along the texture peaks.
From the Peel Paintings course, this shows a folded technique that can be done to get textured effects.
This painting was meant to have this gray sky but with a bright pink tree in it, but Ruth's boyfriend saw an avalanche. So when faced with 2 outcomes, Ruth decides on both. Peel effect using the Paper Peel method in the Peel Paintings course.
From the Peel Paintings course, Ruth shows a wavy directional peel method.
From the Peel Paintings course, here is a "partial peel" method, peeling only part of a section of canvas, the forelock and mane to get neat textures.
Video course on Skillfeed showing how to make 3D snow from all acrylic paint and make winter trees stand out in amazing dimensional relief.
From the course showing how to paint poppies in 3D with only really thick acrylic paint.
These 3-dimensional poppies are easy to make with Ruth Collis showing how to create and arrange them easily in this lively simple course.
Arrange dried fine art impasto pieces into your painting at a fraction of the cost of a whole painting shipped to you, with this Iris set of thick impasto pieces by Ruth Collis.
Right side piece of Floral Triptych peel painting with immense acrylic texture.
This acrylic bass painting by Ruth Collis has a combination of techniques, from sculpted fins of 3-dimension, crackle scale texture, and a Peel veiny texture effect around the edges.
Colorful abstract made from a paintskin palette too good to throw away, from Ruth Collis.
Impasto acrylic closeup of a mermaid tail with the Peel effect
Impasto closeup of this blue and yellow flower with black outlining to contrast, is painted by Ruth Collis.
Rich deep red impasto swirls of thick acrylic paint stand out with 3-dimensional stems and leaves as well, on this palette knifed background original painting, by Ruth Collis.
This 3D paint texture was done with a simple tool such as a fork. 3D eyeballs are still in the inventing process. The cute little pink nose is an upside down tulip. Even the background was smeared on with a fork.
Peel Painting of a black cat shown with a downward peel texture and 3D eyeballs Ruth Collis is still developing.
Peel Painting showing intricate texture lines of many pressing passes to get this fine texture. It is amazingly done with a watery acylic inks to show this peel texture is still possible with a runny medium.
Peel Painting of fluid acrylic inks, showing gritty texture can be added on top, by Ruth Collis
Peel Painting course shows how to squeeze paint between 2 surfaces and peel off to reveal neat texture lines, in a multitude of ways to spark your creativity.
Palette knives slide buildings into place in this carefree thick acrylic abstract by Ruth Collis, with heavy impasto. 16x20
Part of the Peel Painting 2 course, Ruth Collis shows use of the palette knife tools that can make this peeling impression of great veiny texture to resemble an abstract city. Clear glitter paint makes the buildings sparkle.
Intricate peel painting texture replicates the veiny lines found in a real iris. This is a thick acrylic painting by Ruth Collis, outlined in black for contrast.
The cloned copy of "Iris Peel Outline," each peel painting becomes unique when adding a different background and texture.
Peel Painting by Ruth Collis demonstrating how to paint on watercolor paper without it buckling when getting wet.
Three-dimensional roses made entirely out of acrylic paint are placed in an acrylic marbly background of poured colors by Ruth Collis.
Three-dimensional hair using thick paint and the basket weave cake decorating tip. Black outlined edges acrylic sculptural painting by Ruth Collis.
New pipe coral painting available from Ruth Collis, who makes sculptural dimension show in unique ways with unused thick dried acrylic palette paint.
Fatter peach pipe corals painted by Ruth Collis are made entirely with thick acrylic paintskins, which is just built up palette paint rolled into a pipe form. This one took some extra sculpting and gritty textures used. Shimmering blue hues highlight the pipe fronts of this sculptural fine art painting, and a clever peel technique was used to show her online class of how you can get 2 dramatic kinds of textures. Lower right corner shows a thin plate coral form.
(7 paintings, 2 video courses, one with over 2000 students, 2 authored books, and gallery representation)
Started out the new year with a painting sold & finally making it through 2 years of struggle to become a published instructor of the Simple Sculptural Rose online video course, telling people how to get into this thick type of painting style. Got accepted into prestigious Xanadu Gallery Studios of Scottsdale, Arizona. Became a published author in 2 Kindle books sold on the Amazon market: Make Impasto Rosettes with Paint, and Best Fun ACTION Things to Do in Pismo Beach. Ended the year with a highly sculpted pipe coral abstract to upgrade quality.
Dried strip of all acrylic paint tied into a bow. Now can you do that with a paintbrush painting wet-into-wet?
Unheard of sculptural techniques for painting. Possible end of painting template site to focus on the continuing thick paint style & marketing of art. New mega fast computer, several data backup plans, invention of cell phones with quality camera enabled many qulity recorded painting footage for planned start of teaching in online lessons & courses. Continued search for website solution that will work for visibility, scalability, & traffic capability.
Start of putting Jellyfish Squish online lesson together. Start of more commissions for businesses & yet more stand-ups & no-shows, reinforcing online business only. Challenging summer heat brought more focus to making an online income work. Studied Facebook, Kindle publishing, & the Udemy online course system for instructors.
Ruth bought many programs to get training on how to make an income that would also appeal to her. Co-workers now surpassing her in income, Ruth realized through much training to be who she was not, that you live life only once and your purpose is to find and use your special gift & bring that to the world. Here is where Ruth decided to do what she loves fully and find a way to make that pay off financially for her as well.
Rich development of 3D style, but bad website softwares one after another, preventing being seen in the search engines. Worst craft show experience, waste of time & great money. No room to store paintings. No galleries working out. First corporate collection of 16 paintings by end of year in approaching businesses.
On disability for an entire year struggling with health to survive, now with chance to do all dreamed of... hard study, research, testing of techniques, & resulting explosion of thick paint style, sculpture elements, transparent effects & phenominal painting development growth. Found artistic love & style now, but more undesired moving.
Experiments with surfaces getting swirly effects, rich textures, more huge paintings, more painting templates for other beginners, start of Jellyfish Squish techniques & exploration; but continual data loss, computers breaking, brand new video equipment failure & lots of video demos & a year of hard work on many designs for tempate site lost. No money now for deeply needed vacation away to fix technical issues now, worsening to start of major health decline.
Love life turning around, experiments with oil bars & other mediums, but consistent progress with the thick acrylic paint style. Use of brighter happier colors, start of abstract style & no more time consuming no-fun figures. Grew to huge canvas sizes & the first of sculpture painting by taking the drying off the surface to a separate layer for shaping.
Challenging year for Ruth with loss of 2 people, moving from home to home, straightening out relationships, finding stability, healing, & a place for a painting setup. Start of painting template download site for other beginner artists.
Development of Figure style, unique mediums, first oil paintings, few commissions as hobby, & further development of the thick impasto paint style. Right about this time was when Ruth got rid of her horse & life long interest in them that was now not fulfilling. She now wanted to have more time for her art. It took quite awhile to make the changes neccessary to have the new dreams, but then more free time came as quite a blessing desired.
Thick acrylic sculpted painting of the Macaw bird colors, feather impressions, and paradise plants they live in.
Figure work grew into installations. This became very upsetting to Ruth to create such thing, hoping to finally set roots and paint her art into a permanent structure, just to be uprooted again & not know how many more countless times she would have to move. She got her hair braided for first time, an aspiration to have dreamy long hair that would be found designed into her paintings.
This was when Ruth discovered a projector tool in the art store that would make her figure drawings HUGE, and enable them to be painted large on a canvas. Very enlightening time of vision.
Following Texas artist, Jack White's advice to develop a certain style collectors can come to know Ruth as doing, she began this figure style that blended with a form of nature, similar to the Erte fashion designer she learned of in college.
This was also where the 3D forms began for Ruth, inventing such things as "Bubble Gum Art," Balloon Art," and her "Mechanical Rose" made of a shop towel and car brake line parts. This was also when finding thicker pastes made of paint in a bulk paint manufacturer's store that sold to the public.
Shimmering waves of pearl red and copper hair with herbs and flowers make this acrylic painting by Ruth Collis.
Hand sculpted 3-dimensional thickly painted seashells make this acrylic mermaid by sculptural painting artist, Ruth Collis, a rare find. Signature is cleverly disguised in the tail.
Hues of peach and pink make this flower bed a happy place to sleep in this acrylic painting by Ruth Collis.
Ruth struggled to find a style all her own, work 2 jobs and put herself through college to where she burnt the candle at both ends with no outlet, constantly in school & dealing with red tape and the school system trying to create revenue from her for classes she already took.
After 6 years of college and attaining an AS plus some extra classes, fiinally having enough, Ruth decided it was time to start living life a little. She wrote list after list of things she was interested in, things she wanted to collect, places wanted to go, what she thought about everything, and eventually all this led to writing a 4 inch fat "List Book" where she started learning who she was.
This led to graphic design commissions for business cards, murals, and own self studies of fashion photography, comparing magazine model tear sheets with her own photo work of her friends she would dress up, style their hair & makeup, and become a location photoshoot planner and design settings.
As backwards as society pressured her, this was exactly where she found life and feeling, passion, and love for finally being allowed to be herself, utilize her creative skills and eventually discover & create a world of incredible impasto paintings just waiting for her to bring them to life.