Watercolor Grays Peak, Don Ruth the works

This is the first picture I painted after a hiatus 15 years. Life was busy with work and raising kids. Now I am coming back to what I love. Grays Peak is the last peak visible on the right. It is the only 14er I have climbed. 8x5.5 watercolor. Sold.

Watercolor Collegiate Mountains, Don Ruth the works

Painting 1 For Sale. This picture is a combination of two pictures: the Collegiate Mountain Range in Western Colorado and the foreground is from a Grey's Peak pictures I took. For Sale for $65.00. 8x5.5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Shepherds Home Sweet Home  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 2 For Sale. I have collaborated for this picture. Holly Freeman of Holly Freeman Photography took a photograph specifically for me, from which I painted this picture. She is a wonderful photographer and you can see her work on Instagram: @hollyfreemanphotography; and click on her website at hollyfreemanphotography.com. She has also interviewed me regarding the collaboration and as an artist. Click here to view the blog. The mountain in the background is Chair Mountain as seen from Colorado Hwy 133.  For Sale for $170.00. 11x7.75 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Sunday Afternoon Walk Watercolor Don Ruth The Works

Painting 3 For Sale. This image is near Great Falls, Montana. This is one of my favorite paintings because not only did everything work out so well, but it evokes a sense of serenity.  For Sale for $150.00. 13x7 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

      Painting 4 For Sale. A mountain lake that could be in many places in the Rocky Mountains. I have painted this image several times at various sizes and this is by far the most successful. The reflections turned out really well. The is a great sense of depth and atmosphere. I'm working hard to get highlights and shadows into trees, which seemed to work particularly well. This scene also evokes a sense of serenity for me.  For Sale for $65.00. 7.5"x6.5". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Evening Storm  Watercolor  Don Ruth The Works

Painting 5 For Sale. I've had this picture around for a long time, but have never painted it. I made a smallish version and the dark, threatening skies represent a storm ready to strike. Yet with the light on the horizon, there is a sense of hope that the storm will pass and good times will come. This barn appears as if it has weathered many such storms, but as the ability to endure yet another storm.  For Sale for $40.00. 6.5"x3.75". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

watercolor Florissant Treescape  Don Ruth The Works

Painting 6 For Sale. Florissant Colorado is a cool place with interesting rock formations. But what about treescapes? This is picture was taken at a base of a hill looking up at a horizon line of trees with a clumb of thorny bushes in the foreground. This picture has a different feel that most of my paintings.  For Sale for $100.00. 11"x7". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor  Abandoned tracker Don Ruth the Works

Painting 7 For Sale. This is an old tracker that had been abandoned. I took this picture way back in the '70s and have finally painted it in 2021. This is in eastern Montana near Billings. Watercolor 9.5x5. For Sale for $75.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Evening Walk Don Ruth the Works

"Evening Walk." My wife was traveling to Luster Montana to visit the farm on which she grew up and her cousin John is the one who was going to escort she and her friends around the old place. As a gift for his kindness I painted this picture of cattle life on the high plains in Eastern Montana. 7"x5". Watercolor. Not for Sale.

School's Out Prairie schoolhouse Colored Pencil Don Ruth The Works

This was drawn for a card for a friend of mine who has made beautiful music for many of us in our church. She said it reminded her of her days in a one-room schoolhouse when she was growing up. If a student had to go to the bathroom they had to raise their hands with either one or two fingers showing, indicating if they had to go "number 1" or "number 2". This particular school is in northwestern Montana some 30 miles from the schoolhouse my mother attended. 6x4. Colored Pencil on Co-Mo Heavy Duty Sketch Paper. Not for sale.

Watercolor  Aspen Forest Bailey CO Don Ruth The Works

My Friend Anna gave me a bunch of photo to use for paintings. This one is going to her in thanks. This is the Meridian Trail near Bailey CO with the aspens in full Fall color. I've done a couple tree-covered paintings lately and find them to be challenging and fun. I have been pleased with the outcomes. This one I masked out the foreground trees, which allowed me to put in the background, painting over the trees which resulted in a more realistic feel to the trees growing in the distance. Watercolor. 7.25x4.25. Thanks Anna. Not for sale.

Watercolor  Sunset Pikes Peak  Don Ruth The Works

My Friend Anna gave me a bunch of photo to use for paintings. This one is going to her in thanks. This is Pikes Peak at sunset as seen from Woodland Park CO. I usually don't do too many sunrise or sunset scenes, but this one turned out nicely. Watercolor. 7.25x4.25. Thanks Anna. Not for sale.

Watercolor Hell's Hole Trail Arapaho Nat. Forest  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 8 For Sale. This is another painting from one of my friend's Anna's photos. This is Hell's Hole Trail in Arapaho National Forest in Colorado. The focal points, the two trees have much character. Thanks Anna. Watercolor 9x7.5. For Sale for $100.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Cape Reinga Lighthouse New Zealand  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 9 For Sale. This is another painting from one of my friend's Anna's photos. Another coastal painting, but this time it is from the coast of New Zealand. Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Thanks Anna. Watercolor 9x7.5. For Sale for $100.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Home on the Range Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 10 For Sale. Another small painting. A quick small painting to use up small pieces of watercolor paper and they make great gifts if I need to give someone a painting for a special occasion, or if at a festival I need a small price point for someone wanting to buy a painting but doesn't have a lot of cash. A great scene drawn from when I was traveling through Wyoming, somewhere near Casper. Watercolor 3.5x3.25. For Sale for $20.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Painting 11 For Sale. This small painting is from a set of pictures I took while huffing and puffing up what is called the Red Rocks Slide Loop trail in Morrison Colorado. As one is on that trail, these monster rocks are all around. This painting was reworked to give it more depth. It has a surreal feeling with the seemingly sparkling trees, which are just highlighted branches in the bright sun. Watercolor 3.5x3.25. For Sale for $20.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Drawing Flatirons Don Ruth the Works

Drawing 12 For Sale. An image I did while working on a logo for someone. This is the Flatirons in Boulder CO. May be for sell. For Sale for $70.00. 11.25x6. On Co-Mo Heavy Weight Sketch paper. Pencil. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Rim Rocks Billings MT Don Ruth the Works

Painting 13 For Sale. As you Drive into Billings Montana from the northeast (Hardin) you drive close to these Plateaus, but what we Billingsites call the Rim Rocks. You can't really see it too well here, but the Yellowstone River runs in front of the Rims. The foreground is the mount leading the the river. I painted a really small picture of this and I've painted this image on a rock.  For Sale for $100.00. 10.5"x7". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Little Big Horn River MT  Don Ruth The Works

Painting 14 For Sale. This river is in eastern Montana, near Custer's Last Stand area. This is the Little Big Horn River. To make branches I try to use twigs. But while I was making the tree trunks and branches, the new twig's tip I was using broke, so some of the lines were thicker than I'd like, but actually the trees turned out pretty well.  For Sale for $75.00. 8"x7.5". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Red Barn Louisville Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Driving into Louisville Colorado on the Southeast side of town you will drive by this iconic barn. The day I took this photo the skies were hazy with wild fire smoke, so I took the liberty of adding a nice late summer sky. The Louisville Chamber of Commerce may be using using this painting for the cover of their annual Directory. 9x12 Watercolor. Commissioned. Sold (maybe).

Red Barn Smoky Skies Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 15 For Sale. As you drive into Louisville Colorado from the south you will drive right by this iconic barn. The wild fires were beginning to rage in Colorado, which caused the sky to be hazy and have an orange aura around the sun. Washes and dry brush were used.  For Sale for $45.00. 7.5"x6.75". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Sunset on Lake Harper Don Ruth the Works

Painting 16 For Sale. Sunset at Harper Lake in Louisville CO. This is the second rendition of the same tree a few pictures down from here. As a sort of post-impressionist painter and as one who views every picture when painting it as a totally new experience. Thus there will be changes to the structure and look. They are my impressions. For Sale for $250.00. 14.5" x 11". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Harper Lake At Peace  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 17 For Sale. Harper Lake in Louisville CO is providing me with plenty of painting fodder. This view is on the south shore of the lake. There are plenty of cottonwood trees around the lake that are artworks of their own.  For Sale for $40.00. 7.5"x3". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Harper Lake On the Move Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 18 For Sale. Harper Lake in Louisville CO has some truly cool looking trees and brush. Added to that, the clouds were really working in my favor that day. This picture had the added benefit of a troop of geese making their way from one side of the lake to the other. For Sale for $250.00. 14.5" x 14.5". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Harper Lake Tree Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 19 For Sale. Harper Lake in Louisville CO has some truly cool looking trees and bushes. Added to that, the clouds were really working in my favor that day. Washes, dry brush and scratching were used. For Sale for $250.00. 14.5" x 14.5". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Louisville Red Barn Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 20 For Sale. As you drive into Louisville Colorado from the south you will drive right by this iconic barn. I've painted a much larger version. But this one and others to follow are for those who can't afford the larger picture or who have smaller spaces to fill, like a desktop, a small wall, in the kitchen or bathroom, etc. Plenty of washes were employed, then the dry brush and finally scratching.  For Sale for $40.00. 8"x2.25". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Harper Lake Tree bushes Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 21 For Sale. Drive north on McCaslin up to the top of the hill and you see this lake on your right. Now you might have the initial sensation that I had—this is flat and boring. However, when I got out and walked around the lake, I found some amazing trees and grasses and bushes, when combined with great clouds and the time of day made this lake quite enchanting. I've painted much larger versions. But this one and others to follow are for those who can't afford the larger picture or who have smaller spaces to fill, like a desktop, a small wall, in the kitchen or bathroom, etc. Plenty of washes were employed, then the dry brush and finally scratching.  For Sale for $40.00. 8"x2.25". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Painting 22 For Sale. I've made the case in the above painting for how enchanting this lake is with its varied pictorial opportunities. I've painted much larger versions. But this one and others to follow are for those who can't afford the larger picture or who have smaller spaces to fill, like a desktop, a small wall, in the kitchen or bathroom, etc. Plenty of washes were employed, then the dry brush and finally scratching.  For Sale for $40.00. 8"x2.25". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor  Into the Woods  Don Ruth The Works

Painting 23 For Sale. We went hiking outside of Divide Colorado, up a short but steep trail to a rock wall upon which was a pool of water that because of the concave dip in the rock had a year round pool of water. The scene for this picture was on the trail that was in the middle of the forest with many pine and aspen trees. The sun was poking through the tree tops causing a splash of light and dark. This painting was, for me, a study in shadow and light.  For Sale for $100.00. 7.5"x10". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Rock Wall 3 Divide CO Don Ruth the Works

Painting 24 For Sale. We went hiking outside of Divide Colorado, up a short but steep trail to a rock wall upon which was a pool of water that because of the concave dip in the rock had a year round pool of water. This is the far right side of the rock wall. We had to find scramble up the wall in order to get to the pool. There was a great play of light and cast shadows on this ancient rock with moss spots dotting the rock face and little aspen shoots coming up through the cracks. On top of the wall is a leaning dead tree making quite a dramatic image. This is my first finished painting of 2021, complete on News Years Day—A great start to a new year.  For Sale for $150.00. 10.5"x13". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Idylic Mountain Scene Divide CO Don Ruth the Works

Painting 25 For Sale. We went hiking outside of Divide Colorado, up a short but steep trail to a rock wall upon which was a pool of water that because of the concave dip in the rock had a year round pool of water. This scene was on our way out, heading toward the trailhead, in a meadow of sage grass.  For Sale for $100.00. 11"x4.5". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Free at Last  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

There is a program in the Colorado prisons in which wild mustang horses are trained to accept saddles and to let people ride them, then they are adopted out (sold) to new owners. This is way inmates can work toward their own freedom. This horses epitomize freedom. But this picture was made for the wife of a friend who died. Before his death his body was confining him to a wheelchair and even of late a bed. Now he is free to run where ever he wants in the land of unclouded days.  7.5"x4". Watercolor. Not for sale, gifted to a friend.

Painting 26 For Sale.  A lone cabin in the prairies of Montana or Colorado.  For Sale for $45.00. 7"x4". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Pencil Drawing Robin Hood Don Ruth The Works

Pencil 27 For Sale.  I've been doing collaborative work with Tim Ruth at the High Plains Library District in which I do a video of me doing a drawing or painting. Check them out – the john Henry Video and How to paint a watercolor painting. Here we did the story of Robin Hood. Tim tells and sings the story of Robin Hood while I'm drawing this image. This is a quick drawing. Click Here to visit the High Plains Library District YouTube page and this video.  For Sale for $100.00. 12x9 Pencil on high quality sketch paper. Click here to purchase this painting.

Montana Formations  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 28 For Sale. Montana is a wonderful place for scenery. While driving from Fort Benton, MT to Bozeman, MT, we drove past this area with huge rock formations jutting out of the earth. This would be like the foothills in Colorado, but much more rugged. The trees were made with a piece of a sponge that has been roughed up to create organic shapes. Then I went over them with a small brush to add detail. Adding other colors into a picture that aren't necessarily there adds interest to a painting. The rust and reds have been added for that purpose. For Sale for $160.00. 10x6.25 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Coastal Bliss  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 29 For Sale. My friend Jeff traveled down the Oregon coast. I believe this is Canon Beach and that prominent rock is called Haystack Rock.   For Sale for $170.00. 15x9.5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Beachfront Cliffs-Oregon  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 30 For Sale. Jeff took this great picture of Oregon's coast. The only thing I did different was add the seagulls. I've added a great technique for doing trees--a jagged edged sponge saturated with color dabbed on the page to create a more organic look for trees. I also dabbed it in the foliage area below the tree line.   For Sale for $45.00. 7.5"x6.75". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Crested Butte Panorama  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

This is a panoramic shot of the town of Crested Butte, except for the fact that I didn't add the town or the ski lift into the picture. Nice washes as a base, then going over them with dry brush in the sky and on the earth. The distant mountains turned out well, pretty much how they looked in the photo. The other weird thing is the dark shadows on the landscape causing the closest mountain to be almost black and many very dark spots in the ground.
Thanks to Jeff for the photo. Not for sale.

Going Up to the Mountain of God  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 31 For Sale. Jeff took this great picture of the backside of the Maroon Bells. He was close to the base of the summit by a mountain stream. This reminds me of what Mount Sinai might have looked like to Moses and the Children of Israel—no trees, only a burnt looking bare mountain top. I know these look weird, but this is what they look like.   For Sale for $45.00. 5"x8". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Mount Rushmore in Profile  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 32 For Sale. Jeff took this great picture of a profile of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.   For Sale for $45.00. 5"x8". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Mountain Stream Crested Butte Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 33 For Sale. Jeff took this great picture of the backside of the Maroon Bells. He was close to the base of the summit by a mountain stream. This reminds me of what Mount Sinai might have looked like to Moses and the Children of Israel—no trees, only a burnt looking bare mountain top. I know these look weird, but this is what they look like.   For Sale for $45.00. 5"x8". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Flatiron Dreaming  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

This is view of the Flatirons near Boulder Colorado as one is traveling toward that town on Hwy 93. There is this broad valley leading up the the Mountains. I have used many washes to indicate trees and undulations in the landscape and gone back over them with dry brush and finally with the knife to create scraped highlights in the foreground. Note that I didn't get all my pencil lines erased before I took this picture. So be it, they add yet another element of character to the painting. This was a gift to a friend who is moving away from Colorado and her view of the Flatirons. 8"x4" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Crested Butte Approach  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

This majestic view was seen and shot just a few weeks ago by my friend Jeff. I like doing small painting. It forces the painter to maximize the space and to get it all in in a blink of an eye, so to speak. Its easy and fun to get good washes and even details in. I'm not one to work on minute details, but to seek an impression. Not for sale.

Maroon Bells' backside  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 34 For Sale. My Friend Jeff went hiking around Crested Butte Colorado. This is the backside of Maroon Bells in mid summer. A loose style with washes, dry brush.  For Sale for $45.00. 5"x8". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Big Sky Farming Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 35 For Sale. I didn't grow up on a farm, but my wife did and I have certainly driven through farm country. Montana farming, especially in the western part of the state is especially cool, because you have the fields, but also the mountains in the distance.  For Sale for $200.00. 15x9 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Amidst the Trees  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Another wonderful picture sent to me by Mike Simon, an avid mountain scrambler. I'm not sure where this is, but it definitely heading to the top of the world. Plenty of washes, sponge work were used in this one. Not for sale.

On Top of the World  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

This looks like a weird moonscape with mountains. Well it is on the top of one of the many peaks in Colorado. My friend at work loves to scramble up these gigantic monsters of creation. This is from a picture Mike Simon took and sent me. We think the mountains beautiful as we view them from a distance, but being up on top of them is usually cold and windy. The two peaks in the distant are Greys and Torreys Peaks as seen from Mt. Edwards. Not for sale.

Forgotten Valley Barn  Watercolor  Don Ruth the Works

Another small painting. This summer my son has gone on several hikes in the foothills to the west of Denver. He went to a lake in an area called "Forgotten Valley." This barn was along the way. I love how watercolor doesn't always turn out how the artist intended; "happy accidents" happen frequently. This is the second rendition of this barn; the first is on the other side of the watercolor paper. Here I made three washes: the sky, the middle ground hill and the grass. Then I added the details like the barn and trees. But the background hill is sort of lost and the trees have taken over the scene so that that barn is nestled among them, giving this painting a whole different feel than the photo. I also added some sort of plants in the foreground.  Watercolor 4x3.5. Not for sale.

Changing the truck for Trees Watercolor Don Ruth the Works

Painting 36 For Sale. I love painting things that have worn out and have been abandoned, like this old Chevy truck. It was left in a field and the foliage has overgrown the truck—trees are growing up in the bed of the truck; you can't even see the wheels or fenders much any more. Its a sad thing, but necessary for life to move on. I often wonder who drove such trucks and what were the trucks used for. Now its only target practice. For Sale for $65.00. 7.5x5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Pencil 37 For Sale.  I took the picture of this fallen tree three or four years ago up near Divide Colorado. I started drawing the tree with just a pencil and was going to add color pencil. But as I was nearly done with the tree, I decided a black and white only look would be preferable to adding in color.  For Sale for $100.00. 12x9 Pencil on high quality sketch paper. Click here to purchase this painting.

colored pencil Fall Mountain Cabin Don Ruth the Works

Color Pencil 38 For Sale. I have not done a colored pencil drawing in such a long time that I actually don't even remember when was the last one. But of late I've done two. One is for a project for Northern Plains Library System and this is the second one, for me. This is a picture I have wanted to paint for quite some time of an idyllic cable in the mounts during the fall season. I have not been able to paint due to a surgery, so I've decided to start doing pencil drawings. The focus is clearly the cabin and I tend to lend a quick, sketch feel to the picture.   For Sale for $100.00. 12x9 Color Pencil on high quality sketch paper. Click here to purchase this painting.

Color Pencil 39 For Sale. Here is another colored pencil drawing. The watercolor for this is the first painting above. The difference between this and the painting, other than the medium is I included the bridge, which is in the photograph, whereas in the painting I excluded it. Also with watercolor its easier to put in trees and to make them look organic, than it is with pencil.   For Sale for $100.00. 12x9 Color Pencil on high quality sketch paper. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Montana Serenity Don Ruth the Works

Painting 40 For Sale. Ah, the serenity of fishing in a beautiful, quiet mountain lake. I was terrible at it as I got older. I never wanted to get the right equipment and thought I could just get out there and do it. But alas, that is not how it works. I do, however, remember some great times as a kid fishing on lakes in Montana with friends or an old man who took me up on weekends to a lake to fish in good and bad weather.  For Sale for $250.00. 15x10.5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Horned Plateau Wyoming Don Ruth the Works

Painting 41 For Sale. There are some majestic plateaus as one drives from Cheyenne to Casper Wyoming. These particular plateaus were near Kaycee, Wyoming. I employed washes and dry brush to bring this painting together. For Sale for $170.00. 11x7.75 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor The Scramblers Don Ruth the Works

I have a friend who does quite a bit of back country hiking, snowshoeing, scrambling, etc. through the Colorado Mountain Club. He in this painting, the figure standing on the summit on the right. There are four people in this image; three are obvious and the fourth is harder to spot. This is a difficult picture as its so barren and the contrast between the summit in the foreground and the mountain in the middle ground, which stands in stark contrast to the foreground summit, yet there is little detail because of the time of day and the atmosphere. Once one is above tree line, the mountains almost look like dunes of a dessert. Not for sale.

Watercolor Reclamation Project Don Ruth the Works

Painting 42 For Sale. I think I took the picture of this old building being overrun by weeds back in the 1970s. I was searching for a picture to paint when doing the how to paint watercolors project and ran across this. It has a great composition and the potential for good washes in the foreground. Here I used a variety of techniques: washes, dry brush, scraping, sprinkled salt, sponge and twig & ink.  For Sale for $170.00. 11x7.75 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Box Canyon MT Don Ruth the Works

Painting 43 For Sale. This picture is seen from Clydehurst Christian Ranch in the Montana Mountains on the Boulder River about 30 miles from Big Timber, Montana. The canyon before the furthermost mountain is Box Canyon. I painted this picture while filming a "how to paint a watercolor painting" video, which you can view by clicking here.  For Sale for $170.00. 11x7.75 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Painting 44 For Sale. My son is always on the lookout for great scenic pictures. Several paintings in this site were taken from photos he has taken. This one is from around Walden CO.  For Sale for $170.00. 12x8 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Keyboards of the Rockies Don Ruth the Works

I have a friend who does quite a bit of back country hiking, snowshoeing, scrambling, etc. through the Colorado Mountain Club. He was snowshoeing on the backside of Longs Peak in the far right, and the Keyboards of the Rockies about in the center. 7.5x5 Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor Square Butte MT Don Ruth the Works

Painting 45 For Sale. This the famous Square Butte in Northwestern Montana. It is famous in my family anyway because my father painted a picture of this mountain/plateau on a piece of wood. His is much better than mine. But this land formation is special to me because it is the same picture he painted and it is near where my parents farmed in their younger years.   For Sale for $65.00. 7.5x5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor  No More School  Don Ruth the Works

Painting 46 For Sale. This is an abandoned schoolhouse in Northwestern Montana. I painted this on some rocks also.   For Sale for $65.00. 7.5x5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Fly Fishing Don Ruth the Works

Painting 47 For Sale. I was never a good fisherman and when I tried fly fishing it was a failure. This person has a better cast than I ever had. I was working to get good contrasts and depth as well as movement. This is the Boulder River in Montana near Big Timber. For Sale for $250.00. 15x11.5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor. Beartooth Farm. Don Ruth The Works

Painting 48 For Sale. This is two pictures combined. The mountains and foreground are in Montana north of Bozeman. The barn and yard in front of it are taken from a picture near Greeley CO. This worked out well as the barn is sort of the focal point, but it leads the eye into the expanse of the mountain countryside.  For Sale for $170.00. 12x8 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Boulder River Tranquility  Don Ruth the Works

Another small painting. This is the Boulder River near McLeod Montana. This is a quiet spot in the river. Washes and the trees came out well. Watercolor 5x3.5. Given as a gift to my great niece.

Another small painting. These were two trees I saw while driving between Billings Montana and Denver. Because of washes used in watercolor paintings quite often have surprises, and this picture is a great example of "happy accidents." The distant background is a wash that took on a life of its own, but to great effect. It gives the feeling of a hazy morning that really highlights the tree on the right. The dark tree on the left adds great perspective and depth to the painting. Watercolor 5x3.5. Not for sale.

Painting 49 For Sale. Another small painting. This scene is also along the Boulder River near the Hidden Waterfall. In the background is the formation known as Lionshead. When I was in college I drove by this formation many times on the way to the summer camp I worked at in the summers. Watercolor 5x3.5. For Sale for $20.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor When the Wheels Fall Off, Don Ruth the works

 An old abandoned farm truck left out in a field. On my cousin's farm near Fort Benton Montana, he has place in his field that is a graveyard for old farm equipment. Not for Sale.

Watercolor Old Serenity, Don Ruth the works

Painting 50 For Sale. An old barn as seen at the bottom of a hill with the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. For Sale for $65.00. 7x5.5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Run Down San Luis Farm CO Don Ruth the Works

Painting 51 For Sale. An old barn with the Great San Dunes in the background, located in the San Luis Valley. For Sale for $65.00. 7x5.5 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Painting 52 For Sale. This farm is run and operated by my cousins John and Ron and where my Aunt Evelyn lives, near Fort Benton, MT. The picture is taken from the resting place of my parents who are buried on the on a hill overlooking this beautiful restful scene.   For Sale for $170.00. 12x9 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

The Works Watercolor Montana Farm

Painting 53 For Sale. This is of a farm in the vicinity of Judith Gap Montana. My parents farmed in this vicinity back in the day.  For Sale for $200.00. 12x10 Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Florissant River CO Don Ruth the Works

Between Divide CO and Denver, in the mountains you will come to Florissant, which is full of interesting rock formations. This is the Florissant River. Not for sale. 8x6 Watercolor.

Watercolor Grand Tetons WY Don Ruth the Works

I was commissions to paint this sky and to add some mountains and a lake. I found a picture of the Grant Tetons and a picture of a barn. But I wanted to colors to be right for a sunset, so I found a Grand Tetons image at sunset with a lake. So I combined the sky, the mountains, the lake and the barn from four different pictures to make this image.  11x8.5 Watercolor. Commissioned. Sold.

Watercolor Holly Ranch Lake TX Don Ruth the Works

On a vacation the week before Thanksgiving we spent time in this area. This is Holly Ranch Lake. Not for sale. 4x6 Watercolor.

Painting 54 For Sale.  We loved going to the Great Sand Dunes on camping trips, hiking the dunes early in the morning and of course, playing in the water in the heat of the day. For Sale for $60.00. 12"x4.75". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Painting 55 For Sale.  Somewhere in Western Montana. For Sale for $30.00. 6"x3.75". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Graveside Sunbeam 1 Don Ruth The Works

I was commissions to paint this graveyard scene in which the sunbeam occurred right after the funeral of a grandparent. This was the first version and is on the back side of the next painting. 14x11 Watercolor. Commissioned. Sold.

Watercolor Graveside Sunbeam 2 Don Ruth The Works

I was commissions to paint this graveyard scene in which the sunbeam occurred right after the funeral of a grandparent. This was the second version and is on the back side of the previous painting. 14x11 Watercolor. Commissioned. Sold.

Watercolor Winter Barn Don Ruth The Works

I was commissions to paint this barn. 14x11 Watercolor. Commissioned. Sold.

Don Ruth the Works Watercolor Sherando Lake Bathhouse

This is the bathhouse at Lake Sherando in Virginia. This is painted for a friend. Not for Sale.

Watercolor Don Ruth the Works Alaskan Cabin

An Alaskan Cabin painted on commission. Not for Sale.

Watercolor Don Ruth the Works Dry Wyoming Winter

Painting 56 For Sale.  Traveling through Kansas and Oklahoma were many such buildings and farms. There just happened to be an oil pump that I took out of the painting. For Sale for $60.00. 6.75"x5.5". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

Don Ruth the Works Watercolor Eaglesmere Lake

Painting 57 For Sale.  My son hikes and backpacks. This is where he journeyed in Colorado. For Sale for $60.00. 4.5"x7". Watercolor. Click here to purchase this painting.

As we were driving north from Divide Colorado, we drove through the aftermath of the Hayman Fire. This image offers hope after the destruction as there is growth occurring. Watercolor 4.5"x7".  Sold.

Watercolor Mount of the Holy Cross 1 , Don Ruth the works

A friend was hiking this trail with a great vantage point of the Mount of the Holy Cross. 4"x7" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Painting 58 For Sale. This past summer our family reunion was in Fort Benton, MT, near my cousins' farm that at one time was a big cattle operation with a large feed lot—picture soon to come. But that doesn't mean there were no cattle left. This group of three were wondering around. The photo is by Mady Braught and this is my interpretation. I've called this the 808 Gang, the cows. Watercolor and colored pencil. 8.5" x 7.5". For Sale for $120.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Don Ruth the Works Louisville Main Street

I was commissions to paint a picture of Main Street in Louisville CO, for the cover of their Chamber of Commerce Directory. 9x12 Watercolor. Commissioned. Sold.

Watercolor No Longer Needed Don Ruth The Works

I took a photo of his truck some 40 years ago. I love this image. This at one time was someones workhorse, now its discarded and scavenged. Watercolor 11x7. Sold.

Watercolor Golden Livingston MT, Don Ruth the works

Painting 59 For Sale. My watercolor teacher from long ago painted images with one or two colors. This picture is at sunset with a filter. I seek a post impressionistic style. This is near Livingston Montana. 7"x2.5" watercolor. For Sale for $30.00. Click here to purchase this painting. 

Watercolor Boulder River Valley Don Ruth The Works

Painting 60 For Sale. This is an image from my past in the Boulder River Valley in the Abzorkee Mountain Range 32 miles from Big Timber, Montana on the grounds of Clydehurst Christian Ranch. I've used washes in the background, then added dry brush techniques on top of the washes and color pencil to had some highlights. I even used a toothbrush to sprinkle color texture in the foreground. Watercolor 15x11. For Sale for $250.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Mediterranean Coast, Don Ruth the works

Painting 61 For Sale. A friend visited Italy and sent me images of his trip. Beautiful coast line. 11x7 watercolor with colored pencil. For Sale for $110.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Montana Reflections, Don Ruth the works

Painting 62 For Sale. Eastern Montana is a harsh place with stunning landscapes upon which to reflect. 10x8 Watercolor. For Sale for $110.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Mexican Train, Don Ruth the works

This picture is of my friend and his father and uncle on their land in Mexico as they traveled by horseback. Watercolor 14x8. Not for sale.

Watercolor Montana Creek, Don Ruth the works

Eastern Montana offers beautiful landscapes. 5"x3" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor Mount Bierstadt Summer, Don Ruth the works

Some friends climbed Mt Bierstadt. 5"x3" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor Winter Mt Bierstadt, Don Ruth the works

Mt Beirstadt in early winter. 5"x3" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor School's Out, Don Ruth the works

What went on in this school house in Valentine Montana, now decrepit and forgotten. 13x7.5 Watercolor. Sold.

Watercolor Winter Snowshoe Path, Don Ruth the works

A friend snowshoed this pass with peaks Grays and Torres in the distance. 5"x3" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor What Once Was, Don Ruth the works

Painting 63 For Sale. A study in old building textures and sunlit from behind the clouds. 13x6.5. Watercolor. For Sale for $120.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Mountain Stream, Don Ruth the works

A snowdrift over a stream in the Colorado Rockies. 5"x3" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor Mount of the Holy Cross 2, Don Ruth the works

What a view through the trees across from Mount of the Holy Cross. 3"x5". Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor Grand Vista, Don Ruth the works

Painting 64 For Sale. I used a lighter blue paint and experimented with more white space peeking through, as well as the use of ink applied with a twig and some oil pastels for highlight. 11x7.5. Watercolor. For Sale for $120.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Grassy Mountain Lake, Don Ruth the works

The clouds turned out pretty nice. This was a more ambitious painting with the grass in the foreground. Plenty use of scraping with an exacto blade and color pencil for highlights. 11.5" x 9" Watercolor. Not for sale.

Watercolor Choteau Sunset Trek, Don Ruth The Works

Painting 65 For Sale. Outside of Great Falls Montana is a place called Choteau. In the distance are the Rocky Mountains as geese make their annual trek. This painting displays a mixture of washes, dry brush and overlays to create a sunset scene of tranquility. Watercolor. 11x8. For Sale for $130.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor, Prairie Encroachment, Don Ruth The Works

Painting 66 For Sale. I took the photo for this painting a very long time ago in Montana. It may take a while for gravity and weather to wear down the rock walls, but the rest of this wood cabin is slowly being dismantled by the ravages of nature. Watercolor. 15.5x11. For Sale for $250.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Mom's Schoolhouse, Don Ruth the works

This is the derelict one room schoolhouse my mother attended in Fort Benton, Montana. Since this picture was taken, the outside of the schoolhouse has been renovated. This painting was used in an auction to raise funds for the renovation of the interior of the building. Plenty of washes and dry brush techniques were used to create the effect of worn out wood. Sold at auction. Watercolor 14x12. Not for sale.

Watercolor On the Road Out, Don Ruth the works

Painting 67 For Sale. This picture is of a run down barn on the road to Onley Springs, CO, which normally seems like a road to nowhere. But this is actually on the way from the Crowley County Correctional Facility and I named the picture, "On the Road Out." Washes, dry brush, ink and scratching were used . Watercolor. 11x5.5. For Sale for $90.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Schools Out Don Ruth the works

Painting 68 For Sale. This is a prairie schoolhouse in the same vicinity as the one in which my mother attended as a child in northwestern Montana. This one is within site of Square Butte, which I have undefined in this picture, but is located in the far left of the picture. Square Butte is seen in another painting I did as seen in this portfolio. I've painted this image on rocks and as a smaller version. In the smaller version I didn't put in the swings and slide. Watercolor 8x6. For Sale for $65.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Hazy Longs Peak, Don Ruth the works

This picture of Longs Peak in Colorado is depicting a hazy day with clouds partially obscuring the view of the mountain. Washes, salt and drybrush techniques were used. Watercolor. 7x5. Sold.

Watercolor The Airstrip, Don Ruth the works

Painting 69 For Sale. This pictures is of the Air Force Academy Air Field as you enter Colorado Springs, Colorado. Washes, bleeds and dry brush techniques are used. 11.5"x5.5". For Sale for $90.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Mountain Fog, Don Ruth the works

This tiny painting uses washes, some dry brush and scraping. This is in the Boulder River Valley in Montana. Watercolor 3x2. Not for Sale.

Watercolor Boulder Valley Past, Don Ruth the works

Wonderful washes that depict a scene from the past in the Boulder River Valley outside Big Timber Montana. Watercolor 6x3. Not for sale.

Watercolor Beaver Home Sweat Home, Don Ruth the works

Painting 70 For Sale. This scene of a beaver house is in the Absorkee Mountain Range on the Boulder River about 30 miles from Big Timber Montana. Water Color 11x11. For Sale for $200.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Approaching Bozeman, Don Ruth the works

Painting 71 For Sale. This picture is on the way to Bozeman Montana. Watercolor 8x3. For Sale for $40.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Evening Cast Don Ruth the works

I don't know exactly where this location is, but my guess is its in eastern Montana near Glendive on the Yellowstone River. Watercolor 8x6. Sold.

Watercolor Sacrifice Cliffs, Don Ruth the works

Painting 72 For Sale. Another small painting. This one is right outside Billings Montana on the Yellowstone River and pictures Sacrifice Cliffs. Nice washes and dry brush textures. Watercolor 4x3. For Sale for $20.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Sunrise Grain Elevators, Don Ruth the works

Grain Elevators in the early morning light in Montana—or any farming community in America. Small painting. Watercolor 4x3. Sold.

Watercolor One Room School's Out, Don Ruth the works

I love this image of an abandoned schoolhouse in the Montana Prairie. Small image. Watercolor 4x3. Not for Sale.

Watercolor Approaching Mount of the Holy Cross, Don Ruth the works

A small painting of Mount of the Holy Cross in Colorado. Working on contrasts. Watercolor 4x3. Not for Sale.

Watercolor Flatirons' Shadow, Don Ruth the works

The Flatirons with Longs Peak in the background. This is one of the series of small paintings. Watercolor 8x3. Sold

Watercolor Nobody Home, Don Ruth the works

This was painted along with a series of small painting. This an abandoned outbuilding in Southeastern Colorado. Watercolor 4x3. Sold.

Watercolor Square Butte's crop, Don Ruth the works

This is Square Butte Mountain in Northwestern Montana, close to where my father and mother farmed when they were first married in the 40's and close to where they grew up. This was commissioned by someone living in that area. Water color 4x6. Commissioned. Sold.

Watercolor Stormy Reflections, Don Ruth the works

Painting 73 For Sale. I'm working with layering paint in watercolor. This is a wonderfully beautiful mountain lake scene. Watercolor. 14x12. For Sale for $270.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Pastel Things That Go Bump In The Night, Don Ruth the works

Painting 74 For Sale. This is a pastel painting I did as a young man. It evokes emotion. Pastel 24x18. For Sale for $300.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Don Ruth the Works Luster MT Church

This was done for my father-in-law and was the church he and his children, including my wife, attended back in the day. The best part of this painting to me is the foreground--the mud looks like mud and standing water. This was done from a small black and white photo. 15x12 watercolor. Not for sale.

Don Ruth the Works  Watercolor  Winter Wolf

This picture hangs in my house and was painted upon request for my wife. Not for sale.

Watercolor Buffalo Montana Church, Don Ruth the works

This picture hangs in my house and is the church my parents attended in Buffalo Montana. This picture won honorable mention in an adjudicated show at Eastern Montana College. Not for sale.

Watercolor Clydehurst Cabin, Don Ruth the works

In the summers while I was in college I worked at a camp called Clydehurst Christian Ranch in the Absorke Mountains in Montana. This cabin was actually the chapel, but I took off much of the building to make a lonely cabin. Not for sale.

Watercolor Dark Tree Walking, Don Ruth the works

This was a live painting, on the far reaches of campus at the college I attended. It sort of holds a sinister look to it, but its darkness is a result of painting live out of doors in the daytime. It has a moody feel, which I like. Not for sale.

Watercolor This side of the Mountain, Don Ruth the works

This pictures the view I had while backpacking in the Absorkee Mountain Range. Ask me someday about the story that goes along with this picture. Not for sale.

Watercolor Montana Plains Farm, Don Ruth the works

This picture hangs on a wall in my house. It is so typical of Eastern Montana. But the lure of this one is that people no longer inhabit this farm. I wonder how life was for them out in the prairies of Montana as homesteaders. Not for sale.

Watercolor Multnomah Falls, Don Ruth the works

This picture hangs on a wall in my house. It was rescued from oblivion by my niece when she was going through piles of old stuff in my parents house after they died. I painted this long before I actually lived in Portland Oregon and drove past Multnomah Falls often on my way through the Royal Gorge. Not for sale.

Watercolor Winter Sagebrush, Don Ruth the works

This picture hangs in the dining room of my house and is a favorite of guests. A quick glance at this may fool one into thinking its an abstract image, when the reality of it is that its just sagebrush on the prairies of Montana. Not for sale.

Watercolor The Bridge, Don Ruth the works

Yes there is a bridge in this picture. This on the campus of the college I attended with two huge cottonwood trees on either bank of the creek it spans. This is one of my favorite pictures. Not for sale.

Watercolor The Tree, Don Ruth the works

This old tree was a live painting on the banks of the Yellowstone River outside of Billings, Montana. I painted it live then came back to the studio to finish out the branches with ink applied with a sharp little twig. Not for sale.

Watercolor Lightening Has Struck, Don Ruth the works

Painting 75 For Sale. I painted this with lots of color and style. Watercolor. 21x14. For Sale for $280.00. Click here to purchase this painting.

Watercolor Lake Yellowstone Sunset, Don Ruth the works

I used to think this picture was too simple to be any good. But the thing about watercolor is what washes do all on their own after the painter has applied the paint. This image exudes peace and quite and rest. I love how the washes of color intermingle with each other in the shoreline.

Watercolor Prospector Cabin, Don Ruth the works

This picture, which hangs on the wall in my basement, is one of my favorites because of the washes mixed with salt, the textures in the wood and the shadows.

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