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From 2002 to the present, I have enjoyed painting in oils. The paintings are playful explorations of color and light- figurative and abstract, sacred and secular, inspired by scene, story, and pattern, as well as by inner vision.


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General themes
Chair at Dawn 2007, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Chair with Green Shoes 2004, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
This is a wonderful painting. Even if they aren't a-tango . . I figure the sun is shining, but the chair is dancing in secret.

Eleanor Skydell
New Jersey Chair 2004, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Chair at Dawn 2007
Chair with Green Shoes 2004
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New Jersey Chair 2004
Three AM 2003, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Miami Chair 2003, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Yellow Chair 2003, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Sun 2004, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Three A.M. 2003
Miami Chair 2003
Yellow Chair 2003
Sun 2004
Teapot 2005, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Still life 2005, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Green Apples 2003, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Moon 2004, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Still Life with Teapot 2005
Still Life with Cream & Sugar 2005
Green Apples 2003
Moon 2004
Still Life with Mirror 2005, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Color Dreaming 2006, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Morning 2003, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
 
Still Life with Mirror
Color Dreaming 2006
Morning 2003
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Sacred themes
'Fear Not' 2008, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Annunciation, a painting by Ruth Councell
What I particularly like about your Annunciation is that it is so focused on Mary's inner life. At Christmas we sang several times — an anthem about 'the angel Gabriel to Mary came, his wings like drifted snow, his eyes as flame'. But the real, important things are happening in Mary's heart and the angel image can get in the way. I like your Mary, listening carefully to something inward.

Pamela Grenfell Smith
"Fear Not" 2008
Annunciation 2003
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Father's Embrace, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
The Father's Embrace is especially moving. I so envy your ability to have made the shift from the exacting work you were doing before to these joyous paintings.

Eileen Kennedy
Dance of Joy, an oil painting by Ruth Councelll
Madonna, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Father's Embrace 2004
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Dance of Joy 2004
Madonna 2004
Darkness into Light, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Resurrection Light, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Extravagant 2008, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Bowl of Blue Fire
Darkness into Light 2002
Resurrection Light 2005
Extravagant 2008
Bowl of Blue Fire 2006
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Abstracts and textile-inspired themes
Orange and Blue 2005, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Patchwork 2006, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Peaceful Arches, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Orange and Blue 2006
Patchwork 2006
Peaceful Arches 2006
Night River 2006

African Rhythms, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
African Rhythms 2006

 

Red Weaving, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Red Weaving 2006
Mountain Reflections, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Mountain Reflections 2006
Road Coming and Going, an oil painting by Ruth Councell
Road Coming and Going 2006

 

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