Category Archives: New Works

Grandma’s Pink Lilacs–Miniature Auction

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Grandma’s Pink Lilacs by Russell Ricks, 6″ x 4″, oil

I loved being at Grandma Samuelson’s house. We could be kids there. Noisy, rambunctious, active kids. Peace roses with their pink tipped yellow petals and noisy, rust-colored, yard-strutting roosters were both a part of the outdoor experience at Grandma’s house. There were cookies and cousins, bouncy beds and Lawrence Welk.

When the Aunties would come, it seemed like a gathering of the generations. They talked of family, both living and long passed on. They filled us with stories that gave us a glimpse of where we came from and who we would someday become.

This lovely little painting, Grandma’s Pink Lilacs, holds the memories of childhood in Grandma’s yard. We are excited to be auctioning it off this weekend. Follow the directions below and this little gem could be yours.

How the Auction Works

The auction will proceed as follows: 

  • You are bidding on the painting only, Unframed
  • Opening bid starts at $100 USD
  • Bids will go up in $25 USD increments, minimum
  • Place your bid in the “Comments” section of this blog post (above)
  • Highest bidder gets the painting. No holds.
  • The bidding for this painting will go from Thursday evening (6/28/2018) 7 pm MDT until 7 pm MDT Saturday evening (6/30/2018)
  • Shipping cost will be charged separately.

Once the bidding is closed, we will contact the highest bidder via email to arrange payment and to exchange shipping information.

Good Luck!!

 

 

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Tranquility–Miniature Auction Piece

auction3.jpgTranquility, artist Russell Ricks, 6″ x 12″, oil

Experiencing the arts can transport you to a different place for a moment or a few hours. Good literature, amazing music, or a beautiful painting offer respite from a fast-paced world.

You can’t always drop everything to read a book or watch a play, but you can take a few minutes anytime or anywhere to lose yourself in an inspiring painting.

I am offering an opportunity to start or add to your art collection at a reasonable cost. Another tranquil lavender scene is up for auction this weekend. Soft sunlight illuminates the lavender field in bloom.

This piece called “Tranquility” is 6” x 12”, unframed.

How the Auction Works

The auction will proceed as follows: 

  • You are bidding on the painting only, Unframed
  • Opening bid starts at $150 USD
  • Bids will go up in $25 USD increments, minimum
  • Place your bid in the “Comments” section of this blog post (above)
  • Highest bidder gets the painting. No holds.
  • The bidding for this painting will go from Friday evening (6/22/2018) 7 pm MDT until 7 pm MDT Saturday evening (6/23/2018)

Once the bidding is closed, we will contact the highest bidder via email to arrange payment and to exchange shipping information.

 

 

Working In the Lavender–Miniature Auction

 

Working in the lavender                                   Working In the Lavender by Russell Ricks, 7″ x 5″, oil

Lavender, by its nature, has a peaceful calming effect. Add to that a field worker using hand tools instead of machinery to cultivate the herb and you are transported to a simpler, quieter time. Russell Ricks’ painting, Working In the Lavender, 7” x 5” could be from any lavender field in the world. Whether in France, England, Italy, or even the United States, this painting captures the charm of the world’s favorite essential oil.

Participating in an auction is a great way to get your art collection started. We will be auctioning this painting this weekend. We will be taking bids from Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7 p.m. until the auction closes at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

How the Auction Works

The auction will proceed as follows:

  • You are bidding on the painting only, Unframed
  • Opening bid starts at $100 USD
  • Bids will go up in $25 USD increments, minimum
  • Place your bid in the “Comments” section of this blog post (above)
  • Highest bidder gets the painting. No holds.
  • The bidding for this painting will go from Thursday evening (6/14/2018) 7 pm MDT until 7 pm MDT Saturday evening (6/16/2018)

Once the bidding is closed, we will contact the highest bidder via email to arrange payment and to exchange shipping information.

Good luck!! We look forward to sending this little beauty off to a new home!

PATRIOT’S DAY

This painting is for sale!

PATRIOT’S DAY 48 x 24 inches, artist Russell

One day while walking past this old Payson, Utah hotel, I became intrigued with the lines embedded in it’s original architecture. The building’s architecture to me seemed to fall somewhere within the realm of Greek Revival and early American architecture from the new England area, the century following the American Revolution. By the latter 1800’s America had prospered and flourished, as it’s boundaries had officially reached the Pacific Coast. The United States of America had firmly established itself as the most prosperous nation on earth, as well as the place for the people from all other nations to retreat from tyranny and other forms of oppression.

The title of this painting, PATRIOT’S DAY, is rich with symbolism. I hung the flag above the first story porch to emphasize the repetition of lines in this historic Greek Revival Payson Hotel. When it was first built, there was honesty, purity and integrity within it’s core. After faithfully withstanding the test of time, keeping it’s integrity and purity for many generations, corrupt amendments, revamping and remodeling with modern ideas and adjustments, it’s integrity is becoming lost. Just like the integrity of our own Constitution is hanging by a thread, the original intent of the building is no longer recognizable.

The United States Flag, which is filled with the symbolism of the blood, sweat and sacrifice by our founding fathers and the brave men who fight today in our armed forces with the intent to keep our nation from free from tyranny, is hung in this work of art with the blue field on the right instead of the left… this is a sign of DISTRESS. In this painting, the artist himself is pleading for American citizens everywhere to arise and awake, to stand up for the integrity of that which once made our nation the Promised Land.

The red and white lines in the American Flag repeat the horizontal lines of the old hotel’s wooden ship-lap siding. Lines are also repeated in the banister and turned wood balusters of the porch. The lattice work on the right, the slivers of light breaking through the cool shadows and the windows repeat the white stars on the blue field of our glorious flag. “God Bless America, Land That I Love. Stand Beside Her and Guide Her, Through The Night With A Light From Above…”PATRIOTS DAY 2