Original Oil Painting - "Mandarins in the Mist" by Tricia Ratliff

Mandarins in the Mist - Oil on Linen - $950
oranges is a recent painting of a batch of mandarin oranges with their lovely citrus leaves still attached. When I discovered these at the market, two other fruit lovers were talking about the way they melt in your mouth. I love them!

My goal here was to capture that dreamy, calm feel we get when we wake up in one our favorite towns in New Mexico every year. They oranges are painted here with my long time beloved antique clay vase, fresh flowers and some yummy chestnuts.

Mandarins in the Mist
Oil on Canvas


Drawing with Confidence Workshop - Saturday February 26th 2011

Hello Everyone, 
I'm pleased to invite you to participate in my upcoming Saturday drawing workshop this month. Registration has opened and two spaces remain if you or a friend would like to participate. 

Drawing with Confidence Workshop by Tricia Ratliff (www.TriciaRatliff.com)
Saturday February 26th 2011
10:00 am-4:00 pm 
Location: Herndon Va 
Call to Register 703.593.6444 

During this 1 day drawing intensive, students learn a powerful "language of light" in order to create realistic and solid looking 3D forms with dramatic light and perspective. The workshop is limited to a small number of students so that every student receives plenty of individual attention. In addition to the foundation project, students also have the opportunity to create their own setup (while learning compositional skills) to create a meaningful and personal drawing. This workshop is appropriate for all experience levels.


New Trois Coloures Nude Figure Drawings below - Available in March

These are 3 of the latest pieces in my new series of drawings in trois couleurs (three color conte/chalk; sienna, black and white). Two of these were selected by juror Raphael Fitzgerald of the National Museum of Women in the arts for the following exhibit in Lorton Virginia. I hope you can stop by the see the drawings in person.

Women Interpreting the Female Form
Juried Exhibition, March 2 - 27
In celebration of Women's History Month, and in special recognition of the 1917 history of the Occoquan Workhouse and the suffragist's movement, the Workhouse Arts Center presents Women Interpreting the Female Form Juried Exhibition from March 2-27. Juror: Raphael Fitzgerald, curatorial assistant and exhibition coordinator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Please join us for the opening award reception on Sunday, March 6 in Gallery W-16 from  2- 4pm.

Opening Reception: March 6th 2-4pm
Date(s): 3/2/2011 to 3/27/2011

Venue: Gallery W-16 located in Gallery Building 2nd Floor
Workhouse Arts Center

9601 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
(703) 584-2900

MAP at the end of this post

Feeling the light - copyright Tricia Ratliff

13"x18" ( 6.5"x12" artwork size)

Grace - copyright Tricia Ratliff

11"x19"  ( 5.5"x13" artwork size)

Confidence - copyright Tricia Ratliff

11"x15" ( artwork size 6"x9")

ART JAM 2011 Video is Here!

A 2 minute video from Art Jam 2011 is now on YouTube. Share this with your friends! You can see it below, watch it on youtube or embed it in your own website/blog.

Thank you to journalist/producer Walter Ratliff .

Terry Strickland exhibit at The Peterson Cody Gallery

I'm a fan of artist Terry Strickland's oil paintings and am pleased to share the great news that her work can be seen in person at the Peterson Cody Gallery in Santa Fe. I hope you'll take this rare opportunity to see all of these great paintings in person in one location!

The Peterson Cody Gallery 
Group Figurative Show
Feb 4th - Feb 28th 2011

130 West Palace Avenue
Santa Fe New Mexico 87501
Artist's Reception: February 4th 5:00 - 7:30pm
Peterson Cody Gallery - Exhibit (introducing Terry Strickland)

See the postcard invitation to the exhibit here and the American Art Collector Magazine article about her work on her blog (via this link) http://terrystricklandart.blogspot.com/2011/01/american-art-collector-magazine.html

Location / Map / Directions

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Google's Art Project

Hi Everyone,

We can thank a couple of friends for reminding me to post "The Art Project" (powered by google) as a great resource to study artwork around the world without leaving your home or office. Every time I go to this website (which is fairly new), I find myself caught up in studying the details of the available paintings and keep forgetting to do a blog post. That must be a positive sign.

I hope you have the same enjoyable experience. While the selection is still limited, surely it will grow!


A friend from Smithsonian Institution sent me some details about this project - I'm forwarding part of the body of his letter below.

The Freer Gallery (Asian Art) recently participated in the Google Art Project which is an ambitious two-part examination of artworks and the museums that house them.

Part one of the project involved a single artwork from each organization imaged in gigapixel quality. This allows deep zoom and texture study; the Director of the Freer said of the results, “this allows you to experience the artworks in ways we could never accommodate in the museum.” And he’s right. Still, there are many impediments to “doing this for every painting,” so for the moment we’ll need to enjoy the ones that Google has completed. Other artworks were selected for inclusion in the site’s viewer, but aren’t imaged to gigapixel quality.

Part two involved driving a modified Google Map Street View vehicle inside the museum, and capturing several/many rooms using their familiar technology. Not great for studying the artworks, but good for getting a pre-visit handle on what the museum’s like to visit.

Both parts were completed by a Google team visiting and working in the gallery outside of regular hours.

The initial kickoff includes art from the following museums:
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC - USA
  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin - Germany
  • The Frick Collection, NYC - USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin - Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC - USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC - USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid - Spain
  • Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza, Madrid - Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague - Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London - UK
  • Palace of Versailles - France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg - Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow - Russia
  • Tate, London - UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence - Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Check out the project  when you get a chance, I think you’ll enjoy it.