Sunday, March 30, 2008

Still Life Week

Below are some pictures from our recent week of still life painting. There was a really great variety in the way people set up their still lives, and the resulting paintings were really a treat to see. I'll try to post some pictures of the final paintings soon. Keep checking back!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday Feature: Belated Koala Story

While making a mixture of cobalt violet light and Old Holland ochre on John's palette, Tony described the resulting color as something one might feed to an "orphaned baby creature" with an eyedropper. The creature he had in mind was a koala, which, he explained, one would probably have to feed something really easy to stomach, like watered down grape jelly (think of cobalt violet light and you might see some connection here). And what about the ochre? "That's for fiber." Of course.

And so "Koala juice" has been added to the Ryder Studio color vocabulary.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

John's Scones

Here is the recipe for scones. I substituted cherry flavored Craisins for the regular raisins and increased the sugar by ¼ cup. After burning the first batch it occurred to me perhaps I should adjust the recipe for the altitude. I increased the baking temperature a bit and reduce the cooking time by a couple minutes.

Scottish oat scones

Bon App├ętit | April 1990

Makes 12.


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup milk

1 egg, beaten to blend

1/2 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 450°F. Grease cookie sheet. Combine first 6 ingredients in large bowl. Mix together butter, milk and egg in another bowl. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Mix in raisins. Shape dough into ball.

Place on lightly floured work surface. Pat out to form 3/4-inch-thick circle. Using sharp knife, cut into 12 wedges. Transfer to prepared cookies sheet. Bake until light brown, about 12 minutes. Cool slightly on rack. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool completely. Store in airtight container.)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy St Pat's

Happy (Late) Saint Patrick's Day! Some of us got into the spirit of things more than others (see the picture below). Who would have thought that this sporty "utilikilt" would be in John's wardrobe?

Check back for a belated Friday Feature involving koalas...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Studio Miscellany

Above: Cathy's underpainting

Above: thinking about "pixie-elating" out paintings

Above: Five minute break

Above: Some new alternates (friends of Ross) sit in on the demo

Above: Ross is certain that his friends will be good students, but Tony is skeptical...


Above: Emile, Anna, and David with the newest student

Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday Feature

Our Favorite Tonyism of the week:

"This is what I like to call the cat's mustache form."

Tony attempts to describe an otherwise unnamed sub-form related to the lips, "node" and "muzzle". Some of the students needed additional clarification, on the grounds that they had never seen a cat sporting a mustache.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Graciela Demo

Below you will find images of Tony's current portrait painting demo, photographed after each three hour session (with the exception of one of the drawing sessions). Check back for updates!

Poster Study

Inked-in drawing

Underpainting, Day 1

Underpainting, Day 2

Underpainting, Day 3

Form Painting, Day 1

Form Painting, Day 2

Form Painting, Day 3

Form Painting, Day 4

Form Painting, Day 5

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Welcome to the Ryder Studio School Blog! We will be posting news and fun tidbits from our daily lives here in Santa Fe on a regular basis. Check in with us periodically to follow our progress, as we post student work.

Below are a few pictures from a party thrown by Jane and Becky in honor of Michelle Tully and Tim Stotz's (of Studio Escalier) visit to Santa Fe.