Thursday, July 31, 2008

Cave Painting

Last weekend we discovered that plein aire painting from inside a cave is quite convenient, especially during monsoon season!

Nerd in a cowboy hat and the lizard hunter

Best-dressed hiker on the mesa!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Poultry Pics

The secret to making good paintings: a small animal made from kneaded eraser. Honest.

What do you see in this picture?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Mercia!

Brush Soap

Below you will find a picture of the Mexican laundry soap that is currently in fashion at the Ryder Studio. John's brushes seem to last forever, and are very very pointy despite being used repeatedly for months. He credits this soap. As a bonus, it comes in an attractive, flowery package. Still life, anyone?

Above: Miraculous Mexican Brush Soap

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Hardy souls of the Ryder Studio braved a seriously flooded arroyo (see below) for the sake of tequila this weekend. We hiked in, drove the long way round, and forded the raging river in order to sample the sweet nectar of the blue agave. A seriously committed lot, aren't we? Thanks so much to Jane and Clai for hosting a really fantastic party!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Welcome Lai Lin (Larine)!

A week ago Bethany hosted a fabulous part to welcome Lai Lin (Larine) to the studio for a five week portrait pose. Pictures of the party below. Warning: we may not send her back!