Monday, December 7, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Still Life Show

Realist Still Life Paintings from the Ryder Studio

Celeste Ryder, "Still Life With Love", Oil on canvas, 7” x 6”

Kakawa Chocolate House, 1050 Paseo de Peralta
Opening Friday, December 4th 5:30-7:30 PM , Show ends January 13th

Stop on by for chocolate and fine art, or check out our virtual gallery on the Ryder Studio facebook page.

Mercia Moseley, "Siren", 10" x 10", oil on linen

Artists’ Statement

In a world that moves as insistently as ours, still life is like a rest in musical notation, opening up silence and room to breath while participating fully in the rhythm and flow of the composition. The term “still life” binds together two complementary ideas: life (vital, quick, moving) and still (static, quiet, persisting). It is a stillness that comprehends dynamism.

In French and Spanish, still life is called “dead nature” (nature morte, naturaleza muerta). The English term, with its emphasis on life, provides a curious contrast with its romance language analogs. At the Ryder Studio, we work from life (i.e. not from photographs) meaning that our work is a meditation on the presence of the objects in our compositions. By working from life, we hope to draw vitality into our work, bringing a fresh perspective and depth of consideration to simple objects. In this way, we direct our attention to the profundity of the everyday: the movement of a rose, the delicacy of a postage stamp, and the enigmatic translucency of a pearl.

We hope you enjoy our work, and that our still life speaks to you of both tranquility and vitality.

The Members of the Ryder Studio School

Friday, November 20, 2009


She models often and has been in many paintings, but until now you have never seen her face...

Bendi, oil on paper, by M. Tobias Hall

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Here are a few pictures. Since these photos were taken the weather has gotten much colder, and the blue frisbee has come to rest on the roof of Back Road Pizza... More soon.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Artisan Expo Demos

Below are the results of two demonstrations (three hours each) that Tony gave at the Artisan Materials Expo 2009. Enjoy!

"Roasting Marshmallows", oil sketch by Anthony J. Ryder

"John in a Turban" portrait drawing by Anthony J. Ryder

Monday, September 14, 2009

Poster Demo

Alina under incandescent light, poster study demo by Anthony Ryder

Alina under fluorescent light, poster study demo by Anthony Ryder

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Portrait of JDH

Below you will find sequential photos of Tony's latest portrait commission, from the line-in to the final image, posted in reverse order. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Apache Canyon

The following photos record a serious session of sketching and, well, messing around. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Anyone know who this belongs to? If you do, please let me know!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Quotation of the Week

"Art: the better drudgery"

Ronald "Ronoir" Wilson

Not everyone seems to agree. Just check out this article on British National "Art Hate Week"

When it comes to art, what's not to love? Please don't answer that. I don't want to have to delete any comments! (If you want to leave a comment, you could suggest a color for our theoretical scratch-n-sniff paint line).

Have a good week. I will keep you all posted as the Ryder Studio "Alumni Summerfest 2009"* builds momentum. One thing I can guarantee: there will be no drudgery here! Not so much hate either.

* Translation: a few of us huddled around the air conditioner upstairs, working on still life.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Demo on Tinted Paper

Bill Cowdy, graphite and chalk on tinted paper, in-class demonstration by Tony Ryder

Print Lecture with Dr. Bob Bell

End of Class BBQ