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Thursday, 17 December 2009

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

I'm feeling smug today cos I've nearly finished all my shopping for Christmas... but just in case...
In a panic? Rushed off your feet? Loads of Christmas shopping left to do and no idea what to buy?


Just take your pick from one of these perfect gift ideas…

Portrait Gift Vouchers

The perfect present for the person who has everything! Give them a Portrait Gift Certificate on Christmas Day which they can exchange for a bespoke commissioned portrait. They can choose the subject, style and colours of their portrait, and can commission it whenever they are ready.
Gift Vouchers start at £80 and can be bought for any amount – you choose! Vouchers can also be used as part payment against the cost of a larger painting.

Completed portraits are painted on canvas stretched over a wooden support and supplied ready to hang. They look great without a frame, but framing can be arranged if required (this is not included in the voucher cost).

The gift voucher will be posted directly to you ready for Christmas.
The vouchers don’t have to have the price printed on them; if you would like to hide the total amount you are spending on the recipient this can be arranged.

Pet Portrait Vouchers are available too!

For further details and to order please ring Ruth on 07974 955824, email or text ‘voucher’ to 07974955824 to request a call back.

Limited Edition Prints

The perfect present for any budget.

These prints are only made in Limited Editions of 200. They are Archival Giclee Prints on Fine Art Paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist.

The following designs are available:



Pixelgirl One

Pixelgirl Two


Viewer Voyeur

Original Artworks

Please visit to see the full range of original artworks available to buy in time for Christmas.

Sensation of Memory I
Pencil and ink on layered polyurethane resins
22.5 x 17cm

Sensation of Memory III
Charcoal and ink on layered polyurethane resins
22.5 x 17cm

The New I
Acrylic on upholstery fabric remnant
24 x 34.5cm

The New II
Acrylic on upholstery fabric remnant
24 x 34.5cm

For further details and to buy please ring Ruth on 07974 955824 or email 

Arts Council of Wales Production Grant Awarded

I am delighted to have been awarded a Production Grant by the Arts Council of Wales.
This grant will enable me to produce new work for a series of exhibitions in 2011… Watch this space for details!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Special Gifts for Christmas Time (already)

Family and Pet Portraits for Christmas

I am now taking bookings for Christmas Portrait Commissions.

I am an accomplished portrait artist with over 14 years experience in painting portraits for clients worldwide. I specialise in beautiful hand painted portraits and pet portraits in acrylics upon textiles. You can choose to have your portrait painted upon vintage textiles to match your home d├ęcor.

The Full Package. If you are looking to commission a portrait of a pet, family or even a film star I offer the full package. All I need is your favourite photo and I will do the rest! I can provide you with hand painted portraits along with a traditionally crafted framing service and prints of your portraits all delivered safely to your door worldwide.

Prices for a painting 8 x 12 inch/21 x 29 cm start at £80.

For further details and to book please email me:

Recent portrait commissions

The delicate pattern of flowers seemed to somehow balance perfectly with the image. Possibly the contrast between man and flowers is what makes the image work.

Pretty pretty! These kids were so lovely to paint!! I used a pale blue textile with rose buds as background.
I also have Gift Vouchers for portraits available to buy for Christmas.

Many of my portraits are purchased as gifts for friends and family. Due to demand I often work on an 8 week timetable and this doesn't always coincide with my client’s deadlines for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc.
So I have high quality gift certificates with envelopes printed to give to the recipient on their special day. This is accompanied by commissioning information for the recipient to read and look at.

The vouchers don’t have to have the price printed on them; if you would like to hide the total amount you are spending on the recipient this can be arranged.

Gift Vouchers for a painting 8 x 12 inch/21 x 29 cm start at £80.

For further details and to book please email me:

The portraits can be on a more traditional background. The choice is up to you.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Exhibition Launch...

...It went well considering I had forgotten that last night was also bonfire night! However pretty happy as all the attendees were quality! And the long and sticky process of selling new work has begun!
Another launch to go to tonight, this time of a charity exhibition at Swansea Museum including a painting of mine with all work auctioned off at the end of the month.
Catalogue link below...

Thinking of organising an artist's talk for the Waterloo Teahouse exhibition as I guess this will help to get more people excited... oh, and workshops too. Promotion opps are exhaustive and exhausting!!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Ruth McLees Art Exhibition at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse 2nd – 30th November

Ok, this post is all about me, me, me and the things I have to offer you!


I would like to invite you to an exhibition of my new work, small prints and paintings at Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, Penylan, Cardiff, CF23 5AA. The show will be officially launched with a wine and cheese reception this Thursday 5th November 6-8pm.

My new work grows from a constant search for glimpses of beauty amongst the everyday. I am fascinated by the beauty and pattern of human form, of facial expression, light and shadow and of the adornments we choose to surround and decorate our bodies. Clothes, furnishings, fabrics and patterns provide unique clues as to the identity and personality of their owner; they are the fabric of life.

This exhibition grew from faces seen in and around Cardiff on streets, in shops and bars and on advertising billboards. Highly experimental, employing resins and varnishes as well as paint, these works include portraits painted upon fabric chosen by my subjects; sometimes an old item of clothing such as a wedding dress imbued with deep emotional significance and memory, or a furnishing fabric remnant left over from the decoration of a new home. By using fabrics with a past life within my work I desire to capture a depth of substance and facets of character which paint alone cannot describe.

Please come along to the launch for a glass of wine and to see the show. All commission taken by Waterloo Teahouse for work sold will go to charity.

Please also visit for more details.