Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Portrait Painting Detail

Just getting started on a new portrait. This photo is from less than an hour in.

I'll post in progress shots as I move forward with this one. Having fun with it so far.



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Thursday, November 7, 2019

"Carl Sandburg" by William Arthur Smith - Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Here is an excellent portrait of celebrated American poet Carl Sandburg by William Arthur Smith at the National Portrait Gallery

Notice the difference between the traditional painting approach to the head and the modernist approach to the hands and lower body. The strong black marks in the blanket are reminiscent of Franz Kline or Willem de Kooning paintings.

There is a wonderful energy to the sketchy nature of the lower half of the painting that takes this piece beyond a standard portrait. The unfinished nature of the portrait gives the sense of a very animated sitter.

"Carl Sandburg" • William A. Smith • 1961 • Oil on Canvas • 39" x 36"

While more academically painted, the approach to the head is still made up of unblended brushwork. This texture ties the rendered face to the rest of the painting and gives a sense of movement.

"Carl Sandburg" Detail • William A. Smith • 1961 • Oil on Canvas • 39" x 36"
 The hands are very simply sketched in. This adds to the overall movement of the piece, and also plays them down in importance. Our eyes are fixed on the face of the sitter.

"Carl Sandburg" Detail • William A. Smith • 1961 • Oil on Canvas • 39" x 36"
Photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Portait Painting Commission Detail

The holidays are right around the corner, so that means it's portrait commission season.

Here's a detail from a commission I'm currently working on. I can't show the full portrait yet, because it's a gift, but points to you if you can recognize what is depicted in this shot.



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Monday, November 4, 2019

Portrait Study - Creative Arts Center of Dallas

I spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon with some fellow artists at the Creative Arts Center of Dallas, painting from a live model. My thanks to all of you for being so welcoming!

“Head Study 11-3” (In Progress) • Oil on Linen • 14"x18"
 
“Head Study 11-3” • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • 1.5 Hours


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Thursday, October 31, 2019

"Dia de los Muertos" Portrait Painting

Happy Halloween everybody!

For #throwbackThursday, here’s one of my favorites from 2018, painted from a great photo shot by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts during a Dia de los Muertos parade in San Antonio, Texas

I loved the juxtaposition between the subject’s joyous expression and her macabre makeup.

“Dia de los Muertos” • Oil on Linen • 13”x16” • Private Collection

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

John Singer Sargent - "Portrait of Ena Wetheimer: A Vele Gonfie"


"Portrait of Ena Wetheimer: A Vele Gonfie" • John Singer Sargent • 1905 
• Oil on Canvas • 1630 x 1080 mm

This portrait by John Singer Sargent at the Tate in London makes me very happy. It's obvious from the informality of the sitter, Ena Wertheimer, that she and Sargent had become good friends. At the time, Sargent had been commissioned by the Wertheimer family to create a series of twelve portraits, and this one appears to be just for fun. 

Not only is Ena genuinely smiling, but she is wearing the uniform of the Order of the Garter of the British monarchy. At the time the Order only admitted men, apart from the queen - a playful jab at the world order. 

Look at the energy of the brushstrokes in the face. This was almost certainly painted in one session, and Sargent clearly had a lot of fun with it.


Photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Painting Workshop - The Centerpiece Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina artists, I'm pleased to announce that I will be teaching a second painting workshop in your state next spring at The Centerpiece Gallery.

Join me in Raleigh, North Carolina May 6th - 8th to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography.

Class size is limited, so click here to register:  
http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Workshop-Raleigh-2020

You will learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach. This oil and acrylics workshop is open to beginners as well as more advanced artists. If you are new to painting, I can get you started, and if you are an experienced painter, I can help you get to the next level.



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Saturday, October 26, 2019

October Newsletter - Embracing Art History, Influence, and Evolution

Representational art and modern art are inseparable.

Click here to sign up for my latest newsletter on embracing art history, influence, and evolution:

http://bit.ly/PSFA-Newsletter-Sign-up



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Sunday, October 20, 2019

2020 Floral Painting Workshop - First Brush of Spring, New Harmony, Indiana

Artist friends, I'll be back in New Harmony, Indiana this spring to teach my Dynamic Floral in Oils Workshop.

Join me April 14th - 16th, during the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and Fine Art Galleries' First Brush of Spring Paint Out.

All levels are welcome, even if you’ve never painted florals before. My simple steps for evaluating your paintings in progress will improve not only your skills as a floral painter, but your painting abilities in general.

Come celebrate spring with me. Click on the link in this post to sign up. This class will fill quickly, so don't wait to register.



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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Floral Painting Workshop - Newnan, Georgia

Artist friends, my floral workshop next year in Georgia only has one spot left.

Join me January 23rd - 25th in the charming college town of Newnan, Georgia, just south of Atlanta. Escape the winter cold and come paint some flowers with me.


Click here to register.
http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Newnan-Workshop




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Saturday, October 12, 2019

2019 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational - Soft Morning at Dana Point Harbor

Just before the sun crests the hills to rise on Dana Point Harbor, the edges are soft in everything. This can make for a big challenge in painting, but can also produce some interesting effects. It’s my favorite time of day to paint.

“Soft Morning at Dana Point Harbor” • Oil on Linen • 20”x24” • Available
This painting will be available for sale tonight at the 21st Annual Laguna Plein Air Collectors Gala at Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters

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