Thursday, February 20, 2020

Plein Air Painting Workshop - Driggs Digs Plein Air, Driggs, Idaho

Artist friends, registration for my plein air painting workshop this summer in Driggs, Idaho is now open, so sign up soon to secure your spot.

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Driggs-Plein-Air-Workshop


Join me July 24th - 25th for his class, and stay for the Driggs Digs Plein Air event I'll be judging this year. The festival awards ceremony and reception will be held at the Teton Arts Council's Teton Arts Gallery in Driggs Center on July 31st.

Many artists tell me they are afraid of outdoor painting, but there is no reason to be. Come plein air paint with me in Idaho and I'll prove it to you!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Painting Demonstration - The Woman's Club of Fort Worth Painting Workshop

My painting demonstration this morning on day one of my painting workshop at The Woman's Club of Fort Worth.

I painted this scene from a photo in order to demonstrate how to simplify a rather complicated scene.

"Mule Cart" • 12"x16" • Oil on Linen • Two Hours • Available
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February 2020 Newsletter - Lightest Darks & Darkest Lights

“The lightest light in a dark area is always darker than the darkest light in a light area.”

I was taught this concept in art school, and at first read it can be very confusing, but it is essential to understanding what makes an image hold together from a value standpoint.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

"Tulips Mingling With Daffodils" - Floral Painting

Here is the finished version of a painting I shared an in progress photo of last week. 

Although my paintings are completely different than those of Maria Oakey Dewing, I am inspired by the rich tapestry-like look of her work, and I wanted to capture the feel of a thick patch of intertwining flowers.

“Tulips Mingling With Daffodils” • Oil on Linen • 16”x20” • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

"Trumpets" Floral Painting

I just finished my latest floral painting. We came across these beautiful lilies at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of my favorite gardens in the nation. Their bright colors exploded out of the deep background behind them.

"Trumpets" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com
Reference and painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

"Red Poppies" for Valentine's Day

For #ThrowBackThursday here's a piece from more than twenty years ago. I painted this while employed at Hallmark Cards. It's oil, but heavily influenced by all of the watercolor and gouache work I was doing at the time. 

I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day!

"Red Poppies" • Oil on Board • 8"x10" • Private Collection

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"Portrait of Ralph Curtis on the Beach at Scheveningen" - John Singer Sargent, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Last month, Kimberly and I visited the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. My favorite piece in the collection was this small plein air painting by John Singer Sargent.
 
"Portrait of Ralph Curtis on the Beach at Scheveningen" • John Singer Sargent • 1880 • Oil on Panel • 10 1/2 x 13 3/16 inches

When compared with Sargent's more well known works, this is clearly a painting created just for fun during a visit to the Netherlands to study the works of Frans Hals. Ralph Curtis was Sargent's cousin, a fellow artist studying in Paris under Carolus-Duran.


The figure is dashed off, most likely painted in just a matter of minutes, and yet there is so much suggested detail.

The painting is covered with fine grains of sand, enough that I suspect Sargent dropped it face down after completion. I've experienced this myself on a few occasions.   

  
Photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

"Tulips" In Progress Floral Painting

Spring is over a month away, but I’m already feeling it with some new floral paintings I’m working on this week. More to come.

"Tulips" In Progress • Oil on Linen • 16x20

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Floral Workshop - Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy, Cartersville, Georgia

Artist friends, I’m so pleased to announce that I will be teaching a floral workshop at the Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy next year.

If you’d like to paint florals with me, mark your calendars for this class on May 5th - 7th, 2021, in Cartersville, Georgia

Click here to register online, or call the museum at 770-387-1553. http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Booth-Museum-Floral-Workshop

Painting flowers is a great way to add energy to all of your art, because a good floral requires a balance between spontaneity and accuracy. Artists in this workshop will learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop.

This class is open to beginners as well as more advanced painters.

"Roses In Washington Park" • Oil on Linen • 12"x16" • Private Collection
"Fireworks"  • Oil on Linen • 12"x12" • Private Collection
"The Sun On the Sill" • Oil on Linen • 10"x10" • Private Collection
"Coneflower" • Oil on Linen • 6"x8" • Private Collection

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

"Portrait of a young Woman with 'Puck' the Dog" - Therese Schwartze

I love this painting by Thérèse Schwartze we were able to view in person at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam last August. 

Not only is it beautifully painted, but it perfectly captures the unspoken communication between the woman and the dog. Anyone who's ever been around a dog is familiar with that look!

Despite the woman's placement on the canvas, the dog Puck is clearly the focal point. The woman's face is mostly in shadow. Her gaze and her arm clearly lead us to Puck, who's face is not shadowed in the least.

"Portrait of a young Woman with 'Puck' the Dog" • Thérèse Schwartze • 1879-1885 • Oil on Canvas • 144cm x 103cm
Puck is painted with simplicity, and yet the feel of his coat comes through the placement of folds indicated by a series of darker valued strokes as well as the broken edges - especially along the neck.

Most importantly, it all comes down to the eyes, which have the most dominant value changes and may be slightly enlarged to add emphasis.


Even though the dog is the focal point, and the woman's place is the secondary point, other details are not overlooked. The fabric is painted with an excellent sense of form and weight. The left hand, while in a difficult position to capture, is perfectly done.


Photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Painting Workshop - The Artist Cove Studio.Gallery, Panama City, Florida

Florida artist friends, a late cancellation has opened two spots in my painting workshop next month at The Artist Cove Studio.Gallery in Panama City.

If you want to learn how to paint absolutely anything, then this is the class for you. My workshop is open to beginners as well as advanced painters.

Register now to secure your spot:
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