Sunday, October 14, 2018

Through the Trees, Salt Creek Beach - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

I find the trees in Southern California endlessly fascinating. 

At Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California, there is a nice variety of trees. It's not just the textures and shapes of the trees themselves, but their shadows and light effects on the environment around them. With this painting, I set out to capture the late afternoon sun blasting through the lace-like patterns created by these interwoven limbs and leaves.

"Through the Trees, Salt Creek Beach" (oil on linen, 18"x24") is available for sale at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's 20th Annual Laguna Plein Air Invitational at Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters.

 


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Nyes Night - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

I painted a daylight scene of Nyes Place in Laguna Beach, California during last year's Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational. I've been wondering all year how this scene might look as a nocturne due to all of the windows stacked atop each other. 

This was a quick one, only about an hour and a half, as I was afraid one of the many passing cars that stopped for a look might cause a traffic accident.

"Nyes Night" (oil on linen, 16"x20") is available for sale Saturday at the 20th Laguna Plein Air Invitational Collectors Gala at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters.



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Friday, October 12, 2018

Morning Spills Into The Cove - Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

I decided to challenge myself with something different in this plein air painting. I rarely do big vistas, and I struggle with low light painting, but I just couldn't pass up the view at Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point, California.

"Morning Spills Into The Cove" (oil on linen, 18"x24") will be available for sale Saturday at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's 20th Laguna Plein Air Collectors Gala at Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters.


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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Floral Workshop - Tampa Regional Artists

Florida artists, I'm teaching another floral painting workshop in your state next March in Tampa, Florida.

This two-day class March 2nd - 3rd is sponsored by the Tampa Regional Artists and will be held at the Old Hyde Park Art Center.
Florals are a great way to practice adding energy to all of your paintings, whether you are a beginner or more advanced. 

Class size is limited to ensure plenty of one-on-one instruction, so click here to register now and secure your spot:

http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-TRA-Floral-Workshop

"Poppies" Oil on linen, 12"x16"
Private Collection

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

20th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational

I'm honored to have been asked back this year to the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association​'s 20th Annual Laguna Plein Air Invitational​.

Here are some paintings I did for #lpapa19th. There's so much to be inspired by in beautiful Laguna Beach, California​. I'm really looking forward to painting here again.


"First Rays at Badlands"
Oil on linen, 16"x20" Private Collection
          
"Nyes Place"
Oil on linen, 18"x24" Private Collection
"Howdy"
Oil on linen, 14"x18" Private Collection
"Crystal Cove Morning"
Oil on linen, 14"x18" Private Collection
 
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Online Art Gallery

For art collectors interested in purchasing my paintings, I have created an online gallery on my website where you can now buy directly from me.

Click on the link below to see my currently available work.

 http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Online-Art-Gallery


Día de los Muertos, Oil on linen, 12"x16"
Available for Purchase

 

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

A Return to the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House

Kimberly and I returned to the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House this week. There were more paintings on display than the last time we visited in 2013, and many were hung in better locations for easier viewing.

Each one is inspirational. Nicolai Fechin was a truly incredible painter who avoided the pitfalls of tricks and gimmicks in his work, letting the texture of his brushstrokes speak loudly. Click through the photos below for more information about each one.

Nicolai Fechin, "Manicure Lady" (oil on canvas, 29"x27", 1917)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

This painting was the highlight of the visit for me. So much texture and yet the composition holds together beautifully. So many energetic strokes that effortlessly state so much. One could break this apart into a number of different paintings, and all would be a masterpiece. Just look at the expertly painted still life in the upper left.

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
A close up of the face. No blending of strokes, just shapes of values and colors painted side by side without any worry about the differing textures.
 
Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.

A further closeup. Especially of note is the eye. No attempt to paint all the detail that is unnecessary to suggest the form.

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Upon first viewing, I didn't even notice the scissors as I was so taken with the shapes of the hands. The outer shapes are more important than the details of the fingers.

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Here's a close-up of the still life from the upper left. It could stand on its own as a painting. Notice the varying colors within the strokes, which suggests the swiftness with which Fechin painted. His brush picked up various colors from his palette at the same time.

Nicolai Fechin, "Birches [Aspens]" (oil on canvas, 14.5"x9.5", before 1923)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
This is a piece that I had not seen before. So simple, and yet so much depth. It is painted on a piece of unstretched canvas.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.
In this closeup, you can see how Fechin was unconcerned with covering every bit of his surface. The raw canvas shows through on the edges of the trees. 

Nicolai Fechin, "Eya in Peasant Blouse" (oil on canvas, 24"x20", 1933)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 This portrait has a wonderful variation of thick and thin paint.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.
Notice the thicker paint on the face, where Fechin spent most of his time.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.
The hands become a mix of thick and thin, although you can see raw canvas coming through around them.
 
Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.
Sometimes Fechin allows the initial washes of paint to remain. If it's the right value and color, no need to mess with it further.
 
Nicolai Fechin, "Le Portrait de Ulle Kitaeve" (oil on linen, 35.5"x30", 1912)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.

Nicolai Fechin, "Eya in Judo Gi" (oil on canvas, 26"x20", ca.1940's)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.
 Gotta love the way the paint texture turns the form above the eye. 

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.
 The paint texture is just as important to the form as the subtle value and color changes.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.

Nicolai Fechin, "Eya with Cat" (oil on canvas, 24"x20")
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.

Photo by Patrick Saunders Fine Arts.
Great textures combined with vivid color create so much interest in the dress.
 
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 The cat could have easily distracted from Eya's face, but it's so subtly painted, it is not even noticeable at first glance. 

Nicolai Fechin, "General MacArthur" (oil on canvas, 24"x20.25")
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 Even commissioned portraits were painted in such a way that the face is handled no differently than the rest of the painting.

Nicolai Fechin, "Alexandra on the Volga" (oil on canvas, 32"x27", 1912)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Nicolai Fechin, "Alexandra with Coral Beads" (oil on canvas, 26"x23", 1910)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Nicolai Fechin, "Arroyo Hondo Mountains" (oil on canvas, 15"x24.5")
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Nicolai Fechin, "Russian Singer with Fan" (oil on canvas, 48"x33.5", ca. 1923-24)
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Nicolai Fechin, "Walter Clark" (oil on canvas, 47"x38.75")
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Nicolai Fechin, "Bearded Man" (Lithograph, 15"x11")
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Floral Workshop - Lighthouse ArtCenter

Florida artists, I'm teaching a three-day floral workshop at the Lighthouse ArtCenter the week before I participate in their 6th Annual Plein Air Festival.

This class is open to everyone. I can get you started in painting, or take you to the next level, and florals are the perfect subject to create paintings filled with expressive brushwork.

Class size is limited, so register now to secure your spot for this March 5th - 7th workshop: 

http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Lighthouse-Art-Center-Floral-Workshop



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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Floral Painting Workshop - Rockport Center for the Arts

Texas artists, I’m teaching a floral painting workshop next January in Rockport, Texas, sponsored by the Rockport Center for the Arts.

I might sound like a broken record on this, but it's true: whether you are a beginner or more advanced, florals are a perfect subject for adding energy to all of your paintings. 

Come paint with me and learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. Each day of my January 15th - 17th workshop will include a full demonstration, followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings with frequent one-on-one instruction. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pet Portrait - Angel

My finished portrait of "Angel" (oil on linen, 16"x20"). 

There were two big challenges for me on this one. I had to carefully capture the subtle changes within her white coat, making it more about temperature than value. I also had to be sure that such a light colored subject integrated into the background. The key to that was avoiding a lot of hard edges.

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.