Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Art Review - "A Chief of Abyssinia" by Henri Regnault - National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

For #museumtourtuesday, here is a powerful portrait by Henri Regnault from the National Gallery of Art that captures personality, intensity and movement.

The use of the intense yellow and red colors gives the suggestion of royalty, but the true suggestion of strength comes from the powerful gaze in the man's eyes and the way he holds his head high.

I love the way the piece is thinly painted throughout, but especially around the eyes. Here, the glow from this translucency of the light passing through the thin glaze of paint and off of the canvas beneath gives him an incredible sense of life.

Regnault, who died at the 2nd Battle of Buzenval in 1871, would have only been 27 years old when he created this beautiful painting.

"A Chief of Abyssinia" • Henri Regnault • c. 1870 • Oil on Canvas • 16 5/8" x 12 5/8"

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Pet Portrait Commission - Detail

Here's a detail of my current pet portrait commission in progress. Always so much fun to paint dogs. They each have their own unique personality.

 

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Throwback Thursday - "Barbie" Pet Portrait

This was Barbie. Barbie was the sweetest cat ever ... but only to those she cared about. If you crossed her, you would get an earful of obscenities. You might not understand the language, but the intent was always clear.

She was also really good at stealing food, breaking things, knocking stuff down for attention, banging on closed doors, randomly terrorizing other pets, and nipping unsuspecting human noses, just to show you who's boss.

Barbie passed away five years ago this month. We miss everything about her.

"Barbie" • Oil on Panel • 19" x 19" • Private Collection

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Art Review - "The Ox-Driver, an Old-Time Figure of the West" by Harvey T. Dunn - Brandywine River Museum of Art

For #MuseumTourTuesday, here's a painting we were able to view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art by American illustrator Harvey Dunn. A student of the great Howard Pyle, Dunn would later become a great teacher in his own right, mentoring other well known illustrators such as Dean Cornwell.

One of the things I find fascinating about this painting is the way in which Dunn crops the Ox. By pushing its head off the left edge of the canvas, the artist gives us a greater sense of its power and massiveness. Also interesting is that the ox and driver become one shape, suggesting their important relationship to each other.

"The Ox-Driver, an Old-Time Figure of the West" • Harvey T. Dunn • 1909 • Oil on Canvas
• 34 7/8 × 26 in

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Pet Portrait Study - "Betty" - Oil on Panel, 9"x12", Two Hours

This was Betty. As an actress, she received numerous nominations for her emotionally moving portrayals of dogs in need. In this scene in our Brooklyn backyard, Betty played the part of a dog without a bone, despite the fact that she had just devoured one in record time prior to the director yelling action. Just off camera, her costar, Barney, provided her with all of the motivation necessary, while he gnawed on a bone also given to him just five minutes prior.

But seriously, I painted Betty on National Dog Day this week. I miss her dearly.

 

"Betty" • Oil on Panel • 9" x 12" • 2 hours • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com


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Friday, August 28, 2020

"Weathered" - Oil on Linen, 18"x24", Private Collection

I recently put this new painting in the online gallery on my website, www.PatrickSaunders.com, and was thrilled to ship it off this morning to a first-time collector in Michigan.

It always makes me happy when someone else is moved by a painting that means a lot to me personally.

"Weathered" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

August 2020 Newsletter - Tell Your Story

Is it art or craft?

Read my latest newsletter to learn about taking your paintings beyond the pretty picture.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Museum Tour Tuesday - "L'orchestre de l'Opéra" by Edgar Degas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

For #MuseumTourTuesday, here is one of my favorite paintings by Edgar Degas at the Musée d'Orsay. Why? It's all about the point of view.

Instead of placing the focus with the action onstage, Degas chooses to feature the members of the orchestra pit, many of whom were his personal friends. The expected area of interest, the dancers, are reduced in their importance by the radical cropping.

Despite this unexpected shift in focus, the composition is very solid. The bassoon held by the central figure is a strong vector line leading to the figure of the bassist, whose instrument leads our eyes up and back, breaking the line of the stage. From there, the brightly lit legs of the dancers push the eye back to the orchestra pit, where the gaze of the cellist and the line of his instrument lead us back to the main figure.

"L'orchestre de l'Opéra" "The Orchestra at the Opera" • Edgar Degas • ca. 1870 • Oil on Canvas
• 56.5 x 45cm

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Artistic Insipriation, Goofy Grape, the United States Postal Service, and My Mom

Here's a little story about my earliest artistic inspiration.

Back in the early seventies there was a Kool-Aid rip off drink mix known as Funny Face. If you collected the proofs of purchase, you could mail in for plastic cups that represented your favorite flavor/character. Mine was grape, represented by Goofy Grape.

I mailed in those proofs of purchase and waited for the mail to come each and every day for months. Each time our letter carrier delivered a package from Funny Face, it felt like Christmas morning. There was Freckle-Face Strawberry, Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry, Loud-Mouth Lime. Eventually, Goofy Grape arrived, and I was ecstatic.

I pulled out my box of crayons and created my first "alla prima" painting of Goofy Grape. My mother told me just how great it was and taped it up onto the picture window in our living room. I was so excited, I made another and another and another, until I had filled the window. That is how my life-long passion for creating art began. I still have that Goofy Grape cup, although it's a little worse for wear.

FYI, my father was a letter carrier for 35 years. He walked the same route each day and his visit was often the highlight of the day for many seniors. When I first started grade school, almost every kid knew my father even before they knew me.

So, the US Postal Service is very important to me, having deeply influenced both my art and my life.

 

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Online Art Gallery at www.PatrickSaunders.com

My most recent sunflowers painting will be shipped off to a new collector on Monday, so I just finished updating my online art gallery. Here are a few of the pieces currently available through my gallery on my website.

You can check out all of my available work here:
http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Online-Art-Gallery

 

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Throwback Thursday - "Tom" Portrait Study - Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, Texas

I miss painting at open model sessions. It was always an opportunity to practice working from direct observation, but I would also gain insights into the life of the subject. For #ThrowBackThursday, here's a portrait study from 2018, painted at The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

You might not guess it from his likeness, but Tom and I bonded over punk rock music, chatting during breaks from painting. Everyone is deeper than their likeness.

 
"Tom" • Oil on Linen • 11" x 14" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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