Thursday, January 14, 2021

Throwback Thursday - "Lounge At the Jefferson" for Plein Air Richmond 2018

#ThrowbackThursday to a time when I could not just paint in public, but even indoors.

This is a small lounge inside the Jefferson Hotel Richmond, painted on a rainy day during the 2018 Plein Air Richmond event. Yes, it looks deserted in the photo, but I had a number of members of the hotel staff behind me as I painted.

I really miss chatting with others while I work, as they always have interesting stories to share about the histories of the places I'm capturing. In this case, it was all about the alligators which once lived in the Jefferson's Palm Court in the early 20th Century.

"Lounge At the Jefferson" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Private Collection

 

I took this photo when I was almost finished at about two hours in. I had a very poor lighting system at the time, cobbled together with an orchestra light and a few book lights.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Art Review - "Logging in Vermont" by Aldro Thompson Hibbard

My recent #museumtourtuesday posts depicting snow scenes seem to have triggered a rare snow event down here in Texas. Here's one more ...

Today it's a painting by Aldro T. Hibbard. Look at the way Hibbard lays down the paint in short, decisive strokes, refining them only in the focal area of the two horses. This technique not only defines the focus, but adds energy, spontaneity and movement to the piece.
 
Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Hibbard eventually settled in Rockport, Massachusetts, forming the Rockport Art Association & Museum with a number of other artists. There, he influenced one of my other favorite artists, Emile Gruppe.
 
"Logging in Vermont" • Aldro Thompson Hibbard • Oil on Canvas • 32.5" x 40.38"

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

"War Dancer" on the Cover of Southwest Art Magazine December/January 2020/2021 Issue

I haven't posted for a few days due to all of the tumult, but on Monday Kimberly made a quick masked dash into a Barnes & Noble to see and photograph my second Southwest Art Magazine cover for me.

I spent hours in book stores when I was younger paging through art magazines, so it's thrilling to see my own work on the shelf amongst that of so many other artists that I admire. Trying to focus on the positive, especially right now.
 
 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Art Review - "Winter in Ponte Campovasto Switzerland" by Peder Monsted

For today's #museumtourtuesday, a piece by Danish painter Peder Mork Monsted.

Mønsted's winter landscapes fascinate me with his ability to capture the day after a winter storm. The snow is melting, and figures are moving through it, or their footprints show that they have recently passed through the landscape. One can look at his paintings and feel the coolness of the frozen landscape, yet there's also the sense of the warm sunlight at the very same time. This creates a wonderfully complex scene of mixed emotions.
 
I am always filled with hope when viewing his paintings. We're through the storm, and it's time to move forward.
 
"Winter in Ponte Campovasto Switzerland" • Peder Mønsted • Oil • 1914

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Floral Painting - "Colliding"

Here’s my first painting of the year.

Maybe it’s the sci-fi nerd in me that always thinks of galaxies coming together when I see a tight group of gerbera daisies. I guess that’s appropriate for the new year, as they’ll soon explode outwards and create something new. 
 
Gerbera daisies are also one of the floral subjects that I find most challenging, so I’m facing the new year head on with this one.
 
“Colliding” • Oil on Linen • 9” x 12” • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Thursday, December 31, 2020

December 2020 Newsletter - The Right Reds

Happy New Year's Eve to all!

Even though I didn't travel much in 2020, I was often distracted from painting because it's been such a turbulent year. My new year's resolution is to tune out the noise and re-focus on my art. I'm going to end the year by sharing some of my thoughts on color.
 
Red is one of the most difficult colors to work with in painting. If you struggle to get just the right reds in your work, there are steps you can take to simplify the mixing process.
 
Sign up for my latest newsletter to learn more about how to mix a range of reds: http://bit.ly/PSFA-Newsletter-Sign-up
 

 
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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Art Review - "Twilight" by Nicolai Fechin

It's the last #MuseumTourTuesday of the year, and I'd like to share one of my favorite winter scenes by one of my favorite painters.

Nicolai Fechin takes this simple scene of a mountain cabin and makes it glow. The painting flows from the cold brutality of the snowy slope at the bottom of the painting to the bright warm colors of the trees and the mountains beyond towards the top. This dramatic color change makes the cabin feel inviting despite its dilapidated appearance, and the presence of the horses lets us know that it is not abandoned. What I find most appealing is the way Fechin treats the background almost like watercolor, creating a depth in the scene from which the cabin emerges.
 
"Twilight" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 30" x 24"
 
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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Plein Air Painting - "Dockside at Guanabanas" - Jupiter, Florida

This wasn't intended as a holiday themed painting, but colored lights and a warm night can sure make you feel festive.

I hope you are all looking forward to the New Year!
 
     "Dockside At Guanabanas" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Available at www.patricksaunders.com
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Floral Painting - 2013 "Holiday Poinsettia"

For #ThrowbackThursday and in keeping with the holiday spirit, here's an older floral from 2013. Even though I worked at Hallmark Cards for a decade, this was the first poinsettia I ever painted, more than 10 years after leaving the company.
 
Merry Christmas to everyone!
 
"Holiday Poinsettia" • Oil on Canvas • 12" x 16" • Private Collection

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Art Review - Winter Landscapes by Stepan Kolesnikoff - Siberia, Russia

I've always loved paintings of snow scenes, but I've never been a fan of cold weather. I guess that excludes me from personally painting any, but it doesn't mean that I can't admire the efforts of other painters.

In keeping with the holiday season, I'll be sharing a few of my favorite snow scenes for the next few #museumtourtuesdays.

Today, I'm featuring Stepan Kolesnikoff. Born in 1879, Stepan was a Russian realist painter who spent most of his life in Siberia. His work in oil and gouache won him the regard of Ilya Repin, the most distinguished Russian artist of the time.


The color palette of this first piece is just magical.

Through the use of warmer blues in the landscape surrounding the house, Stepan is able to call our attention to the structure by giving it a cool purple cast, calling it out from the swirling branches surrounding it.

Once again, Stepan uses dramatic color temperature differences to draw our attention into the church, and the busy color patterns of the crowd contrast nicely with the calmness of the sky above.

One of the first things that drew me to Stepan's work was his handling of trees. The branches have a calligraphic feel, and you can almost feel the movement.

This piece balances both color temperature and value in order to play off the primary and secondary focal points.

The dark shape of the wolf stands out from the surrounding lightness of the snow, while the warm window stands out from the surrounding cool shadow.

 

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

Floral Art - "Unfolding" - Orange Rose Painting

I’ve always been fascinated by the way flowers open and close each day to take in the rays of the sun. This one was painted near midday, when the rose was fully open. The petals are far more defined at this time of day, but the color temperature differences become much more subtle.
 
“Unfolding” • Oil on Linen • 8” x 8” • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com
   
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

 
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