Thursday, September 19, 2019

Anthony van Dyck Portrait Painting - National Gallery, London, England

Here's a timeless portrait by Anthony van Dyck that Kimberly and I were fortunate enough to view at the National Gallery during our visit to London. If not for the fashion of the collar, it could have been painted today rather than 400 years ago. The textures utilized in the forehead and hair also make it appear very contemporary. It's important to also note that van Dyck painted this when he was only 21 years of age. 

I included the frame, not only for its contemporary look, but to add that there is more of the painting hidden beneath it. The painting was extended within 15 years of its initial creation into a bust-length portrait, but clearly not by van Dyck. The frame is meant to hide this addition.

"Portrait of Cornelis van der Geest" • Anthony van Dyck • About 1620 • Oil on Oak 
• 37.5 x 32.5 cm
Photo by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

LPAPA Plein Air Painting Invitational - Plein Talk with the Artists Panel, Laguna Beach, California

Artist friends, I will be one of the #LPAPA21st invitational artists on the Plein Talk with the Artists panel this year at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's annual Plein Air Painting Invitational next month.

If you're in the Laguna Beach, California area, please join me and my colleagues at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Forum Theater October 7th, where we'll discuss our artistic journeys and plein air painting experiences, and take questions from the audience.

I love talking about art in all forms, so I'm really thankful for this opportunity.



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Sunday, September 15, 2019

2019 Painting Workshops

I just finished my last 2019 painting workshop. 

I taught 16 workshops this year, and 2020 is almost completely booked. I've even got a few classes already scheduled for 2021. This collage photo of painting workshops represents a lot of great memories for me, and I look forward to making even more.

I've been training artists and teaching art classes for almost 20 years, and I can honestly say that I really enjoy teaching, now more than ever. I'm not kidding when I say that I get as much as I give in my workshops. The artists in my classes help me to carefully think through and articulate what I do, and they challenge me to get better and better at communicating, and breaking down my approach to painting into a clear, workable process.

My heartfelt thanks to each and every person in this image, and to all of the hosts of my workshops. It's such a gift to be able to do something you love for a living, and to be able to share it with others.



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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Painting Workshop - Lafayette Art Association - Group Photo

I got a crash course in Louisiana culture at my floral workshop this week in Lafayette, Louisiana, and suffice it to say, my pronunciation needs work.

Kimberly and I shared a lot of laughs with this fun group of hardworking painters, and I hope each of you enjoyed this class as much as I did. You were all a delight to paint with.

My thanks to Daren Tucker for organizing this workshop, and to Arthur and the Lafayette Art Association & Gallery for facilitating it.



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Friday, September 13, 2019

Floral Workshop Demonstration Painting - Lafayette Art Association - Day Two

My demonstration painting this morning on day two of my floral workshop at the Lafayette Art Association & Gallery.

"Gerberas Study"
• Oil on Linen
• 10"x10"
• 1.5 Hours
• SOLD




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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Floral Workshop Demonstration Painting - Lafayette Art Association - Day One

My demonstration painting this morning on the first day of my floral workshop at the Lafayette Art Association & Gallery.

"Pink Rose Study"
• Oil on Linen
• 9"x12"
• 1.5 Hours
• SOLD




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Monday, September 9, 2019

Floral Study - White Rose

I painted a quick one hour warm-up for my upcoming floral class this weekend in Lafayette, Louisiana.

"A Small Flame"
• Oil on linen
• 6"x8"
• Available


Painting photo by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.



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Thursday, September 5, 2019

George Hendrik Breitners - The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is yet another great collection of art in Amsterdam. While it's best known for its Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings, it was a pleasure to view the work of George Hendrik Breitner.

Each of these three paintings are somewhat dark and moody paintings, with subtle pops of color that lead the viewer through the image.

What most attracted me to Breitner's work is the overall sense of pattern and texture that is prevalent in the paintings, similar to the work of Edouard Vuillard. Even in the flat areas of this painting, such as the sky, the paint texture itself adds an additional pattern.


"The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam" • George Hendrik Breitner • 1898 • Oil on Canvas • 100 x 152 cm
I just love that the face of the central figure is more of a pattern than a portrait due to the material draped over her face.

"The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam" Detail • George Hendrik Breitner • 1898 • Oil on Canvas • 100 x 152 cm
 Breitner often worked from photographs, and the center figure of this painting was initially depicted as a maid, but after a negative review, the gallery representing him felt it would be better if he made her into an elegant lady. The textural quality of the painting makes it difficult to tell that the woman was repainted.

This piece becomes mostly an abstraction of overlapping lines, shapes and textures. Older wooden ships are locked in the ice in the foreground, while the more modern steam powered ships move past in the background. The small pops of blue, orange and green lead our eyes through the painting.


"Ships In the Ice" • George Hendrik Breitner • 1901 • Oil on Canvas • 115 x 163 cm
The masts and rigging are beautifully and simply painted in thick paint.

"Ships In the Ice" Detail • George Hendrik Breitner • 1901 • Oil on Canvas • 115 x 163 cm
Another simply painted landscape, depicting an exceptionally severe winter. Out of all of the paintings, this one lacks the areas of intense color, adding to the sense of cold and dreary weather. The busy strokes in the foreground trees add a sense of depth to the piece. Breitner is said to have traded this painting for a bicycle when short on cash.

"View of the Oosterpark, Amsterdam, in the Snow" • George Hendrik Breitner • 1892 • Oil on Canvas • 70 x 122 cm
The trees are very simple strokes without any unnecessary detail.

"View of the Oosterpark, Amsterdam, in the Snow" Detail • George Hendrik Breitner • 1892 • Oil on Canvas • 70 x 122 cm

Photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.



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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Floral Workshop - Winslow Art Center, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Artist friends, I have a new floral workshop to announce for 2020.

This will be my first studio workshop in the Pacific Northwest region, at the Winslow Art Center Studio & Gallery on Bainbridge Island, Washington, August 17th - 19th. 

We fell in love with the State of Washington when we camped throughout it in 2016 with our first Airsteam while there for a plein air event. August is an excellent time to visit this beautiful state, and I hope you'll consider joining me there for this class. The Winslow Art Center website lists a variety of accommodations you can book for your stay on the island.


Click here for more information and to register:
http://bit.ly/PSFA-Floral-Workshop-Bainbridge-Island

"Aglow" • Oil on Linen • 9"x12" • Private Collection • February 2018 finalist in the Gateway International Painting Competition • Entry, American Impressionist Society's 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition 


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