Sunday, June 28, 2020

June 2020 Newsletter - Seeing Greens

Having trouble mixing greens? 

It may be more of a perception issue than a painting issue.

Read my latest newsletter to learn about the four questions you can ask yourself to get that color just right.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

"Bars and Bikes, Amsterdam" - Nocturne Painting, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Today for #throwbackthursday, I'd like share a new painting I just finished of a great memory from last year. Kimberly and I traveled to Amsterdam last August to visit all of the museums and to explore this wonderful city.

As you might expect, Amsterdam nightlife is incredibly vibrant, and the combination of historic architecture and modern signage makes for some interesting compositions. This is the Louis Bar, a beautiful patchwork of windows and colors.

"Bars & Bikes, Amsterdam" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com
Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Art Review - "The White Cat", Pierre Bonnard & Portrait of a Man", Antoine Vollon - Musée d'Orsay, Paris France

Today for #MuseumTourTuesday, it's cats vs. dogs, impressionism vs. realism, Pierre Bonnard vs. Antoine Vollon. I'm a fan of both of these paintings at the Musée d'Orsay, but for very different reasons.

"The White Cat" • Pierre Bonnard • 1894 • Oil on Card • 51x33cm
Bonnard's cat is very playful and childlike with extreme exaggerations, and yet it gives me a sense of a certain cat I once knew, and so I can connect with it. Traditional painting methods have been discarded in favor of whimsy, pattern and design.
 
Detail: "Portrait of a Man" • Antoine Vollon • 1878 • Oil on Canvas • 186x125.5cm

By contast, Vollon's dog is very realistic, despite the fact that it is loosely painted. There is no doubt that the artist was responding to exactly what he saw before him.

Detail "The White Cat" • Pierre Bonnard • 1894 • Oil on Card • 51x33cm

Bonnard's paint application is uneven and primitive, almost certainly by design to give more personality to the cat.

Detail: "Portrait of a Man" • Antoine Vollon • 1878 • Oil on Canvas • 186x125.5cm
Vollard's paint application is much more academic. Thick in the lights, thinner in the darks. Notice that we barely see the eyes in either of the paintings.

Detail "The White Cat" • Pierre Bonnard • 1894 • Oil on Card • 51x33cm


The cat almost appears to float dreamlike through the landscape, adding to the sense that this is beyond reality.

Detail: "Portrait of a Man" • Antoine Vollon • 1878 • Oil on Canvas • 186x125.5cm
The dog's feet are grounded and solid by comparison. He exists in the real world.

Both paintings evoke emotions for me in regards to how I feel about the subjects. While I tend to paint in a more realist manner, I can appreciate the abandon with which Bonnard discards convention and creates something new and unexpected. I'm always looking for opportunities to channel that into my own work.
 


"Portrait of a Man" • Antoine Vollon • 1878 • Oil on Canvas • 186x125.5cm
Here is the complete painting by Vollon. I'm drawn to the dog much more than the figure, which appears stiff by comparison. 

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Father's Day - "Portrait of the Artist's Father" - Saint Louis, Missouri

I painted this portrait of my father over fifteen years ago, just after he passed, as a gift for my mother.

At the time, I was teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute, so I was lucky enough to be able to spend a lot of time with him during my summer vacation. In some ways, I've become more like him as I've aged, but why don't I have that same head of hair?

Happy Father's Day to all! 

"Portrait of the Artist's Father" • Oil on Canvas  • 12"x16" • Private Collection

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Friday, June 19, 2020

"Swan Descending, A Staircase" - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia

Art collectors, my painting of the Swan House staircase at the Atlanta History Center for the 2020 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational is now available for sale here:

https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Swan-House-Staircase-Painting
 


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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Art Review - "The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" - Edouard Vuillard, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

For last week's #MuseumTourTuesday, I shared a piece created by Edouard Vuillard when he was in his 30s. Today I'd like to share another of his works at the Musée d'Orsay, painted some 30 years later.

"The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" • Edouard Vuillard • 1928-1932 
• Oil on Canvas • 116 x 89.5 cm
The differences between this piece and Vuillard's earlier works is striking enough that I failed to recognize it as one of his paintings until I read the accompanying plaque.

While the artist still retains some of his signature use of patterns in the wallpaper and the bedspread, they are less graphically employed. The entire painting has a much more traditional sense of depth and perspective when compared to his previous compositions.


"The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" Detail • Edouard Vuillard • 1928-1932 
• Oil on Canvas • 116 x 89.5 cm
The pattern on the bedspread is secondary to the rendering of light and shadow, losing the flat graphic look that Vuillard would have employed in the past. Of particular interest is the way the artist captures the shine of the fabric, giving it a satin like feel.

The figure is also far more rendered and lacks the Japanese print inspired look of his previous works.


"The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" Detail • Edouard Vuillard • 1928-1932 
• Oil on Canvas • 116 x 89.5 cm
Vuillard even goes on to capture minute details in the adjoining room. The connection to his early work comes from the fact that all of these details combined are reminiscent of the busy patterns in his earlier work.

It amazes me to see the evolution of his paintings over the course of 30 years, and yet the voice of the younger painter remains in this work that is just as beautiful.



Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

"Peanut & Yoyo" - Pet Portait Commission - Olmsted Plein Air Painting Invitational

Cats don't take direction well, and you just never know how long they'll hold a pose. In order to capture these uncooperative models, I painted this pet portrait from a video still. 

Thank you to my wonderful collector for having a clear vision for this painting, and thank you to the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational for making this portrait commission happen.

“Peanut & Yoyo” • Oil on Linen • 14"x18” • Private Collection
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

"Pink Rose Study" - International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon

I've been working on a number of more involved paintings lately. When I need a palette cleanser, I paint floral studies. It's a great way to focus on colors, values and shapes and not think about what it is that you are painting. Here's my latest.

“Pink Rose Study” • Oil on Canvas • 9"x9” • Private Collection

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Art Judge - Weatherford Art Association Art Competition - Weatherford, Texas

I just finished judging the Weatherford Art Association’s 2020 Parker County Peach Festival Art Competition, hosted at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford, Texas.

I can’t announce the winners yet, but kudos to all of you who entered the show, and the Doss Center is an amazing space for an art event.



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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Art Review - "Le déjeuner en famille" - Edouard Vuillard, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

For today's #MuseumTourTuesday, I'd like to share a piece by Edouard Vuillard from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France. Even though the piece is 121 years old, it has a modern sensibility that makes it feel as if it were painted very recently.

"Le déjeuner en famille" "Family Lunch" • Edouard Vuillard • 1899 
• Oil on Cardboard • 58.2 x 91.8 cm
Vuillard employs a combination of overlapping patterns that appear very similar to modern painters' practice of incorporating various wallpaper samples throughout their work, although in this case, each one is purely paint.

Even with all of these competing textures, Vuillard still carefully controls the values in order to lead us to the three figures portrayed in the painting. The magenta and white table cloth acts as a center axis that points directly at the figures.

The textures add a sense of distance between the figures, isolating each from the other, even in the context of the lunch table, giving us a sense of the family tension.


"Le déjeuner en famille" "Family Lunch" Detail • Edouard Vuillard • 1899 
• Oil on Cardboard • 58.2 x 91.8 cm
Vuillard's brother-in-law fades into the textures surrounding him. He is completely detached from the rest of the family, only interested in the newspaper.

"Le déjeuner en famille" "Family Lunch" Detail • Edouard Vuillard • 1899 
• Oil on Cardboard • 58.2 x 91.8 cm
The artist's mother, while connected to her daughter through the direction of her gaze, is minimized. She's an influence in the family, as she separates the couple, but she is of lesser importance. She is even dwarfed by the frame of the painting above her, making her feel even smaller.

"Le déjeuner en famille" "Family Lunch" Detail • Edouard Vuillard • 1899 
• Oil on Cardboard • 58.2 x 91.8 cm
Vuillard's sister and her child are the true focus of the painting. They share the only intimate connection in the painting. She stands out not only through the strong value changes in this area of the piece, but also the rich dominating red of her dress.





Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

"Dama De Rojo" - Dia de los Muertos, Dallas, Texas

There's something very interesting to me about Día de los Muertos. The way Mexican culture makes it not a day of sadness but a day of celebration, bringing the living, the dead and all associated icons together in a joyful holiday.

My goal with this painting was to capture that combination and document our experience at last year's Dallas Dia De Los Muertos. I enjoyed painting all of these diverse elements, and at the center, a woman with ghostly makeup, yet a playful expression.

"Dama De Rojo" • Oil on Linen • 15"x30" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com
Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Grey Matters Art Brushes - Jack Richeson & Co.

I'm retiring a paint brush today. 

Why am I sharing this? Because I've been using this very brush (on the left) almost every day for the past three years, and when I wasn't using it, my students were busy giving it a test drive in one of my painting workshops.

Thank you Jack Richeson & Co. for making the best brushes I have ever had the pleasure of painting with.

https://bit.ly/patrick-saunders-brushes



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Monday, June 1, 2020

"Impatience" - Floral Painting

I went out early this morning to paint a little one hour plein air study. 

Kimberly loves the red impatiens she has growing right now next to the Airstream, and I wanted to capture them just for her, forever.

I've included a couple of in progress shots as well.

“Impatience” • Oil on Linen • 5"x7” • 1 Hour
“Impatience” Detail • Oil on Linen • 5"x7” • 15 Minutes
“Impatience” • Oil on Linen • 5"x7” • 40 Minutes
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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