Saturday, September 18, 2021

Painting Tip - Using Liquin

I get a lot of questions in my workshops about the medium Liquin, and I never fail to discourage its use. The two paintings featured here are a great example of why Liquin is not a good choice, particularly if you want your work to be archival.

Liquin can yellow over time, and this process can rapidly accelerate when the painting is subjected to any amount of heat. I store my paintings in the back of our truck as we travel, and only two of them have ever yellowed. They were the last two paintings where I used Liquin as a medium.
 

Here's the first of the two paintings as it looked upon completion in 2008. It represents a view from our corporate apartment in New York, before we found a more permanent home in Brooklyn. I was working full-time in advertising, and rarely found the time to paint. I used Liquin sky, needing the piece to dry faster, so that I could display it in an upcoming show.

"Towers & Water Towers, New York" • Oil on Board • 19" x 26.25"
 
And now the painting as it looks today. Full disclosure, this was shot with my iPhone, so the color is not perfectly accurate, but you can clearly see the yellowing that has occurred, mostly in the lighter areas like the sky.


I still like the painting, even with the yellowing effect. This could actually be desirable, if you like it, so it's just something to be aware of. However, a collector might not necessarily appreciate such a change over time.

This detail is of the sky in the upper right. I had glazed over the sky with a thin layer of cerulean blue mixed with Liquin in order to even out the color. Now, areas with additional Liquin are far more yellow.


This piece was also created in 2008, using the same methods and materials. The scene depicts the Unisphere, a 12-story high, stainless steel representation of the Earth, built in Queens, New York City for the 1964 World's Fair.

"Corona Park" • Oil on board • 19" x 29"

A similar yellowing has occurred over time to this piece as well. Again, please note that the color is not completely accurate, as this was shot with my iPhone, but it does illustrate the yellowing effect.

In this case, I actually like the painting better now than I did before, because it's made the colors a bit more sophisticated and unified.


This close-up of the sky shows a spot where I missed covering the area with the Liquin glaze. A nice spot of the original blue surrounded by a sea of greenish blue.

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

2021 Bosque Art Classic

I am so pleased that two of my three entries into the Bosque Arts Center's 2021 Bosque Art Classic juried art show and sale were sold at the opening ceremony last weekend.

The 36th Annual BAC show will be on display and free to the public through Saturday, September 25th. Their online sale also continues through the 25th, so collectors can still purchase work by accepted artists, like the portrait below, my only piece left in the show that is still available. 
 
Visit www.BosqueArtsCenter.org for more information. 
 
Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
 
“Tom” • Oil on Linen • 11” x 14”
• Available at the 2021 Bosque Art Classic

"Awaiting" • Oil on Linen • 24” x 30" • SOLD

"Betty" • Oil on Panel • 9" x 12" • SOLD


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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Art Review - "Old Town, San Diego" by Nicolai Fechin

The Gilcrease Museum is currently closed, as they are in the process of building a brand new facility on the same site as the former museum. For this week's #museumtourtuesday, I'd like to share the piece from their collection that I admire the most.

No surprise that it is one of Nicolai Fechin's works. I've also included a close-up of what I consider the key part of the painting.
 
"Old Town, San Diego" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 1925 • 30 7/8" x 35 3/4"

Just look at that palm tree!

It features both thick and thin areas of paint, including some where the texture of the canvas clearly comes through. Also notice the wild variation of colors within this single tree. The saturated jewel tones of the palm leaves contrast with the muted grey of the building to the right, while the cool viridian color vibrates against the warmth of the buildings on the left, making the leaves explode out of the composition.
 
"Old Town, San Diego" Detail • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 1925 • 30 7/8" x 35 3/4"

I sincerely hope that this stunning piece will be permanently on display in the new museum.

 
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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Painting Tip - Surface Preparation

I'm working on surface preparation today, both a large stretched canvas and some smaller boards. While I've always stretched my own larger canvases, I've found that the quality of commercial panels has waned in the last few years, so I'm now making my own whenever possible.

I seal the masonite boards with Golden Artist Colors' GAC 100, and then use Lineco, Inc. Adhesive to glue the linen to the panels. On both the stretched canvas and the boards, the surface is primed with the same process. After applying two coats of Utrecht Art Supplies Acrylic Gesso to protect the linen, I then add a coat of oil primer. 
 
I'm curious about everyone's experience with various oil primers. I have used the Gamblin oil painting ground for many years, but recently found that I prefer the Winsor & Newton Oil Painting Primer, as it is less slick. I also have some Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors Titanium Oil Ground on order that I am anxious to try. 
 
Any other recommendations or preferences?
 

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Floral Art - "Mosaic"

I just finished a larger floral that I've been working at off and on for a couple of months in between travel, commissions and competitions. Sometimes you need to set a painting aside for a bit to find your way again.

I’ve been experimenting with the idea of pattern taking dominance over the focal point in a painting. That’s not to say that there isn’t a focal point, but it’s surrounded by multiple secondary and tertiary points of interest in an effort to keep the eyes moving constantly through the painting.
 
“Mosaic” • Oil on Linen • 15” x 30” • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Art Review - "Night Herd" by Frank Tenney Johnson

One more #MuseumTourTuesday post featuring art from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Today it's a painting by Frank Tenney Johnson.

Johnson was trained as an illustrator and became known for his moonlight technique. Even though most of his paintings appear to be night scenes, my guess is that he painted them from models lit by daylight, altering color temperature and saturation to make the scene appear to be a nocturne.

In this particular piece, what strikes me most is the relaxed pose of the rider, clearly in a moment of respite as he drapes both legs over one side of the horse. While he is most likely rolling a cigarette, he could just as easily be checking his phone if this were a modern day scene.
 
"Night Herd" • Frank Tenney Johnson • Oil on Canvas • 1936

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Floral Art - "Luminescence"

Here is my latest floral, just off the easel.

I love when light moves through a flower, bouncing between the petals and making it appear to be lit from within. In the case of this rose, even the leaves had that bright glow to them. 
 
"Luminescence" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Art Review - "Fiesta Grande, Santa Barbara Mission" by Joe De Yong

Here's a painting that I just love by Joe De Yong at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

De Yong perfectly captures the feel of a night time fiesta celebration. It's reminiscent of a modern day outdoor music festival. We're drawn to the central figure addressing the crowd, while the foreground silhouettes and background shadows add a tremendous amount of movement and energy to the painting.

De Yong was born in 1894 in Webster Groves, which is part of my hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri. His family moved to Oklahoma when he was still a child, where he was introduced to the silent film industry. After losing his hearing due to cerebral meningitis, De Yong wrote to well known western artist Charles M. Russell, and became his one and only protégé.

De Yong later relocated to Santa Barbara, renewing his connections with the film industry. There, he rose to prominence as an illustrator, costume designer and historical advisor on numerous films, including The Plainsman, Union Pacific, Buffalo Bill and Shane. Despite his massive influence on the western genre, very few know the name, Joe De Yong.

"Fiesta Grande, Santa Barbara Mission" • Joe De Yong
• Oil on Canvasboard • Date Unknown

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Pet Portrait Commission - Leche The Pit Bull Terrier

Here is my latest pet portrait commission.

Leche came right up to greet Kimberly and I when we first met her. It was as if her eyes were filled with questions and love for her new visitors. After that, it was all belly rubs. She even came to say goodbye when we left, despite us putting her through a photo shoot that she wasn't quite sure what to make of.

One of the sweetest dogs we have ever met. Those soulful eyes just grab your heart right away.
 
"Leche" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12" • Private Collection

 
Reference and painting photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Thursday, August 26, 2021

August 2021 Art Newsletter - The Art Industrial Complex

Watching the ‘Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed’ documentary yesterday inspired this month’s newsletter topic, because if anyone is going to make money off of your art, it should be you, and your inheritors.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Art Review - Frederic Remington Nocturnes at the National Cowboy Museum

For today's #museumtourtuesday, I have two nocturnes by Frederic Remington to share. These are both part of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's collection.

Remington had such great skill in creating believable night scenes, many of which are subtly illuminated only by the moonlight. These two paintings feature a more dramatic color range, utilizing the glow of the fire to cast a warmer light on the subjects.

This piece was created for Collier's Weekly, and was published after the artist's death. Remington was under contract to produce one painting per month for the magazine, and was well paid at $1,000.00 per painting, a hefty sum for the time.

"In From the Night Herd"  • Frederic Remington  • Oil on Canvas 
• 27" x 40" • 1907

As always, it's the design that stands out for me. Notice the clear path your eye follows up from the sleeping figure at the bottom, curving around to rest on the standing figure and the horse, both of which point back again towards the figures on the ground. I find it very interesting that the horse's head hides behind that of the cowboy, combining them into almost one entity. 

"Hunter's Supper" • Frederic Remington • Oil on canvas • 27" x 30"• 1909

This would have been one of Remington's final paintings, completed and sold just before his death in December of 1909.

The campfire is the clear center of interest, not only due to the value contrast created by the surrounding figures, but also through the use of color temperature contrasts created by the warm fire transitioning into the cooler smoke. There is also a unique textural detail that you can see more clearly in a detail image.

"Hunter's Supper" Detail • Frederic Remington • Oil on canvas • 27" x 30"• 1909

There’s one strange detail in this painting that can be overlooked upon first viewing.

The paint just under the arm of the figure on the right is extremely thick. While we can see the grain of the canvas everywhere else, this one spot is heavy impasto. I can only presume that it is not a mistake. It may be an attempt to push the focal point to that area through the use of texture.

Painting photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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