Saturday, May 14, 2022

May 2022 Art Newsletter - Drawing To The Last Stroke

Portraits of people or animals require solid drawing in order to capture a likeness, but there's no reason to separate drawing and painting into two different skills.

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"Green Eyes" • Oil on Linen • 6” x 8” • Private Collection

 
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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Portrait Study - Open Model Session

Last night's portrait study at a Coppini Academy of Fine Art open model session. This one recycles an older linen board, thus the unexpected textural effects from the previous painting beneath.

"Ashlyn, Portrait Study" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 2 Highly Interrupted Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Art Review - "Kansas City, Vew from Penn Valley Park by Wilbur Niewald

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday post pays homage to the great Wilbur Niewald, who passed away April 30th at the age of 97.

Wilbur was a plein air painter long before it became trendy, and could often be found painting from direct observation around the Kansas City area. His work is a part of numerous collections across the United States, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Born in KC, Niewald received both a BFA and an MFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and went on to join the faculty. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Painting in 1992.

I was fortunate to have studied with him, and I consider his approach to drawing and painting a major influence on my own work. Wilbur was committed to capturing the scene before him accurately, and would return to the same location for multiple sessions. There's a confidence in his work, whether it's a landscape, still life or a portrait. Each stroke is applied with a clear intention, giving his paintings a solid sense of structure.

I am certain that Wilbur will never be forgotten by the countless students he influenced during his decades as a teacher.

"Kansas City, View from Penn Valley Park" • Oil on Canvas • 29" x 36"
• 1989 • Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Still Life Painting Workshop - Telfair Museums Jepson Center for the Arts

Georgia artist friends, I’m very pleased to announce that I will be teaching a still life painting workshop this fall at the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center for the Arts.

Class size is limited, so click here for more information, and to sign up: https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Telfair-Workshop

Join me September 16th - 18th in Savannah to learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start, and when to stop. The painted still life tells a story through the composition and the elements represented, requiring a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, making it a perfect subject to practice adding energy and excitement to all your paintings.

Each day will include a full demonstration, followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings, with frequent one-on-one instruction. We will work from both photos and still life set-ups in the studio. My classes are highly tailored for each individual, so beginners as well as advanced artists are welcome.

 

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Floral Demonstration Painting - Day Three - Booth Art Academy Painting Workshop II

My floral demonstration painting from life this morning on the last day of my second painting workshop this year at the Booth Art Academy. I painted these daisies in order to demonstrate how to work with whites.
 

“Daisies Study” Floral Demo • 9" x 12" • Oil on Linen • 2 Hours

 
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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Floral Demonstration Painting - Day Two - Booth Art Academy Painting Workshop II

My thanks to Lucy for bringing in beautiful pink peonies for my floral demonstration from life this morning on day two of my second painting workshop at the Booth Art Academy.

“Peonies Study” Floral Demo • 12" x 16" • Oil on Linen • 2 Hours • SOLD


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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Floral Painting Demonstration - Day One - Booth Art Academy Painting Workshop II

My floral demonstration painting from a photograph this morning on day one of my second painting workshop at the Booth Art Academy.
 

“Rose Study” Floral Demo • 9" x 12" • Oil on Linen • 1.5 Hours

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Pet Portrait Demonstration - Day Three - Booth Art Academy Painting Workshop I

My pet portrait demonstration painting from a photograph this morning on the last day of my first painting workshop this year at the Booth Art Academy.

This is the second demo, from a different photo, that I’ve done of this rescue husky. I just love his expressive face, and those eyes.
 
“Perry Study” • Pet Portrait Demo • 14" x 18" • Oil on Linen • 2 Hours • SOLD
 
 
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Art Review - "Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola" by John Singer Sargent

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday post features a painting by John Singer Sargent. While this piece is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection, it is not currently on display. Kimberly and I were lucky enough to see it in a show at the Telfair Museums in 2019.

At first glance I mistook the painting as somewhat dashed off and satirical, but the more one looks, the more you can see that Sargent truly captured a fleeting moment perfectly. The warm shadows within the shaded gondola are dramatically contrasted by the cool light of the midday sun on the water, canal structures and the secondary gondola in the background.
 
There is such a sense of movement to the painting, not only from the varying thick and thin passages of paint, but the way Ramón’s hand appears to be a blur as he rapidly sketches an image of Sargent in return, all the while fixing his gaze directly at Sargent, and us, the viewers, as well.
 
“Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola” • John Singer Sargent • Oil on Canvas
• 47 x 63 cm • 1880
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Floral Demonstration Painting - Day Two - Booth Art Academy Painting Workshop I

My floral demonstration painting from life this morning on day two of my first painting workshop this year at the Booth Art Academy.

“Gerbera Daisies Study” Floral Demo • 12" x 12" • Oil on Linen • 2 Hours • SOLD
 

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Landscape Demonstration Painting - Day One - Booth Art Academy Painting Workshop I

My landscape demonstration painting from a photograph this morning on day one of my first painting workshop this year at the Booth Art Academy.

Kimberly photographed the evening light on these trees in Newnan while we were there for my Newnan ArtRez residency, and I've been meaning to paint them ever since.
 
"Newnan Sunset" Landscape Demo • 12" x 16" • Oil on Linen • 2 Hours • SOLD

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