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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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Floral Painting - "Emerging Lilies"

I've been busy working on larger pieces and commissions, so I needed a quick palette cleanser. Flowers are always a good choice. Kimberly and I came across these beautiful lilies at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
 
"Emerging Lilies" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

 Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Throwback Thursday - Lou Reed Monoprint

And now for something completely different for #ThrowBackThursday.

Just shy of 30 years ago, I experimented quite a bit with monoprints. The method I used involved rolling out a solid rectangle of ink on a sheet of glass, and then wiping areas away with a cloth. I would then press the paper onto the glass, revealing the final print. I created a number of these for commercial illustrations, including the one featured here, which ran in The Kansas City Star in 1992.
 
"Lou Reed" • Ink on Paper • 10" x 10"


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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Art Review - Paintings by Nicolai Fechin at the National Cowboy Museum

It's always a joy to see works by Nicolai Fechin, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City has five of them on display. These are all paintings that I was not familiar with, so it was extra special.

Painting photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

"The Stranger" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 1936

I initially assumed that the title of this painting was referring to the central figure, but look closer at the window. At first glance, I didn't even notice the sinister looking figure half hidden in the darkness. The cooler tones within the window-framed figure draw attention to it, and it doesn't stay hidden for long, raising questions regarding its purpose and story.

Anyone know the story behind this painting? I've searched and been unable to discover anything.

"El Cargador (The Porter)" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 1936

This piece has the kind of spontaneous and energetic brushwork that is so typical of Fechin's work, and yet always thrilling. Even though the face and hands are more rendered than the rest of the painting, they don't feel separate or overworked. It's that imbalance of finish that adds so much excitement.


Notice the canvas showing through the sparse brushwork of the legs in comparison to the more refined look and detail within the eyes and the rings of the hand. Everything feels dashed in quickly, and yet perfectly accurate.

"Cow and Aspens" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas


Here, the textural quality of the paint holds as much character as the subject it depicts. The cow is quickly evident, due to its strong dark shapes, but it is the trees beyond that bring the energy and interest to the painting through both color and texture.

I absolutely love this piece.

"Mr. Gorson • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • Before 1933

This is the largest piece in the collection, and much more conservative in its execution. Even so, that dynamic brushwork comes through. Notice the absolute adherence to shape throughout the painting. There is never any point where Fechin blends his paint on the canvas. Gradients are achieved solely through the use of multiple shapes and values.

The portrait depicts Lithuanian-born painter Aaron H. Gorson.

"Joe" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on canvas • 1930

Pay close attention to the edges within Fechin's paintings. As I mentioned in the previous work, they are never softened by blending them on the canvas. Softer edges are achieved by either close value changes, or through the use of broken color, where paint scumbles along the edge of a shape, creating a tattered effect.

This painting may depict Little Joe Gomez, a member of Taos Pueblo and a frequent model for Taos artists.

 

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Floral Painting - In Progress

Continuing to find my way through this one. It's all about finding those major shapes first, and breaking them down into smaller and smaller pieces. This is the kind of piece that I need to take frequent breaks from and work on other things in order to keep some sanity.

In Progress • Oil on linen • 15" x 30"
 

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Throwback Thursday - "Along the Seine, Pont Alexandre III"

 

For #ThrowbackThursday, here's a painting I did almost a decade ago.

The reference for it came from my first trip to Paris, and this is the first piece I completed after leaving my career in advertising in order to focus exclusively on painting. In many respects it's a celebratory painting for me, representing the beginning of a new chapter in life.

"Along the Seine, Pont Alexandre III" • 2013 • Oil on Canvas 
• 36" x 24" • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Art Review - "Father and Daughter at the Crow Fair" by Bettina Steinke - National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Last week, Kimberly and I visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to view the current Prix de West exhibition. While there are a number of wonderful paintings throughout the museum, one piece stood out for me above all the others, so I wanted to share it for this week's #MuseumTourTuesday.

Bettina Steinke was once the resident artist at NBC, creating portraits of stars. In 1939, she left the studio and painted portraits of notable Americans, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower. After traveling the world for a decade with her photo-journalist husband, Don Blair, the couple settled in Taos, New Mexico in 1956. In 1995, she received a lifetime achievement award from the National Cowboy Museum, and in 1996 received the John Singer Sargent Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society of Portrait Artists.

This piece below won the Prix de West Purchase Award in 1978. I was immediately struck by the simplification of shapes throughout the painting - notice the lack of eyes on the father in the upper right. This simplification reaches an almost graphic quality in the blanket at the bottom of the painting. The forms are all solid, without any unnecessary rendering. Also notice the thinness of the background in comparison to the thicker paint within the figures, adding depth and bringing the figures forward.

Also of note is the bold cropping. The painting is all about the young girl, and the horse is suggested only by the small portion of the head and ear visible to the lower right. The father is pushed to the upper right, his headdress breaking the bounds of the picture and acting more as a frame for the daughter's face than his own. A truly wonderful composition.
 
"Father and Daughter at the Crow Fair" • Bettina Steinke • Oil on Canvas • 1978

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Bosque Arts Center 2021 Bosque Art Classic

I am honored to learn that three of my paintings have been accepted into the Bosque Arts Center's 2021 Bosque Art Classic juried art show and sale.

This will be my third time at this great event, which celebrates its 36th year this September.

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

“Tom” • Oil on Linen • 11” x 14” • Available at the Bosque Art Classic

"Awaiting" • Oil on Linen • 24” x 30" • Available at the Bosque Art Classic

"Betty" • Oil on Panel • 9" x 12" • 2 hours • Available at the Bosque Art Classic


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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Art Review - Wildlife Art by Robert Kuhn - National Museum of Wildlife Art

Today's #museumtourtuesday features works by the late Bob Kuhn at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. These were part of a larger group of the artist's paintings that Kimberly and I were able to view during our visit to the museum last week.

The first thing that strikes me is the excellent drawing skill. Although 2D, the animals in Kuhn's paintings have a sculptural quality due to his solid understanding of animal anatomy. Each one of them jumps off the canvas. His rich color brings a sense of life and vibrancy to his subjects.

Kuhn worked as an illustrator for 30 years before becoming a full-time painter in 1970. He traveled the world for inspiration, which accounts for his accuracy in depicting these animals.

Photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

"Elephant" • Part of the African Suite • Robert F. Kuhn • Acrylic on Board • 1996-2000

"Buffalo Bulls Emerging from Papyrus" • Robert F. Kuhn 
• Acrylic and Pencil on Board • 1984

"Lions" Part of the African Suite • Robert F. Kuhn • Acrylic on Board • 1996-2000


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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Filling Fast - Tubac School of Fine Art Painting Workshop

Artist friends, my painting workshop this fall at the Tubac School Of Fine Art is filling fast, so register now to secure your spot.

Click here for more information, and to sign up:
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Join me October 15th - 17th in Tubac, Arizona to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography. I can teach you to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach.

Each day begins with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one-on-one instruction. My class is highly tailored for each participant, so beginners as well as advanced artists are welcome.

 

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Friday, July 30, 2021

SOLD - "Bombabil" Floral Painting - Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival

I'm so pleased that this floral painting is off to a good home with a new collector tonight after selling at the Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival.

It was a pleasure to teach a workshop in this beautiful part of the country, and an honor to judge Driggs Plein Air again this year.

Congratulations to all of the award winners, and to every artist who participated. It was a hot, smoky week for outdoor painting, and all of you persevered and did amazing work.
 
“Bombadil” • Oil on Linen • 12” x 16” • Private Collection

 
Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts
 
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

July 2021 Art Newsletter - Prioritizing Color Over Value

When the values are too close to provide the drama you need in your painting, color takes the spotlight.

If you haven’t already, sign up now for my latest art newsletter to find out how color saturation and color temperature can provide both form and depth in your paintings.

 

 
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