Thursday, February 18, 2021

Painting Workshop - Heartland Art Club, Saint Louis, Missouri

Midwestern artist friends, my spring painting workshop at The Galleries at Heartland Art Club is already more than half full, so register now to secure your spot.

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Join me May 20th - 22nd in Saint Louis, Missouri to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography.

Learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach. I will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting.

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

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Art Review - "The John Biscoe In Pack Ice" by Edward Seago

Wow, it's cold! I'm sure we're not in the Arctic, but this painting by British artist Edward Seago perfectly expresses how I'm feeling about being in Texas this week.

I find the composition in this piece particularly intriguing. The placement of just a small portion of the ship pushed far to the right gives a sense of the isolation the crew must have felt in comparison to the vastness of the frozen seascape.
 
Seago traveled aboard the Royal Research Ship John Biscoe in 1956 as a guest of the Duke of Edinburgh. He painted several scenes of the vessel, one of which went on to hang in the wardroom of the ship.
 
"The John Biscoe In Pack Ice" • Edward Seago • Oil on Canvas • 26" x 36"
 
 
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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Floral Painting - 2021 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival - Tequesta, FL

With temperatures heading into the teens this weekend, I'm dreaming of warmer weather. This painting is heading to Florida for the Lighthouse ArtCenter's 8th annual Plein Air Festival.

Be sure and check out all of the work featured during the festival from March 14-20th.
 
"Pink!" • Oil on canvas • 8" x 8"
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Floral Painting - Booth Western Art Museum - For The Love of Art 2021 Silent Auction

I donated this floral painting to the Booth Western Art Museum's For the Love of Art 2021 silent auction, and it is now available for bidding online through Hindman Auctions at the link below through February 22nd. 

“Flowing Through Flowers” • Oil on Canvas • 6”x8”

 
Art collectors, take a look at all of the art, jewelry and books available for auction, and place a bid to support the Booth museum!
 
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Art Review - "A Tent In the Rockies" by John Singer Sargent - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday painting is a watercolor by John Singer Sargent from the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Sargent beautifully captures the translucency of the canvas fabric of the tent through the use of color temperature. Notice the warm white of the canvas inside the tent where the sun shines through versus the cool blues on the right side where the multiple layers of canvas reflect the sky color. This is similar to what happens with the petals of a flower, where the warm light enhances the interior, saturating the color of the elements within.
 
"A Tent In the Rockies" • John Singer Sargent • Watercolor on Paper • 38cm x 52cm • 1916
 
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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Floral Painting Workshop - Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy, Cartersville, Georgia

Georgia artist friends, my floral painting workshop at the Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy May 5th - 7th only has six spots left, so register now to secure your spot.

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The painted floral requires a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, making it a perfect subject to practice for adding energy to all of your paintings. Learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. 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 cut flowers in the studio.
 
 
 
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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Floral Painting - "Aflame"

This one was quite a challenge. Getting the color temperature and value changes just right was critical to keeping these roses from feeling too heavy.

I'm very happy with how it turned out.
 
"Aflame" • Oil on linen • 9" x 12" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Art Review - "La Dordogne, A Chateau in Normandy, A River in Normandy" by Frits Thaulow

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday features three pieces by Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow.

While Thaulow includes architecture in all three of the images shown here, it is the water that is the true star. Known specifically for his landscape paintings, the artist was a master at depicting flowing rivers.
 
"La Dordogne" • Frits Thaulow • Oil • 1904

The village in the distance is very loosely painted. It's the water that features the most realistic rendering. Its swirling waters keep your attention moving throughout the river.
 
 "A Château in Normandy" • Frits Thaulow • Oil on canvas • 82 cm x 102 cm • 1895
 
Once again, the water is the gateway into the composition with a beautiful juxtaposition between the warm reflections of the chateau and the cooler sky, leading the viewer's eye to the chateau itself.

In addition, notice the beautiful gradation of color in the trees on the left and the subtle handling of the footprints in the snow on the right.
 
"A River in Normandy" • Frits Thaulow • Oil on canvas • 1894

The river is rendered with a realist approach, featuring the bright warm blue sky reflected in the water contrasting with the cooler blue ripples and flowing right into the red reflection of the architecture. The building becomes almost whimsical by comparison with its brick pattern and more saturated color.
 
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Saturday, January 30, 2021

January 2020 Art Newsletter - Labels and Limitations

People will always want to label your art.

It's understandable, but don't let categories define you.

Read my latest art newsletter to learn why labeling and categorizing your own work can box you into a corner.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Cat Portrait Painting - "Green Eyes"

Ken was a great studio cat. He often lingered around the easel as I painted, offering words of wisdom in some language that I could never understand.

Whenever I struggled with a painting, I thankfully had him to vent my frustrations to verbally, and he would usually talk right back at me. I like to think that he was completely supportive and always in agreement.
 
I miss his critiques.
 
                "Green Eyes" • Oil on linen • 6" x 8" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Art Review - "Minnay" by Edouard Manet - Drouot Auction House, Paris, France

It's #MuseumTourTuesday, and today's featured painting is a previously unseen work by Édouard Manet.

This energetic dog portrait was dashed off in under 20 minutes as a present for Marguerite Lathuille, during the time in which she posed for her own portrait by Manet. The painting has remained in the possession of the Lathuille family for 140 years, and will go up for auction on February 26th.
 
And what a fun portrait it is! Despite its minimalism of color and detail, it still captures the character and movement of this tiny Griffon, called Minnay, who is in dire need of a haircut. This dog is 
straight out of a Hanna Barbera cartoon! It's a perfect example of how much can be stated with a few well placed brushstrokes.
 
It can be yours for an expected auction price of at least $267,000.
 
"Minnay" • Édouard Manet • Oil on Canvas • 32.5cm x 24.5cm • 1879 
 
A special thanks to my lovely wife, Kimberly, for bringing this joyous piece to my attention.
 
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Saturday, January 23, 2021

2021 Plein Air Painting Workshop - Dowtown Driggs' Driggs Digs Plein Air - Driggs, Idaho

I’m honored to be asked back to judge the Downtown Driggs Driggs Plein Air event again this year, and to teach a workshop during the event.

In the spirit of positive thinking that by late summer we will be able to safely paint together again outdoors, registration for my two-day plein air workshop in Driggs, Idaho July 25th - 26th is now open.
 
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Artist friends, if you would like to paint plein air with me, this is your opportunity. I can teach you to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach. This workshop is open to beginners as well as more advanced artists. If you're a beginner, I can get you started, and if you are an experienced painter, I can take you to the next level. Acrylic and pastel artists are also welcome.

I can’t wait to teach in person workshops again!

“Cornet Creek” • Oil on Board • 12”x16" • Private Collection



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Thursday, January 21, 2021

SOLD - "Eclipse" Orange Rose Floral Painting

I'm happy to announce that this piece is off to a new collector! Time to paint more roses.

There's not much that can match the beauty of a backlit rose. It's more than that bright rim of light on the edges, but also the intensity of color as the sun shines through the translucent petals.
 
                                      "Eclipse" • Oil on Canvas • 6"x8" • Private Collection
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Art Review - "A Warm Day" by Anatoli P. Levitin - Russian State Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

For today's #MuseumTourTuesday, I'd like to share a painting by Russian artist Anatoli Levitin, as well as its corresponding sketch. It's so interesting to see how the piece evolved from the initial concept to the final piece, and I absolutely love both paintings.
 
First, take a look at the sketch.
 

While the painting lacks any detail at all, there is a wonderful sense of light. Thanks to the saturated color in the figure and the blown out sky beyond, you can almost feel the warmth from the sun, but her relaxed pose suggests a cool breeze through the open window.

The story is very simple, a woman taking a break from her cleaning duties to enjoy a moment of respite. I get the sense that this is a private moment, and we are simply voyeurs.

I can't find information regarding the size, but my guess tells me that it is not extremely large. I also don't know where the painting currently resides.
 
Now for the more formal work.
 
"A Warm Day" • Anatoli P. Levitin • Oil on Canvas • 75" x 48" • 1957 • State Russian Museum 
 
Levitin makes an interesting cropping change by not showing the entire window. This changes our interaction with the girl. We are closer now, and have a more personal connection.

She has removed her shoes and smock, giving her an even more relaxed appearance. Unlike the sketch, her face is turned towards the outdoor scene, and the buildings have been moved below her eye level. This makes the painting more aspirational. While she enjoys the break, she also shows interest in what is beyond the window and her cleaning duties.
 
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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Urban Studio Painting - In Progress

I'm just getting started on a new urban painting this week. There's a lot to piece together in this one, and I have a long way to go.

Detail of an in progress piece • Oil on linen • 20" x 30"
 

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Throwback Thursday - "Lounge At the Jefferson" for Plein Air Richmond 2018

#ThrowbackThursday to a time when I could not just paint in public, but even indoors.

This is a small lounge inside the Jefferson Hotel Richmond, painted on a rainy day during the 2018 Plein Air Richmond event. Yes, it looks deserted in the photo, but I had a number of members of the hotel staff behind me as I painted.

I really miss chatting with others while I work, as they always have interesting stories to share about the histories of the places I'm capturing. In this case, it was all about the alligators which once lived in the Jefferson's Palm Court in the early 20th Century.

"Lounge At the Jefferson" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Private Collection

 

I took this photo when I was almost finished at about two hours in. I had a very poor lighting system at the time, cobbled together with an orchestra light and a few book lights.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Art Review - "Logging in Vermont" by Aldro Thompson Hibbard

My recent #museumtourtuesday posts depicting snow scenes seem to have triggered a rare snow event down here in Texas. Here's one more ...

Today it's a painting by Aldro T. Hibbard. Look at the way Hibbard lays down the paint in short, decisive strokes, refining them only in the focal area of the two horses. This technique not only defines the focus, but adds energy, spontaneity and movement to the piece.
 
Born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Hibbard eventually settled in Rockport, Massachusetts, forming the Rockport Art Association & Museum with a number of other artists. There, he influenced one of my other favorite artists, Emile Gruppe.
 
"Logging in Vermont" • Aldro Thompson Hibbard • Oil on Canvas • 32.5" x 40.38"

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

"War Dancer" on the Cover of Southwest Art Magazine December/January 2020/2021 Issue

I haven't posted for a few days due to all of the tumult, but on Monday Kimberly made a quick masked dash into a Barnes & Noble to see and photograph my second Southwest Art Magazine cover for me.

I spent hours in book stores when I was younger paging through art magazines, so it's thrilling to see my own work on the shelf amongst that of so many other artists that I admire. Trying to focus on the positive, especially right now.
 
 
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Art Review - "Winter in Ponte Campovasto Switzerland" by Peder Monsted

For today's #museumtourtuesday, a piece by Danish painter Peder Mork Monsted.

Mønsted's winter landscapes fascinate me with his ability to capture the day after a winter storm. The snow is melting, and figures are moving through it, or their footprints show that they have recently passed through the landscape. One can look at his paintings and feel the coolness of the frozen landscape, yet there's also the sense of the warm sunlight at the very same time. This creates a wonderfully complex scene of mixed emotions.
 
I am always filled with hope when viewing his paintings. We're through the storm, and it's time to move forward.
 
"Winter in Ponte Campovasto Switzerland" • Peder Mønsted • Oil • 1914

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Floral Painting - "Colliding"

Here’s my first painting of the year.

Maybe it’s the sci-fi nerd in me that always thinks of galaxies coming together when I see a tight group of gerbera daisies. I guess that’s appropriate for the new year, as they’ll soon explode outwards and create something new. 
 
Gerbera daisies are also one of the floral subjects that I find most challenging, so I’m facing the new year head on with this one.
 
“Colliding” • Oil on Linen • 9” x 12” • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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