Saturday, May 15, 2021

SOLD - "Gerbera" Floral Study - Olmsted Plein Air Painting Invitational

This piece is on its way this morning to a new collector, thanks to the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

There are still some beautiful paintings available through Olmsted's online collectors gallery. 

Click here to see more:   

"Gerbera" • Oil on Linen • 6"x8" • Private Collection


Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Airstream Life Magazine - Globetrotter Gallery

 My thanks to Airstream Life Magazine editor Rich Luhr and writer Jo Steigerwald for including me in their summer issue as one of the artists in the magazine's new online art gallery, www.globetrottergallery.com.

The article includes a painting I did of the Baked Potato, our first Airstream, a Bambi Sport 16, and the gallery has a plein air painting I did of our current Airstream, the Sweet Potato, a 25FB Flying Cloud.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

SOLD - "Amor a la Vida" - Western Art Portrait Painting

I am so pleased to announce that my latest painting has found a home. Nothing thrills me more than a collector who finds the same joy upon viewing a painting as I experienced while creating it.

For me, a painting is a record of a personal experience, and for that to translate for others is one of my ultimate goals as an artist. This particular piece is the result of a great day Kimberly and I spent together at the Dallas Dia De Los Muertos parade.

I wanted to capture the feeling of that day in a painting, with the combination of figures, colors and patterns all coming together in a celebration of life.
 
"Amor a la Vida" • Oil on Linen • 48" x 38" • Private Collection
 
"Amor a la Vida" Detail • Oil on Linen • 48" x 38" • Private Collection

"Amor a la Vida" Detail • Oil on Linen • 48" x 38" • Private Collection

Painting and reference photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

 
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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Art Review - "Diamond A Cowboy" by James Reynolds - Booth Western Art Museum

Last week, Kimberly and I had the chance to visit the Booth Western Art Museum, which has a diverse and extensive collection of western art, so, for this week's #museumtourtuesday, I'd like to share one of my favorite pieces at the Booth.

James Reynolds was an American illustrator, working for most of the major film studios. In 1968, he left Hollywood behind and settled in Sedona, Arizona, focusing on western art. He went on to become the first artist to win the prestigious Prix de West International Award.
 
I was immediately struck by the sense of light in the painting below. Through the use of rich color and strong value contrasts, Reynolds masterfully captured the early morning sun. The painting just glows when seen in person.
 
"Diamond A Cowboy" • James Reynolds • Oil on Masonite • 1984

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

 
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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Floral Sketch - Booth Western Art Museum

I have a piece in the collection of the Booth Western Art Museum!

Well, just a little doodle that I cranked out during a 15-minute break from my floral workshop this week at the Booth Art Academy
 
My thanks to Academy Manager Kent Mullinax for inviting me to leave my mark on a panel that will hang in the museum’s Members Lounge alongside the sketches of many great artists who have visited the museum over the years.


 
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Friday, May 7, 2021

Floral Workshop Artists - Booth Western Art Museum

I want to thank this very talented group of artists for painting with me this week at the Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy in Cartersville, Georgia.
 
We all painted flowers, but there wasn’t a floral painter in the class. We are all painters, and everything we studied applies to any and every subject. I think we were all surprised at the caliber of the work created over the course of three short days. Every single one of you worked hard and really excelled with your paintings, and we shared a lot of laughs in the process.
 
My thanks also to Kent, and everyone at the Booth Art Academy, for an absolutely first class teaching experience. Kimberly and I also got the chance to tour the museum this week, and we cannot recommend a visit to the Booth highly enough. We had such a great time that I am already planning to be back next year!
 

 
 
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Floral Workshop Demonstration Painting - Day Three - Booth Western Art Museum

My demonstration painting from life this morning, on the last day of my floral workshop at the Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy.

Today, with this demo, we experimented with shifting the focal point of a painting by developing areas of it on the fly. 
 
“Yellow Rose & White Hydrangea Demo”
• Oil on Linen
• 12”x16”
• 1.5 Hours
• SOLD


 
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Floral Workshop Demonstration Painting - Day Two - Booth Western Art Museum

My demonstration painting from life this morning, on day two of my floral workshop at the Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy.

Once again, my students challenged me to paint my nemesis, Gerbera daisies, and pink ones at that.
 
“Pink Gerberas Demo”
• Oil on Linen
• 9”x12”
• 1.5 Hours
• SOLD
 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Floral Workshop Demonstration Painting - Day One - Booth Western Art Museum

Here’s my first demonstration painting on day one of my floral workshop at the Booth Western Art Museum's Booth Art Academy.

I didn’t get very far, because the great group of artists I’m working with are very inquisitive and had a lot of questions, but it’s a good start. I painted this scene from a photograph of a poppy field taken when Kimberly and I visited the Fort Worth Botanic Garden again last month.

I chose the image for my demo because I wanted the artists in this class to see that my approach to a floral painting is always the same, whether it’s a single flower, or a busy, complicated scene like this one. It’s all about painting shapes and colors, not things.
 
“Red Poppies Demo” • Oil on Linen • 12”x16” • 1.5 Hours

 
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Art Review - Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars Concept Art

Because today is both #museumtourtuesday and #starwarsday, it's only fitting that I feature work by the great Ralph McQuarrie.

McQuarrie's concept art for Star Wars influenced my desire to pursue art more than anything else in my life. As a child, I was amazed that art could not only depict fantastic scenes of far away places, but inspire my imagination to consider so much more beyond the edges of the picture.
 
McQuarrie was responsible for the look and feel of the Star Wars universe, which was the first feature film he ever worked on. He went on to have an incredibly successful career, working on many other blockbuster projects beyond the Star Wars films, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and Cocoon, for which he won an Academy Award.
 
Yes, I am a geek.
 
May the Fourth Be With You.
 
 
 
In this concept art for Star Wars' iconic Mos Eisley Cantina scene, you can see the original designs for R2-D2 and C-3PO, as well as an early stormtrooper rendering.
 
 
McQuarrie envisioned lightsabers as a bit more ubiquitous in some early concepts. Even stormtroopers carried them.
 

This must have been a piece created after the film was green lit, as it features the later design of the Millenium Falcon.
 

This was the original concept for the Millenium Falcon, but was deemed too similar to a spacecraft from the TV show Space 99. It later went on to become the Rebel Blockade Runner featured in the opening of the film.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Painting Workshop - Tubac School of Fine Art

Arizona artist friends, I will be teaching a painting workshop this fall at the Tubac School of Fine Art.

Registration for this October 15th - 17th workshop is not yet open, but click on the link below if you want to be notified when it does.
 


 
 
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Friday, April 30, 2021

April 2021 Art Newsletter - When Right Feels Wrong

When you are having trouble with a painting, it's usually not the thing you think is wrong that is the actual problem.

Sign up for my latest art newsletter to find out how context can make right look wrong in your work, and what to do when it does: http://bit.ly/PSFA-Newsletter-Sign-up
 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Western Art - "Amor a la Vida"

As Kimberly and I are finally beginning to travel again, I remember how commonplace it once was for us to wander into large groups of people at outdoor events, responding to the energy of the crowd. Concerts, parades, and festivals all seem so distant at the moment, but I'm hopeful that we will see normalcy begin to return in the near future.

One of my most ambitions paintings yet, this scene is from a 2019 Dia De Los Muertos parade in Dallas, Texas. I wanted to capture the combination of figures, colors and patterns all coming together to create a sense of a celebration of life.
 
"Amor a la Vida" • Oil on Linen • 48" x 38" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting and reference photos by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Andrew Sheldon - Art Project Documentary

I was honored to be asked by my artist friend Andrew Sheldon to be a small part of a documentary he is making on a very powerful and compelling art project that he is working on.

We talked yesterday in his studio in Atlanta after Kimberly and I had the chance to view his project in person. It is deeply moving, just heart wrenching, in fact.
 
It means a lot to me that Andrew has shared such personal work with me, and that he has trusted me to be a sounding board for his artistic process as he grapples with traumatic experiences through his art, making work that depicts historical events that are a reflection on all of us.
 
 
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Art Review - "Frisette" by Gustave Jean Jacquet

Today's #museumtourtuesday features a wonderful dog portrait painted by French artist Gustave Jean Jacquet (1846-1909).

Jacquet studied with the renowned painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and much of his work is reminiscent of that of his mentor. This portrait, however, is very different. The painting is very textural, with every brushstroke visible even though the paint application appears to be very thin. Best of all, there is an intensity to Frisette's gaze that rivals that of any societal portrait of the time.
 
"Frisette" • Gustave Jean Jacquet • Oil on Panel • 13" x 9.5" • Private Collection


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Monday, April 26, 2021

Olmsted Linear Park Award - Olmsted Plein Air Painting Invitational

My thanks to the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational judges for giving "Deepdene Escape" the Olmsted Linear Park Award last night.


My thanks also to everyone who worked so hard to make the invitational happen, especially during such challenging times. It's a pleasure to have the opportunity to capture any part of a beautiful city like Atlanta on canvas.
 
 
 
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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Community PaintQuick Judging - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational - Atlanta, Georgia

I was honored to be asked to judge the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational's Community PaintQuick Competition today at Ansley Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Congratulations to First Place winner Millie Gosch!
 
This painting is incredibly confident in its approach. Everything, from the value contrasts, the color temperature contrasts, and even the textural contrasts, draws the viewer in to the focal point, the house. Beautifully executed.
 

 
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Pet Portrait Painting - "Joey"

Our gift to our wonderful housing hosts for the Olmsted Plein Air Painting Invitational in Atlanta.

This is Joey, the sweetest, softest, happiest seven-month-old puppy, who always came to greet us when coming or going. We thought about trying to lure him into the truck with us when we leave. 
 
“Joey" • Oil on Panel • 9" x 12” • One Hour • Private Collection


Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Saturday, April 24, 2021

This week, Kimberly and I encountered the largest maple leaf hydrangea we have ever seen. The flowers were spent, but the huge leaves themselves are quite beautiful, and at a certain time of day the sunlight shines on them, creating the perfect presentation. It's almost like the leaves have stepped out onto a stage.
 
 
"After the Blooms Have Fallen" • Oil on linen • 12" x 16"


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Friday, April 23, 2021

SOLD - "Le Saint Andre" and "West On Pell" - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Gallery Stroll

I’m thrilled that two of my most recent paintings are headed home with collectors tonight after their debut at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational's Pop-Up Gallery Stroll.

Click here to see my other paintings available online at Olmsted’s virtual art gallery: http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Olmsted-Gallery
 
"Le Saint AndrĂ©" • Oil on Panel • 18"x24" • Private Collection
 
"West On Pell' • Oil on Linen • 20"x30" • Private Collection


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Thursday, April 22, 2021

2021 Olmsted Plein Air Festival - Pop-Up Gallery Stroll & Petite Plein Air Painting Reveal - Druid Hills, Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta artists and collector friends, I hope to see you today at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational’s Pop-Up Gallery Stroll & Petite Plein Air Painting Reveal.


I and the other invited artists will be painting this afternoon in one of the city’s most beautiful private gardens in the historic Druid Hills neighborhood.

Click here for more information, and to purchase entry tickets:
https://www.olmstedpleinair.com/calendarofevents/garden-gallery-stroll
 
 
 
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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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

So pleased that my interior painting of the Swan House staircase at the Atlanta History Center sold today at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

"Swan Descending, A Staircase" • Oil on Linen • 18"x24" • Private Collection

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Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Painting - "Deepdene Escape" - Olmsted Linear Park, Atlanta, Georgia

I really love painting in secluded forest settings, especially ones that feel that way even though they are actually in the midst of a bustling metropolis, like the Deepdene in Olmsted Linear Park in Atlanta, Georgia.
 
This piece is coming soon to the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.
 
"Deepdene Escape" • Oil on linen • 14" x 18" • www.OlmstedPleinAir.com

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