Saturday, October 16, 2021

Art Supplies - Golden Artists Colors Sealant & Williamsburg Oils and Ground

I've got some new products to try out!

Thank you to Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors and Golden Artist Colors for sponsoring my award win at the 30th Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition.

I'm particularly excited about the Titanium Oil Ground, as I've heard great things. 


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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Throwback Thursday - "Pumpkins & Pothos" Still Life Painting

For #throwbackthursday, here's a painting that gets me into the spirit of fall.

This piece is now available at the Olmsted Gallery. My thanks to Lillian Kirbo Ansley and Mary Ferguson for inviting me to be in their new online gallery.

"Pumpkins & Pothos" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16"
• Available at https://www.olmstedgallery.com/paintings/patrick-saunders

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Art Review - "Mrs. Fechin and Daughter" by Nicolai Fechin

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting in a private collection, and I consider it such an amazing piece that I feel the need to share my admiration. It's a painting by Nicolai Fechin. Yes, I know, I post a lot of Fechin's work, but it's always for good reason.

This piece is so intriguing to me, first and foremost for its cross-genre appeal. Is it a portrait, or a still life? By its title, it's a portrait, but nothing stands out more in this painting than the foreground still life. The figures are subdued in value contrast, and the child especially recedes into the background. The foreground still life is sharp and dominant in both value contrast and color saturation. 
 
My own take is that it is definitely a portrait. Despite the title, it is not simply a dual portrait of Fechin's wife and child, but a family portrait. The artist himself is included in the reflected metal of the tea urn, although abstracted to the point of illegibility. I see the still life as representative of Nicolai himself. A way to include himself in the family composition and still be the one capturing the scene. 
 
Regardless of my own read on the image, the painting is an undeniably bold composition. I love it when a painting transcends the categories we so often attempt to push art into.

"Mrs. Fechin and Daughter" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 1925 • 34 1/2" x 31 1/2"
 
 
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Sunday, October 10, 2021

In Progress - Floral Painting

Here's a detail of a larger piece currently on the easel. I'm slowly finding my way through all of these shapes.


In Progress • Oil on Linen • Crop of a 24"x30"

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Pet Portrait Commission - "Jilly"

Jilly just couldn't wait to pose. Every time we turned around, she had positioned herself for a perfectly composed photo. What a smile she has. She's a natural model.

We particularly loved the way she lounged on the welcome mat of her home. Everything about Jilly conveys the warmth that we felt during this visit. She and her sister Leche, whose portrait I previously shared, were excited to meet us, and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.

Kimberly and I were actually only there to photograph Leche for a portrait commission, but Jilly was not about to let us leave without getting in on the action and attention. So, her humans decided they better get a portrait of Jilly too.


"Jilly" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12" • Private Collection

Reference and painting photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Art Review "La Blanchisseuse" by Henri de Toulouse-Latrec

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting that I have not seen in person, as it is part of a private collection. It's one of those pieces that I watch for, hoping to find that one day it will be part of a retrospective, so that I might view the original.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painted this image at the age of 22. The subject is Carmen Gaudin, a prostitute and one of his favorite models. Gaudin was very supportive of the artist's work, and she appears in a number of his paintings, but this one is my favorite.

While the subject matter conveys the hard life of the laundress, there is also a sense of strength and determination. Her hand grips the table, suggesting that she is aware and in control of her current life, while her gaze out the window shows a longing for something more.
 
"La Blanchisseuse" (The Laundress) • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 
• Oil on Canvas • 37" x 30" • 1886

 
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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Painting Workshop - Lighthouse ArtCenter

Florida artist friends, I’m honored to be judging the 9th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter plein air festival next spring, and I will be teaching a painting workshop after the event as well.

Join me April 4th - 6th in Tequesta, Florida to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography. You will 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. Artists will also learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application.

Click here for more information, and to register:
https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Lighthouse-Workshop

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 individual student, so beginners as well as advanced painters are welcome. I will be demonstrating in oil paint, but students are welcome to use acrylic and pastels.


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