Saturday, July 2, 2022

Interview - Voyage San Antonio

My thanks to Voyage San Antonio magazine for the write-up this week. I'm proud to now call myself a San Antonian.

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"Weathered" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection


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Thursday, June 30, 2022

In Progress - Western Art Portrait Painting

I'm working on my largest painting to date. Here's an in progress detail. The final piece will feature multiple figures and other elements that I'm excited to share soon.

In Progress • Oil on Linen • 36" x 60"

Painting and reference photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Art Review - "Making Time" by John Moyers

Last week's #MuseumTourTuesday, featured a painting by John Moyers, and this week I'd like to share a drawing by the same artist. This piece is also featured in the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit currently on view at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

I love how the horse and rider come together as one figure, but what I admire most about the drawing is the use of quick fluid strokes. This suggests the frenetic movement of the subject. The barely rendered back leg of the horse enhances this action, while also adding depth and atmosphere.

"Making Time" • John Moyers • Dry Brush Ink on Paper • 26" x 14" • 2002

Drawing photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Judge of Awards - Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 14th Annual National Juried Members Exhibition

New Mexico artist friends, I am honored to have been asked to be the Judge of Awards for the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico’s 14th National Juried Members Exhibition this fall.


The exhibition’s opening reception will be on October 28th at the Wild Sage Gallery in Taos. I will also do a painting demonstration during the event. Really looking forward to returning to this beautiful part of the country.
 
"A Window On Bentley's Backyard” • Oil on Linen • 18” x 24" • Private Collection
• Winner, Best in Show, 2017 Plein Air Richmond
• Cover, Southwest Art Magazine, September 2018
• Featured, Plein Air Magazine, June 2018


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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Portrait Study - Open Model Session

Last night's portrait sketch at a Coppini Academy of Fine Art open model session. The tilt of the model’s head and the turn of her eyes gave her an angelic look.

“Lily Portrait Study” • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 2 Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Art Review - "Sundown" by John Moyers

For this week's #MuseumTourTuesday, here is one of my favorite paintings from the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Artist John Moyers nails design and color in this piece. The graphic pattern of the blanket creates an interesting contrast with the organic nature of the horse and landscape below, yet the two areas are connected by their movement in and out of the sunlight. Notice how the colors in the top area of the painting all shift toward a warmer temperature, enhancing the sense of the setting sun, while the lower half of the horse and the landscape fade together into cooler colors.

There are many more great paintings in this show, which runs through September 5th.

"Sundown" • John Moyers • Oil on Canvas • 40" x 40" • 1999

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

June 2022 Art Newsletter - Making the Most of Your Tools: Brushes

Like most endeavors, good painting involves using the right tools.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Spring Florals - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Online Art Gallery

The last day of spring is less than a week away, and some of my newest florals inspired by the season are now available for purchase through my online art gallery. Each piece comes framed, and shipping is included in the continental U.S.

Click here to see all of my available work:
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"Paper Lantern" • 9" x 12" • Oil on Linen • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Art Review - "Return at Night" by Frank Tenney Johnson

Last week, I shared a rare watercolor by artist Frank Tenney Johnson, so for this week's #MuseumTourTuesday let's take a look at one of his more traditional oil paintings, also featured in the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

This piece features an excellent contrast in both colors and textures. The textural paint qualities of the rocks and figure stand in stark contrast to the smooth paint of the sky, and yet the two areas are connected by the small spot of orange used as a compliment to the blue of the sky. Also of note is that there are very few sharp edges in the painting. Notice how the legs of the horse almost disappear into the background. To direct the eye, the artist uses value contrast, as in the case of the white of the horse versus the deep dark of the shadows, to push our attention to the horse and rider.

This is just one of many great paintings in the show, and I'll share a few more in the weeks to come. The exhibition runs through September 5th.

"Return at Night" • Frank Tenney Johnson • Oil on Canvas
• 24" x 30" • 1938

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT - North Shore Arts Association Painting Workshop

Massachusetts artist friends, there are only three spots left in my painting workshop this fall at the North Shore Arts Association.

Click here to reserve your spot:
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Join me October 10th - 12th in Gloucester 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. My class is highly tailored for each individual, so beginners as well as advanced artists are welcome.


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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Portrait Study - Open Model Session

Here is last night's portrait study from a Coppini Academy open model session. The model's haircut and my low angle point of view made for an interesting and challenging study.

"Jared, Portrait Study" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 1.5 Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Art Review - "Untitled [Cowboy on Horse]" by Frank Tenney Johnson

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a rare watercolor by western artist Frank Tenney Johnson that Kimberly and I saw last week at the the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

While I am very familiar with Johnson's works in oil, I had never seen a watercolor by this artist before. I was immediately struck by his use of the medium. This watercolor is less about broad washes of contrasting value and more about color. The drawing is impeccable, and the subtleties in the coat of the horse are strikingly similar to Johnson’s oil painting work.

While this piece alone makes visiting the show worthwhile, I'll be sharing more in the weeks to come. If you can, go see this exhibition. Nothing beats seeing work like this in person.

"Untitled [Cowboy on Horse]" • Frank Tenney Johnson
• Watercolor on Paper • Undated

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

FILLING FAST - Still Life Painting Workshop - Telfair Museums

Georgia artist friends, my still life painting workshop this fall at the Telfair Museums' Jepson Center 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 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.

“Late Afternoon” • Oil on Canvas • 22” x 24” • 1994  • Private Collection

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Dog Painting - "Fort Funston"

Here's a #ThrowbackThursday piece from 2015 that makes me smile every time I see it. Paintings aren't just images, they are often a record of personal experiences. This one recalls one of my favorite places in San Francisco.

Every weekend, Kimberly and I would go to Fort Funston with our two Keeshound mixes, Barney and Betty, where they could run along the beach and sand dunes, get lost in the trees, and even wander through abandoned WWII bunkers. They absolutely loved it, and so did all of the other dogs they met along the way. Around every corner and over every hill, there seemed to be a canine meet and greet. The joy on all of their faces is one of my favorite memories. 

“Fort Funston” • 12" x 16" • Oil on Canvas • Private Collection

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Art Review - "Birches" by Nicolai Fechin

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday painting has been top of mind for me a lot lately. While I admire most of Nicolai Fechin's paintings, there's something about the simplicity of this one that keeps me coming back to it.

Kimberly and I saw this piece on display at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House back in 2018. Painted on a piece of unstretched canvas, the piece is so simple, and yet has so much depth. Fechin was unconcerned with covering every bit of his surface. The raw canvas shows through on the edges of the trees. The colors are rich and deep, creating a peaceful and inviting mood.

"Birches [Aspens]" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 14.5" x 9.5" • Before 1923

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

Plein Air Study - "Grey Forest Gate"

Here's a quick plein air study from yesterday, painted in Grey Forest, Texas. I was drawn to both the purple door and the iconic "lone star" on the front gate. Very Texas. I didn't begin this one until 10 a.m., and learned my lesson. It's always a good idea to start at dawn in this kind of heat.

"Grey Forest Gate" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 12" • 2 Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Floral Painting - "Gift of the Great Spirit"

If you've visited Texas in the spring, you've seen these wildflowers blooming everywhere. They are a delicate and challenging flower to paint. While researching bluebonnets, I discovered this Native American legend.

When the Comanche people faced a terrible drought, the shaman announced that this was punishment for taking from the land without giving back. They would need to offer a sacrifice of their greatest possessions in order to appease the Great Spirit. While all others hesitated, one young girl, She-Who-Is-Alone, stepped forward to sacrifice her only possession, a doll given to her by her mother, who had perished in the famine. In return for her bravery, the rains fell and a great field of bluebonnets appeared.

"Gift of the Great Spirit" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16"
• Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com


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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Art Review - "Railroad" by Bernie Fuchs

During a visit to the Booth Western Art Museum earlier this month, I was surprised to find a piece by Bernie Fuchs. Arguably the greatest mid-century illustrator, Fuchs influenced an entire generation of artists. He was constantly reinventing his work, pioneering new techniques and staying well ahead of an army of imitators.

While the piece below is undated, my guess is that it was painted some time around 1980, as the technique is very similar to the artist's work at that time. The museum lists the medium as acrylic, but I believe that it may actually be oil. Fuchs specialized in a technique known as "oil wash lift out." This method of working started with a drawing in charcoal or pencil that was then washed over with thinned oil color. The lights were then wiped away with a cloth, brush or even an eraser. The sky and the faces of the figures in the piece have the clear characteristics of oil paint when using this method of working, and it would have been difficult to achieve this look with acrylic paint. I learned this technique in art school while studying with Mark English. Thanks to Mark, Kimberly and I were lucky enough to be introduced to Fuchs while living in New York.

"Railroad" • Acrylic on Canvas • Undated


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Sunday, May 22, 2022

SOLD - "Strength In Numbers" Floral Painting

My thanks to the Peninsula Gallery for sending this floral painting home with a new collector.

I really enjoyed going larger with these tulips, because as a group they interact with each other and the surrounding greenery to create something very exciting.

"Strength In Numbers" • Oil on Linen • 15" x 30" • Private Collection

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Portrait Study - Open Model Session

I always enjoy painting with the Coppini Academy of Fine Art's Friday morning open model portrait group. This study feels a bit more formal due to the model's jacket.

"Dana, Portrait Study" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 2 Hours


Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Portrait Study - Open Model Session

Last night's portrait study at the Coppini Academy of Fine Art open model session featured a more colorful patterned background that grabbed my attention. I was initially concerned that it would prove too busy, but I ultimately enjoyed the combination of the abstract and the realistic.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

"Billy, Portrait Study" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 2 Hours

 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Art Review - "Val d'Aosta" by John Singer Sargent

For this week's #MuseumTourTuesday, I'm going back to one that I haven't seen in awhile, but it's a personal favorite of all the paintings I have ever seen in person. This piece by John Singer Sargent is part of the Brooklyn Museum's permanent collection, although it is not currently on display. I still remember the first time that Kimberly and I visited the museum back in 2009, and this painting took our breath away.

At first glance, it is almost abstract, but once you begin to focus on the piece, you clearly begin to distinguish the rocks above the water versus those below. The blue of the sky reflects off of the top of the water in the upper right, while the warm refracted light of the sun shimmers on the stones at the bottom of the pool. I especially love that it's a painting requiring viewer exploration, as it takes a few minutes to even notice the fish floating in the middle of the pond, amid all of the textural qualities of the image.

Also of note, the painting is unsigned. 

"Val d'Aosta (A Stream over Rocks; Stream in Val d'Aosta)" • John Singer Sargent
• Oil on Canvas • 21 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. • 1907-1908



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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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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Floral Painting Exhibition - Peninsula Gallery

I really enjoyed painting a new series of florals for an upcoming exhibition at the Peninsula Gallery in Delaware. In a number of these pieces, I decided to go larger in scale, and explore how flowers can integrate into the landscape and act as a part of the whole.

I’m sorry I’ll have to miss the public opening reception on May 7th, as I’ll be teaching in Georgia. This floral show will be on exhibit at the gallery until May 31st.


“Mosaic” • Oil on Linen • 15” x 30” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


“Gratitude" • Oil on Linen • 10” x 10” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


"Strength In Numbers” • Oil on Linen • 15" x 30” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


"Last Call” • Oil on Panel • 12" x 16” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


"Paper Lantern” • Oil on linen • 9” x 12” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


“Nest" • Oil on linen • 24” x 30” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


"Emerging Lilies” • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


“Yellow Daisies” •  Oil on Linen • 9" x 12” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


"Falling Stars” • Oil on Linen • 14” x 18” • Available at the Peninsula Gallery


“Bunches” • Oil on linen  9”x12" • Available at the Peninsula Gallery

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