Saturday, August 6, 2022

Oil Painters of America - 2022 Western Regional Juried Exhibition

I'm honored that one of my paintings was accepted into the Oil Painters of America 2022 Western Regional Juried Exhibition.

The Southwest Gallery in Dallas will host the exhibition, which opens September 10th with a reception at the gallery, and runs through October 1st. Congratulations to all the artists accepted into the exhibition!

"Mosaic" • Oil on Linen • 15" x 30"

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Second Painting Workshop - Conroe Art League

Artist friends, the wait list for my sold out painting workshop at the Conroe Art League this November got long enough that we decided to add a second class.

This second workshop is already half full, so click here to secure your spot: https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Conroe-Workshop-II

Join me November 11th - 13th in Conroe, Texas to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation. I can teach you 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 learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application.

Each day will begin with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one-on-one instruction. My class is highly tailored for each individual, so beginners as well as experienced painters are welcome. I will demonstrate in oil paint, but artists are welcome to use acrylic and pastels. 

“Of Earth And Sky” • Oil on Linen • 30” x 60” • Private Collection

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Art Review - "Contemplation" by Hovsep Pushman

As I prepare for my still life workshop next month at the Telfair Museums Jepson Center, I'm thinking about some of the still life paintings that have greatly inspired me. This week's #MuseumTourTuesday features one of my favorite still life painters, Armenian artist Hovsep Pushman.

Pushman's paintings fascinate me with the way in which he depicts a combination of three-dimensional and two-dimensional elements. Notice in this piece how he uses a wider value scale and sharper edges to differentiate the foreground objects from the flat artwork behind them. While the solid objects become the focal point of the painting, the artist adds enough interest and rich color into the painting beyond that the foreground and background are intricately linked, inviting us to explore the entire painting and suggesting that there is more beyond the frame.

Born in 1877, Pushman's family emigrated from to Chicago in 1896. Pushman then moved to Paris where he studied at the Académie Julian, returning to the U.S. in 1914. After moving to California in 1916, Pushman co-founded the Laguna Beach Art Association in 1918. After another brief stint in Paris, Pushman relocated to New York City in 1923. In 1940, he sued the New York Graphic Society for reproducing one of his paintings without permission. While the court initially decided against the artist, upon his death in 1966 the decision was reversed, and the law now states that the artist retains all rights. This ruling still protects us today. Thank you Hovsep Pushman.

Hovsep Pushman • "Contemplation" • Oil on Masonite • 27.25" x 20.75" • circa 1940

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