Thursday, September 29, 2022

September 2022 Art Newsletter - The Secret To Painting ... There Are No Secrets

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“Light Dancing At the Clapp Barn” • Oil on Panel • 16” x 20” • Private Collection

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Art Review - "Gassed" by John Singer Sargent

For today's #MuseumTourTuesday, I'd like to revisit a piece by John Singer Sargent that I was lucky enough to view in person back in 2018 during a visit to Kansas City. This painting was on loan to the National World War I Memorial from the Imperial War Museum London, and was absolutely stunning in person.

The painting is over 20 feet in width, and having only viewed the piece in small print reproductions, I was knocked out by all of the elements that I never noticed before, such as the soccer game taking place behind the main figures, and numerous biplanes flying throughout the sky.

Through the use of temperature changes in the figures (and the ropes to the right), Sargent suggests that there are a number of tents to our right, and only a shaft of light shines through and illuminates the scene. In the background, however, the soccer game is in full sunlight.

Also, nowhere in the painting are we confronted with the eyes of any of the figures. I get the sense that Sargent was conveying the public blindness to the true horror of the war. The injured are moved into the shadows, while the rest go about their normal routine.

"Gassed" • John Singer Sargent • Oil on Canvas • 7'7" x 20'1" • 1918-1919

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

In Progress - Western Art Portrait Painting

Here's one last in progress detail from a large figurative piece that I’ve been working on. This section is currently just a quick block in, but the forms are all beginning to work. I look forward to sharing the completed piece soon.

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

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Throwback Thursday - "Pumpkin Study"

As it's the first day of fall and #ThrowbackThursday, here's a study of a pumpkin that I painted way back in 1991. This piece was featured in the Society Of Illustrators Annual Exhibition the following year. Despite entering a number of more elaborate paintings, the judges were more drawn to this piece. Often it's simplicity that works best.

This was created during a class at the Kansas City Art Institute. Every Friday, the class lasted from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., but students were told they could start their weekends early if they finished their paintings. This was painted over an older work, which is the reason for the horizontal paint drips from the older piece, and I started my weekend that day around 10 a.m.

"Pumpkin Study" • Oil on Canvas • 10" x 12" • 1991

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Art Review - "River Backwater (Pond)" by Isaac Levitan

Last week, I shared a piece by Winslow Homer featuring rich and exaggerated greens, so for this week's #MuseumTourTuesday let's take a look at how even more sophisticated and realistic greens can have just as much of a dramatic impact.

In this piece by Isaac Levitan, the artist uses drastic value changes to capture the mood and mystery of the scene. While there is a subtle color temperature change happening, the piece relies on a much more realistic portrayal of the greens inherent to the subject. This painting is in the collection of the Plyos State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve in Russia.

Born in 1860 in what is now Lithuania, Levitan's family relocated to Moscow when he was 10 years old. At 13, he enrolled in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Levitan became devoted to capturing the landscape, rarely painting other subjects. His closest friend was Russian writer Anton Chekhov, whom he met through an association with Anton's brother, also a student at the School of Painting.

"River Backwater (Pond)" • Isaac Ilyich Levitan • Oil on Cardboard • 19.5 × 30cm • 1898


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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Still Life Demonstration - Day Three - Telfair Museums Painting Workshop

My still life demonstration this morning on the last day of my painting workshop at the Telfair Museums Jepson Center for the Arts.

“Cake and Coffee Study” • Oil on Linen • 10” x 12” • 1.5 Hours  • SOLD

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Floral Demonstration Painting - Day Two - Telfair Museums Still Life Painting Workshop

My floral demonstration from life this morning on day two of my painting workshop at the Telfair Museums Jepson Center.

“Sunflowers Study” • Oil on Linen • 12” x 12” • 1.5 Hours  • SOLD

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Demonstration Painting - Day One - Telfair Museums Still Life Painting Workshop

My still life demonstration this morning on day one of my painting workshop at the Telfair Museums Jepson Center.

“Art Studio Still Life Study” • Oil on Linen • 12” x 16” • 1.5 Hours  • SOLD

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Art Review - "Apple Picking" by Winslow Homer

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday features my favorite painting by American artist Winslow Homer. I was able to view this piece at the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, before its closure in 2004. The piece remains a part of the Terra Foundation for American Art's collection, but is currently part of a long-term loan to the Art Institute of Chicago. I do not know if the piece is currently on display.

I learned a lot about greens from this piece. Variety is the key. In every area of the painting, there is a beautiful collection of greens from warm to cool, dark to light, and bright to muted. Even more interesting is that what our brain often perceives as green is not actually green at all. Notice that many of the brightest leaves and grasses are often painted with yellows, or even powder blues in the foreground shadows. Context is everything.
 
"Apple Picking" • Winslow Homer • Watercolor • 7" × 8.3" • 1878
 
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Monday, September 12, 2022

2022 Bosque Art Classic - Silver Medal, Art Patrons Purchase Award

I was stunned to learn yesterday that one of my pieces in the 37th Annual Bosque Art Classic won a Silver Medal, and also the Art Patrons Purchase Award. It’s an honor just to be selected for this annual exhibition, and to now have my work in the Bosque Arts Center’s permanent collection means a lot to me.

My thanks to judge Mikel Donahue, and to everyone at the Bosque for all you do to make this annual event happen. My thanks also to all of the sponsors, patrons and collectors as well.

Congratulations to all of the invited artists, and to all of the award winners. This Classic remains on display at the Bosque through September 24th, and the online sale of works that are still available starts today. Go see this great show for yourself if you can.

"Dama De Rojo" • Oil on Linen • 15" x 30" • Bosque Arts Center Collection


"Orange Tabby Cat Study" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16”
• Available Now at the 2022 Bosque Art Classic


"Gift of the Great Spirit" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16” • SOLD, 2022 Bosque Art Classic


"Barney" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12”
• Available Now at the 2022 Bosque Art Classic

 

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

In Progress - Western Art Portrait Painting

Here's a second in progress detail from a large piece that I’ve been working on for a few months now, in between other paintings, one with multiple figures and other elements that I’m excited to share when I’m finally finished.

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

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Throwback Thursday Cityscape Painting - "Chelsea Quilt"

Here's a #ThrowbackThursday piece from 2007, depicting the view from our first New York apartment in Chelsea. We had a grand view of the Empire State Building, which I painted as well, but even the windows and fire escapes of adjacent buildings were fascinating to look at. I loved the way the sun would rise over the buildings, creating a patchwork of textures and colors.

"Chelsea Quilt" • 12.5" x 18.5" • Oil on Board • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Art Review - "Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink" by Lucian Freud

Last week, I shared a beautifully rendered painting of a studio sink by realist artist Antonio López García, and so for today's #MuseumTourTuesday I'm featuring a similar subject by British painter Lucian Freud from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. While the former piece was delicately painted, Freud's paint is laid on thick, becoming a character in its own right, feeling no less real than that of his contemporary Garcia.

Freud chooses to add movement to the painting with the running faucets, taking the piece beyond a static still life. He goes on to connect this piece to his more ubiquitous figure paintings through the cropped photograph along the upper edge of the painting, while calling attention to this detail via the title. The artist spent a great deal of time with each of his paintings, and this one is no exception, painted over the course of four years.

Lucian Freud, born in 1922, was the grandson of Sigmund Freud. Lucian became one of the most respected painters of the 20th century, completing a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 2001. 

"Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink" • Lucian Freud • Oil on Canvas
• 20" × 31" • 1983-1987


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Saturday, September 3, 2022

ONE SPOT OPEN - North Shore Arts Association Painting Workshop

Massachusetts artist friends, one last-minute spot has opened up in my October painting workshop at the North Shore Arts Association.

Click here to reserve it:
https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Gloucester-Workshop

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.

“Morning After the Holiday” • Oil on Panel • 16” x 20" • Private Collection

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Olmsted 200 Painting - "Gathering Place, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park"

Kimberly and I have had the pleasure of experiencing a number of Olmsted designed parks across the country. Central Park in particular brings back a lot of great memories for us. Living in the city, its parks became a kind of backyard filled with history, especially places like Bethesda Fountain and Terrace. It's a gathering place for tourists and locals alike.

This painting is a part of the National Association for Olmsted Parks Olmsted200 project, a bicentennial celebration of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, featured in an online exhibition of work by Olmsted Plein Air Invitational alumni. It is now available at https://bit.ly/BethesdaFountain

"Gathering Place, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park" • 18" x 24"
• Oil on Linen • Available for Purchase


Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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