Saturday, April 29, 2023

April 2023 Art Newsletter - Losing Your Edge

A lot has been written about edges - hard edges, soft edges, lost edges. Just as important and often misunderstood is how to create the type of edge that you need in a painting.

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“Betty” • Oil on Panel • 9" x 12" • Private Collection

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

"Icon" - Western Art Portrait Painting

My latest painting is influenced by my love of early 20th century American illustration. This piece brings back a lot of good memories for me, both recent and distant.

"Icon" • Oil on Linen • 30" x 30" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting and reference photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Art Review - "Vita Liljor" by Anders Zorn

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday is a watercolor by the great Swedish painter Anders Zorn. This piece is part of the collection of the Zorn Museum in Sweden.

Even as an oil painter, you can learn so much from watercolor, and this painting is a great example of that. The first time I saw this piece was in a poor reproduction, where the details within the flowers were almost completely lost, yet they still clearly read as lilies. It's the outside overall shape of the flowers that describes their form. The variation within the lilies is subtle. It adds to the painting, but doesn't drive the composition.

FYI, there's no so-called "Zorn Palette" in use here. Zorn normally used a full spectrum palette.

"Vita Liljor" (White Lilies) • Watercolor on paper • 1887 • 25.1" x 35.3"

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

"Ferra" - Pet Portrait Commission

I had a lot of fun with this commissioned portrait of Ferra. She has such an expressive face framed by all of that hair flying every which way.

"Ferra" • Oil on Linen • 8" x 8" detail of a 24" x 18" Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Art Review - "Jardí d'Aranjuez. Glorieta II (The Garden at Aranjuez. Arbor II)" by Santiago Rusiñol i Prats

Spring is now in full swing, so this week's #MuseumTourTuesday features an amazing garden painting by Spanish artist Santiago Rusiñol, from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Garden paintings are difficult, as there's so much to capture, and they are often overly simplified or overpainted. Rusiñol, on the other hand, achieves a perfect balance. He perfectly captures the shapes of every element in the garden, and yet this is nowhere near a photo realistic rendering. Nothing is haphazard in his approach either. The sense of realism is further heightened by his depiction of the heavy flowers that droop onto the path.

Born in Barcelona in 1861, Rusiñol was also a respected journalist, poet and playwright. He studied in Paris, and was a leader in the Catalan modernisme movement.

"Jardí d'Aranjuez. Glorieta II (The Garden at Aranjuez. Arbor II)" • Santiago Rusiñol i Prats
• Oil on Canvas • 41.3" × 52.9 cm • 1907


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Art Review - "Jardí d'Aranjuez. Glorieta II (The Garden at Aranjuez. Arbor II)" by Santiago Rusiñol

Spring is now in full swing, so this week's #MuseumTourTuesday features an amazing garden painting by Spanish artist Santiago Rusiñol, from the collection of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Garden paintings are difficult, as there's so much to capture, and they are often overly simplified or overpainted. Rusiñol, on the other hand, achieves a perfect balance. He perfectly captures the shapes of every element in the garden, and yet this is nowhere near a photo realistic rendering. Nothing is haphazard in his approach either. The sense of realism is further heightened by his depiction of the heavy flowers that droop onto the path.

Born in Barcelona in 1861, Rusiñol was also a respected journalist, poet and playwright. He studied in Paris, and was a leader in the Catalan modernisme movement.



"Jardí d'Aranjuez. Glorieta II (The Garden at Aranjuez. Arbor II)"
• Santiago Rusiñol i Prats
• Oil on Canvas
• 41.3" × 52.9 cm
• 1907

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Saturday, April 15, 2023

SOLD - "The View From Guenther House"

My thanks to Janice at Hindes Fine Art for sending this painting home with a collector. It is particularly special to me because it’s one of my favorite spots on the San Antonio River Walk. This beautiful home has such a warm and inviting feel. I love the palm trees and the way it all lights up at night.

On our first visit to San Antonio almost a decade ago, we biked the River Walk to have breakfast at Guenther House just before Christmas. This scene was our daytime view as we enjoyed brunch outdoors, and it gets even more charming at night. The whole experience really put us in a festive mood, and became one of our first great memories of San Antonio, a city that grabbed our hearts right away and kept us coming back for years, and that we are so happy to finally call home.. We’ve walked and biked this area many times now, and day or night, this is still one of our favorite parts of the River Walk.

"The View From Guenther House" • Oil on Linen • 16" x 20" • Private Collection

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

"Radiant" - New Western Art Portait Painting

I've been posting in progress details of this painting for a few weeks, and here is the full and final painting. This man's regalia was amazing to behold, and a challenge to capture. I was reminded of a star, sending out its rays in every direction, represented by both the feathers and his piercing eyes.

"Radiant" • Oil on Linen • 20" x 24" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Art Review - "Portrait of a Girl" by George Clausen

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting from the Manchester Art Gallery by English artist George Clausen.

This is a wonderful portrait, but what grabs me even more is the treatment of the background. The lush pattern of leaves creates a rich color contrast with the skin tones of the young woman’s face. Despite the amount of detail, the values are so close that the texture within the leaves never competes with the central subject. This treatment of the background reminds me of the work of Maria Oakey Dewing. I first saw this painting almost 30 years ago on a greeting card when I worked at Hallmark, and I kept the card in my inspiration file for decades.

Born in 1852 London, Clausen studied under William-Adolphe Bouguereau, but was heavily influenced by the French Impressionists. This combination of styles gives his works a look more on par with Jules Bastien-Lepage, whom he greatly admired.

"Portrait of a Girl" • George Clausen • Oil on Canvas • 56.7 × 44.5 cm • 1886

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

In Progress - New Western Art Portrait

Started a new one this week. Here's an in progress shot at about two hours in. Gotta keep it simple, as that head is only an inch and a half wide.

"In Progress" • Oil on Linen • Detail of a 30" x 30"

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

Master Signature Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America National Exhibition

I was very surprised to learn that my painting won the Master Signature Most Original Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America's 2023 National Exhibition. My thanks to judge Daud Akhriev. My thanks also to Reinert Fine Art for sending this piece home with a collector.

This painting is a memory from a trip that Kimberly and I took to San Miguel de Allende last year. Down each narrow street, a picturesque view awaited. As the light changed through various times of day, the city took on different qualities. Early morning offered a striking atmospheric texture, as the light rose over the mountains and spilled into the narrow streets.

"Ascending Towards Templo de Santo Domingo" • Oil on Linen
• 24" x 30" • SOLD

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Art Review - "The Artist's Studio" by Dean Cornwell

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features an uncharacteristic painting by famed American illustrator Dean Cornwell.

If you are familiar with Cornwell's illustrations, you know them as story driven figurative work, featuring solid drawing and carefully considered design and composition. This piece appears to be a study of the corner in his studio, most likely lacking the preliminary planning and sketches associated with his more well known work. At 30 inches tall, it's rather large, although the thick, rich strokes of paint make it appear to be a smaller painting. This may have been a demonstration for students.

Born in Kentucky in 1892, Cornwell went on to study under Harvey Dunn, who I featured a few weeks ago, and Frank Brangwyn. In addition to his wildly successful illustration career, Cornwell is also known for his mural work and teaching career at the Art Student's League of New York.

"The Artist's Studio" • Dean Cornwell • Oil on Canvas
• 30" x 24 1/4" • Private Collection

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

In Progress III - Western Art Portrait

Here's one last in progress of the piece I'm currently working on. Capturing the various textures in oils has been a real challenge. Next week, I'll share the full painting.

"In Progress" • Oil on Linen • Detail of a 20" x 24"

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