Sunday, April 22, 2018

Portrait Study - Tom

The combination of the beard, hat, and plaid shirt made for an interesting open session Thursday at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts.

"Tom" (oil on linen, 11"x14"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.





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Friday, April 13, 2018

Indiana Artists 86th Annual Juried Exhibition & Painting Workshop

I was honored to be asked by the Indiana Artists to judge their 86th Annual Juried Exhibition this year at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, and to teach a three-day workshop as well.

I was scheduled to give a judge's talk at the museum on Saturday, April 7th, before judging the exhibition, but Mother Nature had other plans. Winter seems to be fighting spring this year, and bad weather cancelled my Friday flight out of San Antonio to Indianapolis. I actually had to race to the airport Thursday night right after finding out my Friday flight was cancelled, just so that I could catch another flight to Dallas, where I would have to sleep at the airport overnight to catch an early morning flight to Indianapolis. Not ideal, but that's life sometimes. Then, that flight out of Dallas got cancelled due to bad weather, so the airline put me on a flight to Nashville, and then to Chicago, from which I was finally able to make it to Indianapolis. My judge's talk had to be cancelled, but I made it in time to get to the museum to judge the exhibition, and for the start of my workshop on Sunday.



This is the first demonstration painting I did for the workshop. I didn't get a chance to get photographs of my other two demonstration paintings before they sold.




I really enjoyed working with the artists in this group, and hope to have a workshop there again next year. Next time I'll drive instead of fly.



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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Portrait Study - Nigel

My one-hour portrait study Thursday morning at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts.

"Nigel" (oil on linen, 12"x16").






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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Portrait Commission - Detail

An in progress detail shot of a unique portrait commission I'm working on.

I'm really happy with how this one is going. I'll post the finished piece down the road if the subject gives me the okay.





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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Pet Portrait Commissions

I travel the entire country for plein air events, and to teach workshops, but I also travel for portrait commissions. Pet portraits in particular have long been one of my specialties, and my favorite subject to paint.

If you'd like a portrait of your four-legged family member, contact me via my website to arrange a portrait session.

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.


http://www.patricksaunders.com/commission.html



"Kobe" (oil on linen, 12"x16") Private Collection


"Dignan" (oil on canvas, 16"x30") Private Collection


"Webster" (oil on canvas, 18"x24") Private Collection


"Bentley and Dudley" (oil on canvas, 12"x36") Private Collection


"Ken" (oil on linen, 12"x9") Private Collection


"Anticipation" (oil on canvas, 22"x18") Private Collection


"Lou" (oil on canvas, 12"x16") Private Collection


"Jasaper" (oil on canvas, 16"x20") Private Collection


"Millie" (oil on linen, 9"x12") Private Collection


"Opal in the Window" (oil on canvas, 19"x28") Private Collection


"Bob, Lizzy & Sabrina" (oil on canvas, 34"x36") Private Collection


"Betty on the Rocks" (oil on board, 15"x18") Private Collection


"Marvin" (oil on linen, 9"x12") Private Collection


"Emily and Moxie" (oil on canvas, 18"x24") Private Collection


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gateway International Painting Competition February Finalist

Thank you judge Mary R. Pettis for choosing my "Aglow" (oil on linen, 9"x12") as a Gateway International Painting Competition February finalist.

Judge's comment: "In this little picture we feel the artist's reverence for the compelling beauty of a white rose in light. I'm not certain how anyone could see this painting and ever look at a rose in the same way again. I believe that this is our job as artists: to reflect back to all the inherent beauty in the abundance of life around us!"

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.






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Monday, March 19, 2018

New Studio for the Visual Arts Floral Painting Workshop




I was invited to teach a three-day floral class at the New Studio for the Visual Arts in Jupiter, Florida, the week before I'd be participating in the 5th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival.

We had to hustle to get all the way from the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational to Florida in just two days for this workshop, but it was well worth it. I was lucky yet again to work with a great group of artists.


New Studio for the Visual Arts, Jupiter, Florida, photo by Saunders Fine Arts


On Thursday evening, I did a demonstration painting and gave an artist talk at the studio.


Graphic by Saunders Fine Arts


We painted outside on Friday, the last day, in order to give the artists more of a feel for painting outdoor flowers, even though we had to use cut flowers (the studio wasn't able to convince a local nursery to let such a large group of us paint on site).


Patrick Saunders working on a demonstration painting at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum.
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


We gathered at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, where we worked in the shade with a lovely view. It was a great way to end the class. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures of the four demonstration paintings I did for this workshop - they all sold before I could get them photographed.



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Sunday, February 11, 2018

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Painting Workshop

Artists setting up for the day at SAMFA's Gallery Verde.


I had the opportunity to teach a three-day oil painting workshop this month in San Angelo, Texas, sponsored by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

The weather didn't allow us to squeeze in any plein air painting, but we covered a lot of ground in the time we had. It is always a pleasure to work with a great group of artists.







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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Portrait Painting Workshop & Video, Coppini Academy of Fine Arts


My wife Kimberly shot video at my February 3rd portrait painting workshop at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas, and put together this short promotional video to help me spread the word about my 2018 workshops. I really enjoy teaching because, as I say in this video, I truly get as much as I give when I work with my fellow artists.

I have painting workshops scheduled all over the country in 2018, and am currently booking for 2019. If you have an organization, school, or club that would like to schedule a workshop with me, please contact me via email through my website.






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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Painting from Photographs Workshop, Coppini Academy of Fine Arts

Patrick Saunders working on a demonstration painting at a Coppini Academy of Fine Arts workshop.

Me working on a demonstration painting at my painting from photographs workshop December 9th, 2017, at The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas. Thank you to all who attended. It was a wonderful day.


Patrick Saunders' "Neah Bay" (oil on linen, 12"x16"). SOLD

My demonstration painting from this class.  Click here to learn about and sign up for my 2018 oil painting workshops at the Coppini, and throughout the country.



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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Working the Workshop

Teaching at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

This past Saturday, I held a one day workshop at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. My thanks goes out to everyone who not only attended, but taught me more than I knew the day before.




Workshops aren't just about me doling out information to students. I get as much as I give. You see, every time a student asks a question, I have to have an answer. There's no option for an "I don't know" moment. If I don't have an answer, I have to ask questions of the student, and this back and forth continues until we reach the "ah ha!" moment, together.




Everyone works differently, and every new student brings me a new way of approaching painting. This is the best part. I've never told any student that "this is the only way to paint." I don't believe there is any right or wrong way. No matter what I suggest, whether it's materials, subject matter or paint application; every student is welcome to take only the parts that work for them. By welcoming students to create their own approach, I'm forced to understand and critique those approaches as well. Nothing helps me to evolve as a painter more.

So once again, thank you to all of my students/teachers.

I have a number of workshops coming up in 2017. Check my website to find out when and where.



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