Wednesday, May 23, 2018

April 2018 Gateway International Painting Competition

My thanks to judge Suzie Greer Baker for choosing my painting, "Fireworks" (oil on linen, 12"x12"), as a runner-up in the April 2018 Gateway International Painting Competition.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.








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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Floral Painting Workshop II - Ellis County Art Association

Texas artists, my three-day floral painting workshop August 3rd - 5th at the Ellis County Art Association's Art on the Square Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas, has sold out, so I am now offering a second floral class there on August 7th - 9th.

There are only a few spots left in my second workshop, so click on the link below to register. This link takes you to an ECAA website page with a wait list button that will allow you to sign up for my second class.

http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Waxahachie-Floral-Workshop-II







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Friday, May 18, 2018

John Singer Sargent's Gassed Painting

If you live in or near Kansas City, Missouri, you have the opportunity right now to view John Singer Sargent's masterpiece "Gassed." The painting is on loan to the National World War I Museum and Memorial from the Imperial War Museum in London and is absolutely stunning in person.




The painting is over 20' 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 uninjured go about their normal routine.




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Thursday, May 17, 2018

TBT: Zoe Pet Portrait

For throwback Thursday, here's my first ever dog portrait commission from oh so many years ago.

"Zoe" (oil on canvas, 24"x18"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.







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Monday, May 14, 2018

Plein Air KC

I was asked to be the judge for Plein Air KC this year, a great event that I participated in as an artist several times in the past.

Judging is never easy, because art is subjective, but I have a criteria that I use to evaluate paintings, and I explained my choices as clearly as I could at the awards ceremony. Here's a video of me explaining my selections.



I had the chance to do several live interviews with a local television station about the festival, and my philosophy on painting. Here's one portion of those interviews.



My thanks to Plein Air KC founder and chairman Kirk Peterson of the Penn Valley Park Conservancy for asking me to come back to the city that was my home for many years, and where I went to art school, to be a part of this festival. Congratulations to all of the many talented artists who came out to paint this year.



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Friday, May 4, 2018

Oil Painters of America 2018 Juried Salon Show

I'm pleased to announce that my "Above and Below" (oil on panel, 14"x18") will be a part of the Oil Painters of America's 2018 Juried Salon Show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan, June 22nd - September 1st. 

Congratulations to all of the accepted artists.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.






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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Alumapalooza 9 Fine Art Invitational Airstream Paintings

I just shipped my painting of our Sweet Potato, painted at Plein Air Texas last year, to the Airstream center in Jackson Center, Ohio, for Alumapalooza's 2018 Fine Art Invitational.

Invited artists' work will be shown this year at the Riverside Art Center, not far from the Airstream factory.


"Guest House" (oil on linen, 18"x24")


We had the opportunity to attend our first Alumapalooza last year, where my painting of our Bambi Sport 16 won the People's Choice Award.


"Bambi and the Barn" (oil on linen, 12"x16")


I will also be shipping my new mini painting of our old Bambi to Alumapalooza this year to be auctioned off to benefit the local Fish Pond Food Pantry.


"Bambi in the Woods" (oil on board, 5"x7")


Alumapaloozas are fun events with lots to see and do, and not just for Airstreamers. Visit this year if you can from May 29th - June 3rd. There is nothing else like it.





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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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