Saturday, June 30, 2018

Richmond Virginia Private Painting Workshop

I finished our visit to Richmond, Virginia, for Plein Air Richmond with a private two-day painting workshop. Our thanks to Cabell and Patti Harris for hosting us, and to Patti especially for organizing this workshop. 
Day one of the workshop as I began my demonstration painting.

Luckily, the heat and humidity took a break for this workshop, giving us perfect weather for an outdoor class. Not everyone who wanted to participate could attend on both days, so we took a group photo each day to commemorate the experience.


Richmond Workshop Group Day One

We had planned to move to a local park on day two of the workshop, to give everyone the chance to paint a different location, but the grass was really overgrown at the time in this particular park, and there wasn't much seating, so class member Alice Massie volunteered to host day two of the class in her garden. 



I really enjoyed painting with all of these artists. It was great to see some breakthroughs, especially on the second day, and we've already made plans for another workshop in Richmond next year. 
Richmond Workshop Group Day Two


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cabell Harris Portrait Commission

It's a quirky one, but this is definitely the man we know. I'm honored to have been asked to paint the portrait of creative genius Cabell Harris. "Cabell" (oil on canvas, 25"x30").

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.




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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Portrait Study - Don

Here's my hour and a half portrait study of "Don" (oil on linen, 10"x14"), painted last week with the San Antonio Portrait Painters at The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.



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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fine Art Prints & Cards

All of my sold paintings, from plein air pieces to studio works, are now available as fine art prints and cards. Visit my website at the link below to view the selection.

Patrick Saunders Fine Art Prints & Cards





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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Plein Air Streaming in Plein Air Magazine

My thanks to Plein Air Magazine editor Kelly Seiter Kane for including me in the magazine's June/July issue, and to Stefanie Badders Laufersweiler for writing such a great article.





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Monday, May 28, 2018

John Saunders Portrait Painting

Remembering my father, a WWII veteran, this Memorial Day. Here's a portrait from 2005.

"John Saunders" (oil on canvas, 14"x19").





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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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