Tuesday, July 30, 2019

John Singer Sargent - Alpine Pool Painting

The trick to painting water? There isn’t one.

John Singer Sargent's "Alpine Pool," which we recently viewed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a perfect example of why we should always remember that there are no “tricks" for good painting.

When viewing the painting holistically, the water in the foreground appears to be clean and transparent, revealing the rocks at the bottom of the pool, while the water in the center of the painting appears to be reflective, giving us a glimpse of the sky and the trees beyond the boundaries of the painting.

John Singer Sargent "Alpine Pool " • 1907 • Oil on Canvas  • 27 1/2" x 38"

 On closer inspection, it’s clear that Sargent simply painted the colors, shapes and values as he saw them. There was not step by step layering or glazing. It appears that some of the dark shadows were even added last. He obviously never thought to paint water with a different approach than anything else.


John Singer Sargent "Alpine Pool" Detail • 1907  • Oil on Canvas  • 27 1/2" x 38"

Notice that the reflective portion of the water, the exposed rocks and even the grasses all share the same approach. Paint what you see, and it will always work. Whenever anyone tells you they know the "secret" to painting water, or anything else, run screaming.
John Singer Sargent "Alpine Pool" Detail • 1907  • Oil on Canvas  • 27 1/2" x 38"

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Painting Workshop - The Artist Cove, Panama City, Florida

Florida artist friends, I'm happy to announce that my painting workshop at The Artist Cove, which had to be postponed due to hurricane reconstruction, is now back on.

Escape the winter cold and join me February 28th - March 1st in balmy Panama City for my Painting Without Borders class.

Class size is limited to only 12 for this workshop, so click here and register now to secure your spot:


http://bit.ly/PSFA-Workshop-Panama-City-2020

 
"Riverbend Breeze" • Oil on linen • 14"x18" • Private Collection


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Saturday, July 27, 2019

2019 Bosque Art Classic - Painting Entries

I am honored to learn that two of my paintings have been accepted into the Bosque Arts Center's 2019 Bosque Art Classic juried art show and sale.

This is my first time in this event, which will be celebrating its 34th year this September.

"Feathers, Star & Sky" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • Available

"Sedona Lights"  • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Available


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Friday, July 26, 2019

2020 Floral Painting Workshop - Newnan, Georgia

Artist friends, especially for all of you who like to plan ahead, I will be back in Georgia next year for a floral workshop.

Join me January 23rd - 25th in the charming college town of Newnan, Georgia, just south of Atlanta, Georgia. Escape the winter cold and come paint some flowers with me.

Click here to register:
http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Newnan-Workshop



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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Plein Air Easton 2019 - Quick Draw Competition Painting

I looked for shade today for Plein Air Easton's Quick Draw Competition, and I found it just outside The Tidewater Inn.

These tables were filled with people when I set up, but as soon as the horn blew for the quick draw, they all got up to either stand behind me as I was painting or go see other works in progress. I decided not to budge from my spot and went on with my quick draw sans people, because it's crazy hot out here today.

"Light At the End of the Tidewater" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • SOLD

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Plein Air Easton 2019 - Wake Painting

Kimberly and I had a good view of this boat just outside our window in Easton, Maryland, this week, so every morning I thought "I need to paint that." 

Some of the most intense light and color happens just before the sun breaks the horizon in the morning. What made it even more interesting for me was the broken shadow shape created by the wake of other boats passing by on their way out into The Chesapeake Bay.

"Wake"
Oil on Linen
18"x24"


Available tonight at the Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival's Collectors Preview Party at the Academy Art Museum.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.



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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Plein Air Easton 2019 - Where The Wild Things Are Painting

While painting this scene in Easton, Maryland for the Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival, I was greeted by all of the local residents - birds, turtles, frogs, red foxes, deer, squirrels, spiders and snakes. 

Normally I listen to music while I paint, but there was no need here, as I was serenaded by the constant calls and sounds of many of these creatures.

"Where the Wild Things Are"
• Oil on Linen
• 20"x24"


Available Friday evening at the Collectors Preview Party at the Academy Art Museum.

Painting photo by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.



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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July Newsletter - Howard Pyle & Storytelling

Storytelling.

A good painting is more than a pretty picture. It tells a story and creates a mood.

Sign up for my latest newsletter to read about someone I consider to be one of the greatest painting storytellers of all time.

http://bit.ly/PSFA-Newsletter-Sign-up

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.




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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Plein Air Easton 2019 - Paint Oxford Day

I started the morning at the Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival's Paint Oxford Day with this sunrise painting of a beautiful docked Hinckley Yachts picnic boat aptly named "No Curfew".

I liked the name so much I gave it to the painting.

"No Curfew" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • SOLD


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Plein Air Easton 2019 - Tilghman Island Pre-Competition Paint Out

Here’s my first painting for the 2019 Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival.

I had to quickly dash in the colors of a particularly bright sunrise this morning on Tilghman Island.


"Fiery Sunrise at Tilghman" • 14”x18” • Oil on Linen • Available

This painting will be available at the 7th Annual Tilghman Pre-Competition Paint Out exhibit tonight at the Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island.

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.



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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

First Place - For The Love of the Moon Exhibit

I am so honored to learn that my painting won First Place at the Riverside Art Center's "For the Love of the Moon Exhibit", held in Neil Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

This piece means a lot to me personally, because painting it made me feel like a kid again. It's the kind of subject matter that got me excited about making art as a child.

My thanks to the Riverside Art Center for including me in this very special invitational, and thanks also to exhibit judge David Stark, chief curator of the Columbus Museum of Art. It was a privilege to be a part of commemorating this great moment in American history.

"Neil Reflected" • 14"x18" • Oil on Linen • Available


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