Saturday, August 29, 2020

Pet Portrait Study - "Betty" - Oil on Panel, 9"x12", Two Hours

This was Betty. As an actress, she received numerous nominations for her emotionally moving portrayals of dogs in need. In this scene in our Brooklyn backyard, Betty played the part of a dog without a bone, despite the fact that she had just devoured one in record time prior to the director yelling action. Just off camera, her costar, Barney, provided her with all of the motivation necessary, while he gnawed on a bone also given to him just five minutes prior.

But seriously, I painted Betty on National Dog Day this week. I miss her dearly.

 

"Betty" • Oil on Panel • 9" x 12" • 2 hours • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com


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Friday, August 28, 2020

"Weathered" - Oil on Linen, 18"x24", Private Collection

I recently put this new painting in the online gallery on my website, www.PatrickSaunders.com, and was thrilled to ship it off this morning to a first-time collector in Michigan.

It always makes me happy when someone else is moved by a painting that means a lot to me personally.

"Weathered" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

August 2020 Newsletter - Tell Your Story

Is it art or craft?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Museum Tour Tuesday - "L'orchestre de l'Opéra" by Edgar Degas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

For #MuseumTourTuesday, here is one of my favorite paintings by Edgar Degas at the Musée d'Orsay. Why? It's all about the point of view.

Instead of placing the focus with the action onstage, Degas chooses to feature the members of the orchestra pit, many of whom were his personal friends. The expected area of interest, the dancers, are reduced in their importance by the radical cropping.

Despite this unexpected shift in focus, the composition is very solid. The bassoon held by the central figure is a strong vector line leading to the figure of the bassist, whose instrument leads our eyes up and back, breaking the line of the stage. From there, the brightly lit legs of the dancers push the eye back to the orchestra pit, where the gaze of the cellist and the line of his instrument lead us back to the main figure.

"L'orchestre de l'Opéra" "The Orchestra at the Opera" • Edgar Degas • ca. 1870 • Oil on Canvas
• 56.5 x 45cm

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Artistic Insipriation, Goofy Grape, the United States Postal Service, and My Mom

Here's a little story about my earliest artistic inspiration.

Back in the early seventies there was a Kool-Aid rip off drink mix known as Funny Face. If you collected the proofs of purchase, you could mail in for plastic cups that represented your favorite flavor/character. Mine was grape, represented by Goofy Grape.

I mailed in those proofs of purchase and waited for the mail to come each and every day for months. Each time our letter carrier delivered a package from Funny Face, it felt like Christmas morning. There was Freckle-Face Strawberry, Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry, Loud-Mouth Lime. Eventually, Goofy Grape arrived, and I was ecstatic.

I pulled out my box of crayons and created my first "alla prima" painting of Goofy Grape. My mother told me just how great it was and taped it up onto the picture window in our living room. I was so excited, I made another and another and another, until I had filled the window. That is how my life-long passion for creating art began. I still have that Goofy Grape cup, although it's a little worse for wear.

FYI, my father was a letter carrier for 35 years. He walked the same route each day and his visit was often the highlight of the day for many seniors. When I first started grade school, almost every kid knew my father even before they knew me.

So, the US Postal Service is very important to me, having deeply influenced both my art and my life.

 

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Online Art Gallery at www.PatrickSaunders.com

My most recent sunflowers painting will be shipped off to a new collector on Monday, so I just finished updating my online art gallery. Here are a few of the pieces currently available through my gallery on my website.

You can check out all of my available work here:
http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Online-Art-Gallery

 

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Throwback Thursday - "Tom" Portrait Study - Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, Texas

I miss painting at open model sessions. It was always an opportunity to practice working from direct observation, but I would also gain insights into the life of the subject. For #ThrowBackThursday, here's a portrait study from 2018, painted at The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

You might not guess it from his likeness, but Tom and I bonded over punk rock music, chatting during breaks from painting. Everyone is deeper than their likeness.

 
"Tom" • Oil on Linen • 11" x 14" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Art Review - "Geraniums" by Andrew Wyeth, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

During a visit to the Brandywine River Museum of Art last summer, Kimberly and I were lucky enough to view Andrew Wyeth's watercolor "Geraniums." This piece is from a private collection, and not normally on display.

I'm struck by the multiple levels that this painting works on. At first glance, it's just about the view into the window and out the other side, but then one notices the bright red spots of the geraniums inviting the viewer to explore the interior. That's when we catch a glimpse of Anna Christina Olson, the very same neighbor Wyeth captured in his iconic "Christina's World."

Here, Christina is older and in failing health, confined to the few small rooms of this also deteriorating farmhouse. There's both a sadness to the painting from her isolation, but also a quiet beauty and sense of hope suggested by the color of the geraniums and the beautiful view beyond the far window.

 
"Geraniums" • Andrew Wyeth • 1960 • Watercolor on paper • 30.75" x 15.5"

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

"Dama De Rojo" - Winner, Gold Medal, Oil Painters of America 2020 Juried Salon Show

I am honored to have been awarded the Gold Medal at the Oil Painters of America's 2020 Juried Salon Show for my painting "Dama De Rojo."

Thank you so much to judges John Michael Carter and Ken Cadwallader, and congratulations to all of the other award winners, and every artist featured in the exhibition.

 
"Dama De Rojo" • Oil on Linen • 15" x 30" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

"Paul" - Pet Portrait Painting, 1995

 For #ThrowBackThursday, here is the first dog portrait I ever created, painted a quarter century ago. I had no idea then that pets would become my favorite subject.

Interesting note: much of the dog's body is unpainted canvas. A fellow painter said to me, "You can't do that." My response: "Who makes these rules?"

"Paul" • Oil on Canvas • 15.5" x 19.5" • Private Collection

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

"Guesthouse" - Airstream Life Magazine Globetrotter Online Art Gallery Invited Artist

 My thanks to Rich Luhr, the publisher of Airstream Life Magazine, for selecting me as one of the inaugural artists for the magazine's new online art gallery, www.globetrottergallery.com.

 

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