Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Art Review - "Pardon in Brittany" by Gaston La Touche

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting at The Art Institute of Chicago by French artist Gaston La Touche.

It's a dreamlike painting, depicting a penitential pilgrimage, where the light comes from both natural twilight and candlelight. What I especially love about the painting is the way in which the figures combine into one form, except of the woman on the horse. It almost appears as if she is riding through a field of flowers.

"Pardon in Brittany" • Gaston La Touche • Oil on Canvas
• 100.5 x 110.5 cm • 1896
  

 

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

October 2021 Art Newsletter - The Shape of Flowers

Some artists find floral painting intimidating because flowers are relatively complex subjects. You can easily get lost, and end up with something that, in the immortal words of one of my painting mentors, looks like "wadded up toilet paper."

Sign up for my latest art newsletter on how nailing the overall shape of a floral first can really help you find your way through a complicated subject.

 

 
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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Painting Workshop - Ellis County Art Association

Texas artist friends, my January painting workshop at the Ellis County Art Association is filling fast, so sign up now to secure your spot.

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Join me January 27th - 29th to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography. Each day will begin with a short lecture and full painting demonstration, followed by one-on-one instruction. My class is highly tailored for each individual artist, so beginners as well as advanced painters are welcome.


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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Art Review - "The Red Kimono" by George Hendrik Breitner

This piece from the Stedelijk Museum is one of a series of 14 works that Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner painted for his "Girl In Kimono" series from 1893 to 1896. The model is sixteen-year-old Geesje Kwak, who posed for almost all of the compositions in either a red, white or gray kimono.

It's a beautiful painting, striking in its use of rich reds and luscious overlapping patterns. The graphic design of these Japanese fabrics clearly fascinated the artist.

Today the painting is considered an icon of "Japonisme," the influence of Japanese art on western art following the forced reopening of trade with Japan in 1858. In its day, the series was not as popular as the artist's landscape work, created both en plein air and through the use of reference photos, which Breitner was already known for. You can view some of these works, which I wrote about in a previous #MuseumTourTuesday post, here:
https://bit.ly/patrick-saunders-art-review-breitner

I find the change in the critical acceptance of these works interesting. While Breitner's landscapes document the contemporary conditions of the streets and harbors of Amsterdam through direct observation, the kimono series is far more trendy and staged. At the time, the paintings may have been seen as a sort of pop culture response, whereas today they are more of a historical record of the influence of Japanese culture on European painting.

"The Red Kimono" • George Hendrik Breitner • Oil on Canvas
• 77 x 101.5cm  • 1894


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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Spring 2022 Painting Workshops - Booth Western Art Museum

Georgia artist friends, I will be returning to the Booth Western Art Museum’s Booth Art Academy next spring for two painting workshops.

On May 1st - 3rd, 2022, I will teach my Painting Without Borders class, and on May 4th - 6th, I will teach another Dynamic Floral In Oils workshop.

Registration is now open, so click on either link below for more information, or to sign up:
 



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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Painting Workshop - Sky Ranch Studio - Petaluma, California

West Coast artist friends, I’m pleased to announce that I will be teaching a painting workshop in Sonoma County next spring.

Class size is limited, so click here for more information, and to sign up: https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Petaluma-Workshop

Join me March 4th - 6th at the Sky Ranch Studio in Petaluma, California to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation. I can teach you to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach. I will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting. Artists will learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application.

Each day will begin with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one-on-one instruction. My class is highly tailored for each individual, so beginners as well as experienced painters are welcome. I will demonstrate in oil paint, but artists are welcome to use acrylic and pastels.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Art Review - "The Artist's Studio" by Henrik Nordenberg

I have a beautifully rendered painting to share for #MuseumTourTuesday by Swedish artist Henrik Nordenberg. Much of the artist's work is in private collections, but numerous pieces can be viewed online.

Nordenberg is known for his interiors, but this one is by far my favorite. What intrigues me most are the overlapping patterns throughout the composition. All of the man-made patterns, such as the carpets, the umbrella and the lantern, move the viewer's focus around the brightest pattern of all - the window to the outdoors.

Knowing that this is the artist's studio, I have to wonder if it is an ode to his sources of inspiration, with the most important being the natural world featured at the center of the composition.
 
"The Artist's Studio" • Henrik Nordenberg • Oil on Canvas 
• 22" x 15.6" • 1891 • Private Collection


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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Art Supplies - Golden Artists Colors Sealant & Williamsburg Oils and Ground

I've got some new products to try out!

Thank you to Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors and Golden Artist Colors for sponsoring my award win at the 30th Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition.

I'm particularly excited about the Titanium Oil Ground, as I've heard great things. 


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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Throwback Thursday - "Pumpkins & Pothos" Still Life Painting

For #throwbackthursday, here's a painting that gets me into the spirit of fall.

This piece is now available at the Olmsted Gallery. My thanks to Lillian Kirbo Ansley and Mary Ferguson for inviting me to be in their new online gallery.

"Pumpkins & Pothos" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16"
• Available at https://www.olmstedgallery.com/paintings/patrick-saunders

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Art Review - "Mrs. Fechin and Daughter" by Nicolai Fechin

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting in a private collection, and I consider it such an amazing piece that I feel the need to share my admiration. It's a painting by Nicolai Fechin. Yes, I know, I post a lot of Fechin's work, but it's always for good reason.

This piece is so intriguing to me, first and foremost for its cross-genre appeal. Is it a portrait, or a still life? By its title, it's a portrait, but nothing stands out more in this painting than the foreground still life. The figures are subdued in value contrast, and the child especially recedes into the background. The foreground still life is sharp and dominant in both value contrast and color saturation. 
 
My own take is that it is definitely a portrait. Despite the title, it is not simply a dual portrait of Fechin's wife and child, but a family portrait. The artist himself is included in the reflected metal of the tea urn, although abstracted to the point of illegibility. I see the still life as representative of Nicolai himself. A way to include himself in the family composition and still be the one capturing the scene. 
 
Regardless of my own read on the image, the painting is an undeniably bold composition. I love it when a painting transcends the categories we so often attempt to push art into.

"Mrs. Fechin and Daughter" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 1925 • 34 1/2" x 31 1/2"
 
 
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Sunday, October 10, 2021

In Progress - Floral Painting

Here's a detail of a larger piece currently on the easel. I'm slowly finding my way through all of these shapes.


In Progress • Oil on Linen • Crop of a 24"x30"

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