Monday, December 20, 2021

Event Juror - 2022 Cape Ann Plein Air Festival

I'm honored to have been asked to judge the 2022 Cape Ann Plein Air Festival!


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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Painting From The Model - The Coppini Academy of Fine Art

Here is this week's study from an open model session at the Coppini Academy.

This is once again painted over an older painting. The lighting on the model was much dimmer than I normally work with, and this softer light contributed to the undefined edges throughout the portrait.
 
"Portrait Study" • 9" x 12 • Oil on Linen • 1.75 Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Thursday, December 16, 2021

December 2021 Art Newsletter - The Ever Evolving Process

It may look effortless, but science has proven that even master artists make changes throughout their process.

Sign up for my latest art newsletter on the importance of keeping an open mind.
 
 

 
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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Art Review - "The Horse Wrangler" by W. Herbert Dunton

Kimberly and I were finally able to visit the San Antonio Art League & Museum this past week. While only a portion of the collection is on view at any given time, the work displayed does not disappoint. This painting by Herb Dunton, now considered one of the jewels of the league's collection, was submitted to the 1928 San Antonio Competitive Exhibition, and surprisingly won only an honorable mention.

The stylized flowing shapes of Dunton's work have influenced a number of contemporary western painters. In this particular piece, the rider is the focal point, but for me it's the horse and foreground shrubs that stand out as masterful. The warm, lit edges of the forms portray an incredible sense of depth despite the overall simplicity of the shapes.
 
"The Horse Wrangler" • W. Herbert Dunton • Oil on Canvas • 25" x 20" • 1928
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts
 
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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Painting From The Model - The Coppini Academy of Fine Art

Here is this week's study from an open model session at the Coppini Academy. Once again, I painted over an older painting, which starts the process with an interesting texture.
 
"Kyle" • 10" x 12 • Oil on Linen • 1.5 Hours
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts 

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Botanical Art - "Patterns In Blue & Green"

This painting is inspired by the work of my wife, Kimberly. She's always been fascinated by the natural patterns of nature, which are often the subject of her photography.

Leaves were something that I once took for granted in my floral paintings. They were just garnish for the bright, colorful petals of the flowers. Kimberly's work has given me a much greater appreciation for the subtle greens and overlapping shapes that create wonderful patterns wherever anything grows. The leaves are a worthy subject all on their own.
 
"Patterns In Blue & Green" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • Available at PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Art Review - "Flowers of Gold" by Henry James Soulen

I'm fascinated with this painting by Henry James Soulen. Another talented student of the great American illustrator, Howard Pyle, Soulen also studied with N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Jesse Wilcox Smith.

The design of this piece is overwhelmingly complex, and yet it is masterfully controlled. What I find most interesting is the overall red/orange color cast which adds so much richness and mood to the image. Despite this dominant color shift, Soulen pushes bright notes of other colors in key areas to move our eyes through the scene in a deliberate manner.
 
 "Flowers of Gold" • Henry James Soulen • Oil on Canvas • c. 1930s
• 26.5" x 30.5" • Private Collection
 
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Monday, December 6, 2021

SOLD - "Bay Breeze" Plein Air Landscape Painting

My thanks to the Trippe Gallery for sending this Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival piece home with a new collector.
 
"Bay Breeze" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Painting From The Model - The Coppini Academy of Fine Art

Here is this week's study from an open model session at the Coppini Academy.

If you're wondering about the textural quality of the board, this one is painted over an older painting. Prior to creating the study, I covered the older painting with a layer of white Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyd and then lightly stained it. This is a great way to recycle older paintings and creates some interesting and unexpected textural effects.
 
"Portrait Study" • 14" x 18 • Oil on Linen • 1.5 Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Spring 2022 Booth Art Academy Painting Workshops - Filling Fast

Georgia artist friends, my painting workshops at the Booth Western Art Museum’s Booth Art Academy next spring are filling fast, so sign up now to secure your spot.

My Painting Without Borders class is on May 1st - 3rd, 2022, and my Dynamic Floral in Oils workshop is on May 4th - 6th.

Click on either link below for more information, and to register:

https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Booth-Museum-Workshop-2022

https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Booth-Museum-Floral-Workshop-2022

I’m really looking forward to returning to the Booth. It’s a premier teaching facility, and I want to thank Kent Mullinax and the entire staff in advance for all of their hard work in making the academy such a first-class art education destination.


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Art Review - "Portrait of Alice Dieudonneed Chase" by William Merritt Chase

For this week's #MuseumTourTuesday, here is another great piece from the McNay Art Museum's collection. William Merritt Chase created a number of portraits of his eldest daughter Alice. This one clearly demonstrates the artist's skill in simplification. This is especially noticeable in the eyes. There's almost nothing to them. Notice how the dark pupil of the eye and the line of the eyelid are one shape.

I also have to point out the simplicity of the flowers. They are made up of only a few values with a slight color temperature variation, yet they read as very complex in the context of the broader brushstrokes throughout the portrait.
 
"Portrait of Alice Dieudonnée Chase" • William Merritt Chase • Oil on Panel • 1899

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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