Thursday, June 30, 2022

In Progress - Western Art Portrait Painting

I'm working on my largest painting to date. Here's an in progress detail. The final piece will feature multiple figures and other elements that I'm excited to share soon.

In Progress • Oil on Linen • 36" x 60"

Painting and reference photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Art Review - "Making Time" by John Moyers

Last week's #MuseumTourTuesday, featured a painting by John Moyers, and this week I'd like to share a drawing by the same artist. This piece is also featured in the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit currently on view at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

I love how the horse and rider come together as one figure, but what I admire most about the drawing is the use of quick fluid strokes. This suggests the frenetic movement of the subject. The barely rendered back leg of the horse enhances this action, while also adding depth and atmosphere.

"Making Time" • John Moyers • Dry Brush Ink on Paper • 26" x 14" • 2002

Drawing photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Judge of Awards - Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 14th Annual National Juried Members Exhibition

New Mexico artist friends, I am honored to have been asked to be the Judge of Awards for the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico’s 14th National Juried Members Exhibition this fall.


The exhibition’s opening reception will be on October 28th at the Wild Sage Gallery in Taos. I will also do a painting demonstration during the event. Really looking forward to returning to this beautiful part of the country.
 
"A Window On Bentley's Backyard” • Oil on Linen • 18” x 24" • Private Collection
• Winner, Best in Show, 2017 Plein Air Richmond
• Cover, Southwest Art Magazine, September 2018
• Featured, Plein Air Magazine, June 2018


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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Portrait Study - Open Model Session

Last night's portrait sketch at a Coppini Academy of Fine Art open model session. The tilt of the model’s head and the turn of her eyes gave her an angelic look.

“Lily Portrait Study” • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 2 Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Art Review - "Sundown" by John Moyers

For this week's #MuseumTourTuesday, here is one of my favorite paintings from the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Artist John Moyers nails design and color in this piece. The graphic pattern of the blanket creates an interesting contrast with the organic nature of the horse and landscape below, yet the two areas are connected by their movement in and out of the sunlight. Notice how the colors in the top area of the painting all shift toward a warmer temperature, enhancing the sense of the setting sun, while the lower half of the horse and the landscape fade together into cooler colors.

There are many more great paintings in this show, which runs through September 5th.

"Sundown" • John Moyers • Oil on Canvas • 40" x 40" • 1999

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

June 2022 Art Newsletter - Making the Most of Your Tools: Brushes

Like most endeavors, good painting involves using the right tools.

Sign up for my latest art newsletter on how to choose the right paint brushes for you: http://bit.ly/PSFA-Newsletter-Sign-up


 

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Spring Florals - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Online Art Gallery

The last day of spring is less than a week away, and some of my newest florals inspired by the season are now available for purchase through my online art gallery. Each piece comes framed, and shipping is included in the continental U.S.

Click here to see all of my available work:
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"Paper Lantern" • 9" x 12" • Oil on Linen • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

 

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Art Review - "Return at Night" by Frank Tenney Johnson

Last week, I shared a rare watercolor by artist Frank Tenney Johnson, so for this week's #MuseumTourTuesday let's take a look at one of his more traditional oil paintings, also featured in the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

This piece features an excellent contrast in both colors and textures. The textural paint qualities of the rocks and figure stand in stark contrast to the smooth paint of the sky, and yet the two areas are connected by the small spot of orange used as a compliment to the blue of the sky. Also of note is that there are very few sharp edges in the painting. Notice how the legs of the horse almost disappear into the background. To direct the eye, the artist uses value contrast, as in the case of the white of the horse versus the deep dark of the shadows, to push our attention to the horse and rider.

This is just one of many great paintings in the show, and I'll share a few more in the weeks to come. The exhibition runs through September 5th.

"Return at Night" • Frank Tenney Johnson • Oil on Canvas
• 24" x 30" • 1938

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT - North Shore Arts Association Painting Workshop

Massachusetts artist friends, there are only three spots left in my painting workshop this fall at the North Shore Arts Association.

Click here to reserve your spot:
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Join me October 10th - 12th in Gloucester to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography. I can teach you to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach. My class is highly tailored for each individual, so beginners as well as advanced artists are welcome.


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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Portrait Study - Open Model Session

Here is last night's portrait study from a Coppini Academy open model session. The model's haircut and my low angle point of view made for an interesting and challenging study.

"Jared, Portrait Study" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 1.5 Hours

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Art Review - "Untitled [Cowboy on Horse]" by Frank Tenney Johnson

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a rare watercolor by western artist Frank Tenney Johnson that Kimberly and I saw last week at the the "Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America" exhibit at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

While I am very familiar with Johnson's works in oil, I had never seen a watercolor by this artist before. I was immediately struck by his use of the medium. This watercolor is less about broad washes of contrasting value and more about color. The drawing is impeccable, and the subtleties in the coat of the horse are strikingly similar to Johnson’s oil painting work.

While this piece alone makes visiting the show worthwhile, I'll be sharing more in the weeks to come. If you can, go see this exhibition. Nothing beats seeing work like this in person.

"Untitled [Cowboy on Horse]" • Frank Tenney Johnson
• Watercolor on Paper • Undated

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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