Thursday, September 1, 2022

Olmsted 200 Painting - "Gathering Place, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park"

Kimberly and I have had the pleasure of experiencing a number of Olmsted designed parks across the country. Central Park in particular brings back a lot of great memories for us. Living in the city, its parks became a kind of backyard filled with history, especially places like Bethesda Fountain and Terrace. It's a gathering place for tourists and locals alike.

This painting is a part of the National Association for Olmsted Parks Olmsted200 project, a bicentennial celebration of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, featured in an online exhibition of work by Olmsted Plein Air Invitational alumni. It is now available at https://bit.ly/BethesdaFountain

"Gathering Place, Bethesda Fountain, Central Park" • 18" x 24"
• Oil on Linen • Available for Purchase


Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Art Review - "Lavabo y Espejo (Sink and Mirror)" by Antonio Lopez Garcia

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting by Spanish contemporary realist artist Antonio López García from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. On first glance, it's a representation of the mundane, a beautifully rendered studio sink, but I prefer to consider it a kind of self-portrait. Featuring a collection of his own everyday items, the painting is all about the artist, despite the lack of his own reflection in the mirror. We are more than our own image.

The painting is actually two views in one. Notice the change in perspective at midpoint in the painting. While the view of the shelf and mirror is just below eye level, the view of the sink is much more of a birds-eye view. This would be almost imperceptible if not for the break in the lines of the tiles.
 
"Lavabo y Espejo (Sink and Mirror)" • Antonio López García • Oil on Wood 
• 38 1/2" × 33" • 1967

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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Pet Portrait Demonstration - Day Three - Ziegler Art + Frame Painting Workshop

My pet portrait demonstration painting from a photograph this morning on the last day of my painting workshop at Ziegler Art & Frame.

Kimberly and I met Quincy, this sweet senior red golden retriever, during my painting workshop in Indiana in 2019. Kimberly took photos of this gentle, friendly boy while playing with him and his dog sibling, because who could resist those white eye circles, and this face?
 
“Quincy Study” • Pet Portrait Demo • 14" x 18" • Oil on Linen • 2 Hours

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Floral Demonstration - Day Two - Ziegler Art + Frame Painting Workshop

My floral demonstration painting from life this morning on day two of my painting workshop at Ziegler Art & Frame.
 
“Gerbera Daisies Study" • 12" x 12" • Oil on Linen • 1.5 Hours • SOLD

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Painting Demonstration - Day One - Ziegler Art + Frame Painting Workshop

My one hour demonstration painting from a photograph this morning on the first day of my painting workshop at Ziegler Art & Frame.
 
"Cows Study" • 12" x 16" • Oil on Linen • 1 Hour • SOLD
 
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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Art Review - "Woodland Idyll" by John Fabian Carlson

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday features a piece by Swedish-born American painter, John Fabian Carlson. Studying Carlson's work was one of the ways I learned to better understand painting trees.

Notice in this piece how he never renders any of the trees as singular objects, and more importantly, he rarely follows the form of the trees with his brushwork. Rather than painting long vertical strokes for the trunks, they are composed of a number of smaller horizontal marks. Also notice that the branches are rarely a single, winding stroke. This would give them a noodle-like appearance. Instead, they are made up of a series of short straight lines that together create a curved tree limb. This gives the branches more strength and weight. 
 
Born in 1875, Carlson's family emigrated to the United States in 1884, settling in Buffalo, New York. Carlson published his own instructional painting book in 1928, entitled "Elementary Principles of Landscape Paintings." This popular book has been reprinted a number of times since, and is still available today under the title "Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting."

John Fabian Carlson "Woodland Idyll" • Oil on Canvas • 40 1/4 x 52 5/16" • 1917
 
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Saturday, August 20, 2022

In Progress - Olmsted 200 Project Landscape Painting

Here’s a detail of a piece I’m working on of the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain in Central Park for the National Association for Olmsted Parks Olmsted200 project, a bicentennial celebration of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted.

It’s an absolute pleasure to be a small part of celebrating Olmsted’s legacy of parks for all people, because Kimberly and I are two of those people who have derived so much joy over the years from spending time in Olmsted parks throughout the country.

This painting will be part of an online exhibition of work by Olmsted Plein Air Invitational alumni that is available for sale at www.olmstedpleinair.com through the end of the year. 

In Progress • Oil on Linen • Detail of an 18" x 24”

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Floral Painting Demonstration - Day Two - Ziegler Art + Frame Painting Workshop

My floral demonstration painting from life this morning on day two of my painting workshop at Ziegler Art & Frame.
 
“Gerbera Daisies Study" • 12" x 12" • Oil on Linen • 1.5 Hours • SOLD
 
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Thursday, August 18, 2022

August Art Newsletter - Seeing (More) Green

Last month's newsletter on blues generated a lot of questions and requests for me to write something similar about greens. The first rule of greens is to move past our perceptions and "see" the reality of greens around us.

Sign up for my latest art newsletter on how to evaluate and mix greens: http://bit.ly/PSFA-Newsletter-Sign-up
 
“Fronds of Paradise” • Oil on Linen • 16”x20” • Private Collection

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Art Review - "Woman Reading" by Edouard Manet

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday features a piece that changed many of my own ideas about what a painting could be, and inspired me to seek out as many works in person as I could, rather than relying on reproductions alone.

Growing up in the Midwest, I saw this painting by Édouard Manet at the Art Institute of Chicago early on in my development as a painter. Having drawn much of my initial inspiration from illustrations and images in books, I tended to create more rendered and tight works, as this is how most paintings appear when reproduced on a reduced scale. Upon seeing this painting in person, I was immediately struck by the simplicity of mark making. Much of the woman's face is raw canvas. I had no idea that was even an option. The cover of the magazine only suggests an image, without actually depicting anything. This painting broke rules for me, and encouraged me to seek out other works that didn't adhere to my understanding of what a painting should be.

While this piece appears to be painted outdoors at a Parisian cafe, the scene was most likely staged in Manet's studio. The park-like landscape beyond the woman is in reality one of the artist's own paintings used as a backdrop.

Édouard Manet • ”Woman Reading” • Oil on Canvas • 24 1/16" × 19 7/8” • 1880-1881

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

ONE SPOT LEFT - Conroe Art League Painting Workshop

 UPDATE: SOLD OUT

Artist friends, only one spot is left in my second painting workshop at the Conroe Art League this November. 

Get it here: https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Conroe-Workshop-II

"Diamond Back Cove Road" • Oil on Linen • 20" x 24" • Private Collection


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