Thursday, December 29, 2022

December 2022 Art Newsletter - Stop Watching Paint Dry

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"Colliding" • Oil on Linen • 9” x 12” • Private Collection
 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Art Review - "Lingering Snows" by Willard Leroy Metcalf

Here is my final #MuseumTourTuesday post for 2022, featuring another beautiful piece from the Telfair Museums collection by American artist Willard Metcalf.

In my opinion, Metcalf captures a true sense of light on the landscape better than all others. I've yet to see one of his pieces that doesn't give me the feeling of being there, in the scene. This one's a plein air painting as well, which is surprising for such a large canvas.

Notice those bands of warm and cool colors that create a vibration within the landscape. I feel that the artist makes the small patch of snow in the upper right the focal point, not just based on the title, but by linking it to the light patch of reflected cloud on the river, through both value and scale. He also surrounds this small area of snow with some of the warmest and most saturated colors in the hills, calling attention to it with color temperature contrast.

"Lingering Snows" • Willard Leroy Metcalf • Oil on Canvas • 40 1/8" x 45 1/4" • c. 1924

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Happy Holidays!

We wish you a wonderful holiday weekend, and a happy new year!

"Patterns In Blue & Green" • 12" x 16" • Oil on Linen • www.PatrickSaunders.com

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, December 22, 2022

In Progress Detail - Cityscape Painting

Here's a detail of a new piece I'm working on. This is a scene from a trip abroad Kimberly and I took earlier this year to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

In Progress Detail • Oil on Linen • 12" x 12"

 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Art Review - "Le Domino Rose" by John Humphreys Johnston

It's always a treat to come across a painting or an artist that you are not yet familiar with. Today's #MuseumTourTuesday is a piece that I first encountered on a recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This is an acquisition that happened since my last visit to the museum. I've done a bit of research online, and found only a handful of paintings by this artist, John Humphreys Johnston, all of which are beautiful.

This particular piece is all about the color of the robe, as evidenced by the title. The artist's handling of the fabric is impeccable, and the colors in the hair and the flower perfectly balance out the composition.

Born in 1857, Johnston worked as an apprentice to American painter John La Farge before heading to Paris to further his studies. 

"Le Domino Rose" • John Humphreys Johnston • Oil on Canvas • ca. 1895 • 64.5" x 52.5"

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


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Saturday, December 17, 2022

First Place - Artists Network 39th Annual Art Competition

I was honored to learn that my painting "Strength In Numbers" won First Place in the Artists Network's 39th Annual Art Competition. The piece is featured in the January 2023 issue of Artists Magazine.

My thanks to judge Carol Marine for the award, and her gracious comments - "This is the one painting that I kept coming back to, again and again. It has everything – great color, compelling marks, depth – I could go on."
 
"Strength In Numbers" • Oil on Linen • 15" x 30" • Private Collection

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Art Review - "The Artist's Hand" and "Study of Two Hands" by Nicolai Fechin

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features some excellent charcoal drawings of hands by Nicolai Fechin. These were on display during our recent trip to the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. I hadn't seen these before, and I found them inspiring. I just love the way Fechin combines both the hard lines from the point of the charcoal and the softer shading from the sides. The resulting loose strokes balanced by those sharp lines creates a feeling of movement similar to his paintings.

"The Artist's Hand" • Nicolai Fechin • Charcoal on paper • ca. 1934-1955

 
"Study of Two Hands" • Nicolai Fechin • Charcoal on paper • ca. 1940s

Photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

SOLD - "School of F.I.S.H." Nocturne Cityscape Painting

So happy to learn that this painting I did for a Hindes Fine Art show celebrating the San Antonio River Walk has gone home with a new collector.

As I posted before, this piece was done as a bit of a love letter to our new hometown. It may look surreal at first glance, but if you live here or have visited, you've probably come across this scene.

Philadelphia artist Donald Lipski created 25 of these seven-foot-long hand-painted fiberglass resin sunfish. They are lit from within and hang over the river walk near the San Antonio Museum of Art.

I learned a lot from this painting, a particularly challenging one. Not only is it a busy scene with numerous lights and surface textures, but the form of the focal points, the fish sculptures, does not come from them being illuminated by a light source, as is usually the case with most subjects. Rather, the fish are the light source.

"School of F.I.S.H." • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Portrait Study - Coppini Academy of Fine Art

I haven't made it to a Coppini Academy of Fine Art open model session in a few months, so it was nice to be back last night. Dual lighting made this session particularly interesting. Extremely warm light from the left illuminates most of the head, and a cooler light from the right adds a nice contrasting rim.

“Josh” • Oil on Panel • 16" x 16” • 90 Minutes

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Art Review - "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" by John Singer Sargent

It was a treat to view two oil sketches of the figures from John Singer Sargent's painting "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose" recently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kimberly and I saw the final painting at the Tate during our 2019 trip to London, making the chance to see these sketches all the more interesting and informative.

The completed painting is a masterpiece, but the oil sketches are no less beautiful in their immediacy. Also interesting to note is the more extreme lighting, especially on the face of Polly Barnard, the figure on the right.

The final piece was painted at the home of fellow painter Francis Davis Millet, who incidentally perished with the sinking of the Titanic. The models, Dorothy and Polly Barnard, were the daughters of illustrator Frederick Barnard, chosen for their hair color. Sargent worked for a number of months on the painting, for only a short period each evening, when the light was just right.

“Sketch for ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’” • John Singer Sargent 
 • Oil on Canvas • 1885

“Study for ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’” • John Singer Sargent • Oil on Canvas
• 1885 • 28.5” x 19.5”

“Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose” • John Singer Sargent • Oil on Canvas
• 1885-1886 • 5’9” x 5’1”

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

ONLY FOUR SPOTS LEFT - 2023 Booth Art Academy Painting Workshop

Artist friends, one of my two painting workshops at the Booth Art Academy next May is already sold out, and the other class only has four spots left, so sign up now to secure your spot.

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Join me in Cartersville for my Painting Without Borders workshop May 1st - 3rd. No matter your favorite subject, my approach to painting is the same, so you are free to explore whatever moves you. Beginners as well as advanced artists are welcome, as my workshops are highly tailored to each participant. I can meet you where you are and help you get where you want to go as a painter.

“Paper Lantern” • Oil on Linen • 9"x12" • Available

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