Tuesday, June 5, 2018

SFA Photo of the Day - San Antonio Botanical Garden

The Texas Native Trail at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.





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Thursday, May 31, 2018

SFA Photo of the Day - Dappled Daffodils

Dappled daffodils at the Missouri Botanical Garden.






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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Plein Air Streaming in Plein Air Magazine

Our thanks to Plein Air Magazine editor Kelly Seiter Kane for including Patrick Saunders in your June/July issue. Our thanks as well to Stefanie Badders Laufersweiler for writing such a great article about our Plein Air Streaming life.





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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SFA Photo of the Day - Morning Light on a Tulip

Dappled morning light on a tulip at the Missouri Botanical Garden.



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Monday, May 14, 2018

Plein Air KC 2018

Photos of a stormy but beautiful evening at Penn Valley Park, and video I shot of 2018 Plein Air KC judge Patrick Saunders discussing his winning selections at the awards ceremony.







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Thursday, May 3, 2018

SFA Photo of the Day - Yellow Tulip

Sometimes a subject presents itself, as if to an audience. A yellow tulip in dappled sunlight at the Missouri Botanical Garden.



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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Patrick Saunders Plein Air Workshop II - Augusta Plein Air Festival

We're thinking of making mandatory now for artists to bring their dogs with them to Patrick Saunders plein air painting workshops.

Our thanks to all of the artists who came out to Honeybee Vineyards to paint with Patrick, and a special thanks Paul and Melissa Hughes and their bulldog Chester for being such wonderful hosts.



Chester waving hello


















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Friday, April 27, 2018

Patrick Saunders Plein Air Workshop I - Augusta Plein Air Festival

Femme Osage is still Patrick's favorite place to paint in the Augusta, Missouri, area, and he was able to teach his first of two plein air workshops there at Femme Osage Haus for the 2018 Augusta Plein Air Festival.

It was a privilege to spend time at this tranquil, charming place on such a perfect spring day.











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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational 2018

We traveled the entire Hana Highway on our first day in Maui, Hawaii, stopping at the Haleakala National Park in order to hike the Pipiwai Trail. Please forgive the iPhone photos of this trail - it was a very rainy, humid day, so we decided not to risk our camera gear, even with dry bags. The banyan tree, the bamboo forest, the Waimoku Falls, and driving the Hana Highway itself, were all extraordinary experiences we'll never forget. 

We posted a video of Patrick Saunders walking under the banyan tree on our Plein Air Streaming blog that conveys a sense of the scale of this remarkable tree.


Giant banyan tree on the Pipawai Trail








Waimoku Falls, Haleakala National Park
As spectacular as the Hana Highway is, the Honolua Bay trail in Honolua, Hawaii, just might be our favorite place on all of Maui that we visited. The path to this popular snorkeling bay leads you through a tropical forest that makes you feel like you've just stepped into a fairy tale, and we love that chickens have free reign on this entire island. We hashtagged a photo of some chickens, using #chickensofmaui, and lo and behold, an Instagram account, @chickensofmaui, started following us, and this account, as you can guess, is entirely dedicated to documenting the chickens of Maui. Love it.







Honolua Bay

Patrick Saunders painting on the Honolua Bay Trail for the 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational.

The chickens of Maui

A rooster crowing on the Honolua Bay Trail.

So many walk this trail daily that some baby chicks are more curious than cautious. This one came right up to our feet, perhaps hoping for food.

Midway through the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, the competition artists were invited to the gorgeous Montage Kapalua Bay Resort to paint a portrait of a Hawaiian model. You can see photos of Patrick's portrait demonstration at our Plein Air Streaming blog. Kimberly took this photo from a resort balcony at sunset. People who live on Maui get to see spectacular sunsets and sunrises on the ocean every day. Even when it's cloudy or rainy, the ocean view on this island never disappoints.

After Patrick turned his event paintings in, we had a little more time to enjoy Maui, so we headed to D.T. Fleming Park beach again, where Patrick did a painting for the invitational earlier that week. We carved 20 years of marriage into the sand, and wiggled our toes in it, and Patrick made a pretty good pyramid and sphinx.







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