Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sawyer Photo Shoot For A Portrait Painting By Patrick Saunders

Some fun outtakes of a photo shoot I did for artist Patrick Saunders for a head and shoulders portrait he has been commissioned to do of this adorable little girl Sawyer. I photographed her on Easter Sunday, and she showed up to the Eva Reynolds Fine Art Gallery with her pony and rabbit ears, in her beautiful new Easter dress. Too cute for words! It's been a real education learning how to photograph people for Patrick's paintings - what makes a good portrait photograph, and what makes a good photograph from which to create a portrait painting, are two very different things.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Patrick Saunders Solo Art Show At Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery April 25th

I actually started crying when Patrick Saunders removed this painting from our bedroom wall to take it to his gallery once it was dry. In just a few months, without realizing it, I had become very attached to this painting. My reaction surprised me, and made poor Patrick feel terrible. It just goes to show you how much art in your environment really enhances your daily life, and it's a real loss if suddenly it is gone. This is a painting you really have to see in person to appreciate, and you can do that tonight at Patrick's first solo show at Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery from 6-9 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Patrick Saunders Solo Art Show April 25th At Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery

I am so excited and proud for my husband Patrick Saunders that his first solo show opens this Friday night at Eva Reynolds Fine Art Gallery in Leawood, Kansas. More than 40 works of his art will be on display, including "Photographing the Chinese Temple Gallery, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art" (oil on board, 18"x24"). Come join us for refreshments and live music from 6-9 p.m. and see this incredible painting before it ships off to the Oil Painters of America's 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition in Vermont!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Patrick Saunders Solo Art Show April 25th At Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery

Come see "Pink Rose" (oil on canvas, 9"x12") at Patrick Saunders'solo show this Friday, April 25th, at Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery, 4851 W. 134th Street, in Leawood, Kansas. Enjoy live music and refreshments from 6-9pm.

Monday, April 21, 2014

You can see this painting by artist Patrick Saunders of the Western Auto Building, and more than 40 other works, at his solo show this Friday April 25th at the Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery in Leawood. Join us from 6-9 p.m. for live music and refreshments while you view Patrick's entire body of work to date! "Western Auto" (oil on canvas, 9"x17")

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SFA Photo Of The Day: East Bay Bridge, San Francisco, California

Patrick and I spent a day on a photo walk through Chinatown in San Francisco while we lived there. Such an interesting area - a great place for street photography. We visited the San Francisco Fortune Cookie factory, had a great lunch, and just enjoyed the neighborhood. On our way home, we enjoyed this famous view of the East Bay Bridge from Chinatown.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Photo Shoot For Katarina's Portrait Painting by Patrick Saunders

Reagan's parents loved Patrick Saunders portrait painting of her so much that they decided to commission a portrait painting of their other daughter, Katarina. I photographed her at Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery last seeking, and she was such a joy to work with - Katarina is an angelic girl. I can't wait to see Patrick's portrait of her!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

SFA Photo Of The Day: A Dandelion

It's easy to love dandelions now that I don't have a yard to chase them out of. And I just discovered that dandelions are in the same weed flower family as daisies, my all time favorite flowers. Daisies always make me happy because they are hardy and optimistic - they don't seem to care that they have been deemed weeds because they are so busy being perky, cute, and just ... really happy. A daisy is one of nature's ways of smiling. And dandelions are smilers too.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5x7 Cards of Patrick Saunders Paintings To Be Available At His April 25th Show

Patrick's gallery representative, Eva Reynolds of Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery, asked Patrick to have some 5x7 cards made of some of the paintings he will have for sale at his one-man show at the gallery on April 25th. The cards just arrived today, and they look incredible - they will definitely be snapped up quickly!

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Painting Started by Patrick Saunders

Here's the beginning of Patrick Saunders' latest painting from a street photo I took in Chinatown in San Francisco. It was a beautiful day that day, and we spent it wandering around Chinatown, checking out the San Francisco Fortune Cookie Company, among other places. I especially love paintings that Patrick does from images that represent great personal memories for the both of us. When this painting is finished and hanging in our home, every time we look at it we will be taken back to a wonderful day and a great memory. Unless it sells at his one-man show on April 25th at Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery - then I'll cry a little and nag him to paint another one that we can keep. We have had numerous paintings at home, such as the Unisphere, and one of our neighborhood in Chelsea, New York, that represent such fond memories for me that I get attached and get upset when they leave the house. Even some of his paintings of places I haven't been, such as the Museum D'Orsay, become so important to me that it is painful when they leave the house. When Patrick took the D'Orsay painting off of our bedroom wall to hang it at the gallery, I started crying, and I don't even know why - I wasn't there when he snapped the photo that he made the painting of, but I spent six months with it on my bedroom wall and became very attached without realizing it. He told me he was going to take it to the gallery, and I was okay with that until the second he took it off of the wall, and suddenly I was crying. You don't always realize how much the art you surround yourself with enhances your life and brings you joy, how much it truly means to you, until suddenly it's gone.

Friday, April 4, 2014

SFA Photo Of The Day: Purple Thistle Flower

This is my favorite image of the series I shot at 4th Friday last week. Thanks to Andrea Grist of Andrea K. Grist Floral Designs, I have a serious thing for purple thistle flowers now.