Friday, February 28, 2014

Portrait of Denise By Patrick Saunders

Patrick Saunders recently did this oil sketch of Denise during a demonstration in one of his painting classes. It's a fantastic representation of a lovely woman. Oil on canvas, 14"x18"). Go to for more information about how to register for his next class session.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Charlie The Bichon Frise

We had brunch with good friends on Sunday, and we brought our dogs Barney and Betty along for a playdate with the four adorable small dogs who belong to our host. After some barking and sniffing, three of the four host dogs were quickly cool with Barney and Betty, but Charlie took a little longer to warm up to them. He ran to his safety chair and hid under it and barked at our dogs for awhile, then he worked his way to the top of the chair, howling and barking, and then finally got bored with that and came into the living room, barked a bit more, did a little sniffing, and then finally decided that he could live with Barney and Betty being in the house. How stinking cute is Charlie? Who can resist a bichon frise face? Certainly not me.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Patrick Saunders Painting Class Promotional Video

Check out this great video short Patrick Saunders edited from footage I shot of some of his painting classes. I find Patrick's philosophy as an artist and teacher to be so inspiring - that art is for everyone, and that we all have the ability to be artists if we are willing to commit to a lifetime of practice and exploration. If you live in the Kansas City area and have always wanted to take a painting class, but feel too intimidated to sign up for one, fear no more. Patrick is a patient, encouraging teacher, and his class atmosphere is welcoming, relaxed, and inspiring. Whether you are a beginner, or an experienced painter looking to advance, there is a place for you in Patrick's class. Click on the link below to sign up for his next class session starting in March!

Patrick Saunders Painting Class Registration

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Demonstration Painting By Patrick Saunders

Here's an image of a demonstration portrait painting Patrick Saunders did for his students in his Thursday night painting class at Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery. Less than three hours of painting from a model.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Portrait Session With Melissa Rountree

A portrait session with Melissa Rountree, who curated the Hallmark fine art collection for almost 20 years, and who has also curated for other organizations such as H&R Block, the Polk Museum of Art, and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Melissa was also a visiting instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught the history of American print making. She grew up in New Mexico, one of the world's major art centers. You know those people whose knowledge and life experience make them so fascinating that you could listen to them forever? Melissa is one of them.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Eva Reynolds Portrait Session

These images are from a portrait session I did for Eva Reynolds, artist representative and owner of the Eva Reynolds Fine Arts Gallery. Eva has been providing fine art services to private and corporate clients since 1989. She not only represents established artists, she nurtures some new and emerging artists as well. The Kansas City area is fortunate to have such a strong advocate for the arts in our community.

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Photographing the Chinese Temple Gallery, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art" - Painting by Patrick Saunders

Just finished by Patrick Saunders - ”Photographing the Chinese Temple Gallery, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art” (oil on board, 18”x24”), and his entry into the 2014 Oil Painters of America’s Juried Exhibition.

Photo Shoot For Patrick Saunders' Portrait Painting of Reagan

Here are some of the images I shot of lovely Reagan at the Eva Reynolds Fine Art Gallery recently as reference for a portrait painting that Patrick just finished of her, and I have included his final portrait. Such a wonderful girl, inside and out, and the painting is spot on.