Thursday, August 16, 2018

TBT - Pet Portrait of Onyx the Pit Bull Terrier

For throwback Thursday, one of our favorite pet portraits. 
Onyx the Pit Bull Terrier is the most gentle soul you will ever meet. Her piglet plush toy was her version of a teddy bear, looking a bit worse for wear because she carried it everywhere, even sleeping with it. 
Onyx was a rescue from a backyard breeder. Her piglet gave her comfort, perhaps representing a pup she undoubtedly lost while being overbred. It is always very humbling to meet dogs like Onyx who, despite what they have been through, have nothing but love for everyone.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Busy Bumblebee




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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Red, White and Blue

Red, white and blue in Oxford, Maryland.




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Monday, July 16, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Through Another Lens

Through another lens in Oxford, Maryland.





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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts Photography - Benton's Pet Portrait Photo Shoot

Yet again, some housing host fur kids we've fallen in love with. We have not one, not two, but THREE orange tabby cats to love on this week at Plein Air Easton. Orange tabbies are the best. 

Benton here is such a sweet, gentle soul. Wyatt is the playful one, but he refused to pose for us even for a moment, and Cody just hasn't warmed up to us much yet. We'll have to try harder with him.

Benton was a little bit spooked by the camera, but Kimberly managed to catch a photograph of him lounging on the sun dappled tile floor of an outdoor screened-in porch. Click here to see the portrait Patrick Saunders painted of Benton as a gift for our hosts.

Whether you're a cat lover or not, there's just no way this little face won't melt your heart.

Benton


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Friday, July 13, 2018

DJI Spark Mini Drone

New toy. The DJI SPARK.

Not even gonna post the first video we shot with it ... let's just say we need some practice.




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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Airstream Lights

The lights of our Airstream Flying Cloud, the Sweet Potato, in the rear view mirror Saturday morning when we hit the road for Plein Air Easton in the rain before dawn. 

The humidity made it like an abstract.



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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Electric Peak At Sunrise

A great memory of our trip to Yellowstone National Park in 2016.

Electric Peak at sunrise, with a band of steam rising below it from Swan Lake Flats.



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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - One More Daffodil

One more daffodil at the Missouri Botanical Garden.



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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Hollywood Cemetery

The view of two resting presidents. Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.



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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - San Antonio Botanical Garden

The Texas Native Trail at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.




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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - 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

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Red Tulip

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



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Monday, May 14, 2018

Saunders Fine Arts Photography - Plein Air KC

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

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - 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 - Honeybee Vineyards

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 - Femme Osage

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

Saunders Fine Arts Photography - Maui, Hawaii

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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