Saturday, October 16, 2021

Art Supplies - Golden Artists Colors GAC 100 & Williamsburg Handmade Oils and Ground

I've got some new products to try out!

Thank you to Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors and Golden Artist Colors for sponsoring my award win at the 30th Annual Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition.

I'm particularly excited about the Titanium Oil Ground, as I've heard great things. - Patrick Saunders


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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Still Life Painting "Pumpkins & Pothos" - Olmsted Gallery

For #throwbackthursday, here's a painting that gets me into the spirit of fall.

This piece is now available at the Olmsted Gallery. My thanks to Lillian Kirbo Ansley and Mary Ferguson for inviting me to be in their new online gallery. - Patrick Saunders

"Pumpkins & Pothos" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16"
• Available at https://www.olmstedgallery.com/paintings/patrick-saunders

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Art Review - "Mrs. Fechin and Daughter" by Nicolai Fechin

Today's #MuseumTourTuesday features a painting in a private collection, and I consider it such an amazing piece that I feel the need to share my admiration. It's a painting by Nicolai Fechin. Yes, I know, I post a lot of Fechin's work, but it's always for good reason.

This piece is so intriguing to me, first and foremost for its cross-genre appeal. Is it a portrait, or a still life? By its title, it's a portrait, but nothing stands out more in this painting than the foreground still life. The figures are subdued in value contrast, and the child especially recedes into the background. The foreground still life is sharp and dominant in both value contrast and color saturation. 
 
My own take is that it is definitely a portrait. Despite the title, it is not simply a dual portrait of Fechin's wife and child, but a family portrait. The artist himself is included in the reflected metal of the tea urn, although abstracted to the point of illegibility. I see the still life as representative of Nicolai himself. A way to include himself in the family composition and still be the one capturing the scene. 
 
Regardless of my own read on the image, the painting is an undeniably bold composition. I love it when a painting transcends the categories we so often attempt to push art into. - Patrick Saunders

"Mrs. Fechin and Daughter" • Nicolai Fechin • Oil on Canvas • 1925 • 34 1/2" x 31 1/2"
 
 
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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Floral Painting - In Progress

Here's a detail of a larger piece currently on the easel. I'm slowly finding my way through all of these shapes. - Patrick Saunders


In Progress • Oil on Linen • Crop of a 24"x30"

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Dog Portait Painting - "Jilly"

Jilly just couldn't wait to pose. Every time we turned around, she had positioned herself for a perfectly composed photo. What a smile she has. She's a natural model.

We particularly loved the way she lounged on the welcome mat of her home. Everything about Jilly conveys the warmth that we felt during this visit. She and her sister Leche, whose portrait I previously shared, were excited to meet us, and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.

Kimberly and I were actually only there to photograph Leche for a portrait commission, but Jilly was not about to let us leave without getting in on the action and attention. So, her humans decided they better get a portrait of Jilly too. - Patrick Saunders


"Jilly" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12" • Private Collection

Reference and painting photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Laughing Gulls, Edisto Beach, South Carolina

Edisto Beach is so chill, even the laughing gulls are relaxed, gently hovering in the air from time to time, hoping you might share some food with them.

  

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Monday, October 4, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Edisto Beach, South Carolina

Edisto Beach is the other new favorite place we were able to experience for the first time last summer.

Unlike many other beachfronts along the East Coast, Edisto is a relatively quiet and relaxed place to enjoy the water, and the season. We'll definitely be back.
 
 
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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Alta, Wyoming

We fell in love with two places this summer that we'd never been to before, and Alta, Wyoming is one of them.

Even the wildfire smoke this year couldn't diminish its beauty, or the charm of nearby Jackson, Wyoming, where we finally got around to visiting the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and many great art galleries. Can't wait to go back and spend more time in the Inland Northwest.
 

 
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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Lighthouse ArtCenter Painting Workshop

Florida artist friends, I’m honored to have been asked to judge the 9th Annual Lighthouse ArtCenter plein air festival next spring, and I will be teaching a painting workshop after the event as well.

Join me April 4th - 6th in Tequesta, Florida to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography. You will learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach. I will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting. Artists will also learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application.

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Each day will begin with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one-on-one instruction with students. My class is highly tailored for each individual student, so beginners as well as advanced painters are welcome. I will be demonstrating in oil paint, but students are welcome to use acrylic and pastels. - Patrick Saunders


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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Floral Painting - "Daffodils"

Something simple for #throwbackthursday. This one's from 2018. I didn't plan for it to be so loosely painted, it just developed that way. When I reached this point in the painting, I felt that anything more would make the flower feel too heavy. - Patrick Saunders

 
                            "Daffodils" • Oil on Board • 5" x 7" • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Art Review - "Lime Tree Shade" by Amy Katherine Browning

Today's #museumtourtuesday features a work by British impressionist Amy Katherine Browning. This painting resides in the collection of the Ipswich Museum in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

The piece is simplistic in its approach, with thick impasto dabs of paint and almost no attention to detail. It's the color temperatures and values which make it appear so striking to me. The skin tones of the girl's face perfectly capture the sense of light coming through the leaves of the tree. Adding vibrancy to the scene are the cool areas of blue shade in the far background, as well as her dress. It's an excellent study in dappled light, especially on the back of the dog.

Born in 1881, Amy Katherine Browning was a favorite student of Gerald Moira, who often asked her to teach his male student painters. She went on to win a number of medals from the Paris Salon, including a gold medal for the painting featured here. Her portrait commissions included Sir Winston Churchill, as well as his wife, Clementine. She would sign her work "A.K. Browning" to avoid any gender discrimination. - Patrick Saunders

"Lime Tree Shade" • Amy Katherine Browning • Oil on Canvas • 114 x 107 cm • 1913

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - September 2021 Art Newsletter - Mistakes, Measurements & Movement

 

Art is rarely created without error, or editing. Not even Mozart wrote music perfectly straight from his head.

Sign up for my latest art newsletter on how to embrace the unexpected, including your mistakes, when painting. - Patrick Saunders

 

 
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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Electric Peak

For #throwbackthursday, 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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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

#TakeMeBackTuesday to the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Patrick Saunders - Art Review - "Night Herd" by Frank Tenney Johnson

One more #MuseumTourTuesday post featuring art from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Today it's a painting by Frank Tenney Johnson.

Johnson was trained as an illustrator and became known for his moonlight technique. Even though most of his paintings appear to be night scenes, my guess is that he painted them from models lit by daylight, altering color temperature and saturation to make the scene appear to be a nocturne.

In this particular piece, what strikes me most is the relaxed pose of the rider, clearly in a moment of respite as he drapes both legs over one side of the horse. While he is most likely rolling a cigarette, he could just as easily be checking his phone if this were a modern day scene. - Patrick Saunders
 
"Night Herd" • Frank Tenney Johnson • Oil on Canvas • 1936

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Pet Portrait Commission - Leche The Pit Bull Terrier

Here is my latest pet portrait commission.

Leche came right up to greet Kimberly and I when we first met her. It was as if her eyes were filled with questions and love for her new visitors. After that, it was all belly rubs. She even came to say goodbye when we left, despite us putting her through a photo shoot that she wasn't quite sure what to make of.

One of the sweetest dogs we have ever met. Those soulful eyes just grab your heart right away. - Patrick Saunders
 
"Leche" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12" • Private Collection

 
Reference and painting photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - August 2021 Art Newsletter - The Art Industrial Complex

Watching the ‘Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed’ documentary yesterday inspired this month’s newsletter topic, because if anyone is going to make money off of your art, it should be you, and your inheritors. - Patrick Saunders

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Art Review - "Father and Daughter at the Crow Fair" by Bettina Steinke

Last week, Kimberly and I visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to view the current Prix de West exhibition. While there are a number of wonderful paintings throughout the museum, one piece stood out for me above all the others, so I wanted to share it for this week's #MuseumTourTuesday.

Bettina Steinke was once the resident artist at NBC, creating portraits of stars. In 1939, she left the studio and painted portraits of notable Americans, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower. After traveling the world for a decade with her photo-journalist husband, Don Blair, the couple settled in Taos, New Mexico in 1956. In 1995, she received a lifetime achievement award from the National Cowboy Museum, and in 1996 received the John Singer Sargent Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society of Portrait Artists.

This piece below won the Prix de West Purchase Award in 1978. I was immediately struck by the simplification of shapes throughout the painting - notice the lack of eyes on the father in the upper right. This simplification reaches an almost graphic quality in the blanket at the bottom of the painting. The forms are all solid, without any unnecessary rendering. Also notice the thinness of the background in comparison to the thicker paint within the figures, adding depth and bringing the figures forward.

Also of note is the bold cropping. The painting is all about the young girl, and the horse is suggested only by the small portion of the head and ear visible to the lower right. The father is pushed to the upper right, his headdress breaking the bounds of the picture and acting more as a frame for the daughter's face than his own. A truly wonderful composition. - Patrick Saunders
 
"Father and Daughter at the Crow Fair" • Bettina Steinke • Oil on Canvas • 1978

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Bosque Art Center's 2021 Bosque Art Classic

I am honored to learn that three of my paintings have been accepted into the Bosque Arts Center's 2021 Bosque Art Classic juried art show and sale.

This will be my third time at this great event, which celebrates its 36th year this September. - Patrick Saunders

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

“Tom” • Oil on Linen • 11” x 14” • Available at the Bosque Art Classic

"Awaiting" • Oil on Linen • 24” x 30" • Available at the Bosque Art Classic
"Betty" • Oil on Panel • 9" x 12" • 2 hours • Available at the Bosque Art Classic


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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Art Review - Robert Kuhn, Wildlife Artist

Today's #museumtourtuesday features works by the late Bob Kuhn at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. These were part of a larger group of the artist's paintings that Kimberly and I were able to view during our visit to the museum last week.

The first thing that strikes me is the excellent drawing skill. Although 2D, the animals in Kuhn's paintings have a sculptural quality due to his solid understanding of animal anatomy. Each one of them jumps off the canvas. His rich color brings a sense of life and vibrancy to his subjects.

Kuhn worked as an illustrator for 30 years before becoming a full-time painter in 1970. He traveled the world for inspiration, which accounts for his accuracy in depicting these animals. - Patrick Saunders

Photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

"Elephant" • Part of the African Suite • Robert F. Kuhn • Acrylic on Board • 1996-2000

"Buffalo Bulls Emerging from Papyrus" • Robert F. Kuhn 
• Acrylic and Pencil on Board • 1984

"Lions" Part of the African Suite • Robert F. Kuhn • Acrylic on Board • 1996-2000


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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - The National Museum of Wildlife Art

We made it to the National Museum of Wildlife Art while staying in Idaho for the Driggs Plein Air festival.

We especially enjoyed the architecture, and the sculpture collection. The Andy Warhol: Endangered Species exhibit is also open there now until November.
 
 

 
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Valley View from the Bannock Trail at Grand Targhee Resort

Beautiful views on our Bannock Trail hike this morning at the Grand Targhee Resort.


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Patrick Saunders Fine Arts July 2021 Art Newsletter - Prioritizing Color Over Value

When the values are too close to provide the drama you need in your painting, color takes the spotlight.

If you haven’t already, sign up now for my latest art newsletter to find out how color saturation and color temperature can provide both form and depth in your paintings. - Patrick Saunders

 

 
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Kimbell Art Museum

We finally got a chance to visit the Kimbell Art Museum not long ago, and while the museum's art collection is impressive, the building itself is what really captivated us.

Louis I. Kahn designed a museum that takes advantage of the bright Texas sun, but in a way that protects the art. The natural light filtering in through plexiglass at the top of a series of concrete domes is reflected by aluminum panels onto the interior of the domes, resulting in a beautiful, diffused light that brightens the entire museum without being harmful to the art. Just incredible. It would be wonderful to have lighting like this in your home!

We had the same experience at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Sometimes the architecture is the art that steals the show at a museum.


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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Sailing in Talbot County, Maryland

We're on the road headed west this morning, but hoping to hold on to a Talbot County, Maryland state of mind for a little bit longer.


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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Kayaks in Saint Michaels, Maryland

Blue Heron Coffee, then kayaking.


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Friday, July 16, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Pink Orchids - Fuqua Orchid Center, Atlanta, Georgia

One more from the the Fuqua Orchid Center's annual Orchid Daze exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Garden last May.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Rise Up Coffee Roasters

Artists come here in July for the Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival.

I come for Rise Up Coffee Roasters' perfect latte. - Kimberly




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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Painting Workshop - Coppini Academy of Fine Art

Texas artist friends, my painting workshop next fall at the Coppini Academy of Fine Art is filling fast, so sign up now to secure your spot.

Click here for more information, and to register:

Join me November 5th - 7th in San Antonio, Texas to explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography. I can teach you to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex, with one approach. I will show you how to simplify your subject and move to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add energy and excitement to your painting.

Each day starts with a short lecture and a full demonstration painting, followed by one-on-one instruction with each artist. My class is highly tailored for each participant, so beginners as well as advanced artists are welcome. - Patrick Saunders
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, June 6, 2021

"Plexus no. 34" by Gabriel Daw - Amon Carter Museum of American Art

We finally made it to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art this weekend, and I'm so glad we did, because this artwork is the best thing I've seen in a museum in a long time.

My photograph, which is the view from the ground floor looking up to the ceiling of the museum's atrium, just doesn't even begin to do this large piece justice. It's like a Rothko - you have to see it in person to really appreciate it. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience it.

More than 80 miles of thread. 80 MILES. It just glows, and even moves a bit as the air flow of the museum passes through it. Looking at it, you can imagine how different it looks at various times of day, depending on the light filtering through it from the atrium windows above. - Kimberly
 
"Plexus no. 34" • Gabriel Dawe • Amon Carter Museum of American Art

 

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Airstream Life Magazine Globetrotter Gallery

My thanks to Airstream Life Magazine editor Rich Luhr and writer Jo Steigerwald for including me in their summer issue as one of the artists in the magazine's new online art gallery, www.globetrottergallery.com.

The article includes a painting I did of the Baked Potato, our first Airstream, a Bambi Sport 16, and the gallery has a plein air painting I did of our current Airstream, the Sweet Potato, a 25FB Flying Cloud. - Patrick Saunders

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Pink Roses - Atlanta Botanical Garden

Loved this dappled light on pink roses at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Orchids - Atlanta Botanical Garden

After the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta, Patrick and I were lucky enough to catch the tail end of the Fuqua Orchid Center's annual Orchid Daze exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

It was heaven.

I think this orchid is what is called a Vanda Gordon Dillon hybrid, but I'm not certain. - Kimberly


 
 
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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Western Art - "Amor a la Vida"

 There's something about seeing a moment that I captured with my camera become a painting by Patrick Saunders.

It's happened many times now, and it's always a joy to see a good memory transcend a photograph. But sometimes, Patrick does a painting of such moments that grabs my heart even more than usual.

This painting is one of them. When I look at this, I'm not only taken back to what I saw in the moment, but how I felt on that beautiful sunny day in Dallas, enjoying the chance to catch these lovely young women practicing their dancing for a Dia de los Muertos parade.

It’s extra thrilling when one of Patrick’s paintings just radiates what we both felt in a moment, not just what we saw. Patrick was able to capture that because even though it happened to be one of my images he ultimately painted from, he was there alongside me taking pictures, and he felt the same thing too. Maybe there’s even some wistfulness now in my reaction to the painting, because it was the last time we were part of a large crowd of people before Covid-19 hit.

Either way, whenever I look at this painting, or an image of it, I’m right back in that moment, enjoying a beautiful day doing something I love. - Kimberly

 

 Amor a la Vida"• Oil on Linen • 48" x 38" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

 

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - April 2021 Art Newsletter - When Right Feels Wrong

When you are having trouble with a painting, it's usually not the thing you think is wrong that is the actual problem. 
 
Sign up for the latest Patrick Saunders Fine Arts art newsletter to find out how context can make right look wrong in your work, and what to do when it does.
 
 

 
© Patrick & Kimberly Saunders, Saunders Fine Arts, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s authors/owners is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Patrick Saunders for painted works, and/or to Kimberly Saunders for photographs and/or video, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.