Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

Patrick Saunders was invited to the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational this year, and we were especially excited about this event, because neither of us had been to Hawaii yet.

We didn't have time to visit the other islands, but we can speak for Maui - it's stunning. We flew in a few days early because, since we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in October of 2018, we decided to use this opportunity to start celebrating that milestone a bit early, with a few days to ourselves in Maiu before the event started.

We spent our first full day in Maui driving the Hana Highway. If you get the chance, drive the entire island if you can - it's the best way to really experience Maui. This giant banyan tree is just one of many amazing things to see on the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakalā National Park, just one great stop along the Hana Highway. We hiked the trail to see this tree, an incredible bamboo forest, and the Waimoku Falls, a 400-foot waterfall. More awe inspiring experiences that we will never forget.


Patrick Saunders under a giant banyan tree on the Pipiwai Trail.



Happy early 20th wedding anniversary to us! Waimoku Falls in the background.


Patrick Saunders did his first painting for the invitational at Lahaina Harbor for the event's Kick-Off Paint Out & Art Sale.


Patrick Saunders' "Sunrise Through Kaua'ula" (oil on linen, 14"x18"). SOLD
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Patrick drew quite a crowd while painting at the harbor.


Patrick Saunders painting at Lahaina Harbor for the 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. 
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Patrick was able to catch some sunshine for this painting at D.T. Fleming Beach Park before an afternoon storm rolled into Lahaina.

Patrick Saunders' "Awaiting The Sun, Fleming Beach" (oil on linen, 12"x16"). SOLD
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Patrick painted a beach scene the next morning at the Makena State Park Big Beach. It was stormy the day before, but this day was perfect for painting, lounging on the beach, more painting, wading in the ocean, and painting again.


Patrick Saunders' "Where Fire Met Water, Makena Beach" (oil on linen, 16"x20"). Available for sale.
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
Patrick Saunders painting at Makena State Park Beach, Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

We were greeted by roosters, hens and chicks as we made our way along the Honolua Bay Trail, an extraordinary primordial forest trail that leads you to Honolua Bay, a popular place for snorkeling. Some of the chickens made their way into Patrick's painting of a eucalyptus tree on this trail.


Patrick Saunders' "The Path to Honolua Bay" (oil on linen, 16"x20"). SOLD.
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Midway through the invitational, competition artists were invited to Montage Kapalua Bay Resort to paint a portrait of a Hawaiian model.

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

Photo by Saunders Fine Arts

Our thanks - mahalo - to the Makana Aloha Foundation for giving Patrick Saunders' painting "The Path to Honolua Bay" their annual award at the 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, and for purchasing the painting.


Also, our thanks to everyone who attended the invitational's Art to Heart Gala for voting to award this same painting with the Collector's Choice Award as well.

We are so grateful that we had a chance to explore Maui. For more photos of the Hana Highway, Honolua Bay Trail, and an incredible sunset, check out our Saunders Fine Arts blog post about this fantastic trip.




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Monday, November 13, 2017

Patrick Saunders Floral Painting Workshop, New Studio for the Visual Arts



Patrick Saunders is teaching a three-day floral painting workshop March 1-3rd, 2018, at the New School of the Visual Arts in Jupiter Florida.

The painted floral requires a balance of spontaneity and accuracy, a perfect subject to practice adding energy to all of your paintings. Learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. Each day will include a full demonstration painting by Patrick, followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings with frequent one-on-one instruction.

The group will work from both cut flowers in the studio and subjects on location. A suggested materials list will be provided upon registration.

To register, call The New Studio for the Visual Arts at 561-295-5712, and ask for Peggy Kirkwood or Ted Matz.

An exhibit of Patrick's floral work also begins before the workshop, with an opening reception at the New School on February 9th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

The Dynamic Floral In Oils, Jupiter, FL - March 1-3, 2018
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, March 1-3
Cost: $475.00





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Monday, November 6, 2017

Patrick Saunders Oil Painting Workshop, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts



Patrick Saunders is teaching a three-day oil painting workshop February 9-11th, 2018, in San Angelo, Texas, sponsored by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

The class, limited to 15 students, will explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation and photography. The group will also spend some time painting plein air, weather permitting. Patrick will begin each day with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one one-on-instruction with participants.

Register online at the SAMFA website Workshops page.

01/15/2018 UPDATE: The workshop is SOLD OUT, but you can sign up for the wait list on the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts website.






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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Patrick Saunders Oil Painting Workshops at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts

Patrick Saunders taught an oil painting workshop last winter at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas, and was fortunate enough to be asked back to teach a series of classes this winter.

You can see Patrick's 2018 teaching schedule, at the Coppini and other locations, on the Workshops page of his website, www.PatrickSaunders.com.



Painting From Photos
San Antonio, TX - December 9, 2017
Location: The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, TX

SOLD OUT




Painting the Model From Life
San Antonio, TX - January 6, 2018
Saturday, January 6
Location: The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, TX

SOLD OUT




Painting From Photos
San Antonio, TX - Febbruary 3, 2018

Saturday, February 3
Location: The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, TX

SOLD OUT




Plein Air with Patrick Saunders
San Antonio, TX - April 14, 2018
Saturday, April 14
Location: San Antonio, TX

Register online at the Coppini website.





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Monday, October 30, 2017

Plein Air Texas 2017

Patrick Saunders was surprised and thrilled to win second place at Plein Air Texas in 2016. When he won third place this year, he was actually shocked.

Patrick has applied, and been lucky enough to be accepted, to this juried competition for the last three years, and will participate again in 2018. Plein Air Texas is one of his favorite events, and it's not really because he has won there. It's the people who run this event that make it special, and Texas hill country itself holds boundless inspiration for painting. The organizers of Plein Air Texas and the whole community of San Angelo do an incredible job of making competition artists feel welcome. They roll out the red carpet, so to speak. They feed you, entertain you, invite you to experience their beautiful ranches, and they make it all fun. It's not just a competition. It's an event. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Texas hospitality just can't be beat, so don't even try.

We lucked out yet again this year with just phenomenal housing hosts. They let us park our Airstream under a beautiful old tree on their gorgeous acreage. Their house sits near the edge of a hill, and they have designed a back patio garden that looks down and out onto their land. It's a spectacular view. The patio garden itself is landscaped and decorated so charmingly that it's the kind of spot that makes you feel good the moment you step into it. That's why Patrick decided he had to try to paint it, and it was the painting that won him second place this year. It was a very busy scene for a painting, making it a lot to tackle, but that's precisely what drew Patrick to it. Our hosts ended up buying the painting, because how could they let their slice of heaven go somewhere else? It actually hangs on a wall in their house right next to the french doors leading out to their patio garden, so as you pass by to go outside, you can catch a glimpse of the beauty you're about to experience in real life. Very nice.





Patrick Saunders "Oasis" - 2nd Place Winner, Plein Air Texas 2017. Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


We had just picked up our new 2017 25FB Airstream Flying Cloud about two months prior to the event, so we were still pretty obsessed with our new baby, which we named the 'Sweet Potato.' So much so that Patrick decided to paint it during Plein Air Texas. The fact that our mooch dock spot on our hosts' property was so gorgeous pretty much sealed the deal for a painting.


Patrick Saunders "Guest House" (oil on linen, 18"x24"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


Patrick caught this waterlily just as it was opening up on a cool San Angelo, Texas, morning. Painted at the International Waterlily Collection for the event.


Patrick Saunders "White Water Lily" (oil on linen, 12"x16"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


Patrick's Mini-Pearl painting for Plein Air Texas, painted at one of many beautiful ranches competition artists were invited to spend time at during the event.


Patrick Saunders "Just Off the Trail" (oil on canvas, 6"x8"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


On the last day of the event, some of the competition artists did portrait demonstration paintings at locations around San Angelo. Patrick painted a ballerina from Ballet San Angelo at the Cactus Hotel.

We had a great time, as always, at Plein Air Texas. It was a lovely end to Patrick's 2017 plein air competition season.






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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sedona Plein Air Festival

Patrick Saunders won the grand prize at the 2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival, and we decided to head back to Sedona, Arizona, for the 2017 festival because it was a good excuse to spend more time in this incredible place and explore it further.

It's easy to see why no one wants to leave behind the spectacular views of Sedona. Patrick rarely does nocturnal paintings, but the view here inspired him.

Patrick Saunders "Sedona Lights" (oil on linen, 16"x20"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

The trees are just as amazing as the rocks in Sedona. 



Patrick Saunders "Along the Devil's Trail" (oil on linen, 16"x20"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational

This year was Patrick Saunders' first time at the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Laguna Beach, California, is a great place for a plein air event - no shortage of painting inspiration in this charming beach town.

Patrick started the event with a landscape at Treasure Island Park Beach.



Patrick Saunders "Treasure Island & Beyond" (oil on linen, 14"x18"). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Patrick did another beach scene with figures for the LPAPA's Quick Draw at Heisler Park, and it sold right off the easel.


Patrick Saunders "Beachcombers" (8"x10" oil on canvas). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts. SOLD


Patrick painted this tree at Badlands Park in Laguna Niguel, California, one of his favorite pieces yet, thanks to our wonderful housing hosts, who took the time to show us their favorite places in the area. There's a trail near the tree that our hosts frequent - it's a beautiful walk along the cliffs high above the beach.


Patrick Saunders "First Rays at Badlands" (16"x20" oil on linen). Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts. SOLD


Our housing hosts have a handsome chocolate labrador retriever named Kobe, who was as charming and friendly as could be, so of course we had to photograph and paint him.


Patrick Saunders "Kobe" (12"x16" oil on linen). Portrait and painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


Everyone wants an ocean view in Laguna Beach, California. The houses terraced into the cliffs for the sake of the amazing views create some interesting patterns, inspiring Patrick to paint "Nyes Place."


Patrick Saunders "Nyes Place (oil on linen, 18"x24"). SOLD. Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


Crystal Cove State Park is a very quiet and peaceful place early in the morning. The artists were able to spend a whole day painting this tranquil, historic place.


Patrick Saunders "Crystal Cove Morning" (oil on linen, 14"x18"). SOLD Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.


On the last day of the LPAPA invitational, Patrick & some of the other artists had the chance to do a portrait demonstration painting at the Tivoli Too. Patrick was quite happy with the results, and the painting later sold at Plein Air Texas.





Patrick Saunders "Howdy" (oil on linen, 14"x18") SOLD. Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.





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