Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Art Review - "La lettre de rupture" by Alfred Emile Stevens - Musรฉe d'Orsay, Paris, France

Today for #MuseumTourTuesday, I'd like to share a more obscure painting at the Musรฉe d'Orsay

This piece by Alfred ร‰mile Stevens was located in a room focused on art deco furniture, so it was very dimly lit and difficult to see, let alone photograph. We almost walked right past it, but I'm glad that we didn't, as it has a beautiful mood and subtlety.

Click through the photos for my thoughts.

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

"La lettre de rupture” (The Break Up Letter) • Alfred Stevens • 1867 • Oil on Canvas • 73x54cm
The title of the painting clearly sets the scene of a woman who has just read a break up letter from her lover, and so many interesting details in the painting support her emotions.

Notice the glimpse of a potted floral to the right, suggesting a larger room while she stands alone in the shadows of a privacy screen. These are emotions that one can only face alone. The letter is heavy in one hand, while the other clutches her abdomen. This is the exact moment that she comes to grasp the meaning of the letter.

Notice the compositional draw towards the letter. The strong movement of the dark in the middle of the privacy screen directs the eye towards the letter. The cool light blue of the letter contrasts with the dark warmth of the privacy screen. Both hands are more in focus than the head, leading the eyes downward.


"La lettre de rupture” Detail • Alfred Stevens • 1867 • Oil on Canvas • 73x54cm
The features of her face also fade into shadow, further enhancing the emotion of wanting to hide from the world. The face is very softly painted without a single hard edge. The nose is almost nonexistent. The letter is the star of this painting. Her face only explains its significance.


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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Throwback Thursday - "Burst" - Patrick Saunders, Plein Air Easton

Here is one of Patrick Saunders Fine Arts's favorite plein air florals for #ThrowBackThursday. This was painted this during the 2017 Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival

For a short time, there were two versions. Patrick leaned over the painting while reaching for some framing materials, and a perfect imprint was created on his t-shirt. Fortunately, the actual painting survived, but the t-shirt is no longer with us.

"Burst" • Oil on panel • 6"x8" • Private Collection
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Throwback Thursday - The Sweet Potato in Kansas

For #ThrowbackThursday, an image of the Sweet Potato at our campsite in Kansas last May not long before we encountered multiple tornadoes on our way to Carmel, Indiana for a Patrick Saunders Fine Arts painting workshop.

We outran a couple of small tornadoes, then hunkered down with our fingers crossed in a campsite in Missouri as another larger tornado came close, but thankfully bypassed our campground. The winds bent and broke many trees, but the Sweet Potato made it through unscathed and water tight! We got very lucky on that trip, and we won't push our luck like that again.




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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Parker County Peach Festival Art Competition Judge

Texas artist friends, Patrick Saunders will be judging the Weatherford Art Association's 2020 Parker County Peach Festival Art Competition, hosted by the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

The festival itself has been cancelled as a safety measure, but the art competition is still open. This is an annual event with cash prizes awarded in both adult and student categories.

Click here to learn more and to enter:
https://bit.ly/Peach-Festival-Art-Show-Registration



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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Take Me Back Tuesday - The Sweet Potato in Oxford, Maryland

#TakeMeBackTuesday to our camping spot in Oxford, Maryland on the Tred Avon River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay, for the 2018 Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival, thanks to our fabulous housing hosts.

This was our Airstream 25FB Flying Cloud's (the Sweet Potato) first sunrise in this to die for spot. Patrick Saunders had to back in for almost half a city block to get her here. Towing like a boss.





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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Throwback Thursday - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Airstream Life Magazine Cover

For #ThrowbackThursday, the Patrick Saunders Fine Arts painting of our Airstream Bambi Sport 16 on the fall 2017 cover of Airstream Life magazine.

Bambi was our first Airstream, and will always have a special place in our hearts. Her Official Airstream Registry name was the “Baked Potato.” We started calling her that after a fellow camper in San Antonio, Texas recognized us as the ones with the Airstream “so cute it looks like a baked potato.” We had a good laugh at that, and loved the name so much it stuck.

So, of course we named our current Airstream, a 25FB Flying Cloud, the “Sweet Potato.”

"Bambi & the Barn" • Oil on Linen • 12"x16" • Private Collection
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

• Winner, People's Choice Award, Alumapalooza 2017 Fine Art Invitational
• Featured, Southwest Art Magazine, September 2018
• Featured, American Impressionist Society, Inc. 2018 Small Works Showcase



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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Throwback Thursday - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Airstream Demonstration Painting - Alumapalooza 2017

For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a great memory of an afternoon spent at the Airstream factory for Alumapalooza 2017, when Patrick Saunders Fine Arts did a free demonstration painting of a vintage Airstream trailer as part of his Laguna Plein Air Painters Association membership.


It was our first time at the factory in Jackson Center, Ohio, and it was great to meet so many fellow Airstreamers, and to see where all the riveted aluminum magic happens. 

This video shows Patrick starting a painting of a gorgeous 1965 Safari Land Yacht that is the Kabine, a wonderful mobile "Tiny Shiny Shop" stationery store. We quickly fell in love with Americone Dream, the Kabine shop dog and greeter, and Patrick ended up gifting the unfinished demo to the Kabine’s lovely owner, Kim Hayes. (You can catch this dynamic duo in the background of the video.) Meri is truly the perfect dog, and we still covet her via her Instagram account, @twogirlsandatrailer.



The Kabine is so much more than a stationery store. It’s the perfect place to find a unique, truly special gift for someone you really care about, and you will be supporting a small business during this difficult time that is near and dear to many, many hearts. You can learn more about Kim and Meri and the Kabine at https://thekabine.com/

We look forward to the day when our paths cross again with Kim & Meri, and all of the other wonderful Airstreamers we’ve met on the road during our plein air streaming journey.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - "Swan Descending, A Staircase" - 2020 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia

I just finished up my latest painting for the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational. Last year, I had the privilege of painting the dining room of the Swan House at the Atlanta History Center. This year, I chose to paint the grand staircase that greets visitors as they enter the mansion.

I was drawn to the scene not only because of the flowing lines of the staircase, but also the dueling sources of cool natural light from the windows and warm interior lights that create interesting contrasts throughout the room.

While the staircase dominates the room and the painting, there are so many textures and details that it was a very difficult balance to achieve. - Patrick Saunders


"Swan Descending, A Staircase" • Oil on Linen • 18"x24"
• Available soon at www.olmstedpleinair.com
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Online Gallery Page

The Olmsted Plein Air Invitational’s new OLMSTED GALLERY is now live!

Click here to see the Patrick Saunders Fine Arts page of available works: https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Olmsted

I can’t say thank you enough to Lillian Kirbo Ansley and everyone at Olmsted, as well as Hindman Auctions, for all of your hard work in reIMAGINING your event by bringing it online. - Patrick Saunders







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Monday, May 4, 2020

MORE REVIEWS - Patrick Saunders "The Dog Portrait In Oils" Pet Portrait Instructional Video

The reviews of "๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ด ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—œ๐—ป ๐—ข๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€", my first instructional painting video, keep rolling in, and I’m thrilled that so many people are enjoying it and finding it helpful.

You can read the reviews of my pet portrait video, and rent it here: https://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Dog-Portrait-Video


Watch as I demonstrate painting a dog portrait in oils, capturing a likeness as rapidly as possible. Within the video, I clearly explain my focus on the accuracy of drawing, values, edges, texture, and color. You will learn to paint the portrait alla prima, with dynamic brushwork and texture, achieving not only a likeness, but an energetic and engaging painting.

My simple steps for evaluating your paintings in progress will improve not only your skills as a pet portrait painter, but your painting abilities in general. - Patrick Saunders


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