Monday, November 13, 2017



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 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
Saturday, December 9
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




Painting the Portrait From Life
San Antonio, TX - March 16-18, 2018
Friday - Sunday, March 16-18
Location: The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, San Antonio, TX

Register online at the Coppini website.




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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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Consider This A Rock 'N' Roll Song ... Or Heavy Metal"

An in progress shot of "Like Stained Glass" (oil on canvas, 19"x28"). Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

It was actually punk rock I was listening to as I painted at this year's Plein Air Easton Festival. I believe judge West Fraser's comment "You might consider this a rock 'n' roll song ... or heavy metal" was referring to the energy of the brushstrokes in my painting "Like Stained Glass." His remarks regarding the work of the festival overall compared painting to music, and I have to completely agree. This year, I did my best to get into a comfortable groove.




It was a hot one, and Kimberly and I made the decision to start each day early to beat the heat. You also can't beat the beauty of the early morning light, just before and just after the sunrise.

Our view each morning. Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Fuel to set the morning tempo.
The great staff at the Avalon Theater
got us moving every morning with Rise Up Coffee.

The first paint out was at Tilghman Island, and we arrived at 5:30 am. The sun had not yet crested the horizon, which made for some beautifully subtle colors. I had painted in this marina last year, and after being sprayed with grass from a riding lawnmower by a salty sea captain who wasn't happy about my presence, this year I opted to set up on the concrete. If we hadn't arrived early, I would have boiled, but by 9 a.m., the painting was complete. Now to find some air conditioning!

"Before the Heat, Knapps Narrows" (oil on linen, 14"x18"). Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Friday was orientation day, and since a storm was scheduled to roll in that afternoon, I opted to scout locations rather than paint. We also made time to head over to Delaware for our annual Dogfish Head Brewery visit. It's all about the groove, remember?

Saturday morning, we started out early once again. One of the memories that had stuck with me from last year's competition was the way light shines through the many tree lines in the area, especially at sunrise and sunset. I wanted to capture this, and I found it on the Calhoon M.E.B.A. Engineering School campus. We had our coffee, I had my tunes, and I settled right into painting. The effects of the sunrise didn't last long, so my paint application came through with more energy than usual.



Saturday evening was the welcome dinner. The event was held on a beautiful property with an amazing car collection. I'm not a car painter, but I'm always open to new challenges. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to paint a classic Corvette.

My first car portrait. Sorry, it sold so fast, I only have this iPhone shot.

Sunday was the paint out in Oxford. Keeping the groove going, Kimberly and I arrived at 6 a.m., and I set up at the Hinckley Yacht Services Marina. These iconic boats are unbelievable. I painted one here last year (my first year of painting boats), and I wanted to revisit the subject. The lines of the hulls, the masts - they all make for an exciting composition.

One of my favorite places to paint.

"Hinckley Yacht Marina" (oil on linen, 14"x18"). Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

When I say I was in the groove, maybe that works not only with painting, but with karma. After finishing the painting, I set down my backpack next to our truck while I popped the canvas into a frame for safekeeping. I closed up the back of the truck, and Kimberly and I drove off to grab some breakfast. An hour later, when I dropped off my painting for the day's exhibit, I was asked if I knew anyone who was missing a backpack filled with art supplies. At the same time, I received a message on my phone from the event organizers - "Don't freak out if you lost your backpack, we found it!" And there it was in the corner - my backpack. I had left it next to the truck after framing the painting and driven away. I didn't freak, because I never even noticed. The groove continues.

On Monday, I found some beautiful purple hydrangeas that made me nervous to even consider capturing, so naturally I decided to paint them. Put on the headphones. Get lost in the music. Get lost in the composition. A short time later, and I was thrilled with the outcome. I set the painting down on the tailgate of the truck and reached over it to grab a frame. It was then that I noticed a complete reversed image of the painting on my t-shirt. It made contact with the entire painting as I leaned over it! Panic! But wait, after close inspection, I realized that the original was relatively unharmed. My shirt hadn't wiped the piece, only pressed downward on it. I just added a couple of the thicker strokes back in, and it was back in the groove.

An in progress shot.

"Burst" (oil on linen, 6"x8"). Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Tuesday looked to be yet another hot one. Time to try something new. Plein Air Easton allows interior paintings, something I had yet to attempt. Kimberly and I went to the Tidewater Inn, where I was allowed to set up in their Skipjack Bar. I really liked the light in the room, loved the air conditioning, and to top it all off, they have Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA on tap. A steady stream of lunch patrons came and went as I painted. It was the most laid back painting experience of the entire festival.


Painting at the Skipjack. Yes, that's Dogfish on tap.
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

"Tidewater Refuge" (oil on linen, 18"x24"). Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Wednesday night, Harrison Street was closed down at 8:30 p.m. so that we could set up in the street and paint nocturnes. Night painting makes me nervous because of past eye surgery. I had only attempted it once before, last year in Annapolis, but Kimberly kept encouraging me to give it another shot. Time to try again. I chose to paint the Avalon Theater. Lots of lights inside and out. The painting went better than I expected and was sold before I even finished.

"Avalon Noir" (oil on linen, 12"x16"). My second nocturne ever. Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

Thursday was framing and turn in time, followed by a relaxing evening.

Friday was the big opening. It was another wonderful show with so many great paintings. I was honored to receive the Imagine Two Futures Award for my painting "Like Stained Glass." The show continued through Sunday, and I was even more pleased to find that every painting I created that week found a home. Rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, punk rock? Doesn't matter. I was in the groove all week and had a wonderful time.

"Like Stained Glass" (oil on canvas, 19"x28"). Winner of the Imagine Two Futures Award.
Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.



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