Thursday, January 14, 2021

Throwback Thursday - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts' "Lounge At the Jefferson" - Plein Air Richmond 2018

#ThrowbackThursday to a time when I could not just paint in public, but even indoors.

This is a small lounge inside the Jefferson Hotel Richmond, painted on a rainy day during the 2018 Plein Air Richmond event. Yes, it looks deserted in the photo, but I had a number of members of the hotel staff behind me as I painted.

I really miss chatting with others while I work, as they always have interesting stories to share about the histories of the places I'm capturing. In this case, it was all about the alligators which once lived in the Jefferson's Palm Court in the early 20th Century.

"Lounge At the Jefferson" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Private Collection

 

I took this photo when I was almost finished at about two hours in. I had a very poor lighting system at the time, cobbled together with an orchestra light and a few book lights. - Patrick Saunders

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Floral Painting - "Colliding"

Patrick Saunders' first painting of 2021. May it be an artistically prolific year for us all!

“Colliding” • Oil on Linen • 9” x 12” • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts December 2020 Art Newsletter - The Right Reds

Happy New Year's Eve to all!

Even though I didn't travel much in 2020, I was often distracted from painting because it's been such a turbulent year. My new year's resolution is to tune out the noise and re-focus on my art. I'm going to end the year by sharing some of my thoughts on color.
 
Red is one of the most difficult colors to work with in painting. If you struggle to get just the right reds in your work, there are steps you can take to simplify the mixing process.
 
Sign up at the link below for my latest newsletter to learn more about how to mix a range of reds. - Patrick Saunders

 
 
 
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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Floral Study - "Red & Purple" Poinsettia Painting

One last quick Patrick Saunders Fine Arts plein air study capturing the colors of the season.

 
Looking forward to the new year!
 
                                            "Red & Purple" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 6.5"
 
Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.


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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Floral Demonstration Painting - 2013 KCAI Holiday Gala - Kansas City, Missouri

For #ThrowBackThursday, here is a ghost of Christmas past.

In 2013, I painted a poinsettia as a benefit for the Kansas City Art Institute at their holiday gala. I was required to wear a tuxedo for the event.
 
Somehow, the tuxedo survived without any paint on it! - Patrick Saunders

Video shot by Saunders Fine Arts.




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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Painting "President Tyler's Eternal View" - Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

On Tuesday, I shared a painting of a cemetery that was one of my early plein air paintings. Three years and hundreds of paintings later, I painted another cemetery. This time it was Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

Once again I was drawn more to the design of the scene. In this case is it was the shadows cast by the wrought iron fence and the light breaking from the trees. 
 
This one was a lot more complicated than the first, as I couldn't rely on the simplified shapes of the headstones which were all lost in the larger shadow pattern. - Patrick Saunders
 
"President Tyler's Eternal View" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts 2015 Plein Air Painting - "Stones, Femme Osage" - Augusta, Missouri

For #TakeMeBackTuesday, here's another of my early plein air paintings, which I did at the Augusta Plein Air Festival back in 2015. So much has changed since then.

                     "Stones, Femme Osage" • Oil on Canvas • 12"x16" • Private Collection

At the time, I was afraid to paint any larger than 12"x16," and a painting like this was fairly ambitious for me. I remember also being nervous about the subject matter. Would anyone like a painting of a graveyard?

I chose to paint it anyway, as I was drawn to the strong design of the headstones and their shadows. This painting went on to win Best of Show, Artist's Choice and First Place, Oil Painting, at the event. 
 
That was a huge turning point for me, as I realized that I should always paint subjects that interest me personally, even if they make me nervous. - Patrick Saunders
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Patrick Saunder Fine Arts Red Poinsettia Floral Painting - Happy Holidays!

We want to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
 
Patrick Saunders likes to create a holiday themed painting each year, and chose another red poinsettia for this one.
 
              "Holiday Star" • Oil on Linen • 9" x 12" • Available at www.PatrickSaunders.com
  
Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Throwback Thursday - 2018 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival

The weather finally warmed back up here in Texas. It has us once again thinking about travel. For the past four years, we're started our year off in Florida. Winter isn't officially here for more than a week, but we're already thinking about 2021.

For #ThrowbackThursday, here's a painting Patrick Saunders created in Hobe Sound, Florida. This piece won 2nd Place at the Lighthouse ArtCenter's 2018 Plein Air Festival.
 
"Heart of the Banyan" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Available at www.patricksaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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Sunday, December 6, 2020

SOLD - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Floral Painting - "Trumpets" - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Happy to be shipping this painting off to a new collector this week.
 
We came across these beautiful lilies at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of our favorite gardens in the nation. It was our refuge when living in New York - a tranquil park in the midst of a bustling metropolis.
 
It's easy to spend the entire day there. We're looking forward to visiting again in 2021. - Patrick Saunders
 
                                  "Trumpets" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • Private Collection
 
Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.
 
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