Thursday, May 31, 2018

Plein Air Streaming in Plein Air Magazine

Our thanks to Plein Air Magazine editor Kelly Seiter Kane for including us in the June/July issue of the magazine, and our thanks as well to Stefanie Badders Laufersweiler for writing such a great article.






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Monday, May 28, 2018

Plein Air Southwest 2018




I painted my third ever nocturne at Plein Air Southwest this year. I had PRK eye surgery in 2007, and don't see as well at night since then, so I've been hesitant ever since to try my hand at nocturnes, but after getting a Mighty Bright orchestra light, I decided to take another swing at night painting. I talk a lot in my workshops about painting what scares you, and nocturnes definitely scare me.

I saw this shrimp boat while scouting scenes just before the festival started. It made me nervous just thinking about painting it, so I decided to come back the first night of the event to give it a shot.



"Ready For Dawn" (oil on panel, 16"x20")



I came down with the flu the following day, and didn't feel up to painting much after this, but on the last day of the event I went to Fulton Harbor and painted shrimp boats. What drew me to them was the way the net riggings were blown out with warm colors in the sunlight, so that they didn't becoming too overwhelming against the light sky.





"Shrimpers At Fulton" (oil on linen, 14"x18") 


My quick paint on Saturday morning.


"Boats and House Boats" (oil on linen, 12"x16)


I was thrilled when my nocturne won a Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence at Plein Air Southwest. My thanks to judge Joshua Been, and to the Outdoor Painters Society and the Rockport Center for the Arts for a great event. Congratulations to all of the winning artists. - Patrick








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Monday, May 21, 2018

Judging Plein Air KC 2018 - Awards Ceremony

Patrick Saunders was the judge for Plein Air KC this year, in addition to teaching a plein air workshop for the festival.

Here's a video of Patrick explaining his selections at the event awards ceremony at Buttonwood Art Space. Congratulations to all of the artists who came out to paint at this great event.





During Plein Air KC, Kirk Peterson of the Penn Valley Park Conservancy asked Patrick to paint a new park piece for a June 1st First Friday exhibition at Buttonwood, the proceeds of which will benefit the conservancy. Patrick painted this just before the festival's last quick draw at Union Cemetery.


"Rising & Falling, Union Cemetery" (oil on linen, 14"x18")




Patrick also contributed several of his older plein air paintings of Penn Valley Park from previous Plein Air KC events for display and sale at Buttonwood on First Friday.




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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Patrick Saunders Plein Air KC Workshop

Patrick Saunders taught a two-day plein air workshop at Plein Air KC Art Festival this year, in addition to being the event judge.

The weather had been stormy just before Patrick's workshop was due to start, but we got lucky and had great weather both days. It was a pleasure to spend time again in Penn Valley Park, and nostalgic too. We used to come to this park every morning when we lived in Union Hill to take our dogs to the dog park, and to walk with them on the paths around the Pioneer Mother Memorial. On the first day of the workshop, Patrick once again painted what we used to call Barney's tree, because our dog Barney marked that tree every chance he got. We're not sure why he singled it out given how many trees there are in the park, but for some reason, that tree, and that tree alone, was the one he treated like a dog message board. We lost Barney and his sister Betty before we hit the road, so spending time at Penn Valley Park is almost like being with them again. 




Our thanks to everyone who signed up for Patrick's workshop. He really enjoyed painting with all of you.







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Saturday, May 19, 2018

2018 Airstream Fine Art Invitational - Alumapalooza 9

If you're in the Ohio area, the 2018 Airstream Fine Art Invitational show reception at Riverside Art Center is May 30th from 6 -8 p.m.

Patrick Saunders' painting of our Sweet Potato is in this show, but unfortunately we can't make it to Alumapalooza 9 this year because we'll be at Plein Air Southwest.

Go see this great show of Airstream art if you can.




Patrick also sent this mini painting of our old Airstream Bambi Sport 16 to the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio, this week to be auctioned off at Alumapalooza to benefit the local Fish Pond Food Pantry.

"Bambi in the Woods" (oil on board, 5"x7")




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