Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Family Portrait Commission

Patrick Saunders' biggest portrait commission yet, quite literally. 

He better hope for some good weather the next few weeks, because he won't be working on this in the Sweet Potato.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Patrick Saunders Floral Workshop - Rockport Center for the Arts

Texas artists, the Rockport Center for the Arts is sponsoring a Patrick Saunders Fine Arts floral painting workshop January 15th - 17th in Rockport, Texas.

Come paint with Patrick and learn about choosing a subject, composition, values, color temperature, simplification, how to start and when to stop. Each day will include a full demonstration, followed by opportunities to create multiple paintings with frequent one-on-one instruction.

Register now to secure your spot:
http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Rockport-Floral-Workshop





Poppy Morning, Telluride
Oil on panel, 9"x12"
Private Collection

 

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational 2018

I was honored to be asked back this year for the second time to the Laguna Beach, California Plein Air Painting Invitational

LPAPA's 20th Anniversary invitational started with a quick draw competition at gorgeous Heisler Park. My painting was the first to go at the art sale afterwards.

"Tall Against The Surf" (oil on linen, 9"x12" SOLD)

I decided to challenge myself a bit by doing something different at this event. I rarely do big vistas, and I struggle with low light painting because of eye surgery, but I just couldn't pass up the view of Dana Point Harbor. Here's a photo Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts took of me working on this painting, and another one she took earlier, just before sunrise. Such an amazing place to spend a morning, whether you are painting or not. Thank you Dana Point for the beautiful memories. 





My harbor painting ended up winning both the Strada Easel & Revelite awards at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's 20th Annual Collectors Gala at Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters.


"Morning Spills Into The Cove" (oil on linen, 18"x24" SOLD)



I also painted my fifth ever nocturne of Tuvalu Home Laguna Beach at the LPAPA Nocturne Paint Out


I used an ArtEscape Compact Lighting System designed by Douglas Woodman for the first time while painting this piece, and I liked it so much I immediately bought one. With the ArtEscape, you can choose between warm and cool light, or a mix of both, allowing you to better control the light on your painting, and see its colors. My thanks to Doug for making a great light system, and for letting me try it. PRK eye surgery years ago left me unable to see very well at night, but this light makes it possible for me to not only paint nocturnes, but finally actually start really enjoying painting nocturnes. That's a breakthrough for me, and I'm looking forward now to trying my hand at much more night painting in the future.

You can learn more about the ArtEscape here:
http://www.artescape.us/index.php

I painted a daylight scene of Nyes Place in Laguna Beach for the 2017 LPAPA Invitational, and I've been wondering all year how this scene might look as a nocturne due to all of the windows stacked atop each other. Armed with the ArtEscape light, I felt ready to tackle it, but it ended up being a very a quick one, only about an hour and a half, as I was afraid one of the many passing cars that stopped for a look at my painting might cause a traffic accident.

"Nyes Night" (oil on linen, 16"x20")

Here's my painting of Nyes Place for the 2017 LPAPA Invitational. You can see my other paintings for the 2017 LPAPA Invitational here.

Nyes Place (oil on linen, 18"x24") Private Collection

I find the trees in Southern California endlessly fascinating. 

At Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, there is a nice variety of trees. It's not just the textures and shapes of the trees themselves, but their shadows and light effects on the environment around them. With this painting, I set out to capture the late afternoon sun blasting through the lace-like patterns created by these interwoven limbs and leaves.

"Through the Trees, Salt Creek Beach" (oil on linen, 18"x24")
  
This painting and "Nyes Night" are now available for sale at Eva Reynolds Fine Art Gallery.

I really enjoyed this event, and was very happy just to have been invited back. The chance to paint in beautiful Laguna Beach at the most prestigious invitational in the country is never a hard decision to make.  - Patrick Saunders

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sunrise Painting - Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point, California

Patrick Saunders painting a sunrise on Dana Point Harbor for the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's 20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Such an amazing place to catch a sunrise, whether you are painting or not. Thank you Dana Point, California for the beautiful memories.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Painting A Nocturne With The ArtEscape Compact Lighting System

Patrick Saunders​ painted his fifth ever nocturne of Tuvalu Home Laguna Beach​ last night at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association​'s 20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational Nocturne Paint Out.

He used an ArtEscape Compact Lighting System designed by Douglas Woodman for the first time, and liked it so much he bought one. With the ArtEscape, you can choose between warm and cool light, or a mix of both, allowing you to better control the light on your painting, and see its colors.

Thanks for making a great light system Doug, and for letting Patrick try it. PRK eye surgery years ago left Patrick unable to see very well at night, but this light makes it possible for Patrick to not only paint nocturnes, but actually start really enjoying painting nocturnes.


Patrick Saunders' "Forest and Glenneyre" nocturne painting

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Monday, October 8, 2018

20th Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational Quick Draw

Here's Patrick Saunders' finished piece painted Sunday morning for the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association's 20th Annual Plein Air Painting Invitational Quick Draw Competition at Heisler Park.

"Tall Against The Surf" (oil on linen, 9"x12") sold that afternoon at the Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Artist Meet & Greet and Public Art Sale in Laguna Beach, California.


© Patrick and Kimberly Saunders, Plein Air Streaming, 2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s authors/owners is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Patrick Saunders for painted works, or to Kimberly Saunders for photographs and/or videos, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Patrick Saunders Online Fine Art Gallery

For art collectors interested in purchasing Patrick Saunders Fine Arts paintings, we have created an online gallery on Patrick's website where you can now buy directly from him.

Click on the link below to see his currently available work.

 http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Online-Art-Gallery


Día de los Muertos, Oil on linen, 12"x16"
Available for Purchase

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fatman's Loop Trail - Flagstaff, Arizona

The Fatman's Loop Trail in Flagstaff, Arizona, a relatively gentle hike, is worth it not just for the scenery, but the wonderful smell of pine needles.