Friday, November 2, 2018

Plein Air Texas 2018

Patrick Saunders was honored to be invited back to Plein Air Texas again this year. It marked his fourth year of participation in this great event. 

Posted here are all of his paintings this year, with the exception of his pre-paint and quick draw pieces, both of which sold before we could get good photos of them.

Our thanks to all of the 2018 Plein Air Texas competition artists for giving Patrick the Texas Artists Camp Award. This award is determined by votes from all of the juried artists. Awards are always appreciated, and they are extra special when they come from your peers. Thanks also to Joe and Nancy Heartsill for inviting all of the competition artists to paint at their beautiful Door Key Ranch that day. The views were spectacular! 

"Sticks & Stones" (oil on linen, 12"x16")
Patrick had a little fun with the title of his next ranch painting. Many thanks to Nolan Venable for allowing juried artists to paint again this year at his stunning ranch. Included are some photos Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts took last year of this incredible property. You can see that it's difficult just to decide what to paint when you are surrounded by so much natural beauty.

"Before Food Trucks" (oil on linen, 14"x18")

Mill Creek Ranch
Mill Creek Ranch
Mill Creek Ranch
Mill Creek Ranch
Longhorn Buttercup at Mill Creek Ranch
Patrick learned something about donkeys, or at least one donkey, at Plein Air Texas this year. How do you get a donkey to pose while you paint? Bananas. Give her one, and she's good for twenty minutes.  Give her another, and she's back for more.

"Mosey" (oil on linen, 18"x24" SOLD)
 Sometimes the kitchen is the most inviting place in the house. That's definitely the case with this one in Christoval, Texas. It's the kind of space where you want to hang out with friends, and Patrick did just that when he painted it.

"Heart of a Home" (oil on linen, 18"x24" SOLD)

As Patrick sat down to paint a herd of cows at the Mims Ranch just outside of San Angelo, Texas, one cow emerged from the group. She didn't seem too happy that he was there. She repeatedly stamped her feet and snorted at him. This painting was cut short at about 20 minutes, because when she couldn't scare Patrick off, she finally walked away.

"You Lookin' At Me?" (oil on linen, 5"x7")

Our thanks as always to everyone at Plein Air Texas for such a wonderful event, and for their incomparable hospitality.

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