Sunday, April 5, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Painting - Muir Woods Cathedral, Marin County, California

We're already thinking about some of the places we'd like to travel to again when we are able.

The best way to experience Muir Woods National Monument is to be there as it opens, before the crowds swell, so you can experience the sun just beginning to break through the columns of the trees. 

It's awe inspiring.

“Cathedral, Muir Woods” • Oil on Panel • 16"x20” • Private Collection
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Plein Air Painting Inspiration In Your Own Backyard

Not sure what to plein air paint while stuck at home? Sometimes there's great subject matter right in your own backyard.

I painted this on a rainy day in 2015 in the backyard of Craig Sole Designs in Overland Park, Kansas, for a local plein air event. The rusty old chairs seemed to be having a conversation between the two of them, but what really grabbed me was the cool reflection of the overcast sky in the wet patio stones. - Patrick Saunders

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

“Warm Chairs, Wet Patio” • Oil on Panel • 9"x12” • Private Collection

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Painting - Throwback Thursday

For #ThrowBackThursday, here is one of my all time favorite plein air memories.

Kimberly and I were in Jerome, Arizona, an awesome place. Built in 1899 and supported by copper mines, the town is now considered to be one of the most haunted spots in the U.S. There are historical sites and interesting structures everywhere. This charming house belonged to the owner of the town candy store, Rickeldoris Candy & Popcorn Company, and it caught my eye due to the rich color amongst a hill covered with older structures. This is another case where I didn't think I had the skill to paint such a complicated scene, and so of course, I decided to do it. If it scares you, paint it.

Kimberly shot a short video of me painting the scene that you can view here: https://bit.ly/Patrick_Saunders_Painting_Jerome

The painting went on to win Best of Show at the Sedona Arts Center's 2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival, and was featured in the 2018 June/July issue of Plein Air Magazine, as part of an article about my journey as a plein air painter. - Patrick Saunders

“Hillside History, Jerome” • Oil on Panel • 16"x20” • Private Collection
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

"A Welcoming Table" - Plein Air Interior Painting

For #ThrowbackThursday, here's an interior Patrick Saunders painted at the 2018 Plein Air Richmond event. 

We might all be stuck at home for now, but there's plenty of inspiration all around us. Keep making art, friends.

"A Welcoming Table" • Oil on Linen • 18"x24" • Private Collection
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - "Backlit Blooms" Crazy Eights - 2020 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival

For my "Crazy Eights" submission for the Lighthouse ArtCenter's 2020 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival - everyone had to do an 8"x 8" - I chose these ultra saturated purple hibiscus flowers. - Patrick Saunders

"Backlit Blooms" • Oil on Canvas • 8"x8" • Available at the Lighthouse ArtCenter

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

"Mangroves Dipping Their Toes In The Water" - 2020 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival, Tequesta, Florida

A few weeks ago, I wrote about John Singer Sargent's painting "Portrait of Ralph Curtis on the Beach at Scheveningen" having sand particles embedded in its surface. Yesterday, a similar fate befell my own painting.

As I painted these mangroves at the Nature Conservancy Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, Florida, I was sitting just five feet away from the water's edge, and I kept a close eye on the rising tide. What I didn't expect was the huge yacht that came speeding past me just yards away. The resulting wave came ten feet up the beach, sending my easel and the painting face down into the sand. Thankfully, it only adds to the authenticity, and sand is completely archival.  - Patrick Saunders

"Mangroves Dipping Their Toes In the Water" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18"  
• Available this evening at the Lighthouse ArtCenter 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Painting Workshop - Stokes County Arts Council, Westfield, North Carolina

Artist friends, my April plein air painting workshop sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council in Westfield, North Carolina is almost full, so register now to secure your spot.

Click here to sign up: http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Workshop-Westfield

I’ve met a lot of artists in my workshops who are intimidated by outdoor painting because speed is required to capture changing light. I can help you overcome that fear, because my whole approach to painting lends itself to plein air, as it’s all about simplifying the subject and moving to finish rapidly in order keep energy and excitement in your work.

The way I paint, the way I will teach you to paint, will help you to meet the challenges inherent in painting plein air. - Patrick Saunders



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2020 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Paint Out - Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida

My painting this morning for the 2020 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival Paint Out at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida.

It's a bit windy and overcast today, but I just put my ear buds in and had fun with this one. - Patrick Saunders

"Cacophony In Green" • Oil on Panel • 9"x12" • 1 Hour • SOLD

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Saunders Fine Arts POTD - Blowing Rocks Preserve, Jupiter Island, Florida

Happy feet at the Nature Conservancy in Florida's Blowing Rocks Preserve, Jupiter Island, Florida.


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Friday, March 6, 2020

Portrait Demonstration - Patrick Saunders People & Pets Workshop - Lighthouse Artcenter - Day Three

Patrick Saunders' portrait demonstration from life this morning on day three of his People and Pets Painting Workshop at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Museum and School of Art.

Many thanks to Bob for being an excellent model!

"Bob Portrait Study" • 14"x18" • Oil on Linen • 2 Hours • Available at www.patricksaunders.com

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Panama City Center for the Arts Painting Workshop - Group Photo

My thanks to Karen C. Williams for persevering and making my painting workshop happen in Panama City, Florida, which is still rebuilding after Hurricane Michael.

My thanks also to all of the artists in my class for working so hard, but also keeping it fun. I probably won't steal Karen's idea for dance breaks, because clearly I can't dance, but thanks all the same for a great moment.

Now remember, squint, squint, squint, and don't paint things, paint shapes. - Patrick Saunders



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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Floral Demonstration - Patrick Saunders Painting Workshop - Panama City Center for the Arts, Panama City, Florida - Day Two

Patrick Saunders' floral demonstration from life on day two of his painting workshop at the Panama City Center for the Arts.

"Spidermums & Daisies" • Oil on Linen • 9"x12" • 1.5 Hours • SOLD

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Painting Workshop - Panama City, Florida

Our thanks to the Panama City Center for the Arts for hosting the Patrick Saunders Fine Arts workshop this weekend in Panama City, Florida. What a great studio space for painting!

The Artist Cove studio.gallery, where the class was originally scheduled, is close but not quite finished with its renovation after Hurricane Michael. We are so impressed with the progress this whole community has made in rebuilding.




 
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Painting Workshop - Driggs Digs Plein Air, Driggs, Idaho

Artist friends, registration for the Patrick Saunders Fine Arts plein air painting workshop this summer in Driggs, Idaho is now open, so sign up soon to secure your spot.

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Driggs-Plein-Air-Workshop


Join Patrick Saunders July 24th - 25th for his class, and stay for the Driggs Digs Plein Air event he'll be judging this year. The festival awards ceremony and reception will be held at the Teton Arts Council's Teton Arts Gallery in Driggs Center on July 31st.

Many artists tell Patrick they are afraid of outdoor painting, but there is no reason to be. Come plein air paint with Patrick in Idaho and he'll prove it to you!

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Fetch Dog Park (There's An Airstream In It!) - Atlanta, Georgia

Our favorite part of our most recent trip to Atlanta, Georgia, besides seeing a John Singer Sargent plein air painting we didn't know about?

Hands down it was our visit to Fetch Park

A great place for pooches, and the humans owned by the lucky dogs who get to play there enjoy a converted Airstream International travel trailer that now serves as a coffee shop and bar.

Best dog park idea ever.



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Sunday, February 9, 2020

2020 Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival - Easton, Maryland

I'm honored to learn that I will be a juried artist at the 2020 Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival next July.

This will be my fifth year participating in this great festival, which is truly the premier plein air event in the entire country.

Here's some of my past work for #PAE2019, #PAE2018, #PAE2017, and #PAE2016. - Patrick Saunders

"Where the Wild Things Are" • Oil on Linen • 20"x24" • Private Collection
"Coneflower" • Oil on Linen • 6"x8" • Private Collection
"Cloudscape over St. Michaels" • Oil on linen • 18x24 • Private Collection
"Back on the Choptank"  • Oil on Linen • 24"x30" • Private Collection
Tidewater Refuge" • Oil on Linen • 18"x24" • Private Collection
"Burst" • Oil on Panel • 6"x8" • Private Collection
"Van Winkle House" • Oil on Linen • 6"x8" • Private Collection
"Respite" • Oil on Panel • 18"x24" • Private Collection
"Like Stained Glass" • Oil on Canvas • 19"x28" • Private Collection
"Mandevilla" • Oil on Panel • 6"x8" • Private Collection
"Along the Choptank" • Oil on Linen • 16"x20" • Private Collection
"Wake" • Oil on Linen • 18"x24" • Available at www.patricksaunders.com
"Fire Water, Jack's Point" • Oil on Linen • 18"x24" • Available at The Trippe Gallery
"Hinckley Yacht Marina" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • Private Collection
Two Hinckleys" • Oil on Panel • 12"x16" • Private Collection
"Wind Song" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • Available at The Trippe Gallery
"Before the Heat, Knapp's Narrows" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • Private Collection
"Knapps Narrows Shine" • Oil on Linen • 14"x18" • Private Collection

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

2020 Lighthouse Plein Air Festival - Tequesta, Florida

We're looking forward to heading back to Florida again this March for the 2020 Lighthouse ArtCenter Plein Air Festival, which will mark Patrick Saunders' fifth year at this great event!



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Friday, January 24, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Floral Workshop Demonstration Painting - Newnan ArtRez, Newnan, Georgia

Patrick Saunders' demonstration painting from life this morning on day two of his floral workshop as part of his Newnan Artist in Residence Program this month. 

"Daisy Patch" • 9"x12" • 1.5 hours • SOLD

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Painting Demonstration - Piedmont Driving Club, Atlanta, GA

Artist friends, on January 29th I'm giving a painting demonstration and artist talk hosted by the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational at the Piedmont Driving Club.

This demonstration is open to the public. Tickets are $40.00. RSVP to info@olmstedpleinair.com.

Attendance is complimentary for 2020 Friends of Olmsted Plein Air, and for members of the Piedmont Driving Club. 

If you're in the Atlanta, Georgia area, I hope to see you there! - Patrick Saunders



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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Newnan Times-Herald, Newnan, Georgia

Our thanks to Jeffrey Cullen-Dean for this great article in The Newnan Times-Herald on Patrick Saunders' Newnan Artist in Residence Program residency this month.

If you're in the Newnan, Georgia area, we hope you'll stop by for the Patrick's open house January 23rd at 6 p.m. at the Newnan ArtRez Gray Cottage.

Click here to learn more:
http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Newnan-Times-Herald




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Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Painting Workshop - Westfield, North Carolina

Artist friends, my plein air workshop in Pennsylvania next June is already sold out, and my North Carolina class next April is already half full, so sign up now to secure your spot.

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/Patrick-Saunders-Workshop-Westfield

Join me near Westfield, North Carolina April 30th - May 1st for my plein air class sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council.

I’ve taught workshops of all kinds across the country, and many artists in my classes tell me they are afraid of outdoor painting, mainly because of the speed required to capture changing light. I can help you overcome that fear. My approach to painting, indoors or out, lends itself to plein air, because it’s all about simplifying the subject and moving to finish rapidly to keep energy and excitement in your work. 

The way I paint, the way I will teach you to paint, will help you meet the challenge of painting outdoors. Plein air, after all, is just a term for painting in the “open air” on location, which can actually mean indoors or out, so if you’ve ever painted even one still life, you’re already on your way! - Patrick Saunders



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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Portrait Painting Demonstration - Newnan, Georgia

I had a great group of advanced placement art students for my portrait demonstration painting from life this morning at The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing & Visual Arts, as part of my Newnan Artist in Residence Program program this month. They asked great questions, and it was inspiring to see in them the effort that the community of Newnan, Georgia is making not only to support the arts, but also to develop future artists. - Patrick Saunders



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