Sunday, January 23, 2022

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts January 2022 Art Newsletter - Through Thick & Thin

Is it better to paint with a thick, luscious brushstroke, or to let your paint flow in glowing, thin glazes of color?

Sign up for my latest art newsletter about exploring a combination of both approaches. - Patrick Saunders

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"Enter the Garden" • Oil on Panel • 16" x 20" • Private Collection

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Honorable Mention Award - Oil Painters of America Fall 2021 Online Showcase

My thanks to juror Stuart Fullerton for awarding my painting an Honorable Mention in the Signature Division of the Oil Painters of America’s Fall 2021 Online Showcase. - Patrick Saunders

 
"Amor a la Vida" • Oil on Linen • 48" x 38" • Private Collection
 
Painting and reference photos by Saunders Fine Arts
 
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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Patrick Saunders Pet Portrait Commission - "Dutch"

My latest dog portrait commission. I had to wait until after the 25th to post this one, as it was a Christmas present.

 
There's always something exciting about painting a black lab, finding all of those subtle values and color changes within the dog's coat. As always, I had a blast. I never tire of painting dogs. - Patrick Saunders
 
"Dutch" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • Private Collection

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts
 
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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

"Holiday Star" • Oil on Linen • 9"x12"
  

Reference and painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts

 
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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Patrick Saunders December 2021 Art Newsletter - The Ever Evolving Process

It may look effortless, but science has proven that even master artists make changes throughout their process.

Sign up for my latest art newsletter on the importance of keeping an open mind. - Patrick Saunders
 
 

 
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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Patrick Saunders Art Review - "The Horse Wrangler" by W. Herbert Dunton

Kimberly and I were finally able to visit the San Antonio Art League & Museum this past week. While only a portion of the collection is on view at any given time, the work displayed does not disappoint. This painting by Herb Dunton, now considered one of the jewels of the league's collection, was submitted to the 1928 San Antonio Competitive Exhibition, and surprisingly won only an honorable mention.

The stylized flowing shapes of Dunton's work have influenced a number of contemporary western painters. In this particular piece, the rider is the focal point, but for me it's the horse and foreground shrubs that stand out as masterful. The warm, lit edges of the forms portray an incredible sense of depth despite the overall simplicity of the shapes. - Patrick Saunders
 
"The Horse Wrangler" • W. Herbert Dunton • Oil on Canvas • 25" x 20" • 1928
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts
 
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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Painting From The Model - The Coppini Academy of Fine Art

Here is this week's study from an open model session at the Coppini Academy. Once again, I painted over an older painting, which starts the process with an interesting texture. - Patrick Saunders

 
"Kyle" • 10" x 12 • Oil on Linen • 1.5 Hours
 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts 
 
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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Botanical Art - "Patterns in Blue & Green"

This painting is inspired by the work of my wife, Kimberly. She's always been fascinated by the natural patterns of nature, which are often the subject of her photography.

Leaves were something that I once took for granted in my floral paintings. They were just garnish for the bright, colorful petals of the flowers. Kimberly's work has given me a much greater appreciation for the subtle greens and overlapping shapes that create wonderful patterns wherever anything grows. The leaves are a worthy subject all on their own. - Patrick Saunders
 
"Patterns In Blue & Green" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • Available at PatrickSaunders.com

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - Art Review - "Flowers of Gold" by Henry James Soulen

I'm fascinated with this painting by Henry James Soulen. Another talented student of the great American illustrator, Howard Pyle, Soulen also studied with N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover and Jesse Wilcox Smith.

The design of this piece is overwhelmingly complex, and yet it is masterfully controlled. What I find most interesting is the overall red/orange color cast which adds so much richness and mood to the image. Despite this dominant color shift, Soulen pushes bright notes of other colors in key areas to move our eyes through the scene in a deliberate manner. - Patrick Saunders
 
 "Flowers of Gold" • Henry James Soulen • Oil on Canvas • c. 1930s
• 26.5" x 30.5" • Private Collection
 
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Monday, December 6, 2021

SOLD - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Landscape Painting

My thanks to the Trippe Gallery for sending this Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival piece home with a new collector. - Patrick Saunders

 
"Bay Breeze" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection

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