Friday, July 30, 2021

SOLD - "Bombadil" - Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival

I'm so pleased that this floral painting is off to a good home with a new collector tonight after selling at the Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival.

It was a pleasure to teach a workshop in this beautiful part of the country, and an honor to judge Driggs Plein Air again this year. 
 
Congratulations to all of the award winners, and to every artist who participated. It was a hot, smoky week for outdoor painting, and all of you persevered and did amazing work. - Patrick Saunders
 
“Bombadil” • Oil on Linen • 12” x 16”  • Private Collection


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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts July 2021 Art Newsletter - Prioritizing Color Over Value

When the values are too close to provide the drama you need in your painting, color takes the spotlight.

If you haven’t already, sign up now for my latest art newsletter to find out how color saturation and color temperature can provide both form and depth in your paintings. - Patrick Saunders

 

 
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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

2021 Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival - Quick Draw Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the Quick Draw today at the Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival.

I think it's important for competition judges to provide the rationale behind their choices, because evaluating art isn't simply a subjective endeavor.

Great art conveys emotion as well as technical ability, and these pieces did just that. Go to the Downtown Driggs Facebook and Instagram pages to see photos of the quick draw award winners. - Patrick Saunders



 
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Monday, July 26, 2021

Group Photo - Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Plein Air Painting Workshop - Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival

My thanks to this great group for plein air painting with me this week. You came ready to work, and we had a good time together too. My thanks also to the owners of the beautiful property where we painted, which offered plenty of inspiration for all, and to the organizers of Downtown Driggs Idaho for bringing me to your lovely town for this class, and to judge the Driggs Plein Air Festival this year.

Now remember everybody, paint what moves you, what you personally are drawn to, whether you are painting for yourself or for a competition. If your subject really means something to you, it shows, and that makes all the difference in the world. When you follow your own muse, you can never go wrong, because you will always end up with something that is important to you, and that is ultimately what matters most. - Patrick Saunders


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Patrick Saunders Fine Arts Floral Demonstration Painting - Day Two - Driggs Plein Air Festival Plein Air Painting Workshop

My floral demonstration painting this morning on day two of my plein air painting workshop for the Driggs Plein Air Festival. - Patrick Saunders

 
“Daisies Study” • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 1.5 Hours • Available

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

 

Meet Elise, my youngest ever painting workshop attendee. Her mother, artist Sharon McMillan, is a serious multitasker, juggling a five-month-old and my plein air workshop this week for the Downtown Driggs Driggs Plein Air Festival (Dad helped a lot too).

Elise was very interested in her mother's painting - a great piece, by the way - but refused to hold a paint brush when offered, so perhaps she’ll grow up to be an art critic? :) - Patrick Saunders

 #pleinairbaby 


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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Patrick Saunder Fine Arts Plein Air Landscape Demonstration - Day One - Driggs Plein Air Festival Painting Workshop

My landscape demonstration painting this morning on day one of my plein air painting workshop for the Downtown Driggs Driggs Digs Plein Air Festival. - Patrick Saunders

 
“Aspens Study” • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • 1.5 Hours • Available

 
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Monday, July 19, 2021

Patrick Saunders Fine Arts - 2021 Plein Air Easton Paintings

 It was great to be back for the Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival again this year.

I am truly honored to have been a juried artist in this great event for six years now. I’m taking a break from plein air competitions, and I could not have asked for a better way to finish my event experience than with what is truly the premier plein air painting festival in the country.

I always looked forward to PAE, because the talented and professional Avalon Staff and volunteers work so hard to make this event such a wonderful and positive experience for each and every artist. My deepest heartfelt thanks to all of you. I also want to thank event judge Daniel Weiss, president of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for my Small Painting Sunday award. 

I am so grateful to have been a part of PAE. Some of my best plein air painting memories of all time have happened in Talbot County. - Patrick Saunders
 

”Cozy" • Oil on Linen • 6" x 8" • Private Collection
• Winner, 2nd Place, Small Painting Sunday

”Dusk In Saint Michaels" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection

”Dusk In Saint Michaels" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Private Collection
 
”Bay Breeze" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Available at The Trippe Gallery

”Dance of the Magnolia" • Oil on Linen • 12" x 16" • Private Collection

“Tidewater Mandevilla” • 9” x 12” • Oil on Linen • Private Collection

Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Small Painting Sunday Submission - Plein Air Easton

One last piece to share for the Plein Air Easton Competition and Arts Festival.

The heat kicked in hard for the second half of the festival, so I painted this small interior for my Small Painting Sunday submission. There's a perfect time of day when the light spills into this window just right.
 
"Cozy" • Oil on Linen • 6" x 8" • Available at Plein Air Easton

 
Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts
 
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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Landscape Painting - Plein Air Easton

Easton is known for its scorching July weather, and this morning's quick draw was a hot one, but there were times this week when temperatures were actually mild enough at times that you could sit outside and enjoy cool breezes off of the Chesapeake Bay.

"Bay Breeze" • Oil on Linen • 18" x 24" • Available at Plein Air Easton

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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