“Sorolla’s Legacy, LPAPA Inspired by a Master” Award Winners
A special “LPAPA in Residence” exhibition at the Forest & Ocean Gallery featuring 50 original paintings created by LPAPA members and inspired by the works of the Spanish master Joaquin Sorolla — known as the “painter of light”. The great-great-granddaughter of Sorolla, Fabiola A. Lorente-Sorolla traveled from Spain to join the celebration. Fabiola wore one of the original costumes in Sorolla’s painting for artists to paint.
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Patrick Saunders is very accustomed to painting outside, and he loves natural light. But he and his wife, Kimberly, live in an Airstream. So how does he handle the commissions that he likes to take? Inside out.
“We have a 16-foot Airstream trailer and no room to paint in it,” says Saunders. “Even though we don’t have a house, I still take large commissions, so I need a studio. Also, I noticed that I liked the light outside better. The color turns out better.”
So the artist bought a 10’-x-10’ canopy and sides that were made for it. “I’m not painting in the sun — no light shines directly in,” he says. “But that ambient light that sneaks around the sides and comes in actually makes the color better. If I want, I can even set up lights if I wish to paint into the evening. But during the day it’s best because light seeps in and bounces around. It’s as close as I can get to working from life outdoors without actually doing it.”
Saunders takes other steps to get into the plein air groove — from inside the canopy. “I needed to do commissions from photos because of portraits — fidgety dog, posthumous portraits, busy lives etc.,” he explains. “That means printing up a full-size photo and working from that. But I treat the photo like I’m working from life. I paint for 20 minutes and take a break of five or 10 minutes, as if the model were sitting. I do everything I can to mimic working from life. Otherwise, I could work for six or eight hours at a time, and then I could get caught up in it and not see the picture. Instead, I do paintings in a couple of hours, like a plein air piece. There’s no stress of a long-term commission, and it has that spontaneity like a plein air painting.”
The Saunders are currently parked in Southern California. Doesn’t it get hot under that canopy? “No, it’s about 70 degrees here during the day, and I’m so used to painting outdoors now — I’ve done it in 100-degree weather. The fact is, when you are in the shade, it’s not bad. People ask me if I miss anything about having a home, and after I set up this outdoor studio, I don’t.”
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LPAPA Signature Artist Member Thomas Jefferson Kitts’ painting “Sacred Rights” (16×20 oil) was awarded both First Place and a 2016 Museum Purchase Award on the opening gala of the 13th Annual Pacific Northwest Plein Air Exhibition, held at the Maryhill Museum. The painting will go on display in the Maryhill Museum Fall 2016.
This indigenous salmon fishing platform can be found on the Columbia River, downstream from the Dalles Dam, on the Oregon side. These precarious looking wooden structures are built by the Wasco – Wishram, two Native American tribes. Each fishing site is ancestral, and shared within its tribal family, and, as such, each platform remains communally tethered to a larger 15,000 year history of the Pacific Northwest peoples. In fact, the tribes who continue to fish from these structures still call themselves “The People of the River” or “The People of the Salmon.” The people still gather today along the Oregon shore to continue their traditions of the Potlach – a gift-giving ceremony. ThomasKitts.com