Friday, May 26, 2017

Glacier Park Plein Air

Glacier Park Plein Air
8x10 plein air painting from summer 2016 Montana paint trip.
Looking forward to painting in Montana this summer 2017!

Monday, May 22, 2017

That Day

11 x 14 plein air with studio finish

I started this painting on a day in 2016 way out in Winters, CA when I got a very bad call from a good friend with some tragic news.  I threw my plein air gear in the truck and sped back to Sacramento to UCDavis hospital where I said my final good by to Terre Johnson, my landlord, my friend, my neighbor, my art patron.

I was never able to finish the painting until one day I happened to see it in the pile of unfinished artwork.  With the last brushstroke in place and finished to the point where I could live with it, I suddenly realized it had been a year to the date when I first started this piece, sped off to the hospital, and said good bye to one of the most important people in my art life.

It was "That Day" that changed the course of so many lives, including mine.

Glacier Park Plein Air 2

8 x 10
plein air painting of Glacier Park
from Montana paint trip 2016

Sold! St. Marys

St. Mary's Lake, Glacier Park Montana
studio piece created from photo images taken during last summer's Montana paint trip

Monday, October 17, 2016

Art Revealed Show: Patris Studio and Art Gallery

The "Art Revealed Show" with Gayle Rappaport Weiland interviewing Patris

Way back in June of this year, Gayle asked me to be her guest on the Art Revealed show for sometime in October.  I've known Gayle a long time and thought this would be a fun thing to do.  I wasn't sure what my "Art Reveal" would be at that time, but thought "Oh something clever will come to mind as we get closer to the filming day."  I was busy with the studio, summer travel plans, and just trying to keep up with the day to day activities at the studio.

As the filming day neared in October, Gayle called me and I shared with her that I just saw the For Sale sign pounded into the ground outside my studio.  The Patris Studio and Gallery was being sold and I myself was not able to purchase it.  Gayle and I brainstormed ideas, and both agreed the show had to go on.

When the camera crew showed up to begin filming that October afternoon, I hugged Gayle and said, "You are never going to believe this. I have something very exciting to reveal on the "Art Revealed" show today.

Click here to see what Oak Park artist Patris is revealing on this episode of "Art Revealed."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What will happen to Patris Studio and Gallery?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Montana Plein Air Paint Trip

A beautiful spot in Glacier Park to set up and paint. 

It was unusually hot while my painting pal, Abigail Van Cannon, and I were up in Montana painting.  A cool breeze blowing off the Middle Fork of the Flathead River provided the perfect air conditioning for us. 

Lunch break and then we'll get another painting done before heading back to my dad's house.  He still lives in the same house where I grew up, which is  about 30 minutes from where we are here in Glacier Park.  

While we were painting here by these raging waters, a whole group of horses and riders walked by us and over the bridge. 
I know for certain that growing up in this breath taking beautiful scenery has influenced my art and my passion for plein air landscape painting.  Another magnificent scene to behold.

Back at my dad's house.  I grew up on these 20 acres of of gorgeous landscape under the big sky. No doubt that my art today is influenced by the beauty that surrounded me as a young person.
It's haying season now and lots of work to get it cut, raked, baled, and hauled into the barn.  I remember having to help get the haying all done.  Hard work for sure.  

Montana, Montana, glory of the west
Of all the states from coast to coast,
You're easily the best!