Special thanks to WSMN 1590 AM, George and Bob, for having me a guest on their show today! Click on the link below to listen to the show.
Joel was the subject of a recent article in the Concord Monitor, one of the local newspapers. The focus was how his style is developing and changing from realism to abstract.
Suncook artist evolves into abstract style
By SARAH PEARSON
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Joel Van Patten’s art continues to evolve and mature.
The Suncook-based painter had originally planned to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design for illustration after he graduated from high school.
But in 2000, the car parts business he ran was burgeoning, and he forewent going to school.
It wasn’t until 2010, as his mother was dying that he found solace in making art; this time oil painting.
“Oil painting is very forgiving,” he said, explaining that mistakes can be rectified easier with paint than when illustrating.
He also took classes at New Hampshire Institute of Art. He said he knew how to paint and illustrate, but wanted to know the techniques better.
Now, he’s shifting again. This time styles – from modern impressionistic paintings to more abstract images.
Van Patten said, in the beginning, he was painting for other people’s approval, and he’s now painting for himself.
“That’s when I think you get a level of maturity as an artist,” he said.
The new style uses blocks of color instead of lots of details.
Van Patten paints at his home studio, works part time at the Currier Museum and gives private lessons to students in Manchester. He says he primarily paints at night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
“It’s challenging being an artist ... and having a commitment to jobs and providing for your family,” Van Patten said.
His former oil paintings featured landscapes – especially images taken at nighttime in Manchester and places in the Concord region he’s visited with his children.
One of his most recent paintings in the impressionist style is of his two daughters in a Concord park. It is painted entirely with a palette knife.
The new works are less literal, he said. He takes an image and breaks it down into organic blocks of colors. He also plans to work with non-traditional tools like old credit cards and Squeezees.
“It’s a unique way to look at the world,” Van Patten said.
Greetings and salutations, friends. How is the summer treating you? Hard to believe it is August already and yet, not really. Since having children, it seems as though time is hurtling by.
We did a little updating and the tent now has sides, which seemed like just an extra expense at first but has been quite helpful cutting down wind and also making things feel safer during those shows that require the tent to stay up overnight.
This past weekend, Joel was at his second show of 2017 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Although it is a week-long celebration for Yankee Homecoming, the art piece was just for the first weekend.
A weekend is just fine with us, though! It is hard to sit there for hours each day and have no sales. (A piece did sell that weekend, but not at the show.)
How to turn interest and likes into sales? That is obviously the hard part, but made a lot harder in the art world because what someone likes to paint and what someone wants to buy can be vastly different. Kind of like finding your soulmate or doppelganger! Don't look up the odds, it will just depress you. Seems like you would have better luck winning the lottery...in which case, care to sponsor Mr. VanPatten?
But back to the task at hand. Keep painting and carry on!
After some confusion, Joel will be participating in "Uncommon Art on the Common" this Saturday the 5th in Goffstown, New Hampshire. 9-3, short and sweet!
Then, on August 19-20th, Joel will be setting up shop in his wife's hometown of Nashua, New Hampshire. Another lovely location - Greeley Park.
Hope to see you soon! Bring a cold drink, it gets hot out there!
I could see it was a rough-cut Tuesday
Slow-motion weekdays stare me down
His perfect picture got me wound
"Freeze Frame" by J Geils
Joel is often asked why he does not sell framed paintings. Well, just like the artwork itself, the frame is up for interpretation.
These petite beauties are a tidy 4x6".
These pieces from the "Minumental" series were framed to be available for quick sale and shows. A nice, easy present - can be shipped to someone with no fuss or taken off a display wall and hung immediately at home.
Other pieces are not so simple. This pet portrait of a Maine Coon belongs to owners who have a defined Venetian style home. It wouldn't make sense for Joel to put the painting in a frame when they know exactly what looks best in their home and what appeals to their aesthetic.
This most recent piece, "Fenton's Landing" in Sunapee, New Hampshire, will be sold unframed but if the new owner wants a recommendation, Joel will bhappy to help. After all, father knows best!
Joel has recently started working at the Currier Museum in Manchester, New Hampshire. It is a part time gig and he works in Client Relations but oh boy, has it inspired him!
Although it is a fairly small museum (especially when compared to the other "local" museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts), it has an impressive collection, including pieces from Manet, Picasso, Monet, Singer-Sargent, Boghosian, and Wyeth, to name a few.
Being in such good company almost daily has inspired Joel and somehow made him even more enthusiastic about painting! This inspiration has already flowed from his brain, out of his fingertips and on to the canvas.
In his recent piece "White Park", he remarked that way the paint was lightly on part of the building would have bothered him previously but after seeing how the museum pieces were, he was going to leave it (part of the process) and enjoyed the way it looked. His most recent works have been done using a palette knife which creates a looser presentation.
Although these recent works have been a fantastic and interesting style for Joel, it will be very interesting to see how working at the Museum further influences him.
Lots of big things happening in the VP Studios this summer. And most of it is last minute, unexpected and very exciting!
Joel's work was juried and approved as part of the Art on the Green, put on by the Center for the Arts in New London, New Hampshire. Acceptance to show time was less than a week so we were too busy putting a booth together to promote it much.
It was so nice to see everyone at the show and response to Joel's work from the art community was very positive! Big thank you's to friends Holly and Chris Nagle for helping with booth design and materials. It was Joel's first outdoor show and a bit of a learning curve.
However, that was a great jumping off point for two other shows later this summer. Next up is "Art on the Bartlet Mall", part of Yankee Homecoming in scenic Newburyport, Massachusetts. (No really, it's scenic, picturesque, and a disgustingly perfect seaside town. Can't wait to attend!) That is a weekend show, July 29 & 30 and part of the events kicking off Newburyport's week-long celebration.
In August, it's a short trip south to Nashua, New Hampshire for the Nashua Art Association's event in Greeley Park. (Also a location that is picturesque and easy on the eyes.) That event is August 19-20.
Other blog posts are coming soon, including Joel's adventures in the museum world.
Today is a special guest post by Joel's wife Emily.
Someone date my husband, please. No, not romantically, I mean professionally!
Being a stay-at-home mom with 3 small children rarely affords me time to go with Joel while he paints en plein air. Do not be scared, it just means he goes outdoors, plops down, unpacks and paints. And while painting is a very individual persuit, it can also be lonely. Loneliness is hard for all of us, but for someone as creative as Joel it turns something relaxing into something a little painful.
Sure, radios and phones mean he isn't without human contact but it sure would be nice to have someone there to have a conversation with, to share similar interests with, to exchange ideas and techniques with...to professionally date, if you will.
So, to all of you local painters - would you be interested in dating my husband? You can go paint outdoors or in a creative indoor space. You can talk about the local and global art scene. I just don't have the same interest as my darling husband when it comes to that but hey, Jeremy Mann, your coffee table book is lovely
You get a great partner in crime and I don't get ambushed by a zealous art enthusiast while I am simultaneously trying to change a diaper, refill a cup and find the correct cartoon. Sorry honey, but your timing can stink.
Plus, everyone has a work spouse. They exist in every co-ed work environment, don't deny it. Working from home as a professional painter means that he is stuck with his lawfully wedded wife and how fun is that?
Dating my husband professionally would even include cross-promotion. He loves to talk and it would be so easy to drop in conversation (online or in person) that you are trying something new...a new place to paint...a new person to get excited about art with...perhaps something new you found along the way that is inspiring your paintings...maybe even a new style! Styles evolve - it's true!
So, all I am asking is that if you live in New England, specifically New Hampshire, give him a chance. He's a great guy and full of talent. Give him a chance and go on a date. I did!
Now that the fall is here I have far more time indoors vs. all of the normal outdoor activities that occupy one's time. I am moving into a large scale cityscape series at this time. I feel that the larger format lends itself to the experience of the viewer feeling small, as one would in a city environment naturally, and the use of non-traditional applicators such as knives, rollers and squeegees creates interesting textures and impasto which are to be visually explored close up while the work generally dominates around the viewer.
Below I have attached a couple pictures of my most recent work in process; a roof top scene from Boston's north end, 48" x 36" oil on canvas.
You can view my first painting in this series, Boston Blackstone Block here:
Howdy! Tightened up the site a bit more today; finally fixed the portfolio into a slideshow with added thumbnail bar which should make this a bit easier to use for y'all. I started adding click-thrus to some of the paintings listed in the portfolio for a more in depth write up on each piece.
Lastly for today, I set up a Pinterest account too so you can do that thing with my stuff and help me branch out on the inter webs. Here's the link to my Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/artvanpatten/
On the easel now:
So, I've revamped my website...again. I wanted to provide a clean and simple approach to this site and allow you to quickly find works of mine and roll on. While all work shown is for sale I am omitting an commerce aspects at this time from this site as I seek new gallery representation in order to stay in line with their preferred pricing. If you are interested in a work please contact me directly until I find a gallery or agent.
I am moving into more impressionism/modern impressionism these days and my style is certainly loosening up a lot and has been met with positive response thus far; thank you! I am very actively painting and feel that my newest works have a lot of emotion and experience for you. I hope you find it fun and engaging and stay close here! I love connecting with you and hearing your thoughts and sharing my art with others.
So, I'm thinking of (hopefully) only updating my social statuses online from now on via this blog. Why? Because it is easier and hits everything in one shot nice and easy! So stay tuned and watch for updates via this blog and/or your favorite My Face Page Chat site.
I am also really thinking of doing a podcast, possibly weekly or maybe more frequently on here, reading all of the Van Gogh letters (one each episode, don't worry), commenting on them and art in general. Stay tuned.
Lots and lots going on! When it rains it pours! I am currently working on some new digital illustrations for several clients, a large mural design and illustrating a book for a client. Here are some recent works:
This comic book cover is a digital illustration that I did with the Wacom Cintiq, Manga Studio EX5 and Photoshop CC. I have to letter it now and it will be done. I really like the Angelic army in the back ground! There's lots of symbolism in this piece! Can you find it all?
Here is what this piece looks like in progress. On the left you can see the blue-line pencil that I used to sketch out my layout. You remove this layer once the inks are laid down as shown on the right picture.
Here we have the layout done and inks are beginning to be applied.
This is the very first time that I have played around with digital oil paint! It's very sexy!!! This is obviously in progress. This is just a piece that I am doing for myself for fun as time allows.
A digital water color design concept that I made for my friend's hair salon, Earthly Roots.
So this week I'm wrapping up a portrait oil painting commission that I have been doing all year and I will be making some thumbnail sketches for my mural design and begin working on the book I'm illustrating. Be sure to check back for current cool updates and maybe just maybe my podcast as well.
So I decided to freshen up the site and make it a bit more easy for you to navigate and eventually including some new features. I have a couple podcasts that I am a part of too and I may be adding a weekly art themed radio show to this site for y'all as well, stay tuned!
Lot of cool new things in the work and I hope to go 'all in' here more and produce more art for you as time and funds allow. Please kindly find my new donate link on this site as well and consider making a donation. They start at just $0.50 and this goes a long ways towards materials, supplies and buying time to make art for you! Much much much appreciated!!!
I'm working on some new digital pieces currently. Here's a sneak peak at this latest.
Stay tuned for more, and send me your feedback! I'd love to hear from you!!!
So last night was the big night in which my painting was televised on WGBH Boston's art auction. It is a very big honor to have been professionally juried and selected from the thousands of artists Worldwide and their submissions. I do not think I fully appreciate the scope of this as my humility ultimately rules the day.
It's about putting in the work and the continued pursuit of any and all possible avenues which allows one to fully engage in and pursue their passions. The biggest lesson I can offer and hopefully a mantra that I can adhere to is that no one is going to come and rescue you from your studio. You have to work.
So yeah for this chapter in this artist's story! Now it's time to look forward to the next portion of my journey, whatever that may be...
In case you missed it, here is my video that I recorded at home last night with my wife of this event televised.
As always thank you so much for your continued support. I am grateful!
I was honored to receive a call today that WGBH Boston will be featuring my oil painting, Dance At The End of the World in their Boston Art Walk this evening. I donated this painting to WGBH to raise money for their station and PBS television. This is a huge honor as only 76 acrylic/oil paintings were selected for this year's show!
Their art auction will conclude this weekend on channel 2 in the Boston area and will be fully televised. My painting's bidding will conclude at 11:14pm EST on July 26th, Saturday.
Info on the auction and art walk: http://wgbhartauction.tumblr.com
The link to my painting's listing: http://auction.wgbh.org/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=218521
The Lascaux Review, selected my painting, Dance At The End of The World, to be used for one of their author's stories, Ana's Dance. I am thrilled to have The Lascaux Review select my work amongst thousands of potential artists and look forward to working with them again in the future!
To read the story please go here: http://lascauxreview.com/2014/04/anas-dance/
Here is the painting:
Last Sunday my classes worked with a very limited color pallet. I only gave them red, yellow, blue, black and white. The were forced to make secondary colors and use this limited pallet to create shadowing with non-local color and other effects. The goal was for them to capture any of the still life composition that they liked as long as it had a red, yellow and blue object in their composition.
I continue to be very impressed with these students' skill and their creativity. I hope they continue with the arts into college and beyond!
If you are in the area and would like to join us, classes are held in Exeter, NH through www.stairwaytoheavencomics.com Contact owner, Brad for more details. Classes are Sundays from 11:30-1:30.
Here is one of the #paintings that one of my students created on their very first #painting class! There is certainly a lot of #talent and #creativity with this group! These kids are aged 10-17 and from the looks of it they have a very promising future! I especially loved that Lizzy (the painter of this piece) took the initiative to use the butt of her brush for a stippling effect without any instruction. Awesome use of shadows and values, light to dark. Great work!
#art #artclass #teaching #painting #acrylicpainting #school #stairwaytoheavencomics #exeter #newhampshire
I began my first day of professional teaching today! I am teaching students aged 10-17 painting at www.stairwaytoheavencomics.com a comic book store in Exeter, NH. The kids were great! They are very creative and fun to work with!
If you are in the area and would like to join up with our class please use the link above and email Brad the owner. Classes run in 3 week terms for now and are $20/class. It's a fun time in a very cool environment.
I created this website as an online portfolio of my artwork today to share with you all. I hope you enjoy it! I plan on adding all of my notable past works, current projects and updates about future thoughts and ideas here as we go along. Stay tuned!