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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.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/Artist-works-on-developing-his-style-in-Suncook-11747696

"Sisters in the Park", Oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

"Sisters in the Park", Oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

Suncook artist evolves into abstract style

By SARAH PEARSON
Monitor staff

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.

Abstract Park, oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

Abstract Park, oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

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.

Fenton's Landing, oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

Fenton's Landing, oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

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.

White Park, oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

White Park, oil on canvas, by Joel VanPatten

Freeze frame!

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

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Joel is often asked why he does not sell framed paintings. Well, just like the artwork itself, the frame is up for interpretation. 

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These petite beauties are a tidy 4x6". 

Ignore those little arrows! 

Ignore those little arrows! 

Cropping while tired is not recommended. 

Cropping while tired is not recommended. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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!

Revamped The Website

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.
 

Digital art, Cintiq 24HD with Manga Studio EX5

Digital art, Cintiq 24HD with Manga Studio EX5

Stay tuned for more, and send me your feedback!  I'd love to hear from you!!!