For three years, Pennsylvania artist Patrick Connors taught a workshop and painted in Rome each June. He forsook his usual medium â€” oil â€” and concentrated on pen-and-ink, gouache, and watercolor while working in Italy. Back in the United States, he would make studio paintings from his references. An exhibition currently on view at the Clark Gallery, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, presents some of those pieces.
One of the landscape paintings that stands out among the semi-finalists selected by Michael Zakian in the September/October PleinAir Salon competition (www.pleinairsalon.com) is â€śAfter a Storm,â€ť by Philadelphia artist Patrick Connors. We wanted to find out more about how Connors created the piece he calls a â€śbreakthrough painting.â€ť
There are a few coincidences among the bimonthly PleinAir Magazine Salon competition winners, including the fact that one husband-and-wife team worked on the plein air painting that won second place, and two artists who are married to one another won separate awards.