Pleinair at the Languedoc gite – May 2019 sittings

Landscapes and scenes, Pleinair

The reflection of the neighbors house was very bright whilst looking up from the old bakery in the morning. The second piece I’ve been laboring on during my week en Languedoc. I only had two real sittings of this, where I would wake up to capture the 10am – 12pm window. In the afternoon I was perched just on that ledge above the blue door under the arches drawing down into were I’m looking here. This village has so much more to paint: I could have been there a month

London Colney bridge – Ben Saunders

Landscapes and scenes

Tackling a childhood spot. The greens during this sitting were otherworldly.

City from Walthamstow

Landscapes and scenes, Pleinair
‘City from Walthamstow’ – Ben Saunders (Acrylic on board – 40 x 40 cm)

Painting a distant horizon from St James Park, Walthamstow. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what that pointy building was. I settled on the Shard obviously BUT was still curious . Whilst taking the overground into Liverpool Street the next day it turns out it’s The Guerkin, The Walkie Talkie and The Shard blended together in silhouette. Will have to settle on finishing this. One day.

Post cameraphone – Solo exhibition (12th May – 12th Apr 2019)


A chronology of plein air paintings and drawings by Ben Saunders between 2017 and 18. Pieces range from early oil pastel studies through to final pieces, painted using acrylic. Paintings are for sale.

Where > Hanbury Hall, 22 Hanbury St, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QR

When – 12th May – 12th Apr 2019

Few people rarely have the opportunity to show results of work so early in thir journeye and very few would dare at this stage in their journey.  A defining factor of my practice over the two years has been about throwing myself into things before I have thought I am ready.

On the sea – Oil pastel on paper, Egmond on zee

Landscapes and scenes

Whilst at a work conference in the Netherlands I left the safety of my hotel room in Egmond on Zee to see if I could get some oil pastel sketching done. The wind was so strong I had to retreat back to my hotel room and sketch from there. Back in the warmth I remember thinking it was good that I had at least felt those elements before hand since it really helped capture the threat those waves had. Hope you feel it to.

Parallax Art Fair – Chelsea, London – 23/24 February 2019


Confident that I have at least a body of landscapes that I’m happy with I decided to get some wall space at The Parallax Art Fair. With my commercial awareness hat firmly on I strolled into this with plenty enthusiasm. I came out the other side slightly bruised but warm inside nonetheless.

I have an immense fondness for the landscapes created in 2018, which you’ll see from the photos below. The limited addition 20/20 prints aren’t too shabby either.