Friday, October 29, 2010

Hello, my name is Eric

A little background on what I've been up to. I had spent several years slowly working my way through the illustration field. A few years back, I had an opportunity to show my work in the pop-surreal/low brow gallery scene. I took the red pill...or was it the blue pill? I took some pills and jumped in with both feet.

My art has been kicking my ass ever since. There's been a lot of experimenting, a lot of mistakes, and a lot of pushing myself to be better than I was the month before. Getting better everyday is just too much to ask for. There's a real ugly side to my work. Mostly the 80% that resides between starting and finishing. It's full of doubts, insecurities, a lot of choices, and a lot of muddy colors. Every painting is a difficult journey. If it were easy I wouldn't appreciate the end nearly as much. Mistakes are fine. Failing is okay. Learning from these experiences and getting back on the easel is even better. From here on we hope to imbue you with a little insight into the thoughts and processes of our work.

A recent journey has lead me to this painting which is part of an upcoming show opening Nov 6th at LeBasse Projects Gallery.


  1. thats awesome man, is that acrylic or oil? you should make that into a print, I could afford it then.

  2. "Mistakes are fine. Failing is okay."

    Thank you for saying this. I wish more artists understood this because I don't know how many of my peers completely destroy themselves because they think errors unacceptable.

    There seems like there is this time in an artist's development where we either forget our beginnings, full of failure but also progress, or believe that we are beyond that now. We believe we aren't allowed to still mess up. But when I came to terms with the fact that no matter how much I improve I will always make plenty of mistakes, I become a much more productive and happy artist.

  3. I think if you are never failing, then you are not trying hard enough. Complacency and playing things "safe" begets boring art. I try to do things differently and explore new ways of approach in order to keep things fresh. Thanks for sharing Eric!

  4. Sometimes I feel I have no time for mistakes and that prevents me from even beginning. Sad but true! It's consoling to know artists I admire suffer with insecurities and 'mistakes' as well, and somehow they get through it and produce truly amazing pieces. I want what you're smokin'... :D

  5. ...actually, they were red and blue pills;)

  6. Do you have any idea how many reds and blues there are? Oh wait, you're an artist you must. Great start for this place. Funny thing Eric is that I am doing mostly gallery stuff now and I really miss doing illustration. I try to slip one in now and then. How about you?

  7. I miss working with people and the camaraderie. I had this conversation the other day with Dan. I also realized that I miss doing small, light hearted illustrations. One's I could bust out in several days, have a little fun and be done. It's like a way to stay creative, try out new things with little pressure, pay bills, and decompress at the same time. Nowadays, every piece I do I really pour everything I have into it. I'm also experimenting more outside of my comfort zone. It's at the same time very gratifying and quite exhausting.

  8. Im such a perfectionist, it slows me down so much. I have to keep at least 5 or more on the easels to move my eyes around. I get fixated on a problem that probably no one but me (hopefully) sees and cant move on until its "fixed". But, by then Ive overworked it. Ive found sometimes if I just throw it together in the beginning, I dont take so much time in the end. Its the details thats a killer. But, if it didnt take me so long, the end results wouldnt be near as rewarding. Or so I tell myself. Eric, your art is just fabulous. You have such a great imagination. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Barb AKA Reddwine


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