Friday, November 26, 2010

Beginnings & Endings

Leading up to my recent show at LeBasse Projects I had been working around the clock to finish up the paintings. After coming back from LA it was straight to Altoona, Pa for Illux Con. And currently, I'm house/dog sitting in NY for a cousin of mine. I have been doing nothing for the passed few weeks but absorbing other peoples art; galleries in LA and NY, amazing work at Illux Con. Taking a lot of it in and letting it marinate. Normally when I travel I bring all my supplies: fold up art desk, desk lamp, paints, palettes etc., and I work. These recent travels have been interesting, because I only brought pencil and paper. I wasn't even worried about art making really, mostly trying to get inspired for my next body of work. Exposing myself to as much as possible(in an artistic context). About two days ago I woke up thinking about my work and busted out ten sketches almost effortlessly. That never happens. I'm kind of excited about these so I thought I'd post a few of my early morning chicken scratches. The beginnings of what you may see fleshed out in the months to come. I'm also posting another beginning and the detail of an ending to recent previous months of work. The next step from here. refine sketches, value/color studies, photo ref, transfer, paint. We'll see what happens.


  1. Josh, get some sleep man it's late.

  2. It is beatuful Eric. The mood of the colors are fantastic. I am sitting now at my desk trying to choose the colros for a warlock painting...I am thinking purple and orange/yellow.

  3. Admittedly Jesper, I don't feel that colors are a strength of mine. It's kind of a battlefield sometimes....not unlike Love ;) Something I am definitely working on.

  4. I love the dark, otherworldly quality of your work, Eric.

    Very rich. Very quiet. Very nice.


  5. I realize Jesper is in another time place but don't you guys sleep? Oh wait, reach back into memory; graduate school, full-time job, three kids=4 hours sleep a night. Thanks for jogging my failing memory Eric. By the way drawing is the probity of art. I think Ingres or David said that. But I just plain love drawing, the essential mark. I love that you and others are showing showing these things on this blog.

  6. Thanks Steve.
    Bill, I saw a painting at the MET the other day. I believe it was a Durer. It was incomplete. a small section of the canvas was revealed around the chin/neck area. It spoke volumes to me and hinted as a process that one wouldn't know only viewing the finished painting. All the build up and layers beneath. It had such beautiful contour lines in pencil rendering out the form and shadow. Very insightful. I think that's why I like to post those things as well. Because I'm also the guy looking at other art blogs and saying "thanks"

  7. Beautiful control of values and color.

  8. I love the energy trails in your line that translate into sculptural form when as you render with light. Is there any chance that you could share your rendering process? Do you build up slowly with soft even washes? How do you nail light so well?

  9. Hi Andreakward,

    Perhaps I'll make that my next post. Paint is very versatile. There are many ways to get a result. Research, watch other artists, experiment and Practice often. More to come. The fact that you're here now and asking questions is good. In the meantime I do have some videos on youtube. I'd also recommend some of the process vids from Massive Black. Those are excellent learning tools.


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