Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Show!



A new show at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland, OR opens November 6th and runs thru December 31st with reception on Friday, Nov 7th from 5 to 8pm.  

I will have approximately 15 new pieces in this show ranging in size from 6x8" to 48x60"

This is a 3-person show along with fellow Northwest painters, 
Aimee Erickson and Scott Gellatly.

If you're in the area anytime between November 6th and the end of the year, come by and see the show!








Monday, October 13, 2014

American Masters at the Salmagundi Club

 Potiphar's Wife (24x20) oil on panel SOLD!

I am very honored and excited to be showing in this years American Masters Exhibition and Sale at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York city! The exhibition runs October 14th thru the 24th -- a relatively short run, but the company of artists there is a real who's who of contemporary representational painters --



 Eventide (12x16) oil on linen

This show which has been a fixture for several years now boasts works by Burt Silverman, Christopher Blossom, Quang Ho, David Leffel, Matt Smith, Don Demers, John Stobart, John Traynor, and many more!


Fisherman's Rock (6x8) oil on linen SOLD!

If you're in the area, please check out the show -- a rare collection of some of the best current representational artists in the country!







Thursday, October 9, 2014

Goodbye Summer...

 Point of Departure (12x16) oil on linen

Wow! What weather we've had! I was at the beach this last week for a few days, and all of them were perfect, blue-sky and summer like (even though this is October!!). I found a new spot to paint on the central Oregon coast too that I never knew existed...


 Sunday Light & Sea Foam (8x10) oil on linen

I stumbled (literally) across it and almost didn't stop to investigate...sure glad I did though, and stayed the whole day painting these pieces there -- I could have done more, but spent some time hiking around and exploring the area...definitely coming back here!


 Fisherman's Rock (6x8) oil on linen

So grateful for the extended summer we have had... I know it all has to end at some point (especially here in the Northwest) but I'll gladly hold on to this last shot of warm sunshine as a reminder of what to look forward to for next year!

Goodbye Summer!









Wednesday, October 1, 2014

15th American Impressionist Society Annual Exhibition

 

Very honored to be juried into this national exhibition and sale that opens tomorrow at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO!  This painting was accomplished with the aid of the Oregon Culinary School here in Portland, who allowed me to photograph their students preparing a lunchtime meal for the public (something they do each day)...
 

 "Glazing" (16x20) o/c









Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sonoma Plein Air 2014

 Sonoma Skies (8x10)

Just back from Sonoma Plein Air 2014 and what a beautiful place to be and not just to paint; perfect sunny weather and gorgeous landscape and coast to explore. Here are a few of the dozen or so pieces I did there...


 California Cloudscape (8x10) SOLD

It was also great to see and paint with some friends that I only get to see a couple of times a year at events like these -- these are "my people" who understand the artist in me the most, who face the same trials and tribulations that creatives have to deal with...


 Moonlight Drive (12x16) SOLD

So while we encouraged one another, we commiserated some too, to vent our frustrations and compare notes on what's not working and what is...

 Silver Sonoma Coast (6x8) SOLD

But the best parts were sharing the excitement of caravaning thru the pre-dawn hours to reach the coast and capture the first light on canvas, and spontaneous dinner parties at the end of long days painting to share fun stories of triumphs and failures -- camaraderie among artists is a very special and needful experience (and it also elevates the homesickness I often feel away from my girls back home).


 Summers End (8x10) SOLD

This piece (above) was the first of mine to sell on Saturday and was painted on the Annadel Estate Winery where I was given full access of the grounds, and a complimentary glass of award-winning Chardonnay before I left (thank you Abi!)...


Bodega Rocks (8x10)


At Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast there were dozens of paintings in every direction; zero wind, zero clouds, zero crowds -- just nature at it's finest! I only wish I had more time to explore better compositions, but the richness of the day will last me for months to come. Can hardly wait to get back next year, but what a way to close out the summer -- thank you everyone at SPA for a great time and to my host, Bev Raaka for another comfortable stay!





















Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Double Exposure!


I have an 8-page, step-by-step "how to" article in the October 2014 issue of International Artist magazine...AND am a featured artist in the "Artist To Watch" section of the October 2014 issue of Southwest Art magazine -- On news stands now!

http://www.southwestart.com/articles-interviews/emerging-artists/emerging-artists-eric-bowman 














Monday, September 8, 2014

Pacific City and the Dorymen...

 Minus Tide (8x10)

We've been having a really nice summer here in the Pacific Northwest this year (doesn't always happen)...so we headed back to the beach and found some great weather there too (which is also "iffy" when it's warm inland). I spent several sessions painting at Pacific City's Cape Kiwanda where the famed Dorymen launch their boats...


 Dory Rocks (8x10)

For more than a hundred years in all kinds of conditions, dory boats have gone to sea from the shelter of Cape Kiwanda. There is no other harbor, port, or fishing fleet anywhere in the world exactly like this. 

The dory's origins come from the turn of the 20th century surf dories and Nestucca River gill net boats that sold their fish to the salmon cannery established in 1887 near the mouth of the river.

After 1927,  commercial fishing was only allowed in the open ocean. Since the Nestucca had a shallow, dangerous bar accessible only at flood tide, a new larger surf boat was needed to be launched in the lee of Cape Kiwanda.


 
Cape Kiwanda Morning (8x10)

 When ocean conditions allow, Pacific City dories fish the waters off of Cape Kiwanda, launching from, and sliding back up on the beach in the lee of the Cape.

The dory fleet is renowned for its incredible safety record. Dorymen are often the first responders to distress calls and other marine emergencies. In 100+ years only 6 known dorymen have lost their lives at sea, making the Pacific City dory and the men and women who sail them some of the safest mariners in the marine environment.

North Side Cape Kiwanda (8x10)

 In 1996, the Dorymen's Association was founded; a non-profit organization with the primary mission to preserve and protect the historic traditions given to us by the pioneers of this fleet. The Association supports Oregon's public beach laws and regulations and works with local, state, and federal agencies.