Friday, January 2, 2015

HAPPY 2015!

 Goodbye Summer (48x60) o/c

Late in the year I painted "Goodbye Summer" -- it was a large canvas (for me) and actually the first painting that our daughter, Lily posed for.


Evening Garden (8x10) o/c

I had been visiting this large community garden near our home over the summer, doing several sketches (like the one above) to get the colour I wanted. Although it's not easy transferring information from an 8x10 inch sketch to a 4x5 foot format, I think I captured most of it... The biggest challenge is transferring the loose and spontaneous brush strokes; it's not just a matter of using bigger brushes and more paint...


Study for "Goodbye Summer" (8x10) o/c

There is a comfort zone that is in direct ratio to the size of your arm that dictates the application and execution of paint. Brushes can only hold so much pigment and pull only so long of a stroke; once you go beyond those limits, you have to then "patch and section'" larger areas to develop that scale in a style that reflects your smaller, looser plein air sketch... Pretty hard to do unless you go thinner with the pigment and/or break up the information into comfortable portions, using broken colour to convey the looseness on a large scale. 

I also came back over areas of the painting with a 'dry-brush' (thin pigment with no medium or solvent) to drag on a rougher effect -- this too helps convey looseness...

At any rate, it was good practice and reason to pursue more large canvases in 2015...thanks again to Lil for being such a trooper for daddy!

Happy 2015 everybody!











Thursday, November 20, 2014

Demo

Figure No. 27 (18x14) oil on vellum
SOLD!


Yesterday I was invited to do a demonstration painting for the Society of Washington Artists in Vancouver, WA. About 35 people showed up and I had a nice time chatting with them and answering questions about my approach. The demo painting (above) turned out quite well for an hour's effort and then sold the next day to another artist back east when I posted it on Facebook. All in all, a profitable experience and a good exercise...






Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NEW FIGURES FOR SALE!


I have new figure sketches for sale in time for the holidays! Each Sketch is unframed,  oil on vellum paper, 14x11 inches... Perfect for the art student or art appreciator in your life....or a gift to yourself! (add $10 for S&H)

Interested parties, please email me at eric@ericbowman.com


 Figure No. 24  (14x11) oil on vellum
$300

 Figure No. 24  (detail)




 Figure No. 25  (14x11) oil on vellum
SOLD!



 Figure No. 26  (14x11) oil on vellum
SOLD!


Figure No. 26  (detail)








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!

http://www.brianmarki.com/ARTIST-PAGES/EricBowman-NorthwestImpressions.html 








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