Monday, February 1, 2010

New Blog, new work, new year

I recently read an article about the misconception of artists; how beautiful works flow effortlessly from their fingertips while they enjoy a fun-filled life of leisure...uh, sounds good. Actually, just the other day I checked in with a much more talented artist friend to see how things were going, but our talk was cut short -- he said he'd have to call me back as there was someone there to see him about a kidney...(true conversation). Yes, the flowery description of the artist's life you may have read about in a Danielle Steel novel contrasts quite starkly to the real thing (mine anyway). But before I contemplate hocking any vital organs, I thought I'd start this blog to see if I could generate some more interest in my work. So please check back often -- I promise to update regularly and do my best to keep it interesting (although I can't help but wonder what a kidney fetches these days)...

Shimmy Dancer (36x24)

This piece was inspired by the old vaudeville/1920's jazz age entertainers who sang as well as danced... although there are no instruments depicted as with my other musical genre paintings, I felt this still relates to the same subject matter.

Trumpet Solo (8x10)

I've done so many guitar players I thought it was time to branch out a little... This is a fairly quick sketch (for me) about 3 hours, including lunch and a very limited palette.

Good as it Getz (12x16)

Here are Stan Getz and Benny Goodman jamming -- been studying Soviet painters lately, and after getting over the initial depression and subsequent inferiority complex, I took a shot at these guys in cool values...again, limited palette.


  1. Welcome aboard the blogosphere! Looking forward to reading your posts.

  2. The new paintings look great. glad your putting the book to use so quickly.

  3. Eric - I've admired your work since first seeing it in George's gallery in Lake Oswego. Loved your pieces of the dress mannequins in the lonely looking windows. My best. Donna Sanson

  4. I can see myself making frequent stops here. I had no idea you did figures!
    Carrie Holst

  5. Félicitations, j'aime beaucoup vos musiciens.Ils paraissent tellement vivants, je peux les entendre jouer... Bravo

  6. I love your work and i have to say the bottom piece here really draws me in; i think its the sense of character in the guy with the glasses; your brush work is very expressive and tactile. Thanks for sharing your work!

  7. Tudo que pintas é mágico. Formidável! parabéns.