Friday, April 29, 2016

Unassuming.

Unassuming (30x24) oil on linen

Had the pleasure of working with this lovely model last week; a friend donated the kimono to my studio's costume wardrobe a while back, and it complimented this redhead quite nicely... 

(Initial lay-in session)

About 2 hours was enough to establish the drawing,  colour notes and block-in all the major shapes. From there, I could stay on track with the colour key and retain the broken patterns of brush strokes, keeping the overall spontaneity and freshness of the initial session. No need to fill in every square inch -- in fact that would have killed the energy I was after in what could have been a rather static pose.

Could have left it even more "undone", but I still get carried away...





Monday, April 4, 2016

Feature article in Plein Air magazine!

Plein Air magazine, May 2016

Thanks to Steve Doherty and Plein Air magazine for featuring me in the new May 2016 issue!









 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Smokin' Cowboy

(15x15) oil pastel on Canson paper


Enjoyed my time with fellow artist (and sometime art model) Timothy Young the other day... I had noticed him at a local weekly art gathering and made a mental note to someday approach him to see if he would model for me. Not knowing his name, I secretly referred to him as "Epic Bead Guy" until I got up the nerve to introduce myself -- what a genuine and pleasant guy he turned out to be; and not that I expected the contrary, but sometimes you never know with people who have a unique style and individuality.

He was very humble and accommodating in sitting for this portrait sketch...he even went as far as fashioning a dummy pipe to smoke as he is not a smoker in real life (and I didn't have a pipe on hand myself). After the session, we went out for some Chinese food and great conversation...

Thank you again, Tim for your time and graciousness to pose for me; hope to work with you again!




Saturday, March 5, 2016

STUDIO SALE COMING...


Eric Jacobsen and myself are holding our first ever 2-Man Open Studio Sale
 
This is a Studio Sale proper, meaning we're cleaning out our studios and all works are for sale at deep discounted prices! Field sketches, figure studies, drawings and paintings; including those that have had their shot in a gallery or show but never sold -- all unframed and available for immediate cash and carry...


Who: Eric Bowman and Eric Jacobsen  

What: 600 to 700+ oil paintings available at studio prices!
When: Saturday April 2nd, 2016 from 10am to 3pm 
Where: Bowman Studio, 7311 SW Pine Street Tigard, OR 97223

      




Eric Jacobsen website: http://jacobsenstudio.com/
Eric Bowman website: http://ericbowman.com/



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"Come Together!"



So I got the big idea to invite my friend and fab painter, Eric Jacobsen to join me in our first ever 2-Man Open Studio Sale

We've been putting in a hard days night, eight days a week preparing for this sale, and have between us at least 600 to 700 + paintings available

This is a Studio Sale proper, meaning we're cleaning out our studios and all works are for sale at deep discounted prices! Field sketches, figure studies, drawings and paintings; including those that have had their shot in a gallery or show but never sold -- all unframed and available for immediate cash and carry...

Who: Eric Bowman and Eric Jacobsen

What: 2-Man Open Studio Sale
When: Saturday April 2nd, 2016 from 10am to 3pm

Where: Bowman Studio, 7311 SW Pine Street Tigard, OR 97223

Why: Because all you need is love...and some great artwork!



Eric Jacobsen website: http://jacobsenstudio.com/
Eric Bowman website: http://ericbowman.com/



Monday, February 22, 2016

"IMPRESSION" show at Abend Gallery in Denver

 "Twilight's Brief Moment" (18x18) oil on linen

I am thrilled to have this painting as part of the international group show, "IMPRESSION" opening at the Abend Gallery on March 11th. Please click on link below for digital catalog preview -- 


(detail)














Saturday, January 16, 2016

Shape, Value, Colour & Texture, Inc.

 Fire Brand (8x10) oil on linen

Of course Line and most importantly, Composition are part of the mix as well, but the 4 elements mentioned in the title are what these are about. The one above (Firebrand) was painted in the studio, and made up from images recorded at various locations in my sketchbook...

Gray Day (12x12) oil on linen

This one (Gray Day) was painted quickly on location on the central California coast with a limited palette. Although they are different subjects and painted under different conditions, both paintings are about shape, value, colour and texture...











Thursday, December 17, 2015

Outbuildings

 Summer Outbuildings (12x12) oil on linen 

One of the first ever local paintings to capture my attention was many years ago in a small gallery somewhere between here and the Oregon coast.  We used to stop there as a rest point on our way to the beach and check out the art.  One day as I was walking thru the gallery, I spotted a small (maybe 6x8 or 8x10) plein air sketch called "Outbuildings". It was a small masterpiece (to me anyway) very brief, very textural and creamy; everything I like in an oil painting -- the kind that makes an artist want to head out and paint right then and there...

 Outbuildings (12x12) oil on linen SOLD

Unfortunately, I never made memory of the artist's name. Looking back, I assume they were local as it was a local scene, but even inquiring with the gallery staff months later, they could not help me identify the artist or the painting (which was long gone by then).

 Whomever the mystery artist was, they have never returned to that gallery as far as I know (I still look every time we pass that way).  I've never seen anything remotely like that little gem since, but it did leave a lasting impression; one that continues to inspire me as I hope some of my paintings will do for others... Well done mystery painter, wherever you are!