Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, 12″ x 16″, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell These paintings will be exhibited along with a few more of mine at American Legacy Fine Arts (ALFA) in Pasadena, CA, as part of the exhibit “Eclectic L.A. – Four Perspectives.” One of the fascinating parts of Los Angeles is it’s … Continue reading Eclectic L.A. – Four Perspectives
Christmas in the Air (The Arroyo Seco), 14″ x 14″, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Wishing you a peaceful holiday season with all the enjoyment it brings and none of the stress that tends to accompany. I’m looking forward to plenty of good things in the … Continue reading Christmas in the Air
The winter semester at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys, California starts next month, and the Landscape Painting Class will be in full swing again beginning Saturday, January 16th, 2010. The class runs for eight consecutive Saturdays, and class size is kept small so students will receive plenty of individual instruction. … Continue reading The New Year @ LAAFA
This painting [above] by Henry Ossawa Tanner, now in the collection of LACMA, was not part of the 1929 CAC exhibition at the Hollyhock House, but was purchased directly from the artist when Harrison was in Paris in 1918. Harrison was a well-known Los Angeles collector.  You can find the following short essay by … Continue reading The First Black American Art Exhibit in Los Angeles, 1929
Rancho Camulos [“Home of Ramona”]; Built 1843, Piru, California; 11″ x 14″, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell Since I’ve been interested in history, it was only a matter of time before I started discovering and painting the historic adobes around southern California. Most date back to the early 19th century, with the oldest I’ve found so … Continue reading The Oldest in California
Yes, and I went painting last week at the relatively new Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) and met some of the rangers. We chatted for a little bit, they snapped some pictures and put up a short post on me – check it out and leave some comments on the LASHP blog. From their … Continue reading There’s a State Park in Downtown L.A.?
This is the second cover article I’ve written for the California Art Club Newsletter (the first being my interview of Evelyn Payne Hatcher in June 2001, daughter of Edgar and Elsie Payne). Thanks to Peter and Elaine Adams, and Jean Stern of the Irvine Museum for their help and contributions in writing this. Disclaimer: I’ve … Continue reading Birth of the California Art Club: Its Founding and First Annual Exhibition
On the evening of February 7th, artist Alexey Steele gave a lecture at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California, which accompanied that museum’s acquisition of his monumental drawing “Quiet Steps of Approaching Thunder.” Before the talk, Alexey’s good friend Maksim Velichkin set the mood for the unveiling with a piece for cello. I thought this would … Continue reading Alexey Steele is Taking Over Los Angeles!
The Fall Semester at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys, California is beginning next week, and the Landscape Painting Class will be in full swing again beginning Saturday, October 25th. It runs for eight consecutive Saturdays (excluding the Thanksgiving holiday) through December 20th. The class size is kept small, so students will … Continue reading Landscape Painting @ LAAFA