Christmas in the Air

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 New Year @ LAAFA

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

The Oldest in California

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

Birth of the California Art Club: Its Founding and First Annual Exhibition

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