Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Last weekend I sketched a scene in watercolor and gouache on coldpress watercolor paper. The view looking out over the Richardson Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay is always interesting from this elevation. It was amazing as the Blue Angels were flying by for Fleet Week while I was painting. My mind was contemplating the slow moving watercolor washes while the hum of loop to loops danced above me. I of course dropped everything to climb up a park slide ladder to get a better view of the jets. Sort of distracting for painting, but darn entertaining. The hills of Sonoma dissolving in the far distance had a pink grey quality to it, which I used to unify the piece. The size was just under 12x18 inches. About two hours was the time line in creating the image - then things were getting a bit dark as the sun was sinking behind the hills.

P.S. Thanks to everyone for their thoughtful feedback on previous posts for this blog. I will try and keep it going with more sketches now and then.

- Erik

20 comments:

Sunil Pant said...

Love this piece Erik-The colors in the background work.I think you captured the hills really well!
I did catch the fleet week-along with the blue grass festival down at golden gate park.It was Teriffic!Everyone was high!haha

keep the good work going.
best wishes~
s

ev said...

Great work Erik, nice to see some traditional painting on your blog. I did enjoy the paintings from life below. Its something i have to try rather than shooting my reference/inspiration then later working on the digital paintings.
Inspiring stuff.

Jeane Nevarez said...

What a beautiful painting. I have just moved away from the Bay Area. Your painting reminds me of all those times I tramped along the bluffs over the ocean, with the trees stunted by the wind. Thank you for sharing it.

bajel said...

insane

Katherine said...

Very nice piece of work. I stared at it for sometime trying to work out which bits were watercolour and which bits were gouache - but couldn't decide.

I hope to see more

Jackson said...

Awesome color passages and edges...

Joshua James said...

Nice!

Didn't realize you had a blog.

Looking forward to more.

-Joshua

Clayton Stillwell said...

Really great stuff here Eric, I'd love to get some crits from you sometime. your understanding of color is so inspiring, glad to see you posting ona blog.

~ Clayton

Michael Lukyniuk said...

You've certainly created a lovely piece in just two hours. The tones are perfect and your brushstrokes are very expressive. I also like the way that some areas have more detail than others.

robot_legionnaire said...

Great visual depth in this piece sir! And excellent color observation.

marcobucci said...

Erik, at the risk of sounding like a screaming 12 year old, I'm a HUGE fan of your stuff. Ever since I discovered your website a few years ago, I was inspired not only to try painting in gouache, but also to dig deeper into colour theory. Please keep posting!

the enigma said...

i'm one of your works fans.
i'm speechless.

Justin Ridge said...

....sigh....so nice! I love the shadows on the tree especially.

Goro said...

your work is awesome! The colors are just wonderful! Great work

sparth said...

hi erik

happy to see you opening a blog.
i have been an adept of your colors and style for so long now. it's a pleasure to see even more than what we see in the books.

sparth

www;sparth.com

braden matt said...

how do you do it. you're amazing on both levels, traditionally and digital. Very nice work as always. thanks for the inspiration and keep'em coming.

hans bacher said...

just accidentally found your blog.
your work is stunning, like one of the old
masters working on the computer

Roland Mechael said...

very sargent like! truly a watercolor master! beautiful!

rhombus said...

Beautiful work Erik, a great inspiration to get out there and just paint!

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