Still Life: Eric Merrell Looks at the Orange and Agave

Eric Merrell, Agave and Oranges

Eric Merrell, Agave and Oranges

In the hierarchy of genres taught in art history class, desert landscapes would be low on the list. But they positively rule compared to the lowly still life. Fortunately, the lowest-rated form has a new champion in Eric Merrell. The Pasadena artist has a style and intensity that attracts followers for whatever he’s doing, whether it’s painting Joshua Trees at midnight or a potted Euphorbia in his own backyard.

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Nocturnes: A short film

This exciting project was just released a few weeks ago. Nocturnes is a short film that follows me into the desert while I paint at night. It was shot on a Sony A7S, which is the first camera with the ability to film in moonlight without any other light sources. It was all shot on location - even the lightning storm.

We've also gotten some nice coverage since its release:

Huffington Post

L.A. Review of Books

Curbed L.A.

BLDGBLOG

Artists on Art (issue 17 contains an article I wrote, “Is Plein Air in Moonlight Possible?”)

ArtFoodHome.com


NOCTURNES SCREENINGS AT U.S. FILM FESTIVALS

Lone Star Film Festival, Fort Worth, TX, Nov 10 – 13, 2016
St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, IL, Nov 3 – 13, 2016
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Hot Springs, AR, Oct 7-16, 2016
Alameda International Film Festival, Alameda, CA, Oct 7 – 9, 2016
Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma, WA, Oct 6 – 13, 2016
Great Lakes International Film Festival, Erie, PA, Sept 22 – Oct 1, 2016
Joshua Tree International Film Festival, Joshua Tree, CA,  Sept 16 – 18, 2016
Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, Aug 19 – 21, 2016
DocuWest International Film Festival, Denver, CO, May 11 – 15, 2016
RAW Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, April 24, 2016

Golden State

I grew up in Northern California where summer turns the rolling hills to a burnished gold. With the oaks and sage mingling and creating hillside patterns, it's the classic California landscape. I was recently was able to explore and paint my hometown - here are a few of the pieces done on location.

Summer's Golden Brilliance, 14" x 14" © Eric Merrell

Summer's Golden Brilliance, 14" x 14" © Eric Merrell

The Land You Know, 14" x 14" © Eric Merrell

The Land You Know, 14" x 14" © Eric Merrell

Burnished Hillsides, 12" x 18" © Eric Merrell

Burnished Hillsides, 12" x 18" © Eric Merrell

The Sun's Fiery Stare, 12" x 18" © Eric Merrell

The Sun's Fiery Stare, 12" x 18" © Eric Merrell