Gold Coast: Paintings of Southern California

Joshua Tree Nocturne, 30" x 30", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

Does Your Heart Beat Slower? (Joshua Tree National Park), 24" x 20", Oil on canvas mounted on panel, © Eric Merrell

"Gold Coast: Paintings of Southern California by the California Art Club" is a new exhibition that opens April 30 - June 12, 2011 at the Oceanside Museum of Art. I'll have two paintings in the exhibit (not the coast, for sure, but definitely Southern California!). A reception will be held on April 30 from 1-4 pm.

I love desert moonlight - it's so bright you really don't need any other light source to get around (it does help to have a little book light or something for painting though). It's a great challenge to paint what you actually see - it's the big masses of shapes, the big statement that creates the emotional impact that interests me, not the details.