Interview with Michael Corbin (ArtBookGuy)

I was recently interviewed by Michael Corbin, who runs the website artbookguy.com. I really like what he's doing there - interviewing artists in a unique format via email that is rather like a conversation, and working hard to make art more central to our everyday lives. Here is the start of the interview:

Shadows Between the Sky, 16" x 20", © Eric Merrell. This painting was conceived solely from thumbnail sketches, written color notes, and observations from the landscape.

Shadows Between the Sky, 16" x 20", © Eric Merrell. This painting was conceived solely from thumbnail sketches, written color notes, and observations from the landscape.

Eric Merrell is one of the most gifted and insightful painters, I’ve ever interviewed www.ericmerrell.com. His observations are right on target and he’s a truly informed artist who has lots to say that may be of use to other living artists. What does he say? Check out our cool chat …

MICHAEL: Hey Eric, Your work is cool. First off, what is it about plein air painting that appeals to you?

ERIC: Hi Michael, I grew up camping with my family, so have always had a great love for the outdoors. I like to visit places and immerse myself in them – I look around a lot and compose mentally while exploring. Often when I’m on a painting trip, I’ll read about the location in the evenings after painting – history, geology, legends. Being on location gives me the opportunity to know the place better and to discover why I’m going to paint. Painting on location continually presents challenges that keep me engaged.

MICHAEL: There's a lot of landscape out there. How do you determine what you'll try to capture on canvas? What's your process?

ERIC: My process evolves into a new direction or approach every so often...

Continue reading the interview here.