La Casita del Arroyo

Fresh paint from the Arroyo

Arroyo Seco Afternoon, 12" x 16", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

These are a number of new pieces I've done recently - since moving closer to the Arroyo Seco, I've been painting there almost entirely. And since I'm temporarily without a studio, everything is done on location. It's a fantastic place to paint, and as the birthplace of plein air painting on the west coast and California Impressionism, offers some pretty special light. Jean Mannheim, Franz Bischoff, Elmer and Marion Wachtel and William Lees Judson are just a few of the artists who lived on or near the Arroyo. The high western edge of the Arroyo casts a shadow a little earlier than sunset and creates some unique painting opportunities - below are some examples of this: "The Arc of Evening" shows the eastern rim of the Arroyo and "In the Gloaming" looks up at the western edge.

The Arc of Evening, Arroyo Seco, 9" x 12", Oil on canvas panel, © Eric Merrell

Summer Heat in the Arroyo, 11" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

San Rafael Bridge from the Arroyo, 11" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Hillside Oaks and Shadows, Arroyo Seco, 11" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

These three paintings, "Hillside Oaks and Shadows," "In the Gloaming" and "Down to Earth Sinks the Sun" have been great challenges. I spent at least three consecutive days working on each, developing the color and subtleties.

In the Gloaming - Arroyo Seco, 12" x 9", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Down to Earth Sinks the Sun - The Arroyo Seco, 9" x 12", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Palm Desert and Pasadena events

This Too Shall Pass - Arroyo Seco, 9" x 12", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell (Private collection)

I'll be giving a short presentation about my work at 1 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Henderson Community Building, 72559 Highway 111 at El Paseo (Entrada del Paseo) in Palm Desert for the 6th Annual Desert Garden Community Day, presented by the Desert Horticultural Society, the City of Palm Desert, and the Desert Garden Center in Palm Springs. The events will be a combination of artists and their work along with workshops about desert landscaping. The Palm Springs Art Museum is not far from there, so stop by and make a day out of it!

On Sunday October 16th I'll be exhibiting new paintings of the historic Arroyo Seco along with other artists from the California Art Club. The exhibition will take place from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at La Casita del Arroyo, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA  91105 [map].

Pasadena's Arroyo Seco

This Sunday, March 14, I'll be part of an exhibition at La Casita del Arroyo in Pasadena, California. It will only be up for that one day from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., so please stop by and check it out if you can. There will be some good artwork to see and it should be a nice day to explore the trails in the Arroyo. La Casita del Arroyo, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Spring in the Arroyo, 14" x 14", Oil on panel, Private Collection, © Eric Merrell

Christmas in the Air, 14" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

"The California Art Club and the La Casita del Arroyo Foundation join forces for the fifth exhibition and sale of plein air paintings of the Arroyo Seco, Southern California's most celebrated canyon."

"The exhibition will feature new original artwork by renowned contemporary-traditional fine artists who will paint on location during the week prior to the exhibition to document the environmentally-sensitive Arroyo Seco, which includes the historic Colorado Street Bridge.  Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will benefit the California Art Club's educational arts programs and La Casita's conservation efforts."

Planted by Streams of Water, 11" x 14, Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell

Having the Determination to Push Through the Surface, 12" x 12", Oil on panel, Private Collection, © Eric Merrell

Plein Air Paintings of the Arroyo Seco

Sunday, October 5, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The California Art Club and the La Casita del Arroyo Foundation are joining forces for the second year in a row to present a special exhibition and sale of plein air paintings of the Arroyo Seco, Southern California's most celebrated canyon.

The exhibition will feature new original artwork by renowned contemporary-traditional fine artists, including Peter Adams, Eric Merrell, Junn Roca, Jason Situ, and Yisun Wei, who will paint on location during the week prior to the exhibition to document the environmentally-sensitive Arroyo Seco, which includes the historic Colorado Street Bridge.  Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will benefit the California Art Club's educational arts programs and La Casita's conservation efforts.